The Abyssinian Development Corporation prepares Central Harlem’s children for college, the workplace, and success.
In response to the lack of quality educational institutions and programs in District 5, one of NYC’s lowest performing school districts, ADC is proud to operate Abyssinian Head Start and sponsor the Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School and the Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change. In addition, ADC works with Bread and Roses High School, M.S. 80 (Isobel Rooney School), P.S. 175, P.S. 92, and the Renaissance Leadership Academy.
“Head Start Moving On: After a decade of joy, ADC bids a bittersweet farewell to its Head Start center, which transitioned to the Ecumenical Community Development Organization (ECDO) on July 1, 2016. Gone but never forgotten, we are left with the memories of smiling faces lit up with hope as ADC wishes you Godspeed on your journey to your new home. For additional program information, please contact ECDO at (212) 234-8135.”
Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School (TMALS) is a public elementary school that serves 300 students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. TMALS is a collaboration between Abyssinian Development Corporation, New York City Department of Education, and New Visions for Public Schools.
Students who participate in Expanded Learning Time (ELT) at Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School develop and hone the skills necessary to be successful in both an academically rigorous setting and an enrichment driven environment. ELT develops students’ abilities to think analytically and creatively by immersing them in activities that demand critical thinking. In addition, students are afforded the opportunity to take classes that diversify their academic, cultural, and social experiences, promoting leadership and global thinking.
ELT participants must attend Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School, and applications are available beginning in August for the following school year.
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TMALS online portal
Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change (TMA) is a public middle and high school, and serves 580 students in grades 6 through 12. TMA is a collaboration between Abyssinian Development Corporation, New York City Department of Education, and New Visions for Public Schools.
As with the Lower School, Expanded Learning Time (ELT) at TMA explores the connection between higher student achievement, more learning time, and access to rigorous enrichments, laying the foundation for a re-envisioned school day. At TMA, the program seeks to increase student learning time by at least 30%. ELT differs from existing comprehensive after-school programs in three ways: (1) it is controlled by the principal, (2) it has adopted academic engagement and success as the primary goal and is therefore more rigorous, and (3) it serves many more students per school.
ELT at TMA is designed to diversify students’ academic, cultural, and social experiences, and includes classes such as CSI, Chess, Robotics, Dance, Advisory, and Student Government.
ELT participants must attend Thurgood Marshall Academy and be in the 6th through 9th grades. Applications are available beginning in August, and enrollment is on a first come, first served basis.
TMA online portal