Community Engagement

Avenues: The World School emphasizes global awareness and the development of attitudes and skills required to make a difference in the world. Our community engagement program aims to strengthen future graduates’ commitment to a larger purpose, increase their awareness of real-world challenges and nurture passion in an area of personal interest.

Students are expected to engage in service learning beyond the formal curriculum and Avenues New York provides ample opportunities to do so. Community awareness and orientation are built into the classroom curriculum in the Early Learning Center, with increasing opportunities for student-directed experiences in the lower, middle and upper grades. Cultivating reciprocal, sustainable community relationships is emphasized for students of all ages.

Uni Project in fall 2015. Photo by Emily Gold.

Uni Project in fall 2015. Photo by Emily Gold.What Engagement Looks Like

We encourage students to explore beyond their “bubbles,” whether socio-economic, cultural or linguistic. De-emphasizing charity, we encourage experiential learning and the creation of genuine community connections to further the Avenues mission.

Early Learning Center/Lower Division (1–5)

Community is a major theme in classroom work. Depending on the grade and teacher, particular projects may be initiated by faculty. Families are encouraged to participate in Operation Gratitude, division-specific community engagement projects and book drives.

Middle Grades Program (6–8)

Through classroom curriculum, advisories, clubs, hands-on community days and student council initiatives, community engagement is intentionally embedded in school experiences, including Minimester.

Upper Grades Program (9–12)

Rather than setting specific community service hours, Avenues students are provided with models of and opportunities for service. Students are challenged to show personal initiative and create their own experiences, from independent volunteering with our partners to a range of internships. These often occur in conjunction with Mastery projects, Fifth Term electives and a schedule that fosters project-based learning.

Our Partners

Our focus on partnerships with community organizations allows us to both give and receive. Our partners, including the GO Project, the Hudson Guild and St. Clement’s Food Pantry, among many others, become participants in our school community, and we become contributing members in our local community.

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Recent Articles from OPEN, our news and discussion blog

August 14, 2019

See the Winning Photos from the 2019 Global Journeys Fifth Term Photo Contest

by Morgan Baum, Global Journeys


Global Journeys offers several programs students can take during Fifth Term, and in 2019, students participated in programs to China, Ecuador, Guatemala, Brazil and Hawaii.   

August 8, 2019

Learning about Financial Literacy in Chinese Class

by Ting Wang, Middle Grades Chinese Teacher


The 7th grade Wu Ji Xian class completed another project in their target language—a financial literacy project named “ru guo wo you yi bai wan,” or, “if I had one million dollars.”  

July 30, 2019

Show and Tell in Mandarin Chinese

by LiMei Ye, 1st Grade Teacher


We discovered an even better way to encourage students to speak more in Chinese—by holding a "show and tell" in the target language.  

July 25, 2019

Kindergarteners Learn about Central American Culture

by Meagan Gutierrez, Kindergarten Teacher


This past spring, the kindergarten’s Owls and Toucans learned about their teachers' different cultures in the target language. We took time to talk about the mountainous terrain which yields various types of exotic fruit in Honduras and also touched on the volcanos surrounded by lakes in Nicaragua.  

July 18, 2019

Dancing a Poem with the Avenues Dance Club

by Dina Gray, Dance and Movement Teacher


This year I had the opportunity to work with my 6th grade dance club to create a piece for the Avenues spring dance concert. We decided to use the Maya Angelou’s poem “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me at All” as a jumping-off point.  


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