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Civil Rights Trip

Students in IDEAL's eighth through eleventh grade classes returned late Friday night from our first-ever Civil Rights Journey to Alabama.

Over the course of three very busy days, students visited sites such as the home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his family in Montgomery and the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. A highlight of the trip occurred as students crossed the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, the scene of the Bloody Sunday conflict on March 7, 1965, when armed officers attacked peaceful civil rights demonstrators attempting to march to the state capital of Montgomery. Expert tour guides, many of whom had experienced the civil rights movement in Alabama first-hand, joined students at each site. Students also had time to enjoy themselves at a Montgomery Biscuits Baseball Game and Dreamland BBQ Restaurant.

IDEAL students were awed and respectful as topics they have discussed and studied since they were in Lower School came to life on this remarkable capstone journey. Visit Facebook for more photos.


US Artbeat

ARTBEAT is IDEAL's annual art show. Displays at Friday's Upper School ARTBEAT included video games illustrated and animated by students, silk screened t-shirts, monochromatic landscape paintings, intricate self portraits cut from a single piece paper, comic book illustrations, original paintings in the style of contemporary African American artists, oil paintings, and large-scale 3-D sculptures. In addition to presenting their completed work, students also showcased their methods for visitors, demonstrating techniques such as silk screening, canvas stretching, and portrait sketching. Visit Facebook for additional photos of student work from ARTBEAT.


500 Pens Article

On Thursday, May 18, 500 Pens, a website that features innovative social justice, activism, and advocacy efforts and was founded by the Southern Poverty Law Center, published this article about IDEAL and our inclusion model. The author- Gina Apostol, a novelist and English teacher at Fieldston-was working in conjunction with Teaching Tolerance Magazine to explore a variety of NYC schools that actively teach an anti-bias perspective. After visiting IDEAL's Lower and Upper Schools several times this spring, she decided to focus her article entirely on IDEAL. We hope you will recognize your children and their teachers- directly or indirectly-in the anecdotes Ms. Apostol has chosen to celebrate our unique and effective approach to inclusion.