Avenues: The World School

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Avenues: The World School
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The school from Tenth Avenue in May 2013
259 Tenth Avenue
Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Funding type Private for-profit
Established 2011
Founders Benno C. Schmidt, Jr., Chris Whittle, Alan Greenberg (businessman)
Head of School Robert "Skip" Mattoon
Grades pre-K–12
Tuition ~ $41,650/year[1]

Avenues: The World School is a planned international system of for-profit private schools for pre-K-12th grades.[2][3] The first school opened in September, 2012 in the New York City neighborhood of Chelsea. Avenues plans to open 20 or more schools in other cities around the world over the next decade.[citation needed] The system is planned to be an integrated "learning community" with a shared vision, curriculum, technology, professional development of faculty and oversight by a centralized headquarters team.

Avenues is organized in four "schools" or divisions: the Early Learning Center (nursery school and pre-kindergarten), Lower School (kindergarten through grade four), Middle School (grades five through eight) and Upper School (grades nine through 12). Tuition at the schools will cost nearly $41,650 annually per student. Originally the tuition was supposed to be $40,000 per year but, citing a recession, Avenues will start charging $41,650 a year starting September 2013. [1]

Leadership team[edit]

Avenues' Senior Advisor and Co-Founder is Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.,[4] formerly president of Yale University and dean of Columbia Law School. Schmidt co-founded Edison Schools, now EdisonLearning in 1992, and he currently serves as chairman of the board for the City University of New York. The system's Chairman and second Co-Founder is Chris Whittle,[5] a media and education entrepreneur. Whittle founded Edison Schools with Schmidt in 1992, and before that built a single college magazine into one of America's top 100 media companies in the 1980s. The company's President, Americas & EMEA and final Co-Founder is Alan Greenberg,[6] a businessman with a background in interactive and traditional media in the education, healthcare and global travel sectors. He founded Greenberg News Networks, which was subsequently purchased by WebMD.

Tyler Tingley[7] is Chief Academic Officer and Robert "Skip" Mattoon is the head of Avenues' New York City school. Prior to Avenues, Tingley headed Phillips Exeter Academy for 12 years, and before that, The Blake School in Minneapolis. Prior to Avenues, Mattoon headed the Hotchkiss School for 11 years and earlier served as dean of faculty and associate headmaster at Deerfield Academy. Gardner Dunnan, Avenues' academic dean and head of Upper School, headed the Dalton School for 23 years. Most recently, he led the development of The School at Columbia University, a K-8 school for children of Columbia faculty and the Columbia neighborhood.

Nancy Schulman, who was the director of the 92nd Street Y Nursery School for two decades, heads the Early Learning Center; Elizabeth Hixson, who served the Dalton School for 17 years, most recently as head of the Middle School, heads the Middle School; and Abby Brody heads the Lower School.

New York City campus[edit]

Located in Chelsea at 259 Tenth Avenue, Avenues' New York City school is adjacent to section two of the High Line park, which opened in June 2011.[8] The 10-story, 215,000-square-foot (20,000 m2) building, designed by architect C. P. H. Gilbert, was renovated prior to opening. Architectural firm Perkins Eastman and interior design consultant Bonetti/Kozerski Design Studio were responsible for school design, while STV handled construction management.

Avenues has formed a partnership with the Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex to provide both athletic facilities and experienced, professional instructors in 20 different sports. Classes are taught both in Avenues' gymnasium and at Chelsea Piers' facilities. Avenues also utilizes other area resources, including Chelsea's artistic community. The Avenues-Chelsea Arts Initiative provides the opportunity to involve, educate and stimulate students in the visual arts. Additionally, Avenues will support the Friends of the High Line.

The school opened with 12 of its planned 15 grades for the 2012-2013 school year, including all grades between nursery and ninth grade. The 10th, 11th and 12th grades will be added over the following three years. Avenues' first graduating class will be in spring 2016; the eleventh grade was added in September 2014.[9]

Other campuses[edit]

Eventually, Avenues plans to expand to other cities, starting with Beijing in 2016 and São Paulo in 2017.[10] When the school is fully expanded, it will have campuses in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Delhi, Mumbai, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Johannesburg, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Tokyo, Singapore, Seoul, Sydney, London, Paris, Moscow, Madrid, Milan, Frankfurt, New York City, Chicago, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston.


Avenues offers an early admission track that provides the opportunity for students to apply before applying to other New York City independent schools. The application process for regular admission began in fall 2011 and include the completion of the ERB and ISEE for appropriate grades. Speculation before the school opened was that the school would be less selective than other New York City independent schools, due to the need to fill most of their grades in one year.[11]

Tuition at Avenues schools will cost nearly $42,000 annually per student.[1] The school will offer financial aid to the parents of admitted students through the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS). [12]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b c "Tuition and Financial Aid" on the Avenues website
  2. ^ Hechinger, John and Staley, Oliver. "Whittle Taps Exeter, Dalton Veterans to Start New York School" Bloomberg News (January 31, 2011)
  3. ^ Banjo, Shelley. "Whittle Starts A City School" Wall Street Journal (January 31, 2011)
  4. ^ "Benno Schmidt" on the Avenues website
  5. ^ "Chris Whittle" on the Avenues website
  6. ^ "Alan Greenberg" on the Avenues website
  7. ^ "Tyler Tingley" on the Avenues website
  8. ^ Stern, Andrew. "'World School' announces 1st of 20 campuses in NY". Reuters (January 31, 2011)
  9. ^ Souccar, Mirian Kreinin. "New Chelsea school will cater to ages 3 to 18" Crain's New York Business (January 31, 2011)
  11. ^ Strauss, Valerie "The Answer sheet: Why aren't public school parents protesting?". Washington Post (February 3, 2011)
  12. ^ Tuition and Financial Assistance

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