English Language Arts
We strive to provide every student with the opportunity to engage in exciting literacy activities designed to improve the reading, writing and listening skills of each student.
Our instructional program includes:
Novels such as A Long Walk to Water, Lyddie, Inside Out and Back Again, serve as core readings in every class.
All students engage in weekly book clubs with their peers that include student choice of reading, student led discussions and peer assessments.
Vocabulary is built and engaged through the Word GEn program that teaches vocabulary across all of the subject areas and includes interesting topics including stem cell research, violence in the media and gun control.
Students engage in student led Socratic seminars at least once per month.
Students prepare for the State ELA exams by developing their close reading skills through a number of techniques including Signposts and talking to the Text.
Students’ mathematical skills are developed through the teaching of mathematical concepts, analytical thinking, and problem-solving. The math department utilizes the BIG Ideas, Math balanced approach, textbooks and journals. We value student engagement and are sensitive in adapting the program and instruction to the unique needs of each student. Our students develop strength in mathematics through the cultivation of skills in both reasoning and problem solving. We believe that in fostering students’ ability to logically, rationally, and
analytically solve complex math problems, we will see our students succeed not only in their math classes but also in other academic areas and in life in general. Teachers deliver the UPS (Understand, Plan , and Solve) philosophy to solve problems. Teachers will incorporate the Common Core Learning Standards and shifts in mathematicsinstruction. Teachers are proficient in engaging students in the mathematical practices:
1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively
3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
4. Model with mathematics
5. Use appropriate tools strategically
6. Attend to precision
7. Look for and make use of structure
8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning
We are committed to developing students who will independently:
possess fluency in basic computational skills
possess a dual understanding of mathematical concepts and procedural algorithms
develop logical and critical-thinking skills to solve problems, including those where no obvious path is
communicate clearly and accurately about quantities, relationships, and unknown values through the use
of signs, symbols, models, graphs, and mathematical terms
recognize patterns and make connections among mathematical ideas
transition from concrete to abstract thinking in an age-appropriate manner
apply and recognize mathematical knowledge in real-world situations beyond the classroom
Because we are committed to academic excellence, progressive education, and ethical learning, our
instructional methods include:
direct instruction by teachers
small and large group work
student-centered and student-driven projects, which, when appropriate, connect with student interests
and social issues, and real-life situations
student-centered classroom discussions
integration of technology as a teaching and learning tool
puzzles, games, and contests
placement of students into leveled classes so they may approach topics at the pace and depth at which
they are most likely to master concepts successfully
differentiated instruction whenever possible and individualized pacing in alignment with our progressive
mission; specific examples include one-on- one extra help sessions, many varieties of assessments of
student performance, extra credit work, and challenge extensions
the opportunity to reflect on and learn from mistakes and misunderstandings
I.S. 318 is home to one of the most diverse science programs in New York City. The main subjects taught are Physical science and Chemistry (6th grade), Life Science (7th grade) and Earth Science (8th grade). IS 318 also offers Regents classes for the Living Environment Regents exam as well as the Earth Science Regents exam. We have 5 teachers who are members of the Urban Advantage program. This is a program that includes hands-on scientific experiments for students as well as training in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for teachers. Our school also participates in the Billion Oyster Project which aims to repopulate the oyster population in the NYC bay area. Students tend to a pod of oysters and track their progress through a special software and share their data with the Billion Oyster Project which is used by marine biologists. We recently started a program with National Geographic and won an award our first time participating. IS 318 also offers various after school programs in both hands-on science and problem solving as well as STEAM technology programs.
STEAM Lab at I.S. 318:
I.S. 318 has a new Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) lab with multiple intelligent laptop carts (http://www.aplusstemlabs.com/
), 2 wifi-enabled touch-screen SMART Boards, 3 flight simulators (https://www.stempilot.com/), 15 Arduino kits (https://www.arduino.cc/), LEGO Engineering Kits, and a FIRST Lego League(http://www. firstlegoleague.org/) field for FLL robotics practices. The lab also features artwork from students and artists Jonathan Spiegel & Kimberly Mroz who also teach art classes at I.S. 318.
Walking through the halls at I.S. 318, you hear sweet sounds of musical melodies conducted by the immensely dedicated, Mr. Will Hakim. At I.S. 318, having fun with music is serious business.
The school boasts a 6th grade Junior Concert Band, a 7th and 8th grade Senior Concert Band and Jazz Band and an amazing 100+-member strong Marching Band. Senior Band members also self-organize and perform high-level, intricate Chamber Ensembles with beautiful and inspiring results.
Students may enter these intensive programs without prior musical experience. Criteria for acceptance are based partly on an aptitude test examining tonal recognition and listening skills. Mr. Hakim’s unrelenting dedication driven by his extensive knowledge of music and his passion for teaching ensures that the students here at I.S. 318 experience excellence in musical training.
Our entering 6th grade students build the foundation of their musical careers with an in-depth summer program prior to the commencement of fall classes. With 8 periods a week of musical instruction during school hours, amazing things happen with our Junior Band. These young musicians continue their training in the Senior Concert Band, performing at levels above and beyond expectations. Members of our Senior Band have been invited to perform with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall.
Our Marching Band hails its success partly through a weekly program where several outside music professionals instruct semiprivate groups here at the school. These professionals are masters in their field and help elevate our student’s confidence level and depth of musical understanding. The dedication from our staff and students culminates with dynamic performances in full marching band attire.
Welcome to I.S. 318 Dance. This program is designed to expose students to the diverse world of dance. Students will experience physical, artistic, and creative skills inherent in learning dance. They will learn specific techniques that teach the basics of ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, contemporary jazz, and other dance forms to provide the solid background needed for being a dancer. This program is great for aspiring dancers and performers. Basic positions of the feet and arms, proper alignment, ballet vocabulary, barre exercises, and center work will be taught and reviewed in class. Eventually the dancers will have the opportunity to perform what they have learned on stage in front of their family, friends, teachers, and many others.
Provides an online version of Dance Magazine. It is known for its Young Dancer section, reviews, and features on dancers, choreographers, and dance companies. Blogs and back issues can all be viewed for free.
An online store that provides dance wear for a discounted price.
The goal of the Visual Arts Department is to have students be able to create inspired works of drawing, painting, photography and sculpture. We also aspire to have students develop and apply critical thinking and problem solving skills in art; as these skills are an invaluable asset in real world situations.
48 Time National Champions. 10th CONSECUTIVE NYC Chess Champions. Celebrating countless city, state, and national championships, IS 318 – the Eugenio Maria de Hostos School – is the premier middle school chess program in the country.
The IS 318 chess program is built upon the simple belief that students who commit to working hard to improve their chess skills will see results on and off the chessboard. Our program teaches persistence, commitment, planning, and logical thinking.
Simply put, we give every student a belief in personal excellence.
Our student chess players dominate at the chess board, but are not defined by the chess board. Students on our team rarely miss school, excel in their grades and develop a united sense of purpose during their adolescent years. Over 95% of the chess team earns a place on the President’s Honor Roll – the school’s highest academic honor. Members serve on the student government. They step up to the plate as members of the IS 318 baseball team. They volunteer in the community. They perform as part of the IS 318 award winning concert, jazz and marching bands. They compete in robotics competitions. And so much more.
The IS 318 Chess Team is proud to have you in our corner and is excited to be partnering with you as we look to the future.