An Avenues Education

Educational Objectives

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 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 initial focus on China, Latin America and Spanish-speaking countries around the world.

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 upper grades, 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 is 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 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.

Recent Articles from OPEN, our news and discussion blog

April 18, 2019

A Chinese-Spanish Cabaret

by Jennette Mullaney


Upper Division students performed in both Spanish and Mandarin Chinese for this year’s Cabaret! Although previous years had featured songs in Spanish, this was the first year our Cabaret included Chinese as well.  

April 17, 2019

Design Thinking in 1st Grade

by Anna Stevens, Lower Division Science Teacher


Using the design thinking process—a series of steps to solve a problem—our 1st graders built structures to satisfy the needs of Madagascar hissing cockroaches kept at the school.  

April 12, 2019

Matt Green and the World Before Your Feet: Mindful Travel and Interaction

by Jennette Mullaney


The middle grades at Avenues had the great fortune of hearing from Matt Green, the subject of a new documentary titled The World Before Your Feet.  

April 10, 2019

“Poetry Is That Which Is Worth Translating”: Writing Between Languages at Avenues

by Brady Smith and Narcy Carranza


In 9th and 10th grade HIP (High Intensity Practice) Thinking through Writing, students have been reading and rewriting Spanish and Chinese poems in English.  

April 9, 2019

Lunar New Year in the Early Learning Center

by Evelyn Vivar, Spanish Fellow in the Early Learning Center


Students in the Early Learning Center learned so much about Lunar New Year this winter.  

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