Curriculum

ACADEMIC PROGRAM AND SCHOOL OVERVIEW

  

Curriculum

During their three years at East Side Middle School, students engage in an intensive study of mathematics; earth, life and physical science; Spanish; and humanities (including history, social studies, all forms of literature, and both fiction and non-fiction writing).  All 8th graders will take Algebra I, with a Regents Exam in June; 8th grade math classes are divided into ½ size.  In addition, all students receive instruction in physical education and art.    Students engage with faculty members in weekly advisory sessions, with a particular focus on building resiliency.

Beyond this solid foundation of primary coursework, every trimester students are asked to select an elective study for one period per week. They may select an activity in which they already excel or one that piques their interest.

The School Day

  • Each grade has five homerooms (3 gen ed / 2 ICT), and all students have seven 45-minute class periods per day.
  • Our 92nd St. gate opens at 8:35am, at which time students may gather in the yard or go to the cafeteria for free breakfast. They must be in their homerooms by 9:00am.
  • Lunch is at 11:45am; hot and cold cafeteria meals are free for all students. Those with parental permission may leave the building for lunch and recess, and attendance is taken for a second time each day when they return.
  • Extra help is offered by teachers on a rotating basis, with sessions before school or after lunch.
  • Several clubs meet before school or during recess, including Student Council, Principal’s Book & Poetry Clubs, Reading Buddies, Newspaper, Girls Leadership Organization, Big Buddies (mentoring), Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) and Rocket Club. In Skype Kenya, we chat each Friday morning with students at our sister school, Red Rose, in Kibera. See our Student Life tab for more club information.
  • Dismissal is at 3:20pm. Many students then attend one or both daily sessions of our free afterschool program.


Weekly Advisory, Intensives & Electives

6th Grade Advisory 7th Grade Intensives 8th Grade Intensives
138 PARTNERSHIP ANTI-BULLYING BOOK CLUB
COMMUNITY SERVICE ART HISTORY FINANCIAL LITERACY
DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP BOOK CLUB MEDITATION
KEYBOARDING INTRO to MUSIC COMPOSITION RESEARCH METHODS
NUTRITION SEX EDUCATION RESILIENCY
SOCIAL INTERACTIONS    


ELECTIVES

Electives take place during last period on Fridays, and change each trimester. All grades mix together for electives, which are assigned to students from their list of ranked choices.

A sample of recent electives:
Coding, Stop Motion Animation, Ukulele, Board Games, Classic TV Comedies, Dance in Film,
Dungeons & Dragons, Yoga, Foodies, Knitting, Fashion Design, Running Club, Soccer Club,
Study Hall, TV Comedy, Wiffle Ball, Zumba.

Electives are generally taught by our teachers, but sometimes students propose running an elective in an area of their expertise! Past student-taught electives include: sign language, Harry Potter, origami & magic tricks.

Fun Facts

  • The Department of Ed gave ESMS a Respect for All Award for creating a nurturing environment for all students.
  • ESMS ranked #1 in New York City for middle school attendance (over 98%).
  • With parent permission, all students have the privilege of eating lunch outside of school.
  • Multiple information sessions are held in 7th and 8th grade, to guide families through the high school process.
  • The majority of our graduates go on to the top tier public and private high schools.
  • Our principal hosts a monthly book club for ESMS Parents.
  • A recent winner of the Daily News Annual Spelling Bee was an ESMS student!
  • Getting here is easy… Subway: Q to 86th / 96th; 4, 5 to 86th; 6 to 96th or Bus: M101, 102, 15, 15-SBS, 31, 86, 96

Afterschool
Afterschool is FREE for all students and is run entirely by Manhattan Youth. Afterschool runs in two sessions (3:40-4:40pm and 4:45-5:45pm Monday-Friday). Families may choose to do one or both sessions each day, as many days per week as they would like.

ESMS has a variety of MSAL championship sports teams (JV and V), prize-winning debate & Model UN teams, a full menu of creative & athletic clubs, a school play and musical, and daily study hall.