"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." William Butler Yeats
Middle School 890 is a place of learning where students' talents are appreciated and nurtured. Students exhibit a genuine enthusiasm for learning and are provided with strategically planned opportunities for enrichment that foster enjoyment and engagement. Teachers work collaboratively to ensure that content is closely aligned to rigorous standards and to the real world. Parents are actively involved in the planning and delivery of enrichment opportunities. The role of the student is transformed from one of lesson-learner to firsthand investigator of knowledge. All members of the school community – from students and teachers to administration and families – are viewed as learners and commit to deepen their understanding of the world to ultimately make it a better place.
"All members of the school community...are viewed as learners and commit to deepen their understanding of the world to ultimately make it a better place."
The community of Middle School 890 believes that a well-rounded individual, passionate about learning and committed to his or her talents, is best prepared for the demands of the modern career landscape. Through the approach of the School-wide Enrichment Model, the staff of M.S. 890 is committed to creating an engaging, supportive and rigorous learning environment. Our academic program, which leads students through a series of project-based, interdisciplinary units of study, frames learning experiences within the context of the real world. Teachers plan for open-ended tasks that allow for various solutions, work products, and means of showing mastery. Students are actively engaged in instruction that requires high-level thinking, discussion and collaboration with peers. As a result, students grow as independent thinkers and apply what they learn to devise solutions that have a positive impact on their world. To become productive members of modern society, our students become producers of knowledge rather than mere consumers of information.