Educational Programs

Home   /   Learn About Us   /   Educational Programs

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

“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.”

Achievements & Highlights

  • Abyssinian Head Start was the recipient of the 2002 Outstanding Early Childhood Program Award by the New York State Department of Education.
  • By the end of the school year, spring 2012, three year olds showed dramatic improvement overall with 95% of children meeting or exceeding developmental milestones.
  • By June 2012, 99% of four year olds met or  exceeded developmental milestones.

Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School

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.
Enrollment Eligibility
ELT participants must attend Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School, and applications are available beginning in August for the following school year.

Read more

PUSH

Contact us to apply

TMALS online portal

Goals

  • Increase the performance of students scoring at levels 3 and 4 on the ELA and Math NY State Assessments
  • Continuously improve and increase staff capacity, both instructionally and as it relates to youth development and student engagement
  • Build student self-esteem and character through positive reinforcement.
  • Utilize data to inform instructional goals for students and support student goal setting.
  • Provide a wide range of enrichment activities so as to expose students to a range of experiences that build higher knowledge and enhance life experiences.

Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change

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.

Enrollment Eligibility

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.

Read more

Contact us to apply

TMA online portal

Goals

  • Implement a full-scale STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) ELT program.
  • Focus on writing as an academic theme.
  • Incorporate an advisory period into each student’s program schedule.
  • Increase family participation and engagement.
Back To Top