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Brooklyn, NY
Students enrolled: 4,261

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8301 Shore Road
Brooklyn, NY 11209

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(718) 748-1537
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August 17, 2014
Fort is an amazing school that has so much diversity, the new dance department is great. Everyone gets along and even though it is a large school, everyone feels safe. Many of the teachers went to school at Fort before teaching here and that is pretty cool.

- submitted by a community member
May 23, 2014
My son is a freshman in the Fort Hamilton High School's Honors Program. This is a demanding rigorous program that expects alot from students - my son routinely has between two and three hours of homework each night. I like that this program does a great job of preparing the students for college. For example, my son is taking Public Speaking this semester and this is an extremely important useful trait. I have seen him grow in confidence in this class as the year has progressed. I also like how the school makes the teachers available to provide the students with additional help if it is needed during free periods or after-school hours.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2013
Do not cut class, it will be the worst year you would have trust me. This school is great, some people say its bad, but its up to you if you want a good year make good choices. ;)

- submitted by a student
August 23, 2013
I loved this school. So many teams including track,basketball,golf,tennis,softball,handball,soccer, and more. The leadership program is club that will look good in your transcript if you join it. The guidance counselers don't do much but tell you sorry I can't do anything there are too many students in this school. And the library is where I recommend you to go in lunch because the lunch room is too humid and crowded from periods 5-7. The school Is diverse there are hispanics,blacks,Arabs,whites, asian and everyone! Some teachers are nice some arent. The school looks clean in the hallways but the classes have a lot of dust especially the gym. Over all it's good. All schools have ups and downs and it's nice and comforting here. Just join clubs like model UN. And anything that will get you busy.

- submitted by a community member
August 07, 2012
All teacher is nice. We are the tiger school is very strong to win all the thing in the sport.

- submitted by a student
June 22, 2012
About the honors program I know it's more challenging than the regular classes,but can someone ( preferably in the honors ) specify the daily routine of a honors freshman thanks. And talk about the teachers and students.thankssss'!!

- submitted by a community member
March 03, 2012
this school is great i am a freshman and i love it here. the environment is very friendly and the teachers are nice and help you out a lot. im in the honors and the students are all smart and if you have any academic problems they have free tutoring one on one and Saturday academy which is pretty cool. they have a lot of teams and clubs, the teammates are very friendly, you become a one big family . this year Fort Hamilton made into the top 50 public schools which i am very proud of since the school is over populated, the principal and the staff really do a good job to keep the school one of the best. the teachers and the coaches really push you to your full potential. i love this school cz i really connected with the students and the teachers. if i had to suggest a high school it would be Fort Hamilton. GO TIGERS!!!

- submitted by a student
June 28, 2011
Amazingly I had reviewed this school in 2010 and let me tell you what a difference a year makes! While my son originally excelled in all areas, he met with a teacher who "had issues" with him...talk about holding grudges! She did everything in her power to destroy everything he worked for and ensured that he was going to fail her class no matter he did. All areas of his work suffered because of ONE teacher who was allowed to bully and berate him. She had it in her head that she would fail him and she did. BRAVO teach!!! Great job! You should be proud of yourself.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2011
im a sophomore in this school. So far its been academically ok due to the fact that this school is more sporty than learny. some teachers are awsome and are really nice while some hold a grudge for no apparrent reason. The students treat others with respect. But are lacking from learning.

- submitted by a student
March 10, 2011
this school is horrible. do NOT go here. your better of in telecommunications. just today in fort some girl splashed acid in another girls face & now her head, face, & eyes were burned. not only that but other stuff happens here too, its education is okay but it is really violent & its graduation rate is extremely low, like 60%.

- submitted by a community member
May 05, 2010
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- submitted by a student
March 21, 2010
My daughter has grown so much at the Ft. There are so many opportunties to develop skills, make friends and develop leadeship skills. There is many terrific things about a big school. I work in a small school and wish we could offer half the oppotunites that are available here

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2009
Its an Excellent school. i love it.

- submitted by a student
November 09, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 05, 2009
i luv fort.. its such a good school of sports and academics. =)

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
Fort hamilton high school is a great school to go to and is the biggest in New York, It has alot of electives and wonderous classes to take.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 12, 2009
My son is a military dependent. He came to Fort Hamilton as a transfer freshman student. We were so worried that he would somehow just become a number at the Fort. We thought as a military bratt he would somehow not fit in. However, my son excelled with the help of fellow students and great teachers. He is now a senior who is graduating having been involved in the arts (Jazz Band, Marching Band, Symphonic Band, musicals, plays, sports). He is an A student. It is a great school and I encourage anyone going to High School to come see for themselves.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
I love the teachers there because they teach you how to really think deeply about thngs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
I am so proud of the art and music programs we offer as well as the range of sports teams. Diversity makes us strong.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 01, 2009
I love the Flaggirls! They're basically the best in the district, and like the best in brooklyn. Fort Hamilton's great variety of clubs and teams are to die for. I think it's a great place to be and there are always counselors and advisors there to help you. Either for college search help, or peer mediation, Fort Hamilton adults and students are always there for one another

- submitted by a student
no rating September 29, 2009
Great learning environment

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
It is the best school. Best football team

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2009
It has everything you need: tons of extracurricular activities, honors program, tutoring, clubs, equipment, etc.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 27, 2009
I've had three kids in this school and not only have they grown academically, but the fantastic music and drama programs have made school fun. It's a great place to meet great kids and wonderful people who care about them! Love Fort Hamilton!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2009
Many clubs, big & small, Best swimming teams, football, soccer, and handball!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2009
It's really a great school. Terrific varsity sports program, honors academy, Junior ROTC, championship marching band, splendid performing arts program and highly-rated virtual enterprise program.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
I love the diversity, variety of clubs and teams and the opportunities of many different things.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 24, 2009
It's the safest school in all of Brooklyn, there's plenty of body guards which make you feel safe and everyone gets along with each other.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
Fort Hamilton High School has so much diversity and so many activites within the school and even outside the school. It's the place I always want to be at for Band, Drama, Writing, anything really. And Fort Hamilton's Symphonic, Marching and Jazz Bands take the cake at Festival Disney in Florida every year! Talking about Superiors, Best In Class, Excellent, we've got all the best ones! Not to mention a strong band with strong players and hard-as-nails conductors/music directors!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
Fort Hamilton is a huge school, but everyone knows eachother so it feels as if you have a second family with over 4,000 members.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
Fort Hamilton is a great school with diverse student body and caring teacher and instructors who do not just show you the way to go, but actually help you in your journey to get to that point.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 21, 2009
I love the teachers I had. Many of them I didn't really love right away, but with time, I came to appreciate what they taught me. They definitely gave me a foundation for college and life.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Fort Hamilton HS is a school that excels in every aspect of it's mission: to educate and prepare the youth of America for tomorrow's challenges--and we have done this for years and years of uninterupted success.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 21, 2009
Fort Hamilton HS is an amazing school. Even though it's such a large school with so many students, Fort goes out of its way to cater to the needs of each individual. We have great sports teams, an INSANE band and marching band (we marched in 2 Yankee parades while I was there and played at an awards dinner for the Jets and the Giants), a student government that allows students to actually make a difference, and soo many other programs.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 21, 2009
Fort Hamilton's staff works tirelessly to educate every student enrolled. In more than most cases, they succeed. They have wonderful core classes and their physical education courses and art courses are outstanding. Their music program really stands out as do their sports teams.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
I love my school because it has so much to offer. I have never heard of a school that teaches so many languages and has 11 A.P. classes to choose from. We are so fortunate to have sports teams for almost all sports, even handball, and actually have good teams that win games. There are so many clubs, like multi-culture clubs. We have the most awesome teachers. They can teach well and relate to us so we rock our regents exams.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 21, 2009
what I love about fort hamilton high school is the sense of saftey and the fact that no one treats each other diffrently because of our race or what team were on I love that we can all get along you just dont get that in alot of schools

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
its amazing to see how even when the budgets get smaller, there are still teachers that give all they got everyday and for so many years. so many teachers were once students here. they understood how great a place this school is. Im so glad I got in! and we have the best teams! go tigers!

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
It is filled with all the different things that you can do. I got to be a part of the theatre program and be a part of chorus. Also all of the classes that I had, had teachers that cared about each student in class and made sure that we did our best. My college counselor helped me a lot as well and made me feel that if I tried I could get into any school I wanted.And thanks to her help, I was able to complete all of my forms early and be organized about it. I still go back to visit once in a while, and I feel just as welcomed as I did when I first entered through the doors of my high school.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
Fort Hamilton has the most diverse programs available to all students, from sports teams, to bands, from business programs, to jrotc.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
fort hamilton is awesome, if you ask me. It has a variety of clubs and programs to entertain students, and provides them with good support and education.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
FHHS has so many teams to join, and so many interesting classes. FHHS Tiger Battalion also gives FHHS a powerful and strong impression. The teachers are really cool, and as a junior in FHHS the College Now and AP classes really prepare you for college and the SAT tests. You can even go to school on saturdays to make up any class you missed during the week ( sounds boring, but it sooo helps!) The security guards are strict, but many of them are really cool. I wouldnt want to be in any other high school.. don't let the population mess with your mind... you'll make the bestest friends!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
The Fort Hamilton High school JROTC is the best program I've been to. They teach you many things in life and teach you how to respect others.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
ITs sport teams, teachers, eclectic student body and clubs make the school TIGERIFIC! Go tigers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
The amount of clubs we offer, the teachers, the athleticism, our wonderful drama and theater program. We are truly unique. What other school in the city can say they have 4500 kids. Go tigers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
It is the best school with the best teachers, students, and environment you could ask for!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
It's like home. After working there for 26 years I can't think of any other school I would rather be in. The kids and faculty are wonderful.

- submitted by a teacher
September 20, 2009
Fort Hamilton is awesome. Really good teachers and classes plus there's a ton of sports, clubs, drama and band activities. Love my school!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 20, 2009
I love Fort Hamilton because its is a school that has any extracurriculars anybody would like. It ranges from chess club to Varsity football(#1) to Model U.N and actually interact with people from across the globe.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
because it has a great environment, the kids that go there are great and the music program and sports teams rock

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
Fort Hamilton high school has a lot of talent in athletics, music and academics.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
The four years I spent at Fort Hamilton High school were the best years of my life. The teachers are amazing, the school itself offers so much, and architecturally it is beautiful.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 20, 2009
It's huge, which is better for each students to enjoy school life. More chance to meet people

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
There are opportunities to do anything you want here. There's award winning music, theater, art, and sports programs as well as almost every AP class, language, and gym activities you can think of. It's also incredibly diverse: everyone can find their own place at FH!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
i love Fort Hamilton because everyone you meet are always nice and friendly :)

- submitted by a student
no rating September 19, 2009
We're the most diverse school in the nation probably. We're like a huge family. We have so many programs and activities that it's easy for anyone to make friends and get the most out of their high school experience.

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2009
our school is the best from security of safety upon us students to ending the school day where we realize fort hamilton has taught us a lot and getting us ready for the real world

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2009
Fort Hamilton is an amazing school! So many different backgrounds all coming together. There is always something to do there. Whether its a sport, band, chorus or our excellent theater program.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 19, 2009
The teachers are incredibly intelligent and do everything in their power to help their students succeed. Despite budget cuts, the administration has not done away with any of the countless academic, gym, music, art, or theater programs. There is no better school in the nation!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 19, 2009
Fort Hamilton High School is a great school because it offers so many possibilities compared to other schools, such as a great music program, a big theatre program, and has one of the most unique physical education programs in the state. Our teachers are really intelligent, and even though there are over 5,000 people that occupy that school everyday, it is one of the safest schools on the east coast, being proportional to its capacity.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 19, 2009
it's a multi-curriculum school and there are alot of sports and activities involvement in this school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
The teachers and faculty provide tremendous help for all the students. It had been the best four years of my life.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 19, 2009
diversity in students, programs, and classes. Beautiful campus. The friendliest and most fun atmosphere of any public school I have seen

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
We have a great theater program! And the school is really great too! :D

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2009
FHHS has really good academics, they offer a lot of interesting classes, including APs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
This high school offers a vast variety of classes, programs, and extracurricular activities that are very interesting and fun for everyone.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 19, 2009
School is awesome! We have a great drama club and sports and education. It's a great school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Our school is in a beautiful area and has an excellent music program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
the football team has won championships. the performing arts academy of our school has brought home superiors, excellents and golds from outer state competetions and New York State School Music Assosiation. teachers become your friends & willing to help you whenever. so many clubs and events going on.

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2009
Because its so diverse and has awsome teachers and great extra caricular activities for all students

- submitted by a student
no rating September 19, 2009
We have a lot to offer, many programs. A very diverse group adds to the great learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
They offer many, many, many different sports, different languages, and a theatre program to die for!!!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 19, 2009
After just graduatong from Fort Hamilton, i miss it so much. Everyday was a good day and it never put me in a frown. Especially when it came to the performances they put on. RENT was one of the best performances the school had to offer to the students, faculty and the community. Everything had been just like the show as well as the feature film. It was a great experience and it is one that I will never forget.

- submitted by a community member
September 03, 2009
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- submitted by a student
August 22, 2009
This school is a wonderful school and i like the environment

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 15, 2009
Im a freshman as fort hamilton, and i have to say, i only saw a fight this year 1 or 2 times. I have absolutely no problems with anybody in this school. Fort Hamilton offers so many different programs. From weight training, bowling, swimming to many different bands and jrotc. I love Fort. every one here is super nice. The teachers here are like any other teacher. Do what they ask and you will go along fine. Some kids are disrespectful to the teachers and they are the ones that have problems. I heard there was drug problems (From another freshman. Not an adult to confirm it) but never have i ever crossed or actually saw drugs in the school besides cigarettes the seniors are smoking outside the school. There are not 5000 kids. The registered kids that are are about 4,300 kids. and only about 3000 show up. ilyfhhs

- submitted by a student
April 23, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 11, 2009
Overall I think the school is good. The only negative setback is overcrowding.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2009
Im a freshman in fort. The school is very diverse, and that would be probably my favorite part about school. but everything else i think of about this school is bad. Too much kids (5000 in a school built for 2000). Then some teachers are disrespectful too kids. some are even racist and just there for money. There are fights almost everyday. a good amount Drug gang activity. the education itself is not bad if you get in a good class, but its so easy to fall through the cracks without anyone noticing until its too late because of the amount of kids. Sometimes i feel unsafe, but im guessing you get that feeling in any high school.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2008
I think fhhs is a great school overall. fights happen in ALL schools. I love the music classes. They give more than tech or stuy - if you search up those hs in youtube; you notice their musical performances aren't exactly what you would think. It is true that fhhs doesn't have higher grades than those hs - but it doens't mean the school is bad.

- submitted by a student
October 25, 2008
Ft Hamilton HS is not a bad school, but I must say it's overcrowded and there should be changes made about this. Another thing is when there is PTC there is never enough time to visit each teacher because the lines are very long especially the Math, English, Science, and Social Studies. Each attempt to visit these classes are the most impossible. The time period from 6pm to 8pm should be changed there should be a full day for parents to visit teachers and a half a day the next day from 1pm to 4pm.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2008
Overcrowded, not enough time during PTC meetings with teachers, too much HW in each subject.

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October 07, 2008
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October 07, 2008
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October 07, 2008
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October 07, 2008
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September 11, 2008
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August 30, 2008
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July 05, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 14, 2008
this school is way to crowded and too many fights happen..the only thing i look foward in my school day is jrotc class.

- submitted by a student
May 05, 2008
Both my children attended Fort Hamilton. I feel FHHS offers something for every student, in academics primarily, but also Art, Theater,Music, Sports, JROTC. Both my children received Academic Scholarships for College. The Principal, Jo Ann Chester, and the staff provided a caring and well rounded educational environment for my kids, often against many obstacles beyond their control (overcrowding, underfunding, No Child Left Behind) My husband and I are very satisfied with FHHS, and will be very sad to leave when my son Graduates next month.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2008
Fort Hamilton is the best school ever. I had the best 4years of my life (so far) in this shool. it offers students so many things to keep them involeved n interested in school.Students have a voice, while i was in the Student Organization Leadership for my last 2yrs, i was involved so much and became Senior Council Vice President and Miss Fort Hamilton 08..=] The faculty is great, but as always there are always many teachers who are just a pain the the behind, but its not as bad as many schools. Its super safe, i never felt unsafe or threatened while being in the building. I will miss this school very much, so if ur a parent who is thinking about sending your child to a safe, fun and great learning environment, i suggest u to choose Fort Hamilton High School....=]

- submitted by a student
no rating April 16, 2008
Fort hamilton is not such a good school as people say it is. I go there, and there are a lot of fights. Students are disrespectful to other teachers and students, and are also very loud. Too much people dropping out. The only way you can get an education in this school is to be in an arts program or in the honors program. the good thing is that we have a ton of after school activities. but overall, if you want your child to have a future, this is not the best school for you.

- submitted by a student
April 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2008
Although as a public high school located in Brooklyn it may be one of the safest although the increase in the student teacher ratio is growing grossly over populated. Scheduling into classes you highly desire to further increase your knowledge and insight into college are way below average and most students are forced to continue certain activities that are unbenifical to their future aspirations such as staying in the marching band or not allowed to leave language even after you reiceved the required credits and even i was forced to stay in science and i defiantly can say half the science department went down the drain although AP classes are available some teachers just don't teach for example AP Biology i learned more as a freshman than a junior and do you think anyone cares in that school unless your stupid or superior they don't.

- submitted by a student
January 24, 2008
FHHS is one of the top-rated brooklyn schools.

- submitted by a student
no rating June 14, 2007
I think this is very good school

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2006
Fort Hamilton high school is a great school. It has about 5000 stodents but the diversity is what makes the school stand out amongst others. There are excellent teachers and the school offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities.

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May 24, 2006
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March 29, 2006
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December 24, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
November 01, 2005
Though Fort Hamilton is over-crowded, it's probably the only high school in New York that can deal with this problem and still be rank in the top ten high schools in Brooklyn. It's over-crowded because so many parents want their children going there, which just proves that not only is Fort Hamilton safe but also has great academic programs and a large variety of activities.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2005
Everything is good especially the security

- submitted by a student
August 20, 2005
It's a great school with great teachers. Everyone is helpful. It feels like a family. Has great teams and 16 AP courses to choose from. Also has an Honor Academy for bright students.

- submitted by a student
June 26, 2005
its a good school with good teachers. it has a lot of electives and after school activities. the kids are nice and the school is in a good area of the city.

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March 31, 2005
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September 09, 2003
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September 09, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2003
Great School with excellent teachers.

- submitted by a former student
August 26, 2003
School has the largest population of students in NY State! Over crowding exists but this doesn't hinder students from doing very well academically. Great teaching staff with strong Honors Program & AP Class opportunities. Our daughter spent many years in Pvt. school before transfering as a Junior in 02/03. She found the work/classes MORE challenging & had her best grades yet in high school. If the city ever gets its priorities in order & funds schools fairly this school & others will produce more achieving students.

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August 22, 2003
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Fort Hamilton High School
8301 Shore Road, Brooklyn, NY  11209
(718) 748-1537
Last modified Fort Hamilton High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Fort Hamilton High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 111 reviews. Top