The curriculum of
The East Harlem School at Exodus House is guided by the precepts
of awareness and compassion. Students are expected to seek a
greater awareness of themselves and their world through study.
Through this awareness students are expected to develop compassion
for themselves and the world and express this love through actions
and choices. These core precepts and the regular practice of
silence in our community inform the following core values:
- Awareness of the self and the world lay
at the heart of all we do.
- Wisdom is deep knowledge and compassion
put into action. Knowledge alone is futile and action alone
- Articulate public speech is demanded here.
All talk must also be compelling, meaningful, and productive
of awareness and acts of compassion.
- Reflection on one's actions and their
impact on others is full engagement in the community.
- Effort, joyous effort, toward developing
habits of study, health and courtesy must be unrelenting.
These habits create excellence.
Students in grades
4 - 8 participate in the following academic classes:
- Math: a rigorous, skills-based and conceptual
math curriculum that prepares students for Algebra I by 8th
- Humanities: a two-hour class that combines
the skills and content of both Language Arts and Social Studies,
with an emphasis on reading, writing and connections with
different periods of history and parts of the world. Click
here to see some of the books that are read in the curriculum.
- Science: a hands-on exploratory class
where students over four years with increased sophistication
explore repeated themes in the application of biology, physics,
Students in grades
7 and 8 also participate in:
- Foreign Language: students gain conversational,
reading and writing skills in elementary to advanced Spanish,
as well as exposure to history and culture of Spanish-speaking
For more than three
hours per week, students engage in one or more of the following
at Asphalt Green Sports and Fitness Center
competes regularly within the Independent School League
for Cross Country and Track Seasons
Kung Fu (Chinese
Team Sports (such
as soccer, basketball and lacrosse)
Students of all grades
participate in drama class. In addition, students have the opportunity
to participate in various art projects throughout the year.
Students gather in
small groups with two or more faculty and administrative advisors
to focus on personal development and the different transitions
that they face at EHS. Some subjects that are discussed include:
At least three days
per week, students have an hour-long study hall where they are
able to complete their homework and/or work one-on-one with
The mandatory summer
program initiates new students to the culture, rules and expectations
of EHS. It also serves as a teacher training ground for college
and high school students interested in the field of teaching
and draws from the experience of professional teachers in New
York City. The theme-based program also offers enrichment and
remediation opportunities for all EHS students in grades 4-8
through core academic classes of Humanities and Math, as well
as a rich offering of electives. Electives of the past have
included foreign language, drama, digital photography, journalism,
visual art, psychology and many more. Students also participate
in weekly trips to reinforce their learning in the classroom.
In addition to the summer program, EHS students receive a number
of scholarships to attend the following summer programs:
- Boys and Girls Club Summer Program
- Fresh Air Fund
- Glen Highland Farm Border Collie Camp
- Christodora Manice Education Center
- Asphalt Green Summer Program
- Camp Kabeyun
- Camp Hillard