Wendy Van Amson, Director



Enroll now for  ISDN's 

On Track Program 2019 -2020

Give your child an education they cannot get in school.

This program is available to all middle school children of color, in grades 5 to 8.


“Students having attended this program increased their participation in class."          -L. Field, Teacher

“I appreciate the opportunity for my children to interact with young professionals who understand and know the independent school experience.“                                     -C. Simon, Parent

 “Since being here, my son has become much more outspoken, active in school, and he participates in different clubs and groups. He's made tremendous growth, socially, as well as academically." -M. Screen, Parent 


Watch our Student Testimonial video!

This is just some of the praise about ISDN's On Track Program, a leadership and educational empowerment program designed for students of color in fifth through eighth grades. Given the many subtle and overt negative messages surrounding children of color, our goal is to increase self-advocacy and social awareness, thereby enhancing leadership skills, self-resiliency and scholastic achievement. 

About the Program

Who:  ISDN On Track is for students of color in grades 5 - 8. A maximum of 10 students per grade will be accepted to allow for the fostering of strong relationships and learning in an intimate setting.   With peers from different schools sharing ideas, experiences, and knowledge, ISDN On Track enhances students' self-understanding and builds character while expanding their social network. 

Our instructors of color, all graduates of independent schools and leading universities, are experienced young professionals who serve as role models. 

What:  During each Saturday session, ISDN On Track offers the following three Integrated Courses: 

1. Foundations: character building, leadership & self-advocacy discussions
2. Communications: study skills, writing, debate and public speaking
3. Problem Solving & Math Life Skills: strategic thinking and math applications in everyday life.
When: There are 10 Saturday sessions, between November 2019 and March 2020, that run from 10:30am to 1:30pm.  The dates are:

November - 11/9, 11/16, 11/23        December - 12/7, 12/14

January - 1/11, 1/25                           February - 2/8, 2/22, 2/29

 March - 3/7 (optional snow day)

 Where: All sessions take place at The Nightingale Bamford School - 20 East 92nd Street, between 5th and Madison Ave.

Why ISDN On Track?Through our interactive programming, students learn specific skill sets that enhance their capacity to thrive and excel. Building  self-awareness through identity development is essential to diminishing the lingering achievement gap.

 Students have found the interactive classes to be fun, enjoyable and beneficial to their regular school experience. The peer interactions and new friendships developed during On Track also enhances students social connections.

   An informational OPEN HOUSE will be held for adults                                       October 19, 2019 - 11am                                             The Nightingale-Bamford School - 20 E. 92 St.

To learn more, feel free to contact us at!

(212) 781-7211