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.

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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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