Upper Division

Welcome to the Avenues Upper Division, grades 6 through 12. The Upper Division extends the developmental learning of the Early Learning Center and Lower Division and offers unique capstone opportunities that make Avenues a singular educational experience for talented students.

The Upper Division is where the basics of a strong education are enriched by an approach that places the student at the center of scholarly and experiential exploration. First and foremost, Avenues is dedicated to exceptional educational standards.

As you consider applying to Avenues, please keep in mind four important and defining aspects of our educational offering:

1. Our mission is to graduate every student prepared for a life far more global than that of prior generations. That means proficiency in a foreign language, feet-on-the-ground exposure to multiple cultures and knowledge of not only the world’s history but of its most likely future issues. Avenues is known for its language studies, for its highly integrated study-abroad programs and for a World Course developed by Ivy League scholars.

2. We believe early excellence in a particular area is an important part of success in life. It teaches perseverance and builds confidence; and even if that interest is not a lifelong pursuit, the lessons of mastery in one area are transferable to another. Starting in the middle grades and continuing at the high school level, Avenues works with all students to help them discover and develop their particular passions, allowing students to pursue their areas of interest, supported by faculty coaching and a superb technology infrastructure.

3. Just as we devote enormous time and attention to preparing students for entrance into great colleges and universities, those higher education institutions want to know and understand our graduates. What is special about these students? What have they learned and experienced that will add something different to a college or university? In this light, your applications from Avenues to colleges and universities will be viewed as something new and different, highlighting students and families with the spirit of innovation and exploration that is highly regarded on college campuses.

4. Because our vision is for “one school with 20 campuses,” Avenues will continue to grow through the years. This growth will be guided by the experience and insights of our students; if you become a part of our community, you will be able to shape the culture, curriculum and community of our future campuses. Few students have such an opportunity; your tenure here will be a life-shaping time.

Should you choose to apply, we look forward to getting to know you. We hope this site helps you get to know us better.

TODD SHY
Head of the Upper Division

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Recent Articles from OPEN, our news and discussion blog

February 14, 2019

Writing Persuasive Letters in Chinese

by Ting Wang, Upper Division Chinese Teacher


The 7th grade Mandarin Chinese class moved on to complete a new project, called “给校长的建议信,” or ”writing persuasive letters about school issues to the head of school.”  

February 12, 2019

Incorporating Snow into a Lesson

by Meagan Gutierrez, Kindergarten Teacher


What do you do with a classroom full of kindergarteners when it snows? 

February 8, 2019

A Memorial Project for a Controversial Figure

by Ron Widelec, Upper Division History Teacher


The 11th grade U.S. history classes were tasked with breaking into small groups and designing a memorial for Andrew Jackson that somehow took into account the complex nature of his presidency.  

February 7, 2019

A Campsite for City Kids

by Alexandra Gerba, Pre-kindergarten Teacher


The pre-K Penguins and Seals decided to turn our uninspiring dramatic play corner into a full working campsite – a close getaway that would feel quiet and cozy.  

February 6, 2019

Totally 80s Chorus Concert

by Neil Ginsberg, Upper Division Vocal Music Teacher


This winter, the 7th and 8th graders of Avenues presented their "Totally 80s" chorus concert. These 21st-century students explored the history, fashion and culture of the late 20th century through the lens of 1980s music.  


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