About Avenues



We will graduate students who are accomplished in the academic skills one would expect; at ease beyond their borders; truly fluent in a second language; good writers and speakers one and all; confident because they excel in a particular passion; artists no matter their field; practical in the ways of the world; emotionally unafraid and physically fit; humble about their gifts and generous of spirit; trustworthy; aware that their behavior makes a difference in our ecosystem; great leaders when they can be, good followers when they should be; on their way to well-chosen higher education; and, most importantly, architects of lives that transcend the ordinary.

We will share our prosperity with those who need it, initially through traditional financial aid and, as we grow, in more innovative and broader-scale ways that leap the walls of our campuses.

We will provide our faculty and staff members a special place to pursue the science and art of teaching. We want to align the rewards of teaching more closely with the value it brings to society, provide teachers opportunities to deepen their skills and be a place where careers, in and out of the classroom, can flourish.

We will advance education by setting an example as an effective, diverse and accountable school; by continuously investing in ways to become better at what we do; and by making available our discoveries, large and small, to colleagues in the cause of education.

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"The most important lessons Avenues can teach students are how to think creatively, how to analyze problems, how to innovate and how to work together both within and across cultures."

- Benno Schmidt

Recent Articles from OPEN, our news and discussion blog

Avenues Speakers Series: Hyisheem Calier

by Jennette Mullaney

January 25, 2017 - “Everyone needs people who support and believe in them,” repeats Hyisheem Calier – musician, entrepreneur and social worker – in this powerful speech to Avenues upper grades students.  More...

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Exploring Community Resources: Fifth Grade Palms at the Holy Apostle Church

by Rachel Kreibich
We're grateful to have an organization like Holy Apostle Church in our community!

January 19, 2017 - The Holy Apostle Church is home to New York City’s largest soup kitchen and is located only three blocks away from Avenues, making it an ideal place to begin our work investigating resources within the context of the community.  More...

See all articles with these tags on our blog site, Open: 5th Grade , Community , Community Engagement , Lower Division

Avenues in the Community: Getting to Know Our Neighbors

by Jennette Mullaney
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September 22, 2016 - Ninth and tenth graders interviewed some of our Spanish-speaking neighbors at the Hudson Guild Senior Center as part of a monologue project. Everyone had such a good time that the students decided to throw a salsa party and invite their new friends. More...

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