NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Portfolio School, a project-based learning school in Tribeca, will build out a new location at 90 Hudson Street for the 2019-20 school year. The school will move from its current location at 27 North Moore to this landmark building, which offers almost a full block and 8,500 square feet.
The school tapped well-known architect, Guillermo Gomez, to design the new campus. To re-think learning spaces for a school that is re-thinking education is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Gomez. "I think the ultimate measure of our success will be in relation to how much freedom it allows the children to have. Simply put, I'm just designing the building, but what's really going to matter is how that building allows these children to create a future that none of us have been able to imagine yet."
Portfolio school currently has 24 children enrolled in grades K-5, and the new space will hold up to 80 students in grades K-8. In the coming years Portfolio School will continue to expand to become a K-12 school.
"We're thrilled at the level of enthusiasm we're getting from parents, " says co-Founder and COO, Doug Schachtel. "Parents are looking for a totally new approach to education that gives kids more control in their learning and that offers a more dynamic way to learn."
At Portfolio School, students learn in flexible mixed-age groups. Portfolio uses challenging ambitious, collaborative projects as the basis for learning. Instead of breaking subject areas apart, each project incorporates humanities, mathematics, science, arts, and technology. Students present their projects to educators, their parents, their peers and their community on Exhibition Nights.
Recent projects were designed around the following topics: colonizing Mars, water and the oceans, the human brain, and a comprehensive look at communication.
The new space will embody the school's culture of innovation and collaboration with an open plan and will include all sorts of creative resources, such as sewing machines, laser cutters, 3D printers, soldering stations, and more.
"More than having a 'makerspace,' Portfolio School is a 'makerspace,' with our creative tools and resources available all day, every day," says Co-Founder and CEO Babur Habib. "At Portfolio students learn how to use these tools to build projects like ice cream machines, movies and movie sets, projectors, guinea pig homes, clothing, and more. They love our school because we educate while respecting them as the makers and creators that they are."
About Portfolio School:
Portfolio School is a Next Generation Project-Based (NGPB) school that emphasizes mix-aged, interdisciplinary, self-guided and personalized education. Portfolio will serve K-6 students in the 2019-20 school year and will grow to a K-12 school in subsequent years.
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If you have any questions, please contact Doug Schachtel at 917-912-3149 or email@example.com.
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