Our school is a community where caring people work together to improve constantly as learners. We continually identify areas for growth and commit to plans for attaining the knowledge and critical thinking necessary for high school and beyond.
We are all responsible citizens creating a better present and future free of prejudice and full of hope.
Community Advisory Council
The College Avenue Academy engages multiple members of the community as advocates for our scholars. Each month local politicians, representatives from the local precinct, local shop owners, parent representatives, the superintendent, the president of the Community Education Council and the principals of both middle schools in the building come together to make sure we are all working together in the best interest of our scholars' futures.
Our school is divided into three small learning communities called Colleges: Columbia University, University of Connecticut and John Jay College. Scholars stay in their college throughout their three years at the College Avenue Academy and form strong bonds with the adults and peers in their college. Each College has a Dedicated Support Team (DST) with a Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, Guidance Counselor and Office Manager who get to know each and every child.
More than one adult in each classroom
Our staff is organized into teaching teams that work together to give scholars individualized attention. These adults include teachers specializing in students with special needs and English Language Learners, teaching residents learning from mentor teachers, and guidance counselors helping students get along with one another.
A longer school day but no homework
Our school day includes an extra period three mornings (Tues. Wed. and Thurs.) and an extra period four afternoons (Mon., Tues., Wed., and Thurs.). During these periods students receive targeted instruction to meet their needs and clubs to meet their interests. Students take regents courses, prepare for the specialized high school exam, and receive reading and math interventions.
Clubs include marching band, guitars, violins, visual arts club, video blogging, web design, basketball, baseball, hip hop dancing, fashion, online game design, and cheerleading. Because all students stay at school until 5:15 four days each week, the only homework they do is 45 minutes of daily independent reading in books that match their level and interest.