Programs at Evergreen
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela
The dual language program teaches students in two languages: English and their home language, such as Spanish, Chinese, or Arabic, among others. The home language and English are used equally. The goal of this program is for students to be able to read, write, and speak in both English and their home language. Classes are made up of both English Language Learners who share the same home language and English proficient students. The goal of the program is for students to learn how to speak, read, understand, and write in two languages, and also learn about and appreciate other cultures.
The Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI) is the New York City Department of Education’s focused effort to expand the number of middle schools that prepare students for college and career success. It is the product of the New York City Council Middle School Task Force ongoing collaboration with the DOE.
MSQI serves as the city’s implementation plan for putting the Carnegie Reading Next report recommendations into action. Over 130 middle grades schools across the city are now benefiting from MSQI’s comprehensive literacy framework.
For more information about MSQI and our program’s goals and structure, please refer to the MSQI Overview.
Showcase Schools host three half-day visits throughout the year to share promising practices in a specific learning focus area. On these tours, visiting educators explore innovative systems and structures aimed to better support student achievement. Then, educators bring these practices back to their own schools to drive improvements. In the program’s inaugural 2014-15 school year, 98.6% of participants found the visit experience to be valuable, and 55% of participants traveled out-of-borough to visit a Showcase site.
Established in 2010, Edible Schoolyard NYC is a nonprofit organization committed to bringing Alice Waters’ vision to New York City public schools. When Alice Waters, acclaimed restaurateur and food activist, created the Edible Schoolyard Project in Berkeley, California in 1995, she knew the best way to teach children the connections between food, health, and the environment was by integrating an edible education program into our schools’ everyday curriculum.
As the first official “Founding Edible Schoolyard” in the Northeast, Edible Schoolyard NYC has adapted the Edible Schoolyard Project curriculum and vision to fit the unique needs of New York City public school children. We are inspired by the Berkeley program and are an autonomous nonprofit dedicated to New York City.
Since 2004, eight of New York City’s leading cultural institutions — including museums, zoos, and botanical gardens — have worked with the New York City Department of Education to support effective science instruction in the city’s middle schools. This unprecedented partnership was called “Urban Advantage” to highlight the unique concentration of science-rich cultural institutions students can access in New York City. Participating institutions include: the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the New York Botanical Garden, the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Botanical Garden, the Staten Island Zoo, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium, and the New York City Department of Education, with leadership funding from the New York City Council.
The global economy requires students to have strong analytical skills to compete in college and beyond. Improving math skills and outcomes for all of our students is at the heart of this work. Research has established that students who successfully pass Algebra by no later than 9th grade are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, and graduate from college. To improve outcomes for all students The Algebra for All initiative will focus on three key goals:
1. Work with elementary and middle schools to improve student readiness for Algebra and high school math instruction
2. Support teachers to be successful in teaching pre-algebra coursework and Algebra, and
3. Engage students and families to strengthen their capabilities and mindset to be successful
In the CHAMPS Sports and Fitness Program, students participate in fun, safe, and supervised sports and fitness activities before school, after school, and on weekends. The name CHAMPS stands for Cooperative, Healthy, Active, Motivated and Positive Students.
Participating in CHAMPS can help students:
Learn new sports and fitness activities that they can continue beyond their school years
Learn how to work as a team and collaborate with others
Our mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.
By studying the historical development of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.
In September 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Computer Science For All (CS4All), a 10-year initiative to scale computer science education to 100% of the city’s public schools. CS4All is a public-private partnership between CSNYC and the City of New York and the NYC Department of Education.
The Department of Education through the Office of Community Schools was awarded the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Empire State After-School Program grant. This grant supports schools in the Bronx and Brooklyn with the development and expansion of quality after school programs. Activities reflect a balanced schedule of academic support, including tutoring and homework help, social/emotional learning, physical activity/wellness, and prevention services.