One of five citywide gifted programs, NEST+m provides a one-of-a-kind experience for each of its 1,672 young scholars. Technology is interwoven into the curriculum to promote collaboration, research and a forward-thinking student body — all while adhering to a business-casual dress code. Ninth grade math and science classes are single-gender, and before high school, select students are placed into an accelerated science program that teaches an AP course each year. The school also utilizes the alternative, in-depth Singapore method of teaching math, which emphasizes problem solving.
For example, in a school following the Core Knowledge Sequence, students in fifth grade study the Renaissance. The word “renaissance” means “rebirth”—specifically, in Europe in the 1500s, a rebirth of interest in ancient Greece and Rome. Teachers in a Core Knowledge school can confidently build on students’ prior learning about ancient Greece and Rome (grades 2 and 3) and the Middle Ages (grade 4). They can connect their historical studies to topics in Visual Arts (in which the Sequence specifies masterworks by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and others) and in Language Arts (in which the Sequence specifies episodes from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Cervantes’s Don Quixote ).