Avenues promises its students the skills, experiential opportunities and exposure to cultures and values that will make them not only attractive college applicants but more importantly, productive and successful global citizens. 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.
Starting in the middle grades, Avenues offers, but does not require, multiple overseas learning opportunities with initial focus on China, Latin America and Spanish-speaking countries around the world. Of varying lengths, these programs are highly integrated into Avenues’ World Course, with both preparation and post-experience review central to the experiences.
Avenues’ approach to study abroad is to inspire students to be “at ease beyond their borders” and purposely designed so the international experience does not stand alone. For the international experience to be truly meaningful, it has to be connected to the students’ learning before and after the actual experience Avenues’ international programs thus have strong preparation and post-trip experience required for participation.
Since the opening of Avenues New York in 2012, Avenues students have taken school-sponsored trips to Costa Rica, Morocco, Spain, Ecuador and China. For more information, please see Global Journeys.
Initially these programs are designed and supervised by Avenues but conducted in conjunction with other organizations abroad. As additional Avenues campuses open around the world, the programs will be at those facilities.
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.
November 28, 2017
In Spanish class with Profesora Valeria, 8th-grade students are working on the topic “City Life.” Through language study, they make connections with other content areas; compare the language and culture studied with their own; and participate in home and global communities.