School Exercises


The morning school commences with a portion of the Scriptures being read by the Teacher, and the afternoon school opens by his reading a short lesson on any moral or instructive subject, intended chiefly, for the general information of senior boys, who are required to be present ten or fifteen minutes before the assembling of the rest of the scholars, for this express purpose.

The books from which these lessons are selected are various; viz.

A Father’s Legacy to his children,
The Scientific Class Book,
Polite Learning,
Comstock’s and other Natural History,
Scientific Dialogues,
Travels at Home,
Cook’s Travels,
Articles on Education, found often in the daily papers, &c.

From Charles C. Andrews, History of the New-York African Free Schools. New York: Mahlon Day, 1830.