School of One

Redesigning the math classroom


New York City’s School of One may turn out to be the single most important [pilot] conducted in education so far. It is the future.

—Arthur Levine, President, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Students learn in different ways.  Some prefer lectures led by teachers, and others thrive with digital instruction.  They also enter the classroom with a range of strengths, interests, and needs. To meet the needs of each student, iZone partnered with New Classrooms to bring School of One to middle schools in New York City.  School of One is a personalized learning program for middle school math that integrates a variety of instructional approaches to create a targeted, individualized learning experience, at the appropriate academic level for every student.

In the School of One program, students are assigned groups based on skill level and learning style and then participate in a variety of skill-building activities including direct instruction with teachers, small group work with peers, and online tutoring.  Students are assessed daily to determine whether they have mastered a skill or need more time on that skill. Daily assessments are then used to determine what each student will work on the following class day.

With School of One, teachers are equipped with real-time data on student performance and students learn only what they are ready for and do not move on to more advanced material until they have mastered a particular skill.   The result: each student has an engaging, meaningful, and highly personalized learning experience.


Traditional teacher-led class instruction is just one instructional approach (or “module”). School of One uses a variety of modules to personalize instruction for students.

iZone School Of One Teacher-Led ModulesTeacher-led Modules

Live Investigation: 
15–20 students work with a teacher to explore a particular mathematical concept or skill; teachers can use lessons provided by School of One or use their own approaches.


iZone School Of One Collaborative ModulesCollaborative Modules

Small Group Collaboration: Three to six students work collaboratively to solve a math problem.

Peer-to-Peer: Two to three students teach one another strategies to solve a math problem.


iZone School Of One Virtual ModulesVirtual Modules

Coached Virtual Instruction: A teacher-supported digital lesson provides instruction related to a particular skill.

Virtual Reinforcement: An independent, virtual lesson reinforces specific concepts and allows students to practice skills.

Virtual Live Tutor: A student works 1:1 with a live virtual tutor; students and tutors interact through voice and online chats.


iZone School Of One Independent ModulesIndependent Modules

Independent Practice: Students work independently on printed lessons and worksheets to practice specific skills.

Task Sessions: Task sessions take place over multiple days. Students use a variety of related skills in real-world applications. For example, students might analyze the costs and benefits of purchasing a hybrid car and use the skills they acquire through this work (e.g., multiplication, estimation, calculating gas mileage) to defend a purchasing decision. Over the course of each task, teachers can draw on a variety of modalities as well as their own approaches.

School of One FAQ

How does School of One work?

School of One students receive personalized lessons based on their precise academic level every day.  To create these personalized lessons for students, School of One provides them with daily quizzes that determine whether or not they have mastered a skill.  These daily assessments drive what each student will work on the following class day.

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What does the teacher’s role look like in a School of One classroom?

The School of One portal provides teachers with real-time information about student performance, and grants them access to high-quality instructional content.  This leaves more time for teachers to develop and refine their instructional strategies, support individual students with targeted interventions, and engage parents in their child’s progress.

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How are teachers trained and supported?

iZone and New Classrooms provide ongoing support to teachers to ensure they are fully trained prior to implementing the program in their classrooms. Participating teachers attend a program simulation the spring before full implementation begins, and supplement this simulation with an orientation over the summer.  Once the program is launched, we are in constant communication with schools through year-long professional development and coaching sessions, and daily logistical and operational support.

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Is School of One designed to support English Language Learners and students with special needs?

The personalized nature of the program makes School of One accessible for all students, including English Language Learners and students with special needs.

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