Global Readiness

Avenues is answering the current call for global readiness, delivering it in a system of schools around the world. We provide a unique and dynamic educational village—one school with 20 or more 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.


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, videoconferencing, Skype and online collaboration tools, 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.


A distinguishing feature of Avenues is the World Course, a global studies curriculum consisting of courses introduced in the Early Learning Center and offered in the Lower and Upper Divisions, 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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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, with exposure to Chinese or Spanish in the Early Learning Center. 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 three languages prior to graduation.


Among the most distinguishing features of Avenues is the concept of one school with 20 or more 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

March 19, 2018

Students Create Video Essays on Institutional Racism

by Stephanie Shore, 11th and 12th Grade World Course Teacher

To culminate a unit on racism in the United States, students in the 11th and 12th grade Gender, Sexuality and Race class developed video essays.  

March 16, 2018

Tiny Techies: Coding with Kids

by Alexandra Gerba, Associate Pre-K Teacher

Earlier this year, with the grace and guidance of our wonderful tech team, the pre-K Lions and Tigers embarked on a journey with Doodlematic, an incredible app that very simply teaches children how to code.  

March 14, 2018

After-School Robotics Lessons with Posoco

by Maria Munoz, After School and Summer Programs Coordinator

The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students in our Robotics 2 after-school program have been hard at work designing circuit boards! Understanding circuit boards and electricity are fundamental to computing and robotics.  

March 9, 2018

Warren Berger: Nurturing the Ability to Question

by Jennette Mullaney

“Questioning is a 21st-century survival skill,” says Warren Berger, self-described “questionologist” and author of A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas.   

March 6, 2018

Ringing in the New Year with Lion Dances

by Dorine Yang, Nursery Teacher

When the teachers played a short video of professional lion dancers, the children were mesmerized. They were drawn to the bright colors and the cheeky movements of the lion.  

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