Avenues promises its students the skills, experiential opportunities and exposure to cultures and values that will make them not only attractive college applicants but more importantly, productive and successful global citizens. 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.
Starting in the middle grades, Avenues offers, but does not require, multiple overseas learning opportunities with initial focus on China, Latin America and Spanish-speaking countries around the world. Of varying lengths, these programs are highly integrated into Avenues’ World Course, with both preparation and post-experience review central to the experiences.
Avenues’ approach to study abroad is to inspire students to be “at ease beyond their borders” and purposely designed so the international experience does not stand alone. For the international experience to be truly meaningful, it has to be connected to the students’ learning before and after the actual experience Avenues’ international programs thus have strong preparation and post-trip experience required for participation.
Since the opening of Avenues New York in 2012, Avenues students have taken school-sponsored trips to Costa Rica, Morocco, Spain, Ecuador and China. For more information, please see Global Journeys.
Initially these programs are designed and supervised by Avenues but conducted in conjunction with other organizations abroad. As additional Avenues campuses open around the world, the programs will be at those facilities.
November 17, 2017
For the second year in a row, Global Journeys returned to YMCA Camp Greenkill in Huguenot, New York, to host our weekend-long instructor training retreat. In addition to a number of pre-program preparations and extensive planning throughout the year, Global Journeys encourages instructors to take part in this weekend-long training. This fall, the Global Journeys team, along with 21 faculty/staff participated in the intensive two-day retreat.
November 15, 2017
Our 11th grade American Studies students began the year with a personal narrative assignment that prompted them to think about their views of their immediate surroundings and society. Students responded to one of the following prompts: Have you ever had to voice an unpopular opinion? Was there a time when you were a minority in a situation? Have you ever made a mistake that affected the people or the situation around you?
November 14, 2017
During the week of October 10, 2017, Avenues hosted 24 exchange students from Liceo 7 de Niñas de Providencia high school in Santiago, Chile.
November 13, 2017
In order to ease into the new freedoms 5th grade students will gain in the years to come, they participate in the Fab Five. The Fab Five is an opportunity in which, for one hour a week, students transition between five different elective classes. All 5th grade classes are mixed together and assigned to one elective for six to eight weeks.
November 9, 2017
The first unit of the year in 6th grade math is “Integers.” In this unit, students expand their knowledge of whole numbers to include negative numbers. For meaningful and lasting learning to take place, it is crucial for students to make connections to what they are learning.