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.
January 5, 2018
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
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
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
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
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.”