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 will 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 School, 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 will be 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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