New Directions Secondary School
Extra support in middle school to be successful in high school
Too soon to say
New Directions offers middle schoolers, in particular those who are over-age or struggling, a chance to catch up on schoolwork in small classes and through online courses, and aims to support them all the way through high school. Every student participates in small group daily advisory sessions.
On Saturdays and after school, students have a chance to get extra help -- or be challenged beyond usual grade level expectations if they ready for it. Eighth graders have access to more advanced lessons in English, math and science.
Other offerings are chess and after school sports instruction provided by Play Rugby, Inc., including basketball, fitness team, flag football and flag rugby. A partnership with Community Word Project provides children with a chance to weave reading, writing and art together in creative ways.
Principal James Waslawski designed New Directions during his time as a Cahn Fellow at Columbia University, aprogram for exceptional public school principals. As principal at PS/MS 279, Waslawski worked with immigrant children from all over the world and many children with special needs. There, he grouped children by their proficiency level in English in their reading and writing classes, and placed struggling children into very small groups.
Uniforms and community service projects are required at New Directions, and students have the opportunity to do paid internships.
New Directions, opened in 2013, is one of six small schools housed in the Taft Educational Campus.Students must pass through a metal detector at the entrance.
Admissions: Priority to students and residents of Districts 7, 9, and 10, and then to residents of the Bronx. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, October 2013)
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Programs and Admissions
New Directions has a rolling admissions policy and operates as a transfer high school. There are 54 seats per grade.
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
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