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ACADEMICS

At IS 429, we offer a STEAM-focused curriculum that encourages students to pursue their aspirations, investigate problems, collaborate on solutions, and transfer their learning to create performances/products. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. It’s an educational approach that integrates these subjects into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications. Our school’s design allows students to solve real-world issues, sparking creativity and igniting imagination.

 

In addition to the STEAM-focused curriculum, each student at our school will be exposed to the required subjects such as English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Physical Education, Health Education, World Language, and Art.

ACADEMIES

Each student will select a STEAM academy to explore their interests and passions in a more in-depth way. Through these academies, students will develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter and gain valuable skills that will help them in their future careers.

 

Additionally, the academies will provide students with opportunities to work on real-world projects and collaborate with professionals in their field of interest. Students will gain practical experience and build a strong network of contacts that will be valuable throughout their careers. 

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Young Explorers
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The Young Explorers Academy is a cohort of passionate students working together to create a better world. The four cornerstone skills in the Young Explorers Academy are Critical Thinking, Creativity, 

Communication and Collaboration.

Image by Jeswin Thomas

Design & Engineering Academy

The Design and Engineering Academy aims to teach students transferable practical engineering skills: along with a framework for innovation. Projects may include interactive technology, complex machines, and stunning installations. 

Image by Annie Gavin

Arts
Academy

The Arts Academy at IS 429 encourages innovative thinking, creative problem-solving, intellectual and social development. Our students  will use various materials, tools, and techniques to develop individual expressions and products.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

All students will read various types of text, including fiction and nonfiction. Texts are selected to reflect the rich cultural and ethnic diversity in our school. 

 

During the Literacy block, students will have an opportunity to: 

  • engage in academic discourse 

  • analyze and create exemplary responses

  • receive feedback from their teachers and offer feedback to their peers 

In addition to the above, our school library will offer opportunities for further inquiry and research projects. 

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SCIENCE

All students are curious about the world in which they live, which makes them natural scientists.

 

Science helps children make sense of the world around them. It provides opportunities for students to investigate this world and explain how and why things happen. During Science classes, students will: 

  • collect data

  • construct explanations

  • make prediction

  • reach conclusions, 

  • communicate their discoveries

A Young Scientist looking through a microscope

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students will use rich content, themes and big ideas to learn history, geography, economics, civics, citizenship and government. 

Teachers also include literacy in the social studies classroom. This will help students use evidence from text when reading, writing, and discussing.

ADVISORY

Our Advisory program is at the center of what we believe in - personalized learning! To achieve this goal, each student is assigned an advisor. Our advisory program is a time when scholars meet in smaller groups with their mentor teacher once a week.

 

The goal of the meetings is to provide each student with consistent support and guidance from a member of the school staff. Scholars will have the opportunity to discuss social issues in our community and personal news. Further, we will explicitly teach students emotional resilience techniques.

MATHEMATICS

Students will work on challenging problems aligned to the New York State Next Generation Mathematics Learning Standards. Students will share their thinking with others, and use their thinking to build and deepen understanding. We focus on building a strong conceptual understanding in Mathematics.

Math Teacher

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical education (PE) is a required academic subject. In PE, students will work as a team, develop healthy personal fitness habits, and set fitness goals. We will use the New York City Grades 6-12 Physical Education Scope and Sequence to guide our work.

Technology Class

STEAM

Using the engineering-design process, students identify problems, design possible solutions, test and evaluate those solutions. This process, combined with the study of math and science, helps students to find connections that make science, math, and technology relevant to their lives.

Music Performer

ARTS

 All students will have access to high-quality arts education. An arts education teaches creativity, cooperation, discipline, analysis, and other important life skills. Students will develop positive outlets for self-expression and exercise their voice.

“Let's go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.”

Steve Jobs

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