Global Readiness

Avenues is answering the current call for global readiness, delivering it by creating a new category of schools–a world school. We provide a unique and dynamic educational village—one school with many campuses in major cities in Asia, Europe, Africa and North and South America—and a global orientation that includes language proficiency, the World Course and international experience and study on continents around the world.

Today, educational institutions everywhere tout goals of going global. The forces fueling this trend are social, economic, political, environmental and technological. There are daily reminders of the interdependence and interconnectedness with all people and countries. As never before, citizens of the world will have to understand these dependencies and connections; they will have to move easily across boundaries; they will have to be comfortable with difference and ambiguity; and they will have to speak languages other than their own. Avenues prepares its students for such realities.

A GLOBAL ORIENTATION INFUSED IN THE CURRICULUM

In Avenues’ classes at every level, faculty introduce authors, information, perspectives and challenges that reference a global horizon. As one of the great international cities, New York itself serves as a laboratory for research projects, internships and service learning that allows students to understand its structure and function and, later, to compare it with other cities in the Avenues network. Through partnerships and technology, students are connected from the outset with peers in schools abroad. To all of this the Avenues faculty brings international perspectives, based on their own experiential learning, academic training and nationality. In these ways, traditional values and standards are recalibrated to introduce global sensitivities and attitudes to the learning process.

THE WORLD COURSE

A distinguishing feature of Avenues is the World Course, a global studies curriculum, as well as a series of topics that are infused throughout the Avenues curriculum to ensure that a global vision is a ubiquitous component of a student’s education.

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WORLD LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION

Mastery of languages other than one’s own is a central feature of the Avenues mission. Such mastery opens doors to other countries and other cultures. It sparks curiosity and invites travel. It erodes stereotypes and fosters peace. It builds both self-confidence and self-knowledge. All are essential outcomes of an Avenues education.

The language of instruction in all Avenues schools will be English. By graduation, all students are expected to be proficient in a second world language, although some will push well beyond this requirement. Instruction begins in the early years, when students have proven capacities for language learning. Authentic in-class language instruction is supplemented with online resources, and the immersion experience of study abroad will lead to proficiency. Students who achieve proficiency in a second language by the beginning of the upper grades program are able to continue their mastery of that language or add a third language of their choice through a supervised independent language study program. Avenues expects a number of its students to attain proficiency in two languages prior to graduation.

ONE SCHOOL WITH MANY CAMPUSES

Among the most distinguishing features of Avenues is the concept of one school with many  campuses in major cities around the world. Once realized, this system will allow fluid exchanges between campuses of students and teachers, as well as a full range of interactive collaborations. Experiences ranging from multi-week exposure trips to semester exchanges will be offered, and in the course of their time at Avenues, students here and abroad will have the opportunity to study on multiple continents. No other system of schools currently offers such opportunities.

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Every grade level includes literature, information and perspectives that reference a global horizon.

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Recent Articles from OPEN, our news and discussion blog

October 11, 2018

The Big App: Here Is New York

by Yumi Nakanishi, Technology Integrator


Last spring, the entire 8th grade participated in an interdisciplinary project called the Big App: Here is New York. Through this project, each student created and published an app that highlighted communities in New York City.  

October 5, 2018

Where Are We and How Do We Get There?

by Spencer Baron, Upper Division Chinese Teacher


Learning to ask and answer directional questions is viewed by some as the most important skill needed to survive abroad. If you lose your way, you need to understand someone when they give you an answer more complex than a finger pointing in a general direction. If applied in context, learning these skills can prove to be quite fun.  

October 3, 2018

Building Dream Classrooms

by Laura Montague, 2nd Grade Teacher


This fall, the 2nd graders in the Jellyfish and Manta Ray classes are building the classroom of their dreams.  

September 28, 2018

Game Design During Fifth Term

by Ron Widelec, Upper Division History Teacher


This past spring, nine students, including a visitor from our new campus in São Paulo, Brazil, signed up to spend a month learning about game design. This course was part of Fifth Term, a period of four weeks during which upper grades students complete group and individual projects on subjects that spark their passion.  

September 20, 2018

HIP Unbound: A Report from Columbia’s Innovative Teaching Summer Institute

by Brady Smith, High Intensity Practice (HIP) Thinking Instructor


At Avenues, we have a tendency to think of high-intensity practice as belonging solely to the HIP Thinking program. However, shifting from HIP Thinking to Face Your Fears made it clear to me how essential the methods we’ve developed in the HIP program can be to helping students quickly develop competency in discipline-based skills as well.  

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