Academics

An Avenues Education

A great school spends many years defining its expectations, knowing they are the DNA of the institution, the “design specs” of the school. Here are Avenues’ primary educational objectives:

1. CORE ACADEMIC SKILLS.

Avenues students will graduate with exceptional academic skills. Reading, the portal to virtually all learning, is the most important subject on which Avenues focuses. Writing well is also emphasized, as good writers have a growing competitive advantage. Finally, one cannot navigate modern life without strong numeracy.

2. GLOBAL READINESS.

The name Avenues: The World School was carefully chosen. Avenues prepares students for life in a world with continuously fading borders. Components include proficiency in at least one other language; completion of the World Course, a non-western-centric combination of history, geography and world issues that spirals throughout all years of Avenues; and the opportunity to participate in multiple overseas learning opportunities, with an initial focus on China, Latin America and Spanish-speaking countries around the world.

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3. AN AREA OF DEPTH AND EXCELLENCE.

Increasingly institutions of higher education are looking for students who have a demonstrated area of excellence, whether that is playing the cello, running the 1,500 meters or writing one’s first novel. An Avenues student is exposed to a wide range of knowledge and, starting in the upper grades program, delves deeply into a self-chosen field of learning, whether art, music, sports or history. The Avenues Mastery program is a concept not often encountered below the college level.

4. VALUES.

Avenues actively teaches the core moral and ethical values one would expect: don’t lie; don’t cheat; don’t steal. Another character trait will be particularly emphasized, though: don’t be afraid.

5. LIFE SKILLS.

Avenues embraces practical matters so often ignored by academic institutions. Students become comfortable with a variety of life skills, including practical matters such as time management and technological competency.

6. FITNESS.

Sporting opportunities are plentiful, but fitness is ubiquitous. All students are expected to develop a personal regimen of exercise by the time they graduate. Diet is a topic best modeled by what occurs in the Avenues dining halls.

7. ENTRY INTO GREAT HIGHER EDUCATION.

Avenues will help place every Avenues student in an important college, university or other institution of higher education. Throughout the world there are many superb higher education programs. Avenues will know them, make sure that they know and respect Avenues’ graduates and help each student find the best school for his or her goals—whether that is Princeton or Pratt, Harvard or Howard, Amherst or Annapolis.

Avenues students will become proficient in a second language, which is fundamental to being a truly global citizen.

Recent Articles from OPEN, our news and discussion blog

The Lower Division’s “Fourth Language”: Creative Computing at Avenues

by Yumi Nakanishi
Students use Code.org in Spanish.

April 25, 2017 - In the the 2016–2017 academic year, the Lower Division curriculum formally introduced coding and programming as a “fourth” language, in addition to English and Spanish or Mandarin in the dual-immersion program. The goal of this new initiative is for Avenues students to be able to “speak” code and understand why coding is an important 21st-century skill. More...

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App of the Week: KenKen

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April 24, 2017 - KenKen is an exciting math and logic game app created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  More...

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“American Dream” Podcasting in Grade 8

by Brian Kaufman
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April 20, 2017 - As the culmination of our unit on "The Dream, Identity, and Immigration," 8th graders continued their exploration of the role the “American Dream” and identity play in the lives of immigrants by conducting interviews and producing a podcast outlining the subjects’ experiences as immigrants. More...

See all articles with these tags on our blog site, Open: 8th Grade , Middle Grades Program , Upper Division , World Course

Lush Mountains, Clear Water: A Cultural Immersion Experience

by Dorine Yang
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April 19, 2017 - Over spring break, 18 middle grades students and four Avenues teachers hopped on a plane to China to live with homestay families in Guilin. The homestay experience encouraged true cross-cultural exchanges in which our students shared stories about their lives in the big American city of New York and their homestay families shared their experiences living in a small Chinese city. More...

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App of the Week: Hopster

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April 17, 2017 - Hopster is a Netflix-type subscription based app designed for kids ages five and under. More...

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