Avenues’ global headquarters in New York City will provide central and support functions for Avenues’ system of schools. One advantage of a system of schools (versus a single-site school) is that certain core competencies can be built up at a system level that would be economically difficult, even impossible, for a single school to develop. These provide meaningful benefits to both students and faculty. Here are three examples of the value of a headquarters (HQ) function:
Most schools have department chairs, teachers who “double” as coordinators of subject areas such as history or mathematics. Avenues does this as well, but these campus-based chairs will, over time, be supported by full-time departmental experts at the HQ level. For example, HQ will have a system-wide expert on languages to assist each school in selecting its language faculty, coordinate the selection of language courseware, conduct the professional development/training programs for language faculty worldwide, generally stay abreast of cutting-edge work in language acquisition, and conduct ongoing research and development on language studies. Imagine similar “system-wide” positions in mathematics, the World Course, science, early childhood education, the arts, fitness and athletics, and so forth.
Avenues will build a two-part college counseling and admission function. As with every top school, there is on-site college counseling for all upper grade students. In addition, there will be an HQ function related to college counseling and college/university relations. This team, which will be headed by someone who has previously held a senior post in the admissions function of a top college or university, will provide advice and support to all on-campus college counseling teams. Equally important, HQ staff will meet with senior admissions officials at the world’s top colleges and universities both to stay up-to-date on what each institution offers and to ensure that these admissions offices know the attributes of an Avenues graduate. Few single-site schools are able to support such wide coverage of higher education options and maintain research about them.
Study abroad capabilities are housed at HQ. Working closely with school leadership and faculty, this team develops all summer abroad studies programs (first in programs supervised out of New York and later in programs offered at other Avenues campuses). It will also design and coordinate the semester abroad programs. A core objective of this group will be to ensure that every Avenues student has, during the course of his or her Upper Division years, multiple overseas opportunities that are highly integrated into the “home campus” curriculum.
These are just a few examples of the support functions at the Avenues HQ. Such capabilities will expand with each campus opened, and over time they will become a uniquely powerful part of the quality of an Avenues education.
October 17, 2017
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
“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—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
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
This past year's Global Journeys Taiwan program was focused on culture and climate change.