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Middle
Grades

Parent Information Event (all grades)

December 8, 2021

5:30 PM

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An Integrated Brazilian Program

Global scope meets local focus

Instruction in Portuguese and English continues in the middle grades with opportunities for deep engagement in both languages. Students learn from and within the context of both languages throughout the school day, with extra support available to those who need it. The Brazilian national social studies and geography curriculum is taught as part of the World Course, alongside a range of future-focused global issues framed in local terms.

Integrated Science

Rigorous, hands-on and lab-based

The middle grades science program focuses on foundational principles in the fields of earth sciences, chemistry, physics, and biology, with a strong experimental basis. Applying Avenues’ lab-based investigative approach to the scientific topics of the Brazilian national curriculum yields a challenging program characterized by flexibility and depth.

Minimester

An annual opportunity to discover new passions

A highlight of the middle grades calendar, Minimester offers students the chance to discover new interests in weeklong special electives that dive deep into a particular subject, issue or profession. Courses change every year and have ranged from journalism to cookery, forensic science to wilderness survival.

High Intensity Practice

An innovative program to build essential thinking skills through persistent practice

Based on the idea that the best way to cultivate lifelong skills is to spend deliberate time practicing with expert guidance, Avenues developed the High-Intensity Practice (HIP) program in writing and math. In 20-minute bursts of creative and analytical freedom, students cultivate essential thinking skills—mental agility, empathy, creativity, and critical thinking—through persistent practice.

The Deans Program

Personalized support across the social and physical changes of adolescence

The deans at Avenues are full-time mentors whose sole responsibility is the social-emotional well-being and academic success of their students. Working closely with faculty and acting as a point of contact for parents, deans ensure that students are fully supported and appropriately challenged at school. In 6th grade, students are assigned a dean who will work with them through 9th grade.

Wellness and Movement

A unique health and physical education experience rooted in positive psychology and dynamic play

Wellness and Movement is Avenues’ comprehensive health and physical education program that runs from kindergarten through 12th grade. Designed to ensure that each student develops a foundation for life-long physical fitness and wellness, Wellness and Movement covers mental and physical health, nutrition, mindfulness, and from middle grades on, team sports and interscholastic athletics.

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