An Avenues Education

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

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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 the upper grades program, 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 the 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.

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Recent Articles from OPEN, our news and discussion blog

February 22, 2018

Middle Grades Lunar New Year Celebration

by Ting Wang, Middle Grades Chinese Teacher


In class, middle grades students not only learned about the “do’s and dont’s” of Lunar New Year, they also learned about how Chinese people follow a day-by-day guide to do New Year’s preparation seven days before the Lunar New Year’s eve.  

February 15, 2018

The GO Project-Avenues Partnership

by Jennette Mullaney


Since 2012, Avenues has partnered with the GO Project, an educational intervention program that serves under-resourced children in New York City.  

February 13, 2018

Learning About the Filmmaking Process

by Rachel Kreibich, 5th Grade Head Teacher


Nick Shumaker, the father of one of our 5th graders, recently visited the Palms’ classroom to talk about the process of creating the animated film White Fang.  

February 7, 2018

Tactfully Approaching Strangers in a Second Language

by Spencer Baron, Upper Division Chinese Teacher


In Chinese 3-4, we are actively focused on our skills at making conversation. As we move across topics essential to daily life in Chinese, the one common thread is the opening. That very small but important dance of interaction between two or more people is where so many decisions are made about how to move forward and will dictate how friendly each side will decide to be 

February 6, 2018

A Picture Book Teaches Compassion

by Liz Salegumba, Pre-K Head Teacher


This fall’s earthquakes in Mexico and devastating storms in Puerto Rico deeply affected members of our teaching team. One of our teachers saw an opportunity for children to learn compassion with the use of Alvaro F. Villa’s Flood, a moving and wordless eBook.  

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