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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April 18, 2019

A Chinese-Spanish Cabaret

by Jennette Mullaney


Upper Division students performed in both Spanish and Mandarin Chinese for this year’s Cabaret! Although previous years had featured songs in Spanish, this was the first year our Cabaret included Chinese as well.  

April 17, 2019

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by Anna Stevens, Lower Division Science Teacher


Using the design thinking process—a series of steps to solve a problem—our 1st graders built structures to satisfy the needs of Madagascar hissing cockroaches kept at the school.  

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by Jennette Mullaney


The middle grades at Avenues had the great fortune of hearing from Matt Green, the subject of a new documentary titled The World Before Your Feet.  

April 10, 2019

“Poetry Is That Which Is Worth Translating”: Writing Between Languages at Avenues

by Brady Smith and Narcy Carranza


In 9th and 10th grade HIP (High Intensity Practice) Thinking through Writing, students have been reading and rewriting Spanish and Chinese poems in English.  

April 9, 2019

Lunar New Year in the Early Learning Center

by Evelyn Vivar, Spanish Fellow in the Early Learning Center


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