Diversity

DIVERSITY

Although Avenues’ first priority is to provide an exceptional education to the students it serves, it also has a number of broader educational missions.

PROMOTING ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY.

This will be achieved via four strategies.

First, there is substantial financial aid for students and families. This began at the opening of the school and is a permanent, ongoing program. Avenues currently provides more than $6 million in assistance to 194 admitted families.  As Avenues’ campuses open in other cities around the globe, similar financial aid programs will be initiated. Over the next several decades, Avenues’ objective is to provide annual scholarships to nearly 4,000 students at our 20+ campuses worldwide.

Second, Avenues is committed to the development of innovative financial aid approaches that might dramatically expand the level of service to less advantaged students. One promising possibility is the creation of a related Avenues “virtual school” designed to provide courses to students far from Avenues’ campuses. For example, the Delhi campus could put its courses on the web, making them available to millions of students in India either free or at very low cost.

Third, Avenues fields substantial programs in New York City to attract students from all cultures, races and creeds. Given Avenues’ unique global focus, it is a highly attractive alternative for international families.

Fourth, as Avenues expands around the world, its broader learning community, comprised of campuses in the world’s leading cultures, will be exceedingly rich in cultural diversity among both students and staff. That community will embrace thousands of students and faculty from China, India, Europe, Africa and Latin America, all an integral part of Avenues’ culture and representing unprecedented cultural diversity within the student body and faculty.

SERVING THE CHELSEA NEIGHBORHOOD AND BROADER NEW YORK CITY COMMUNITY.

Community service began with the $60 million restoration of an important historic building and the hundreds of construction jobs related to that.

Avenues New York employs over 250 faculty and staff members, many of whom reside in the Chelsea area.

Avenues’ 215,000-square-foot facility is often used for community programs and events.

Part of the financial aid program for Avenues New York is targeted toward the immediate Chelsea community.

Community service is an integral part of Avenues’ curriculum. Students and faculty are encouraged to engage in a variety of ways with community groups in the neighborhood.

SHARING ONGOING EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT.

Avenues’ leadership team is interested in advancing education worldwide—not just within the walls of its own campuses but for all students. The team members have long histories and deep roots in the educational reform movement and a desire to improve every aspect of schooling—from more effective pedagogy to higher student outcomes, better teacher rewards and more effective use of technology.

Two aspects of Avenues’ plan enhance the ability to make such contributions. First, one of the advantages of a system of 20 or more campuses is that its scale enables ongoing, well-funded research and development, far beyond what a single-site institution can field. Second, Avenues’ R&D efforts draw upon the highly diverse nature of its faculty and students. The school is uniquely positioned to identify and build upon educational breakthroughs from the many cultures represented within the learning community. Equally important, the ability to disseminate these innovations will be enhanced as the global footprint of Avenues’ operations grows.

The first such effort—design of the Avenues curriculum —at its height involved more than 100 leading thinkers and practitioners, many on Avenues’ full-time staff but others from leading colleges and universities. Though some of what is created will be proprietary to Avenues, much will be published and distributed to practitioners and scholars around the world.

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The learning community will be rich in cultural diversity among both students and staff.

Recent Articles from OPEN, our news and discussion blog

January 5, 2018

Using Rekenreks to Enhance Math Learning in Kindergarten

by Natalie Gootkin, Kindergarten Associate Teacher


This year we are introducing a new math tool to be used in our kindergarten and 1st grade curriculum—rekenreks. Rekenreks are used for students to understand numbers in a multi-sensory way.  

January 3, 2018

Gongfu and Self-Cultivation

by Spencer Baron, Upper Division Chinese Teacher


At the end of the school day, I change from my work clothes into stretchy pants and a t-shirt, and make the transformation from Chinese teacher back to the fire-and-brimstone martial arts instructor I once was. Students come into my class with varied motivation; some come to become physically fit, some to learn to defend themselves and some to connect themselves to an unbroken line of an old tradition 

December 21, 2017

The Value of Routine in Child Development

by Roberto Baldeschi-Balleani, Pre-kindergarten Head Teacher


During a child’s development it is essential to build and maintain routines. Having consistent routines and knowing what to expect creates a predictable and safe environment for children. One of the first goals for children when starting pre-school is to internalize the daily routine.  

December 20, 2017

Avenues Is Deepening its Footprint in Math Competitions

by Cem Inaltong, Global Academic Dean, Mathematics


This year, our middle grades students set a new record in our young history. Seventy-four students from grades 6 through 8 participated in one of the most prestigious math contests in the world, American Mathematics Competition 8.  

December 18, 2017

Expedition: Black Rock Forest

by Rachel Kreibich, 5th Grade Head Teacher


This fall, 5th graders from Avenues traveled about two hours out of the city to Black Rock Forest for an educational and recreational day trip. The Black Rock Forest Consortium is a “living laboratory for field-based research and education, encompassing native terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems that are increasingly rare in the region.” 

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