The Best School $75 Million Can Buy – NYTimes.com   Leave a comment

A for profit school with  some innovative reasoning to its establismnet and purpose. International focus and considerations are part of its core.

“But Avenues is not just about offering new private-school seats. It also proposes to educate children differently. The world has changed, Team Avenues says, and the way private schools educate has not.

The founders say students at Avenues will learn bilingually, immersed in classrooms where half of the instruction will be in Spanish or Mandarin, the other half in English, from nursery school through fourth grade. The school will be part of a network of 20 campuses around the world with roughly the same curriculum. If Mom and Dad move to London, little Mateo doesn’t have to find a new school, or maybe even miss any class. When Sophia is in middle school, she can spend her summers in Shanghai, and when she’s in high school, she can globe-trot by semester. Avenues will foster “mastery,” finding students’ passions early and building on them.

“Schools need to do a better job preparing children for international lives,” Mr. Whittle said. He and his team call themselves “fervent evolutionaries,” purposefully shying away from the r-word since, as they (now) acknowledge, most parents aren’t too keen to mix “revolution” and “my children.”

The result, they believe, will be a school where Singapore math and British geography collide with Juilliard-level violin instruction, in 20 shining schools around the world. It is a vision that many parents have embraced.

“Finding something in our neighborhood that both of our kids connected to, where we could have them in the same school — and one with a highly talented and wonderfully pedigreed senior staff — seemed like a great find,” says Liza Landsman Gold, a private-equity partner whose two children, currently in different public schools, applied for entry.”

via The Best School $75 Million Can Buy – NYTimes.com.

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Posted July 10, 2011 by arnoneumann in education

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