On average, 8th grade students score roughly 10% below their 5th grade achievement scores in mathematics and reading. Peter Meyer writes, “By all accounts, the middle grades are the weak link in the chain of American education.”
Research explains that student engagement significantly improves student commitment, student focus, and student learning. Our academic curriculum is driven by hands-on, project-based learning that inspires high student engagement.
However, students often feel “invisible” or “ignored” at large, impersonal middle schools. As a result, middle schools report a significant increase in negative student behaviors.
As a small school, we establish meaningful personal relationships with students and families. In turn, we design responsive programs that support each individual student. Because students learn well when they are doing well.
In fact, research explains that New York City public schools are the most highly segregated urban schools in the United States. As a result, families have limited access to high-quality schools.
Our school model indexes tuition so that every family can afford tuition. Because research explains that students in diverse, integrated schools consistently outperform peer students in segregated schools.