Core Subjects Inclusion, Inquiry, Responsibility

Core Subjects











English Language Arts

This year will mark the beginning of our multi-year efforts to take advantage of resources that specialize in gifted education.  Consequently, our ELA teachers will begin exploring the efficacy of resources provided by the Center for Gifted Education at William and Mary’s School of Education.  The goals of these Language Arts units are to develop students' skills in literary analysis and interpretation, persuasive writing, linguistic competency, and oral communication as well as to strengthen students' reasoning skills and understanding of the concept of change. The units engage students in exploring carefully selected, challenging works of literature from various times, cultures, and genres; and they encourage students to reflect on their readings through writing and discussion.  Teachers will also continue to use Expeditionary Learning to ensure that our students are exposed to classic and contemporary works.


We base mathematics instruction on Connected Mathematics 3, an inquiry-based curriculum from Michigan State University. Student teams conduct hands-on inquiry around a topic to formulate deep understandings of mathematics concepts.  In grade 8, all students will take the NYS Regents.  Additionally, students will have the opportunity to work with adaptive learning tools such as Khan Academy and the Art of Problem Solving Alcumus platform. 

Social Studies

During the 2017-2018 academic year all grades, K-8, will use the NYC Department of Education Passport to Social Studies curriculum.  In grade 6, students will study ancient civilizations while 7th and 8th grade students will study U.S. history.  As a result, all of our students will gain a better understanding of the role that people and events have played to shape our nation and the world.  Moreover, they will be guided to make better connections between major historical ideas and their own lives while also seeing themselves as active members of the local and global community.


Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will expand their understanding of science as both a body of knowledge and a process of attaining that knowledge. As they study topics from the NYS Intermediate Level Science Core Curriculum they will conduct investigations to make sense of the physical world around them. Through observation, inquiry, experimentation, and communication the students will develop the essential skills to become scientifically literate and responsible citizens in their community. Students in grade 8 will take the Living Environment Regents, which will provide them with a framework for understanding the complexity and interdependence of living things on Earth.

Elementary Campus
28-37 29th Street, 4th Floor
Astoria, NY 11102
718.626.8502 (main) 718.626.8508(fax)

Middle School Campus
31-51 21st Street, 5th Floor
Long Island City, NY 11106
718.726.0960 (main) 718.726.0949 (fax)