School of the Future is a small, innovative public sixth through twelfth grade school within District Two. We are located in the Gramercy Park neighborhood at Twenty-Second Street and Lexington Avenue. We have an academically rigorous environment with a student population of seven hundred ranging from sixth through twelfth grade and a staff of forty teachers. Both the staff and the student population reflect the diversity of the City.
Students at School of the Future graduate by portfolio and exhibitions. Portfolios in the Middle School are a collection of the students’ best works and exhibitions in the High School are extensively researched papers and oral presentations whereby students demonstrate they have mastered the challenging standards of research: construct and answer an interesting essential question, demonstrate critical thinking skills, and adhere to conventions of writing. The high school uses this form of assessment instead of Regents Exams.
We have very creative and flexible programming, which allows teachers to work in grade teams. Teams usually consist of one English instructor, one history instructor, one math instructor, one science instructor, one special teacher, and a foreign language instructor. In the Middle School, the teams feature two humanities instructors. Each team is responsible for approximately one hundred students and is led by a team leader (a teacher elected from and by the team). As a result of our grade structure, our class size is small—average class size is around twenty-five students.
Our philosophy is to be nurturing yet academically demanding. We believe that all students have different learning styles, thus our emphasis in creating differentiated lessons to meet students’ needs. In our advisory periods, teachers meet with their advisees to discuss a range of social, political, and academic issues. Moreover, we offer a rigorous and challenging college preparatory curriculum. Our staff uses a range of alternative assessments to inform their daily practice and objectives for individual students.
All interested applicants can email a cover letter and resume to HS Director John Fanning at j[email protected]