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Our mission is to provide the communities of Northern Manhattan with a small, safe, student centered school that: is academically rigorous; prepares young adults to go to college; integrates arts and social justice into the curriculum; and addresses the needs of students with learning disabilities or second language literacy issues in an inclusive way. We believe in today's world young people need a rigorous education; one that is relevant to their lives, and challenging to their imagination. To this end, we know each student well and value each as individuals. We believe every child can be a positive and constructive force in our society. Students are engaged in their work and explore the things they want to say, the things they need to know, and the things they want to do. Our focus on social justice and artistic expression helps students to look beyond what is, towards what is possible for themselves and their community.
Our school offers classes which are team taught by artists and academic teachers. Our students prepare portfolios in all classes and learn to assess their growth and development through the use of rubrics. Students take a rigorous academic course load, but also take classes in Afro-Caribbean drumming, dance, chorus. Our students take classes in yoga, murals, drama, painting, chorus, fitness, kick boxing. They participate in poetry slams. They play on basketball. Baseball, and softball PSAL teams. Our students have opportunities for individual mentoring and tutoring through our social change collective after school project.
We work in an ongoing collaboration with ACORN, which is our community based partner. ACORN helps to teach our students how to organize themselves, and works with our parents organization to develop a sense of community within our school. We participate in the College Now Program in collaboration with City College.
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