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.

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

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Recent Articles from OPEN, our news and discussion blog

October 17, 2017

Students Examine Identity in Class on Gender, Sexuality and Race

by Stephanie Shore, 11th and 12th Grade World Course Teacher


During the first few weeks of Gender, Sexuality, and Race, 11th and 12th grade students examined their own identity and how it may affect the way the learn, think, and speak about gender, sexuality, race and socioeconomic class 

October 12, 2017

Buildling a Math Mindset

by Stacy Rezos, 4th Grade Head Teacher


“I can’t do this...yet!” and “My math brain just grew!” were just a few comments made during our math mindset activities in 4th grade. All students in the Lower Division spent the first two weeks of school building and strengthening their math mindsets. The purpose behind this important work was to establish a supportive math community that encourages all learners and to build upon the belief that everyone can do math at a high level.  

October 10, 2017

Empathy for Happier Children (and Adults)

by Roberto Baldeschi-Balleani, Pre-kindergarten Head Teacher


Empathy—putting oneself in the shoes of another—is the ability that allows us to really get in touch with other people. The good news is that this important ability can be developed from an early age. In the Early Learning Center at Avenues, nursery and pre-K teachers are working with children to help them get in touch with their feelings and the feelings of others.  

October 6, 2017

Students as Inventors: The Culmination of a Statistics Unit

by Fanny Sosenke, Middle Grades Math Teacher


A temperature-changing jacket? A backpack that transforms into a hammock? These are just a couple of the inventions that 6th graders created as part of a math unit on statistics.  

October 3, 2017

Global Journeys Taiwan: Making New Friends (and Discovering New Doritos Flavors) at a Taiwanese High School

by Grace Jackson, China Content and Marketing Manager


This past year's Global Journeys Taiwan program was focused on culture and climate change.  

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