The Academy of Talented Scholars Virtual Tour

A look inside TAOTS in 8 Stops!

TAOTS Teachers and Students Reflect on 10 years

Ready to Sign up?!

Deadline to apply is January 19, 2021


TAOTS Tour Stops

Stop 1: Welcome!

Our Vision and Mission read by founding Principal Josephine Sportella Giusto

About us

Together with our parents and a highly qualified and dedicated staff, we engage all of our students in rigorous learning activities, schoolwide enrichment clusters , specialty classes and tasks aligned with standards.

School Highlights:

Stop 2: The TAOTS Campus

  • student rendering of TAOTS
  • students dancing in front of TAOTS
  • event in the schoolyard
  • PE in the gym
  • teacher and students in classroom
  • student in front of the building
  • areal shot of taots and seth lowe park
  • camp clusters lunch
  • dancing in the gym
  • wide shot of a classroom in action

About our Campus

Our campus features 3 schools in our building with shared common spaces: the Gym, Cafeteria, Playgrounds, and Auditorium.

We are located at 50 Avenue P across from the recently renovated Seth Lowe Park, which we use for outdoor recess, field days and other events.

Stop 3: Curriculum

Our curriculum highlights video.

A showcase of our enrichment clusters featuring interviews with our students and staff.

About our Curriculum

TAOTS is fully committed to successfully implementing the Department of Education’s Citywide Instructional Expectations for the 2019-2020 school year, which includes preparing all of our students for college and careers. 

Together with our parents and a highly qualified and dedicated staff we will engage all of our students in rigorous learning activities and tasks aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards.

Our academic and enrichment curriculum is designed with well-crafted instructional units and appropriate supports that are also fully aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards.

Curriculum Features:

  1. Investigations 3 Common Core Math Curriculum
  2. Teachers College Reading and Writing Program
  3. Mystery Science
  4. Flocabulary
  5. iReady

Stop 4: Tribes

  • students playing during event
  • students playing with hula hoop
  • students playing in group activity
  • students posing as a team
  • Just say Hi event
  • students interacting at a table
  • poster at a campus event
  • banner at a campus wide event

Tribes highlights pictured above

About our Tribes community

Our school follows a community building philosophy called Tribes.  The Tribes philosophy is a positive one.  It is designed to support schools in creating a secure and risk free learning environment that focuses on the “whole child” and his/her individual academic, social, and emotional needs. Tribe’s Agreements, our school rules, are posted and reviewed daily along with weekly activities that promote community building. 

Students and families are asked to adhere to the following Tribes Agreements:

  • Attentive Listening – Follow directions the first time they are told
  • Appreciations/No put downs- In school use your indoor voice
  • Mutual Respect- Take care of all classroom books and  materials
  • Personal Best- Finish all of your classwork on time
  • Safety with Body and Heart- Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself

Stop 5: Arts Partnerships

  • TAOTS band
  • students singing in the auditorium
  • students in marching band
  • student painting on easels
  • students ballroom dancing
  • student art work on the wall
  • student self portrait

Arts Partnerships include:

Stop 6: Bussing Info

students waving from the bus

Bussing and Transportation

Available to D20 General Education students only. Nest students receive Door to Door transportation as per their IEP.

Stop 7: Life During COVID

3 Community-made videos produced during the COVID remote learning era.

Following the return to school hybrid remote learning model, we are happy to be transitioning to 5-day per week in-school for students formerly in blended learning. We also will continue to maintain a 100% full remote learning option.

Cleaning protocols

  • Daily student / staff temperature checks via mandatory health screening – https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/
  • Advanced cleaning protocols include : increased cleaning of high touch surface areas, nightly classroom cleaning/spraying, advanced classroom filtration and ventilation
  • Mandatory weekly in school random COVID-19 testing conducted by Independent Laboratory Staff

Remote learning has included: 

  • Resources shared via Google Classroom
  • Live instruction via Zoom & Google Meet
  • Flipgrid, Padlet, PearDeck and other customized interactive blended learning experiences created by TAOTS teachers
  • Whole school, grade-level and class by class collaborative media productions

Stop 8: After School Programs

We contract with outside organizations to provide a range of after school options for students.

Programs have included: