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Peter Rouget Middle School (MS 88)

Fellow Teacher
Michelle Brown: 2009-2011 Isabel Azcona
Georgina Cullman: 2008-2009 Autumn Eckenrod
Georgina Cullman: 2008-2009 Rebecca Utton
Adriana Garriga-Lopez: 2008-2009 Isabel Azcona
Jeffrey Lancaster: 2008-2010 Cristi Lagos
Jeffrey Lancaster: 2008 Isabel Azcona
Jeffrey Lancaster: 2009 Cullen Naumoff
Andrew Mugler: 2008-2010 Michael Seymour
Elizabeth Pierce: 2010-2011 Michael Seymour
Su-Jen Roberts: 2009-2010 Jonathan Goddard
Christine Vanos: 2010-2011 Cristi Lagos

School Description
Located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Peter Rouget Middle School 88 is a comprehensive middle school divided into small learning communities of life-long learners who will experience success by receiving personalized attention beyond the scope of traditional schools. Their aim is to give all students the necessary emotional and academic support to build their self-esteem by setting high expectations that will lead to a sense of personal responsibility. M.S. 88's learning communities are divided by subject focus: The School for Media Arts, Research & Technology, The School for Medical and Health Careers, and The School for Integrated Studies.

Links:
MS88 NYC DOE Website

Principal:
Ailene Altman Mitchell

Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem (M610)

Fellow Teacher
Kat Allen: 2010-2011 Susan Vincent
Nadine Els: 2008-2010 Susan Vincent

School Description
The Young Women's Leadership School was established to nurture the curiosity and creativity of young women and to address their developmental needs. We cultivate dynamic, participatory learning, enabling students to experience success at many levels, especially in the fields of math, science, and technology. Students are encouraged to achieve their personal best in and out of the classroom, and all students are expected to continue their education in the pursuit of a college degree. TYWLS strives to work with families and instill in the student a sense of community, responsibility, and ethical principles of behavior — characteristics that will help make them leaders of their generation.

Links:
YWLS NYC DOE Website

Principal:
Althea Tyson

The Heritage School (M680)

Fellow Teacher
Adriana Garriga-Lopez: 2009-2010 Samantha Adams
John Templeton: 2010-2011 Samantha Adams

School Description
Located in the Spanish Harlem and co-founded by Columbia's Teachers College, the Heritage School is a high school (grades 9-12) housed in the community-based Julia de Burgos Cultural Center. The school honors the rich heritage of the many cultures in their school by cultivating neighborhood partnerships. Parents play a key role in supporting the students' learning while enriching the school stories and educational experience. The Heritage School seeks to have students become respectful citizens and leaders who have the skills and habits of mind to be successful in higher education and the world beyond. In addition to our Regents-based curriculum, the school integrates cultural learning across the curriculum through arts integration and visits to cultural institutions citywide to foster students' sense of personal identity and self-worth by linking those visits to the history and identity of East Harlem and the city as a whole. Heritage's Academic program is unique in its interdisciplinary curricula, arts integration, and cultural visits. In recognition of its academic success, Heritage was given the Effective Schools Award.

Links:
Heritage School NYC DOE Website

Principal:
Luis Alberto Duany

The New York Harbor School (K551)

Fellow Teacher
Ellane Park: 2009-2011 Sarah Gribbin
Ellane Park: 2010 Michael Moshos
Paul Schmieder: 2008-2009 Michael Moshos

School Description
New York Harbor School's mission is to provide opportunities for young adults to develop themselves personally, socially and academically through the unique maritime history, culture and environment of New York and its surrounding waters. All students participate in several sails aboard the Lettie G. Howard, a 110 year old schooner. The curriculum includes: an Introduction to NY Harbor Class taught at a satellite campus classroom at South Street Seaport Museum; a Marine Technology class including seamanship, navigation skills, marine communication, and boat building skills; and internships and other special programs will be available through our founding partners. The educational philosophy of the Harbor School reflects the belief that the marine world provides an ideal forum for an education based on excellence, discipline and interdependence.

Links:
Harbor School NYC DOE Website

Principal:
Nate Dudley

Frederick Douglass Academy (M499)

Fellow Teacher
Adrienne Smith: 2009-2010 Mauricio Gonzalez
Philip Orton: 2008-2009 Mauricio Gonzalez

School Description
The goal of FDA is to provide a rich, vigorous and challenging academic curriculum that will prepare students to enter the college of their choice. College preparation begins in the 6th grade. Students in the middle school study Japanese or Latin, music, art and dance in addition to academic classes. Students take New York State Regents classes starting in the 8th grade, and many students will have completed the requirements for a high school diploma by the end of the 11th grade. Students then take Advanced Placement Courses, and in some cases, introductory college courses at Hunter College. Each student and family must make a commitment to becoming part of the dream of attending college. Students are expected to strive for excellence in every part of their lives. Students are accepted at FDA based on the results of an interview and two written recommendations. Eighty percent of the accepted students must reside in the Harlem community and twenty percent come from outside of District Five. The school has approximately 1,500 students in grades 6-12, and 65 staff members.

Links:
FDA NYC DOE Website

Principal:
Gregory Hodge

Dual Language Middle School (MS 247)

Fellow Teacher
Meghan McGinty: 2010-2011 Annie Blomberg
Meghan McGinty: 2010-2011 Lauren Brooks
Debra Tillinger: 2008-2010 Annie Blomberg
Debra Tillinger: 2008-2010 Lauren Brooks
Debra Tillinger: 2008-2009 Caitlin Caldwell

School Description
The mission of Dual Language Middle School (DLMS) is to support a dual language instructional model, which promotes academic excellence and is built upon student strengths and curiosities. At the school, they believe that children who love languages can learn best through the dual language structure. Students are encouraged to question, challenge, make real decisions, and work collaboratively to solve problems. Through a rigorous project-directed, theme-based curriculum, children learn that school is a place to develop respect for self and others. The school mission is founded on the premise that students must experience an atmosphere of trust, safety, security, and personal attention in order to develop emotional and intellectual growth. Dual Language Middle School is a place where points of view are shared freely, where students can trust and be trusted while they learn the discipline of Experiential Science, Connected Math, Balanced Literacy, Facing History within Ourselves, Writing Workshop and Regents-level Spanish.

Links:
DLMS NYC DOE Website

Principal:
Claudia Aguirre

High School for the Arts, Imagination and Inquiry (M299)

Fellow Teacher
David McGee: 2008-2009 Daniel Rouillard

School Description
At the High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry we work to infuse our interdisciplinary curriculum with experience in, and reflective study of, the arts in accordance with the model created by the Lincoln Center Institute. We believe that encounters of this sort release imagination and open unexpected intellectual possibilities that provoke students to reach beyond themselves as they "look at things as if they could be otherwise" and, most significantly, encourage civic dialogue which empowers all of the members of our diverse school community to work towards a more just, humane and vibrant world.

Links:
HSAII NYC DOE Website

Principal:
Stephan Noonan