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PBL Prepares Girls For Their Future

PBL Prepares Girls For Their Future

At schools like HLS and Portfolio School, PBL prepares all students female and male, but I would argue it’s particularly important for girls hardwired to always try their best. PBL prepares girls to succeed in both the classroom and the boardroom by giving them the confidence to take risks and fail and it socializes them to excel in a magnificently imperfect world where confidence matters more than competence.

Why Portfolio School?

Why Portfolio School?

Say the word “autumn” and you evoke images of brightly-hued leaves, baskets of apples and harvests of pumpkins.  In New York City, especially for parents of four-year-olds and older students looking to transition next year, you also provoke anxiety about the admissions process:  when can you visit schools, what will they require of you and of your children, how can you tell if a school is the right school for your child and your family?

Portfolio students present at Stanford

Portfolio students present at Stanford

Our children now know that what they are creating and learning is interesting and people will want to learn from it; that their knowledge is worth sharing not just to the school community but to the world.

Directors Blog: Dec 4 - Dec 8

Directors Blog: Dec 4 - Dec 8

Last Week at Portfolio: sequences, 3-D modeling, 3-D printing, presenting who we are to the school, and more...

Directors Blog: Nov 27 - Dec 1

Directors Blog: Nov 27 - Dec 1

This Week at Portfolio: What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be me? Creating lessons for Google Science Journal App, a trip to New York Hall of Science, and more.

Directors Blog: Oct 30 - Nov 3

Directors Blog: Oct 30 - Nov 3

It was a week of celebration, creativity, and community bonding - Portfolio style! Check out who visited us to celebrate, create, learn, and play!

Directors Blog: October 23-27

Directors Blog: October 23-27

"When we listen, we learn more.
Be patient, kind, and respectful.
Try your best. If you hit a small problem, 
it’s no big deal."

- from Portfolio’s Kids Constitution

Directors Blog: October 16-20

Directors Blog: October 16-20

How do ideas become a creation?
How do individuals become a team?
How does a traveler to Mars become a Martian? These are questions we are exploring as we learn, not only about Mars, but even more importantly, about ourselves.

Directors Blog: October 2-6

Directors Blog: October 2-6

You never know what might happen when learning and creativity emerge from student interest and student ideas!

Collaborations with NYU and Columbia

Collaborations with NYU and Columbia

Two important collaborations with NYU and Columbia are now underway at Portfolio. One partnership will give our students the opportunity to apply their learning in music, technology, design, art and science; the other partnership will help our school refine a methodology that is carefully crafted and guided by research.

Directors Blog: 9/11/17-9/15/17

Directors Blog: 9/11/17-9/15/17

“At normal schools, the teachers don’t tell you to write on the walls,” one student happily exclaimed.

“Elon Musk, Elon Musk, Elon Musk,” a number of students chanted, as they planned the interviews they want to try to schedule for the film they will create on permanently settling Mars.