The uniquely global scope of Avenues’ curriculum provides students with the educational and extracurricular opportunities that make for competitive and compelling college applications. To that end, we offer highly individualized college counseling in tandem with our deans program.
Over the course of multiple years, deans build strong relationships with each of their advisees, making them uniquely qualified to support students in navigating the college application process. They counsel students on how to make strong academic and extracurricular choices that reflect Avenues’ values and help identify institutions that best fit their advisees’ academic interests and priorities. To prepare students for the college admission process, we focus on the pillars of our program: striving for academic excellence; identifying and pursuing academic and extracurricular passions through the Mastery program; engaging in our community—as well as in communities abroad—in ways that bring about social good; and gaining proficiency in more than one language. Every student completes a portfolio of writing, artwork, design projects, social innovation pursuits, internships, athletic achievements and international experiences that will distinguish them in the application pools of selective colleges and universities.
In addition to guidance from deans, Avenues offers a full range of resources to support the college search and application process, including a spring break college tour, practice administrations of the SAT and ACT, standardized test preparation courses and a college essay writing course. Each fall, deans organize meetings for students to speak with college admission representatives at the Avenues campus. Students have further opportunity to research their options at our annual college fair, held each spring.
For more information, please contact:
Director of Deans and College Counseling
Dean and College Counselor, Grades 10–12
Risa Sang-urai Harms
Dean of Students, Grades 10–12
If you are a college admissions officer and would like to schedule a visit to Avenues, please contact:
Administrative Assistant, College Counseling
January 5, 2018
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
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
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
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
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.”