Our curriculum consists of standards aligned instruction in literacy, math, science, and social studies. Our unique structure of looping and weekly planning periods, allow for teacher teams to make constant adjustments to the curriculum based on student needs.
Student receive the following instruction daily:
- Social/Emotional: RULER and Love and Logic
- Phonics (K-2): Fundations
- Reading: Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project
- Writing: Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project
- Math: EngageNY
- Social Studies/Science: Community/Identity, The Scientific Inquiry, The Engineering Process, Community Activism/Social Justice
- Pre K: Universal Pre K (UPK) Units of Study
All of our students engage in inquiry based learning around 4 interdisciplinary units: communication, scientific inquiry, the engineering process, and social justice/community activism. Every 6 weeks, the interdisciplinary unit culminates in a curriculum celebration where the students become the teachers, and the parents become the students. The parents participate in experiments and activities around the unit. We have had parents dissect frogs, build planes and boats, participate in museum walks, and make apple flavored play-doh. We also have 2 curriculum Celebration of the Arts performances each year.
All of our students are involved in 45 minutes of music, PE, or dance daily. Our students also have thirty minutes of recess. Pre K and Kindergarten have a mid-morning recess on the terrace. Many of our teachers are certified in a NYC initiative called "Move to Improve" which brings daily fitness breaks into the classroom. All research shows, that the more opportunities students have to move their bodies during the day, the more they can focus and engage in the learning. Our students participate in visual arts with Henry Street/Abrons Art Center. Additionally, we have partnerships with New York Road Runners and The Young People's Choir of New York City.