Upper Division

logoWelcome to the Avenues Upper Division, grades six through 12. The Upper Division extends the developmental learning of the Early Learning Center and Lower Division and offers unique capstone opportunities that make Avenues a singular educational experience for talented students.

The Upper Division is where the basics of a strong education are enriched by an approach that places the student at the center of scholarly and experiential exploration. First and foremost, Avenues is dedicated to exceptional educational standards.

As you consider applying to Avenues, please keep in mind four important and defining aspects of our educational offering:

1. Our mission is to graduate every student prepared for a life far more global than that of prior generations. That means proficiency in a foreign language, feet-on-the-ground exposure to multiple cultures and knowledge of not only the world’s history but of its most likely future issues. Avenues is known for its language studies, for its highly integrated study-abroad programs and for a World Course developed by Ivy League scholars.

2. We believe early excellence in a particular area is an important part of success in life. It teaches perseverance and builds confidence; and even if that interest is not a lifelong pursuit, the lessons of mastery in one area are transferable to another. Starting in the middle grades and continuing at the high school level, Avenues works with all students to help them discover and develop their particular passions, allowing students to pursue their areas of interest, supported by faculty coaching and a superb technology infrastructure.

3. Just as we devote enormous time and attention to preparing students for entrance into great colleges and universities, those higher education institutions want to know and understand our graduates. What is special about these students? What have they learned and experienced that will add something different to a college or university? In this light, your applications from Avenues to colleges and universities will be viewed as something new and different, highlighting students and families with the spirit of innovation and exploration that is highly regarded on college campuses.

4. Because our vision is for “one school with 20 campuses,” Avenues will continue to grow through the years. This growth will be guided by the experience and insights of our students; if you become a part of our community, you will be able to shape the culture, curriculum and community of our future campuses. Few students have such an opportunity; your tenure here will be a life-shaping time.

Should you choose to apply, we look forward to getting to know you. We hope this site helps you get to know us better.

JULIA CHUN
Head of the Upper Division

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Recent Articles from OPEN, our news and discussion blog

September 18, 2017

6th Graders Assess a River's Health

by Shabari Banerji


We know that water quality can be tested for pH, salinity, nitrates and other chemicals, but how can we use aquatic macroinvertebrates to assess the health of a river? ​​​​​​​ 

September 14, 2017

Creating an Augmented Reality Sandbox

by Jennette Mullaney


The augmented reality sandbox featured here was created by upper grades students as a Fifth Term project.  

August 29, 2017

Pre-K Graffiti Artists Get Inspired by Martha Cooper

by Daisy Vivar


The Martha Cooper exhibition at the nearby Steven Kasher Gallery allowed us to learn about art displayed throughout New York neighborhoods.  

August 24, 2017

Global Journeys Showcase

by David Miller


This spring, Global Journeys hosted its first annual Showcase Night highlighting everything the students researched, listened to, photographed and tasted on their programs. With more than 100 parents and students in attendance, it was a great way for the students to share their unforgettable memories with the larger community.  

August 17, 2017

An Exploration of Ocean Animals in Nursery

by Dorine Yang


The Seahorses and Giraffes have been learning about ocean animals in HuangSe, their nursery Chinese immersion classroom. This unit was contrasted by a land animal study in Yellow, the partner English classroom.  


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