Deans Program

THE DEANS PROGRAM

Dedicated to ensuring the success of our students, the deans at Avenues are highly experienced educators who provide academic and social-emotional support to students throughout the Upper Division. Deans are academic advisors, mentors and—from 10th grade on—college counselors. In these roles they maintain a comprehensive overview of their students’ experience at Avenues and guide them through important academic and social transitions. They also work closely with parents, providing a key point of contact between home and school. Deans meet frequently with students, both one-on-one and in small groups, to give advice on academic and extracurricular choices and raise questions that encourage self-reflection and self-exploration. Committed to celebrating each student’s achievements as well as providing support in moments of conflict and difficulty, deans act as their students’ advocates within the school community.

By getting to know students over multiple years, deans acquire a holistic understanding of the academic and extracurricular strengths of their students. Upon entering sixth grade, students are assigned a dean who will work with them through ninth grade. The student-dean relationship provides a powerful source of continuity for students as they navigate the challenging transition from the middle to the upper grades. For 10th through 12th grades, students are assigned a new dean with expertise in college counseling. With a deep knowledge of their students’ talents and aspirations, these deans are exceptionally well equipped to guide students through the college search and application process.

 

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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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