Amor et reverentia pro scientia (love and respect for knowledge): It is our hope that every student works and lives by these words.
NEST+m is a New York City Department of Education city-wide coeducational school for Gifted & Talented students, grades K to 12. We offer an academically challenging curriculum designed to produce young scholars who are distinguished by their intellectual capabilities, communication skills, capacity for leadership, ethical values, and readiness to contribute to the betterment of the world at large. We are the only public Gifted & Talented school in New York City in which students can move seamlessly from kindergarten through 12th grade. Our three schools—Lower (grades K–5), Middle (6–8) and Upper (9–12)—each occupy their own unique space in our large, sun-filled building, but they share a single educational philosophy and a unified school spirit.
NEST+m is committed to providing not just an outstanding academic education for all our students, but to creating programs that support their growth as scholars, artists, and citizens of the world. We aim to teach outstanding communication skills, whether through one of the five world languages that we offer, the required computer courses, our workshop model of reading and writing, or an expanded vocabulary in physics. We encourage students to make a difference to those around them, in their community, their city, and the world, by performing community service, and we nurture their hearts and minds by providing a welcoming place for self-expression through music, art, writing, drama, and science.
Uniquely, NEST+m is a K–12 school subdivided into three levels: the Lower School (K–5), the Middle School (6–8), and the Upper School (9–12), all housed in one contiguous building with one educational philosophy. NEST+m, established in the fall of 2001, occupies a building designed and built in the late 1950s. It is a three-story structure reminiscent of the Formalism architectural style prominent during that period. There is a newly renovated gymnasium plus a large music room on the lower floor; the dining hall and two dance rooms are on the first floor; the main entrance, offices, library, theater, K–5 classrooms, and music and art rooms are on the second floor; 6–12 classrooms, science labs, an art gallery, and a dance room are on the third floor. Our central courtyard was remodeled and outfitted with jungle gyms for our Lower School children with a contribution from Toys R Us. The lunch tables in the courtyard are often used by our high school students during the warm months. Our south courtyard is equipped with basketball hoops and is generally used by 6th–12th graders. Our art gallery, used for lectures in art-appreciation classes, also displays student artwork. Our newer and larger art gallery space, on the third floor overlooking the central courtyard, also provides space to showcase student artwork. Our Science Seminars, attended by students, teachers, and parents, feature scientists and scholars from across the disciplines.
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