Our Curriculum

Through a modified curriculum, we are able to teach our students appropriate age/grade level material in subject areas such as Mathematics, English, Science, and Social Studies. The New LIFE School strives to utilize a multisensory approach, which will help students gain a better understanding of the concepts and ideas taught in the classroom.

The curriculum is adapted to ensure that each student is striving toward academic success in achieving New York State learning standards and/or alternative learning standards. Through the adoption and implementation of high quality curriculum products developed by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, Steck-Vaugn, Sussman, Pearson Educational, and the Wilson Reading Program, our academic program emphasizes Reading, Phonics, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies as well as tools to prepare for New York State Testing.  High School students will receive regular practice and preparation for New York State Regents Testing.

The New LIFE School will provide instruction according to the New York State Learning Standards. Students will be provided access to New York State testing at each identified grade level in accordance with the Federal No Child Left Behind Act. Testing modifications will be incorporated as identified in each student’s existing Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and made part of the daily instructional process.

Our Courses Include:

  • Studio Art
  • Music
  • History
  • Computer Programming
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Economics
  • Culinary Arts
  • Physical Science
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Intro to Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Journalism
  • Mixed Media Arts
  • Forensic Science
  • Spanish Language
  • Intro to Technology

In addition to academic competency, the New LIFE School enhances our students’ understanding and exposure to the arts and music through the implementation of regularly scheduled learning sessions. Students also learn about the importance of health and physical education through regular gym and health sessions. The New LIFE School recognizes the need to continually engage students in creative ways. This is achieved through innovative club activities, specialized counseling groups, and school wide initiatives.

Throughout the year the academic program is additionally enhanced by field trips to academically-focused locations such as the Bronx Zoo, the New York Hall of Science, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Intrepid Sea/Air/Space Museum, the Museum for African Art, the American Museum of the Moving Image, and the American Museum of Natural History.

Students have the opportunity to play basketball and other sports informally, and plans are being made to develop formal team sports in the future.

The New LIFE School strives to encourage our students to make positive life choices. This is accomplished through our behavior modification program called the Merit System. For each period of the school day, students accrue points based on their behavior. These points are tallied and used to participate in various incentive trips and activities. Students benefit from seeing that their positive choices have a direct effect on their daily activities.

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