Upper Division

logoWelcome to the Avenues Upper Division, grades six 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.

JULIA CHUN
Head of the Upper Division

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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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