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As the culmination of our unit on "The Dream, Identity, and Immigration," 8th graders continued their exploration of the role the “American Dream” and identity play in the lives of immigrants by conducting interviews and producing a podcast outlining the subjects’ experiences as immigrants.  More...

We wanted to give students an opportunity to represent their emotions artistically. We decided to do a clay portrait project, in which the children formed their own faces out of clay. This activity fostered language development, fine motor skill development, collaboration, eye-hand coordination and cultural and body awareness.  More...

“Everything I do in China, whether it’s buying vegetables or telling jokes, is a form of cultural exchange,” Jesse Appell told Avenues students during his visit last November. Based in Beijing for the past four years, Jesse has forged a career as a cultural intermediary between China and America.   More...

Because first graders had been studying friendship as part of their World Course curriculum, we thought a wonderful way of combining this study with the writing skills they were working to learn would be to engage in a “Book on Friendship” project, in which students could become authors of their very own books.  More...

The World Peace Game is a hands-on, week-long political simulation that gives players the opportunity to explore the connectedness of the global community while thinking about over 50 economic, social and environmental crises and the imminent threat of war.  More...

Enjoy some of our favorite blog posts and videos from 2016.  More...

In this brief video interview, head teacher of a Spanish section of fourth grade, Joseph D’Annibale, touches upon some of the many advantages of multilingualism in schools.  More...

For more than a month, the eighth graders worked in their World Course, English, science and art classes to form political parties and research and develop party platforms on issues of their choosing.   More...

Ivan Cestero has been with Avenues from early days of 2011. He now teaches 11th and 12th grade electives in entrepreneurship and innovation in the World Course while overseeing the school's first student-run startup, Design4Impact, as part of the Mastery Program.  More...

Over the course of this entire school year, the Silver Cats and Rabbits pre-kindergarten classes took a journey into the world of art, in which they practiced looking at (and making) sculptures, paintings, collages and assemblages. By learning about some of the different ways visual artists express themselves, the children were able to experiment meaningfully with self-expression themselves and take their own creativity more seriously.  More...