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Academic courses at the High School of Economics & Finance are offered over two semesters, fall and spring.
New York State Graduation requirements for the arts include one unit (one year) in visual arts and/or music, dance, or theater. In New York City, one unit of credit is the equivalent of approximately 108 hours of instruction by a licensed arts teacher.
The High School of Economics & Finance offers an array of business courses that provide an opportunity for work experience and post-secondary studies. Students explore a range of career paths, find out education and training they need to advance further, gain meaningful experiences they can add to their resumes, and develop the academic and personal behaviors (“soft skills”) to function in the workplace. Under guidance from teachers, students build up a portfolio of experiences and meet individuals and organizations that can vouch for their value in the workplace.
English Language Arts 
In English Language Arts (ELA) students learn to become effective readers and writers. Teachers use a balance of complex fiction and non-fiction texts in the classroom and teach reading, writing, and discussion with an emphasis on text-based evidence.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Languages Other Than English (LOTE)
Success in a global economy recognizes the importance of knowledge of more than the English language. Being able to communicate in another language can bridge cultural barriers and open up new social and economic opportunities.
In Mathematics students are taught to have solid conceptual understanding, a high degree of procedural skill and fluency. Students are encouraged to apply the math they know to solve problems inside and outside the math classroom.
Health and Physical Education
Health and physical education (PE) are important academic subjects that teaches students to be physically active, work as a team, and set fitness goals that can last a lifetime. The fitness-based skills that students learn in PE is what emerging research shows is essential to learning.
Science is taught through investigations, observations, data analysis, and rational explanations of natural phenomena. Emphasis is placed on the importance of critical thinking and logical reasoning in the pursuit of scientific knowledge because rigorous scientific instruction prepares students for the deep thinking associated with 21st Century skills. In science classes students use problem-solving skills, learn new content, and read informational texts. Science teachers use the Next Generation Science Standards to incorporate mathematics and literacy practices to help students integrate reading, writing, listening, discussion and mathematics as part of learning science. Students apply thinking skills to address real life problems, to help make informed decisions and to become science literate citizens.
Social Studies
In Social Studies students use rich content, unifying themes and big ideas to learn history, geography, economics, civics, citizenship and government. Teachers incorporate literacy in social studies classes to help a student's reading, writing, and discussion in evidence from text.