Incoming Freshmen students and parents are welcome to join us on campus to learn about Innovation’s many programs, experience your class schedule, meet teachers, and enjoy an overnight trip to Chappaqua, NY!
For more information and to RSVP, please contact Rob Grippa, our 9th grade dean, at rob.grippa(at)innovationhighschool.org
On June 20th, our Senior Practicum class, taught by English Department Chair, Madalyn Marcado and CCR 12th Grade Teacher, Maria Modesto presented their findings on Closing the Achievement Gap and how Innovation High School endeavors to prepare our students for post-secondary success.
Through their 3 years of development in their ELA classes, they have learned to engage in research and writing at the college level. In a 90-minute presentation, Innovation students articulated the current challenges Black and Latino high school students face in striving for excellence during the critical transition to college and career. Our students shared their insights and facilitated discussions on what we can do specifically at Innovation to increase academic rigor and create a culturally responsive emotional learning environment.
Innovation students attended the annual Computer Science Opportunity Fair at the Armory building in Washington Heights. The NYC Computer Science Opportunity Fair (CS Fair) is New York City’s largest annual college and career inspiration event for public high school students studying computer science. In its fourth year, the 2017 CS Fair will host over 2,000 students from 65+ schools across all five boroughs as well as 100+ companies, colleges and extra-curricular programs. This event is INVITE ONLY for participating high schools.
Innovation students had the chance to talk with reps from around 20 schools, employees at Google, Facebook, Etsy, and IBM, and got to play some video games designed by college students studying CS & game design!
Innovation High School’s students just spent a week riding Citibikes in New York City, doing environmental field work in Puerto Rico, studying history, culture and politics in Brazil, and examining social justice issues in New Orleans. This is Enrichment Week: 8 days of experiential learning around New York City and around the world.
Once a year Innovation suspends academic classes and students engage full-time in week-long enrichment activities; they take project-based learning to the streets of our city and beyond. NYC-based Enrichment Week projects have focused on fashion, film, music, ecology, coding, social justice issues, and the exploration of mythological themes in comic books, to name just a few programs. At the conclusion of each Enrichment Week, students prepare projects or presentations reflecting what they have learned and experienced.
This year, Innovation studentsbranched out into the community, creating new partnerships with El Barrio’s Artspace, where they learned salsa dancing in a professional quality studio, and with Citibike, visiting the Citibike headquarters, learning bike safety, and riding Citibikes from Manhattan to Queens.
Our ever-expanding Culinary Arts program took our young chefs through a specialized CARTs Boot Camp led by master chefs of 5 different cuisines. Research Expedition: Puerto Rico ferried advanced science students to engage in environmental study and field research on climate change and the living environment in the seven distinct climate regions on the island of Puerto Rico. Take A Walk on the Art Side challenged students to view ‘alternative’ Americans in new ways through the intersection of protest art, propaganda and social justice issues. And, Discover Brazil 2017, took our students from el barrio in New York City (Innovation’s home) to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to study grassroots, non-governmental supports for low-income communities and their residents.