Athletics

Sports, fitness and wellness are central to the Avenues mission. By providing numerous opportunities for physical education and athletic competition, Avenues ensures each student develops a foundation for life-long physical fitness and wellness. Avenues athletics complements the school’s overall educational philosophy by providing the opportunity for all students to enhance their physical and mental health, hone their individual skills and learn to collaborate through team play.

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Ryan King, Avenues Program Director at Chelsea Piers, and Jennifer Inniss, Avenues Director of Athletics and Physical Education.

Avenues’ Chelsea campus has an outstanding set of athletic facilities, including our own 20,000-square-foot full-size gymnasium, locker rooms, fitness and weight rooms. In addition to our in-house facilities, Avenues students also have access to much more, including the facilities of Chelsea Piers.

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The gym on the top floor of the Avenues building provides opportunities for both formal and informal athletic activities. A bleacher area also allows for spectators.

Wellness and Movement: Grades 1 through 11

Avenues Wellness and Movement (WAM) is a unique health and physical education experience rooted in positive psychology and dynamic play. The WAM program focuses on social-emotional wellbeing and physical literacy through an extensive movement-based curriculum. Students learn through exploration and progressive practice of essential athletic movements; strength and flexibility challenges; and individual and group games. Students also engage in developmentally appropriate mental and physical skill-specific training in a wide array of sports and fitness activities.

Students across all grades benefit from a robust, student-centered curriculum cultivated by Avenues’ passionate and professional WAM faculty alongside expert Chelsea Piers coaches and special guest instructors. Children in grades 1 through 5 are taught at Chelsea Piers’ world-class facilities, utilizing multiple indoor fields, sport courts, fitness studios and 23,000-square-foot gymnastics center. Fun and rigorous WAM classes for students in grades 6 through 8 take place in the Avenues gymnasium, fitness center and outdoors at Chelsea park, while grades 9 through 11 experience WAM on campus and throughout the Chelsea community through exciting fitness electives such as spinning, boxing, yoga, dance, pilates and martial arts.

Specific instruction is included the following activities: gymnastics, soccer, baseball, basketball, European team handball, floor hockey, volleyball, badminton, tennis, track and field, golf, strength and conditioning, ice skating and more!

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Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten Movement Program

The Avenues movement program for nursery and pre-K provides a unique learning opportunity, using dance and movement as a tool for physical and creative development. The program focuses on movement exploration, observation, self-awareness and expression while utilizing a combination of dance choreography, drama, music, storytelling and improvisational movement. The curriculum includes the basics of dance-making and movement elements though concepts of space, shape, rhythm and vocabulary. In every class students are encouraged to respond and reflect upon their own work as well as the work of their peers. Classes are carefully developed for each group, with each class having its own individual structure. Throughout the school year, teachers utilize visual arts, poetry, cultural dances, science and nature themes, literature and musical elements as entry points to encourage creative movement and dance-making skills.

Kindergarten classes expand on the dance and movement instruction from nursery and pre-K, progressing into development of various locomotive skills, coordination, and object manipulation through games and challenges. Play-based learning of specific sports is also introduced in kindergarten, with opportunities to explore basketball, soccer, volleyball, racket games, gaga, tumbling and more. Concepts of sportsmanship, resilience, teamwork, conflict resolution and fair play are modeled and practiced throughout play.

Inter-Scholastic Athletic Program

With access to the best coaches and the best facilities for team sports, Avenues is fully committed to fielding high-level and successful interscholastic sports teams for both boys and girls. In its opening year, Avenues originally planned to offer only intramural sports; instead, we organized 16 various teams at both the middle grades program (grades seven and eight) and junior varsity (grade nine) levels. In Avenues’ fourth year, we are offering 25 teams, including a number at the varsity level. As the school grows, Avenues plans to offer a complete interscholastic sports program for students.

A varsity program began in fall 2014 and is competitive with those of the top independent schools in the New York City area. We are members of two athletic leagues: the American International Private School League (AIPSL) for middle grades teams and the Private School Athletic Association (PSAA) for many of the upper grades teams.

In 2017–18, Avenues is offering the following sports:

Fall

Soccer
Girls’ volleyball
Cross-country
Girls’ tennis (grades 9–12)

Winter

Basketball
Fencing
Squash (grades 9–12)
Indoor track and field (grades 9–12)

Spring

Baseball
Outdoor track and field
Lacrosse (grades 7 and 8)
Co-ed Tennis (grades 7 and 8)
Golf (grades 9–12)
Boys’ tennis (grades 9–12)
Crew (grades 9–12)

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Avenues will help each student develop a foundation for life-long physical fitness and wellness.

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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