AVENUES: THE WORLD SCHOOL
Sponsored Content | September 3, 2020
The New York campus of Avenues: The World School is a 15-grade independent school located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, adjacent to the High Line park. Since opening in 2012, Avenues New York has grown its student body from 740 students to more than 1,800 in 2020. Students from our first five graduating classes are studying at many of the finest educational institutions in the world and are well on their way to becoming, in the words of our mission statement, “architects of lives that transcend the ordinary.”
A key attribute of the Avenues community is inclusivity. We look for promising students who can thrive in a rigorous and collaborative learning environment. We strive to be broadly representative of the wider community, and nearly half of our student body identifies as students of color with students now hailing from 150+ zip codes. A significant financial aid budget supports much of our student body and aims to meet 100% of the demonstrated need of each admitted family.
“In our mission statement, we promise to graduate students who are at “ease beyond their borders”; that is, students who have the cultural competencies necessary to engage with and serve in communities other than their own. Whether those borders are defined by race, culture, physical ability, socio-economic background or other measures of identity, Avenues equips our students to connect across differences and embrace access for all—both in and out of the classroom.” — Kym Ward Gaffney, Global Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Avenues parent (Classes of 2026 and 2028)
Avenues New York comprises Small World (a program for two-year-olds), the Early Learning Center (nursery, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten), the Lower Division (grades 1–5), and the Upper Division (split into the middle grades program from grades 6–8 and the upper grades program from grades 9–12). Avenues’ innovative curriculum is shaped by expert faculty with support from our in-house research and development team. Curricular highlights include language immersion in Chinese or Spanish, project-based learning, interdisciplinary study and the Mastery Program.
In Avenues’ language immersion program, which runs from nursery–5th grade, students spend 50% of their time learning in English and 50% learning in either Chinese or Spanish: one day in English, one day in Chinese or Spanish, and so on. In the Small World program for 2-year-olds, children are exposed to all three languages, in preparation for formal immersion in nursery. From 6th grade, students transition to intensive study of their chosen second language, with opportunities to put their skills into practice on life-changing study abroad programs.
Avenues pledges to graduate students who are confident because they excel in a particular passion, and the Mastery Program provides students in grades 6–12 with the space, resources and mentorship to identify and then pursue that passion in depth. Mastery projects have ranged from engineering (e.g. the design and construction of small scale drones) to the arts (e.g. a self-published book of fashion photography) to law (e.g. the creation of the first high school law review in the United States) to science (e.g. using AI for the early detection of cancer) and everything in between.
As one school with many campuses, Avenues is a highly integrated global learning community, connected and supported by a common vision, a shared curriculum, the same admissions standards, collective professional development of its faculty and best-in-class facilities. In 2018, Avenues São Paulo opened, followed by Avenues Shenzhen just one year later. Five years ago, our commitment to innovation led us to begin developing the virtual campus of Avenues Online, which is setting a new standard for online education. Future Avenues campuses include Silicon Valley (planned for 2021) and additional global locations in the coming years.
In 2020, Avenues developed a number of special programs to meet the needs of families during these uncertain times. This includes Avenues@HOME, offering in-home instruction for students from toddler–grade 5; and Avenues Studio Hamptons, a small classroom for students in grades 4–10 in East Hampton.