While it was difficult to assimilate at first because of the challenging and competitive atmosphere, the difficulty proved to be all the more worth it. Taking Latin classes and all honors courses was daunting, but Townsend teaches you not only how to nourish your own intelligence, but how to be an organized, professional individual with a knack for community service and leaving your city greater than you found it. The teachers are the best part of the community. They push you to achieve your best, address your limitations, and treat you like their family. Your peers are competitive, but there is always a helpful and cooperative environment. Townsend Harris pushes you to be the best version of yourself.