Our Extended & Expanded Learning Opportunities

School in the Square’s schedule maximizes the time students spend learning and mastering rigorous standards-based curriculum, considers adolescents’ social, emotional, and developmental needs, and creates opportunities for extended and deep professional learning for adults. By extending both the school day and year, S2 provides increased core instructional time for students and substantial PD for staff.  The annual calendar is organized into trimesters and provides 187 instructional days, seven more than the district school schedule.

Summer Programming
Students are provided two summer programs: SummerFocus, a two-day cycle in July, and SummerBridge, an eight-day cycle (beginning in August, 2017).

In order to better know our students and proactively assess their needs, incoming students participate in a two-day SummerFocus cycle. Cognizant of the anxiety that transitioning to a new school can produce in adolescents, we invite segments of the class (up to 35 students per cycle broken into intimate groups of five to six) to interview with East Side House (ESH) advisors and S2 educators, take diagnostic assessments for literacy and numeracy, and receive introductory information about their new middle school program.

In order to ease the transition from elementary to middle school, students participate in SummerBridge which acquaints students and families with our school goals, values, and innovative learning structures, including PrimeTime, Forum, and Personal Learning Time (PLT). In addition to culture and teambuilding, students will take part in an interest fairs to inform electives offered during the school year, and will engage with ESH advisors to determine services and supports needed for a successful year.

Extended Learning Time for Students
Our formal Monday–Friday school day extends from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. School opens at 8 a.m. for our Early Bird Program, which provides an enriched morning for students who can benefit from homework support, tutoring, and quiet reading time. It also accommodates families’ work schedules with an earlier start time in a safe and structured environment for their children.  We also offer an optional extended day until 5:00 p.m.

Our Expanded Learning Schedule for trimester one is almost complete!   It will begin on Monday September 19th with the last day being Friday, December 23rd. We are thrilled to be partnering with some of our neighborhood’s top partners. Expanded learning will be everyday from 2:30pm-4:00pm.  This first trimester, all students will be able to try all activities.  Please find some of our amazing activities and partners listed below:

  • Basketball League with Madison Boys and Girls Club

  • Equinox will coordinate with S2 to develop an engaging Physical Education program to ensure that our students learn tools on how to stay healthy throughout their life.

  • Learning Through An Expanded Arts Program-will lead S2 students in a mural design course where students will help design, create and paint a mural for our school community to enjoy for years to come.

  • Play Rugby- Rugby for Good is the grassroots, base level rugby program that specifically uses rugby for social inclusion and youth development.

  • STEP dance team with Ms. Caprice who has been teaching STEP and other forms of dance in NYC for over 10 years.  She is the Contracted Dance Teacher for Lower Manhattan Community Middle School and has taken her STEP teams to many competitions winning many awards.

  • The People’s Theater Project provides students a deep and meaningful engagement in the artistic process.  Students have a unique opportunity to develop and perform a devised theater piece focused on a social theme using a variety of theatrical forms to address topics such as bullying, relationships and violence.

  • YM and YWCA of Washington Heights and Inwood coordinates an hour and a half a week “Make a Difference” program that provides participants with an opportunity to identify a self-selected, meaningful cause within their community, allowing students to research the problem along with potential solutions. The program concludes with social action.

  • Youth Rising NYC offers Capoeira classes to that combine elements of dance, music, martial art, acrobatics, play and history.  Interdisciplinary by nature, Capoeira exposes students to the rich cultural history, rhythms and instruments of Afro-Brazilian culture in addition to the Portuguese language.

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