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Extracurricular Activities

In addition to the Student Union, Tilden has many other extra curricular activities. These include:


1. Tilden Topics
The school newspaper, distributed regularly during the school year, is published entirely by student reporters with the support of student photographers, cartoonists, typists, and a student business staff. Topics are guided by a teacher of the English department.

2. Caravan
The school's literary-ads magazine, Caravan, is published annually by students interested in creative writing and/or art. All students are welcome to join the staff as writers, artists, photographers, typists, or sales representatives. Students may submit their points, essays, short stories, scripts, or drawings to the faculty advisor or student-editor.

3. Senior Class Activities
The Senior class is a vital part of Tilden life. AII Senior activities are fielded by the Seniors themselves. The costs of graduation, the yearbook Senior news, Senior buttons, and the annual prom are all paid for by the efforts of the Seniors through the collection of senior dues and fund-raising activities.

4. Classic, the senior yearbook, contains pictures and biographies of all seniors, as well as photographs of all clubs and major activities of the period of their attendance at Tilden.


The Future Teachers Academy was designed for those who have both, the potential and the desire to become teachers. The program begins in the student's freshman year of High School and continues through their College years, until they are fully certified teachers. It represents a departure from normal course of study, in that it does not wait for the student's Junior year of College for them to begin, instead, in the Freshman year of High School. This gives the student an advantage over their peers, because they will have the knowledge and skills needed to become master teachers upon graduation from College.

The Academy is also unique in that there are small class sizes, so that each student will receive added attention. Each student is assigned a teacher mentor. The mentor will meet with the classroom teacher to find out where the student may need extra assistance. The students also will become members of the Future Teachers Club. The club will have guest speakers, special activities and trips.

The Future Teachers Academy is run in conjunction with the CUNY system and in the future we hope to be able to offer scholarships to participating colleges. These scholarships would come with a commitment to teach in the NYC public school system.

The Future Teachers Academy is a four year program. It is limited to 400 students. These students must have and maintain an average of 85 or better in Junior High School. They must have a score of Level 3 or higher on the standard reading and math test.

The following is a brief outline of the four years of the program (these are in addition to their core courses):

Grade 9

1. Students have a nine period day.
2. English 1, 2 (public speaking and listening).
3. Social Studies (includes urban sociology and the history of public education).
4. During the summer the student will work with elementary schools, day care centers and camps.

Grade 10 through 11

1. Speech for Teachers.
2. Research Techniques.
3. Philosophy of Education.
4. During the summer student will work with older and larger groups of children.

Grade 12

1. Student Teaching.
2. Practice for the FSAT's.
3. Begin Internships.


Why should I know about Tilden's School of Law, Politics, and Community Affairs?
It is one of a number of special public high school programs and that you may be eligible to attend outside your zoned school.

Who is the L.P.C. for?
Qualified students with a special interest in social studies and career ambitions related to the fields of law and law enforcement, politics, diplomacy, teaching, psychology, community service.

How do I know whether or not I am eligible to enroll?
The L.P.C. School is open to all Brooklyn students whose abilities, scholastic records, and interests, merit consideration. Qualifications include: reading ability on or near ''grade level,'' strong interest in social studies and language arts, no pattern of failures in any major subject, and strong interest in community service. Eighth and ninth grade students in junior high schools may apply to the School of Law, Politics, and Community Affairs.

Is the L.P.C. a separate school?
No, Although there are many special classes, forums, and events for L.P.C only, the students are programmed with other Tildenites outside of the social studies classes.

What kind of school is Tilden High School?
Tilden is a comprehensive school that offers the full range and variety of subjects, extra-curricular activities, and athletics that you would find in your neighborhood high school.

Will the L.P.C. program enable me to complete all requirements for a Regents Diploma?
Students who complete the L.P.C. program of study (four years for freshmen, three years for entering sophomores) will have met or exceeded all requirements for the high school diploma.

How does this program help to prepare me for college?
L.P.C. students take a full range of college preparatory subjects in all major f subject areas, Successful completion of the L.P.C. program becomes a valuable "credential'' to help you gain admission to college. Diplomas and high school records are stamped, "Graduate-school of Law, Politics, and Community Affairs." For seniors, a letter explaining the special #' nature of the L.P.C. is forwarded along with college applications, to college admission offices.

What's special about the L.P.C. Program?

1. Students have two periods of social studies that include special subjects, such as Criminology, Sociology, Political Science, Civil Law, and Constitutional Law.

2. Students have unusual opportunities to select the subjects they want. There is a program of elective "mini" classes in social studies, including such classes as Psychology, African American history, Sociology, Court Procedures, and Forensic Science.

3. The regular school day often includes special events such as guest speakers, debates, films, forums, activities days, and trips away from the school.

4. Selected students participate in "community field work" projects and receive regular major subject credit. Examples include working with lawyers, judges, neighborhood action agencies, political clubs, and elected officials.

5. The program has now been broadened to include courses dealing with careers in such areas as computers, business law, and other law related and community based occupations.

6. The L.P.C. program is enriched through its ties with the community. Both local and city-wide political leaders, lawyers, judges, and university professors are part of the program.

7. Students receive an unusual amount of personal attention, including help with both school and personal matters.

8. Students may avail themselves of the services and facilities of Tilden's unique College/career Center in exploring and planning their future.

9. L.P.C. has received special awards for being an outstanding law-related education program in New York City.

What is L.P.C. doing that is different?

A few examples include:

1. Students work closely with our MENTOR law firm, Fischbein Badillo, Wagner & Harding. Students regularly visit the firm's Manhattan offices and lawyers take students on trips to various area courts. The law firm also helps coach the school's Moot Court team.

2. L.P.C. has brought into the school outstanding guest speakers and experts from different walks of life to share with students their experiences and knowledge. Examples include Congressmen, Assemblymen, State Senators, City Councilmen, police officers, lawyers, professors, judges, business leaders, diplomats, and leaders of controversial organizations and causes.

3. The L.P.C. helped originate and participates each year in a "Model City Council" in which students play the roles of members of the New York City Council and lobby, debate, and vote on issues vital to our city. Students from high schools throughout the city participate. The events takes place each May in the actual City Council Chambers at City Hall, with the full cooperation and support of the real City Council members and other city officials

4. L.P.C. students study the operations of the Brooklyn Supreme Court for Community Field Work credit. They work with lawyers and judges, sit in on trials, study cases, and meet with other court personnel. Each student submits a term report on his or her experiences and findings.

5. L.P.C. students participate with other high schools in the annual city-wide Moot Court and Mock Trial competitions. They try criminal and civil cases acting as lawyers and witnesses, and even appeal a case to the ''U.S. Supreme Court.''

6. The L.P.C. has a newspaper called Corpus Delicti, to which students contribute articles, news, stories, editorials, cartoons, and letters ex- pressing personal opinions. Students may also serve on the school newspa- per, Tilden Topics, and the literary magazine, Caravan.

Will I be able to take advanced subjects other than social studies?
Yes. You may take selected advanced subjects in science, mathematics, and languages, or subjects offered by the other departments of the school including Art, Music, Speech, Foreign Languages, Accounting, Secretarial Studies, and Home Economics. L.P.C. students are eligible for participation not only in advanced placement American History, but other advanced placement classes as well.

How will being an L.P.C. student help me fulfill N.Y.S. social studies requirements?
By taking several social studies electives, you will be extremely well prepared for the U.S. History Regents in your senior year. Tilden's L.P.C. traditionally has a much higher passing rate on the exam than the city-wide average.

How do I apply to L.P.C.?
If you meet the requirements previously described, ask your guidance counselor to help you complete the appropriate application and submit it to Tilden High School as soon as possible, but not later than the established deadline date.