Avenues is answering the current call for global readiness, delivering it in a system of schools around the world. We provide a unique and dynamic educational village—one school with 20 or more campuses in major cities in Asia, Europe, Africa and North and South America—and a global orientation that includes language proficiency, the World Course and international experience and study on continents around the world.
Today, educational institutions everywhere tout goals of going global. The forces fueling this trend are social, economic, political, environmental and technological. There are daily reminders of the interdependence and interconnectedness with all people and countries. As never before, citizens of the world will have to understand these dependencies and connections; they will have to move easily across boundaries; they will have to be comfortable with difference and ambiguity; and they will have to speak languages other than their own. Avenues prepares its students for such realities.
In Avenues’ classes at every level, faculty introduce authors, information, perspectives and challenges that reference a global horizon. As one of the great international cities, New York itself serves as a laboratory for research projects, internships and service learning that allows students to understand its structure and function and, later, to compare it with other cities in the Avenues network. Through partnerships, videoconferencing, Skype and online collaboration tools, students are connected from the outset with peers in schools abroad. To all of this the Avenues faculty brings international perspectives, based on their own experiential learning, academic training and nationality. In these ways, traditional values and standards are recalibrated to introduce global sensitivities and attitudes to the learning process.
A distinguishing feature of Avenues is the World Course, a global studies curriculum consisting of courses introduced in the Early Learning Center and offered in the Lower and Upper Divisions, as well as a series of topics that are infused throughout the Avenues curriculum to ensure that a global vision is a ubiquitous component of a student’s education.
Mastery of languages other than one’s own is a central feature of the Avenues mission. Such mastery opens doors to other countries and other cultures. It sparks curiosity and invites travel. It erodes stereotypes and fosters peace. It builds both self-confidence and self-knowledge. All are essential outcomes of an Avenues education.
The language of instruction in all Avenues schools will be English. By graduation, all students are expected to be proficient in a second world language, although some will push well beyond this requirement. Instruction begins in the early years, when students have proven capacities for language learning, with exposure to Chinese or Spanish in the Early Learning Center. Authentic in-class language instruction is supplemented with online resources, and the immersion experience of study abroad will lead to proficiency. Students who achieve proficiency in a second language by the beginning of the upper grades program are able to continue their mastery of that language or add a third language of their choice through a supervised independent language study program. Avenues expects a number of its students to attain proficiency in three languages prior to graduation.
Among the most distinguishing features of Avenues is the concept of one school with 20 or more campuses in major cities around the world. Once realized, this system will allow fluid exchanges between campuses of students and teachers, as well as a full range of interactive collaborations. Experiences ranging from multi-week exposure trips to semester exchanges will be offered, and in the course of their time at Avenues, students here and abroad will have the opportunity to study on multiple continents. No other system of schools currently offers such opportunities.
December 13, 2017
Our final project for the "Dating and Meeting People" unit was to recreate a Chinese dating show in a comedic and non-gendered way. Each student had to create several videos describing varying facets of themselves and interview before the panel of possible matches—the other students.
December 8, 2017
Yayoi Kusama Festival of Life show was such a special experience for our pre-K students as they wandered through her “infinity rooms.” The first room in the show is an immersive experience for everyone who visits, and our 4 and 5-year-olds really seemed to connect with it.
December 5, 2017
Last week, having almost completed all high school math curriculum, a group of 12th graders set foot to find beauty outside the classroom. This time, they looked for patterns not in a sequence of math problems, but ones hidden in the works of artists. As a prelude to their yearlong math-art project, students visited galleries in Chelsea. One of the stops was home to works by artist Ruth Asawa.
December 1, 2017
In 5th grade, students take a weekly one-hour class called Fab Five. The Fab Five classes consist of Drama, Journalism, Public Speaking, Creative Computing and Wellness. In the Creative Computation class, students learned to build a computer from scratch.
November 29, 2017
We asked the kids to share what they know about emotions, and then generated a list of all the feelings we know. One child made a quick connection and said, “Hey! Emojis, emotions. They’re like the same thing!” We used this observation to help us draw facial expressions for our own class emojis and then thought about how and why we feel the ways we do.