Lang Science Program

Part of Children & Families

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Starting in the 2021-2022 school year the Lang Science Program will become a 6-year program (7th through 12th grade). There is no recruitment during the 2020-21 school year.  We will recruit the next cohort as 6th graders starting in late fall 2021, to start in summer 2022.

We are making some exciting changes to our middle school programming: 

For several years, students and families have had to choose between applying to our two middle school programs: the Science Alliance Program or the Lang Science Program.

Starting now, students are able to enroll (no application needed) into Science Alliance as a rising or current 6th grader. Students may also apply to Lang in their 6th grade year to start Lang as a 7th grader. Or students can remain with Science Alliance through 8th grade taking only those classes they are most interested in. Students and families will have more choice and flexibility throughout their middle school years. 

With this shift, the Lang Science Program will not be accepting new applications this academic year. Applications will open next fall (academic year 2021-2022) and we will be recruiting 6th graders to start Lang in 7th grade. 

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What is the Lang Science Program?

Lang is a multi-year experience spanning middle and high school for students in New York City interested in science.  The program focuses on the sciences studied at the Museum including biology (biodiversity, evolution, genetics, conservation, and more), anthropology (cultural, human evolution, archaeology, and linguistics), and physical sciences (astronomy, Earth science, planetary science). In addition to coursework on each subject, students also design their own research projects, practice science communications, and start preparing for college and careers.


When does Lang meet?

The Lang Science Program begins each year with a 3-week summer program (in July), and continues into the school year with classes on Saturdays approximately twice per month. Students repeat this schedule each year all the way through 12th grade. Our students experience the Museum through hands-on exploration, behind-the-scenes adventures, meetings with scientists, presenting their work to various audiences, and content-rich programming.


Who is eligible for Lang?

Admission to the Lang program is through an application and interview process.  Students must live in and/or go to school in New York City to qualify.  Additional details on qualification and the process will be available when the application opens.


How much does it cost to participate?

Over half of each incoming class attend for free for the duration of the program, after submission of a fee waiver.  For incoming students in the 2020-21 academic year who did not meet the eligibility for a fee waiver, annual tuition was $3,000.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].



In 2018, a major study was published on Lang alumni, pointing to four reasons why students in the program tend to stick with STEM topics through college and into their careers.

In 2015-16, students in the Lang program collaborated with Museum Curator Susan Perkins to produce two games based on her exhibit, The Secret World Inside You. Download the card game, Gutsy. Or try the Minecraft Map that explores the human microbiome.

A 2014 study found that the Lang model enhances STEM interest, motivation, and persistence in girls who have participated.

In 2014, to promote the Pterosaurs - Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs exhibit, Lang students made a video in which they attempted to pronounce Pterosaur names.

EdLab at Columbia University's Teachers College visited Lang in the summer of 2013 and made this video.

Lang students participated in NASA's MoonKAM project

Read about Henry Lim, who was a winner in the 2011 Young Naturalist Awards. Read the New York Times article on Henry's work.

Download the article published in the AMNH Members magazine, Rotunda, from March/April 2010.

The AMNH Lang Science Program and Lang Scholar Awards are made possible by the Eugene M. Lang Endowment Fund. 

Support for the Museum’s education and evaluation programs is generously provided by a grant from the Bezos Family Foundation. 

Complimentary test preparation and college admissions support for program participants is generously provided by Kaplan Test Prep.

The Museum’s Education Collection is generously supported by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.