Avenues is answering the current call for global readiness, delivering it in a system of schools around the world. We provide a unique and dynamic educational village—one school with 20 or more campuses in major cities in Asia, Europe, Africa and North and South America—and a global orientation that includes language proficiency, the World Course and international experience and study on continents around the world.
Today, educational institutions everywhere tout goals of going global. The forces fueling this trend are social, economic, political, environmental and technological. There are daily reminders of the interdependence and interconnectedness with all people and countries. As never before, citizens of the world will have to understand these dependencies and connections; they will have to move easily across boundaries; they will have to be comfortable with difference and ambiguity; and they will have to speak languages other than their own. Avenues prepares its students for such realities.
In Avenues’ classes at every level, faculty introduce authors, information, perspectives and challenges that reference a global horizon. As one of the great international cities, New York itself serves as a laboratory for research projects, internships and service learning that allows students to understand its structure and function and, later, to compare it with other cities in the Avenues network. Through partnerships, videoconferencing, Skype and online collaboration tools, students are connected from the outset with peers in schools abroad. To all of this the Avenues faculty brings international perspectives, based on their own experiential learning, academic training and nationality. In these ways, traditional values and standards are recalibrated to introduce global sensitivities and attitudes to the learning process.
A distinguishing feature of Avenues is the World Course, a global studies curriculum consisting of courses introduced in the Early Learning Center and offered in the Lower and Upper Divisions, as well as a series of topics that are infused throughout the Avenues curriculum to ensure that a global vision is a ubiquitous component of a student’s education.
Mastery of languages other than one’s own is a central feature of the Avenues mission. Such mastery opens doors to other countries and other cultures. It sparks curiosity and invites travel. It erodes stereotypes and fosters peace. It builds both self-confidence and self-knowledge. All are essential outcomes of an Avenues education.
The language of instruction in all Avenues schools will be English. By graduation, all students are expected to be proficient in a second world language, although some will push well beyond this requirement. Instruction begins in the early years, when students have proven capacities for language learning, with exposure to Chinese or Spanish in the Early Learning Center. Authentic in-class language instruction is supplemented with online resources, and the immersion experience of study abroad will lead to proficiency. Students who achieve proficiency in a second language by the beginning of the upper grades program are able to continue their mastery of that language or add a third language of their choice through a supervised independent language study program. Avenues expects a number of its students to attain proficiency in three languages prior to graduation.
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. Experiences ranging from multi-week exposure trips to semester exchanges will be offered, and in the course of their time at Avenues, students here and abroad will have the opportunity to study on multiple continents. No other system of schools currently offers such opportunities.
November 17, 2017
For the second year in a row, Global Journeys returned to YMCA Camp Greenkill in Huguenot, New York, to host our weekend-long instructor training retreat. In addition to a number of pre-program preparations and extensive planning throughout the year, Global Journeys encourages instructors to take part in this weekend-long training. This fall, the Global Journeys team, along with 21 faculty/staff participated in the intensive two-day retreat.
November 15, 2017
Our 11th grade American Studies students began the year with a personal narrative assignment that prompted them to think about their views of their immediate surroundings and society. Students responded to one of the following prompts: Have you ever had to voice an unpopular opinion? Was there a time when you were a minority in a situation? Have you ever made a mistake that affected the people or the situation around you?
November 14, 2017
During the week of October 10, 2017, Avenues hosted 24 exchange students from Liceo 7 de Niñas de Providencia high school in Santiago, Chile.
November 13, 2017
In order to ease into the new freedoms 5th grade students will gain in the years to come, they participate in the Fab Five. The Fab Five is an opportunity in which, for one hour a week, students transition between five different elective classes. All 5th grade classes are mixed together and assigned to one elective for six to eight weeks.
November 9, 2017
The first unit of the year in 6th grade math is “Integers.” In this unit, students expand their knowledge of whole numbers to include negative numbers. For meaningful and lasting learning to take place, it is crucial for students to make connections to what they are learning.