This curriculum is traditional in resting upon a foundation of vertical cohesion (skills taught in one grade will be built upon in the following grades) and the mastery of crucial academic skills. It is progressive in its emphasis on depth of learning over breadth of exposure, its project- and problem-based orientation and its interdisciplinary nature.
In the Upper Division’s middle grades program, grades six through eight, students start to move from studio to studio (classroom to classroom). Students acquire greater depth and proficiency in all their academic and co-curricular subjects, as well as an increasing emphasis on critical thinking. Assignments individualize opportunities for students to pursue their particular interests in depth, but within a common curriculum and skills base. Curricular emphasis is on building the core skills already mastered in earlier years.
In the middle grades, the World Course is likely to overlap with standard offerings in history and science.
Students of this age do well working on projects with other students, so work in small teams on independent projects will be emphasized.
Older middle grades students will begin to have some of their classes, particularly in art and music, integrated with offerings in Chelsea and the city around the school.
A chart of the middle grades program curriculum is available here.
March 16, 2018
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
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
“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
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.
March 6, 2018
On Sunday, February 25, hundreds of Avenues community members came together for Ruckus Constructus, our annual STEAM fair. This year's theme was global climate change.