Adapted to a Changing World
Now more than ever, schools need to be responsive to the diverse needs of families and the shifting conditions of our world. Avenues embraces this challenge by offering families an innovative school experience that nimbly adapts to the present as it prepares students to thrive in the future.
Studio campuses provide a uniquely adaptive, learner-centered school experience by combining our transformative, web-based academic program with exceptional one-on-one mentoring, personalized learning experiences, local community engagement, and individually customized flex schedules.
We are now accepting applications for our inaugural classes in grades 4–10 for 2020–21.
Classes from Anywhere
Academic courses are conducted through our proprietary online learning platform and taught by our global Avenues faculty. Our unique, interactive platform enables students to connect with peers from other countries and cultures, learn from our exceptional teaching faculty, and attend classes flexibly from anywhere in the world.
Hub for Learning and Connection
The studio serves as the dynamic hub for our tight-knit community of mixed-age learners to connect with each other and our team of onsite mentors. Our open-space studio provides an ideal environment for individual meetings with mentors, collaborative project work, independent study, and community events.
Rather than following a prescribed, standard-issue schedule, our students partner with their mentors to develop individualized daily and weekly schedules for their on- and off-site learning. Through the process of co-designing and constantly refining their flexible schedules, students learn to manage their time comfortably and effectively to fulfill their responsibilities, achieve their goals, and pursue their passions.
Intensive Reading + Extensive Making
Originally developed for Avenues Online, our virtual campus, Great Works blends a great books curriculum (in the spirit of core curricula at Columbia University, the University of Chicago, and St. John’s College) with a project-based pedagogy (inspired by programs at Stanford’s d.school and MIT) to create an engaging and rigorous interdisciplinary course of study. The program’s title refers not only to the texts that students read but also to the great works that they produce.
Discussion- and Problem-Based Math
Our math inquiry program emphasizes collaboration and communication, encouraging students to take active ownership of their learning. Over time, students come to appreciate both the practical application of mathematical thinking and the beauty of mathematics as a source of reasoning.
Competency in Global Languages
The Global Passport curriculum focuses on task-based language learning and enables students to choose from over 50 languages of study—from Mandarin to Malay, from Spanish to Swahili, from Portuguese to Punjabi. Classes are conducted online in small groups or in private one-on-one sessions.
Trusted Advisors, Expert Guidance
Each student is partnered with an exceptional mentor from our studio campus team who serves as a trusted advisor and expert learning coach. Mentors cultivate genuine, personal relationships to ensure each student is deeply known, well cared for, and expertly guided through their academic, social, and emotional journey through school.
Learning to Learn
Metacognition + Learner Agency
Students receive daily instruction and coaching to develop their understanding of the learning process and the strategies that work best for them individually. Our dedicated studio team focuses on metacognitive knowledge and skill development to enable students to plan, monitor, evaluate, and adjust their learning effectively and independently.
Passion + Purpose
Through Experience Lab (“X.Lab”), students dedicate a full day of their week (20% of their time) to personalized learning experiences co-designed with their onsite studio mentor and coaches. X.Lab can take many forms and is customized for each student to ensure deep learning, purpose, and personal relevance.
Whole-Family Learning and Support
Small by design, the studio serves as a supportive hub of learning and connection for parents, too. We work closely with families to personalize their experience and engage them in campus life. Parents are welcome to participate in a wide variety of campus activities, including student projects and exhibitions, celebrations of milestones, and an ongoing series of parent education workshops and seminars.
Service + Design Thinking
Co.Lab is an experiential service program that empowers students to connect, collaborate, and contribute to their school and greater Hamptons community. Using a design thinking framework, students work in mixed-age project teams to understand problems, design solutions, and build meaningful relationships that create lasting impact.
Global Avenues Ecosystem
One School, Many Campuses
A student admitted to one campus is admitted to all our campuses: New York, São Paulo, Shenzhen, and Online. That means families can provide their children with an Avenues education from anywhere in the world. In addition, students at all our campuses benefit from frequent digital collaboration with their peers in other countries, as well as opportunities to join Global Journeys programs and campus exchanges.
Head of Studio
Maggie Wollner joined Avenues in 2012, the school’s first year of operation, as a science teacher and head of grade 8 on our New York campus. Since then Maggie has brought her expertise in social-emotional learning and interdisciplinary studies to a variety of roles within the organization including Associate Head of the Upper Division on our New York Campus and Director of Curriculum Design for our global R&D team. While Maggie has worn many different hats, her favorite remains mentoring students to help them reach their goals, pursue their passions, and become informed and empathic agents of change in the world around them. Maggie received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Science from Harvard University and later went on to receive a Master of Arts in Independent School Leadership from Columbia.