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Avenues: The World School

Avenues: The World School is a coeducational private school for students in grades Pre-K through 11.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Urban


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Avenues: The World School is an international private school with a global view that opened in the fall of 2012 in New York City.


Avenues: The World School received a Noodle Innovative School Award in 2015.

A “school design” is much more than curriculum, but involves thinking through many aspects of the life of a school: educational objectives; choice of curriculum; rewarding and developing faculty; assessment systems; the culture of the school; school calendar; schedule; and hundreds of other decisions, each affecting one another.

As a new school, Avenues has had the unique opportunity to design its curriculum, and the other components of a school design, from scratch. Any curriculum design, however, is based on a number of well-established factors, including national and local standards and the school’s mission.

Avenues’ curriculum design process begins with consideration of these factors and then uses what Grant Wiggins, a nationally recognized educator, calls “backwards planning” in his approach called “understanding by design (UbD)". This approach focuses first on the outcomes desired, then works backwards, plotting the steps that will produce those outcomes. UbD helps teachers clarify learning goals, devise assessments that reveal student understanding and craft effective learning activities. Developed by Mr. Wiggins in association with Jay McTighe, UbD’s key idea is that a primary goal of education should be the development and deepening of student understanding, which is most effectively revealed when students can transfer what they have learned in one area to understanding in other areas. By defining what student outcomes they want to achieve, teachers then work backwards to develop their curriculum to reach those goals.

A major component of the resulting curriculum design is a good assessment program, which allows teachers and administrators to evaluate how students are progressing and where they need to go. The curriculum can then be adjusted to respond to students’ needs, improving and strengthening it through many iterations, with more detail added with each iteration.

Curriculum design, then, is not a one-time process. The school is constantly reexamining the curriculum, fine-tuning and improving it, both during the school year and at the end of each year.

Mission Statement

We will graduate students who are accomplished in the academic skills one would expect; at ease beyond their borders; truly fluent in a second language; good writers and speakers one and all; confident because they excel in a particular passion; artists no matter their field; practical in the ways of the world; emotionally unafraid and physically fit; humble about their gifts and generous of spirit; trustworthy; aware that their behavior makes a difference in our ecosystem; great leaders when they can be, good followers when they should be; on their way to well-chosen higher education; and, most importantly, architects of lives that transcend the ordinary. We will share our prosperity with those who need it, initially through traditional financial aid and, as we grow, in more innovative and broader-scale ways that leap the walls of our campuses. We will provide our faculty and staff members a special place to pursue the science and art of teaching. We want to align the rewards of teaching more closely with the value it brings to society, provide teachers opportunities to deepen their skills and be a place where careers, in and out of the classroom, can flourish. We will advance education by setting an example as an effective, diverse and accountable school; by continuously investing in ways to become better at what we do; and by making available our discoveries, large and small, to colleagues in the cause of education.


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Financial Aid Information

Financial Assistance Avenues seeks to build a student body that reflects the diversity of New York City. Students of all backgrounds will find that the Avenues environment embraces the tenets of mutual understanding and creativity as a method of promoting the highest levels of student achievement. To this end, Avenues will offer financial assistance to the parents of admitted students. An application for financial assistance is a separate process from the application for admission. To apply for financial aid, you must indicate your intention on the online admissions application, submit the Avenues request for financial aid form and apply for assistance through Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST), which will process financial aid applications. FAST is a service of Independent School Management (ISM). FAST gives us an estimated amount your family can contribute to educational expenses. FAST does not determine the amount of financial aid you receive; Avenues makes that determination independently. All financial information and all financial assistance decisions are confidential. Avenues believes the primary responsibility for tuition rests with the family, and each family is expected to look to its own resources before requesting aid. However, Avenues tries to recognize the distinctiveness of each situation and, when there is demonstrated need, to tailor grants to meet the needs of each qualified family. All families who need financial assistance are encouraged to apply. Admission decisions are based on a student’s academic merit and personal qualities. Because of high demand for financial aid, no additional aid is available for the 2014-2015 school year. Additional financial aid funds are available for applicants entering in 2015.

Tuition Information

Tuition Avenues’ tuition for the 2014-2015 school year is consistent with tuition charged by other independent “all-through” schools in New York City (those offering nursery to grade 12 or kindergarten through 12th grade). For the 2014-2015 school year, Avenues’ tuition is $43,400. Tuition includes the full cost of books and materials; all field trips; and transportation to and from activities during the school day that are part of the academic program. Mandatory fees are $2,200 and cover lunch, snacks, athletic team uniforms and annual investments in educational technology (to fund laptops, tablets and continuous improvements in our technology offering). Optional fees will be billed to the students’ accounts. Optional fees may include purchases in the school store, summer programs, after-school programs, etc.



Private schools, including parochial and boarding, are funded through tuition and fees. The cost varies from school to school, but most families pay tuition to attend them. Many private schools offer financial aid or discounts, so it's worthwhile to ask about these options.


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