Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) is a school where children, teachers, parents, neighbors and friends of a culturally diverse community come together in mutual respect to encourage children to enjoy learning. TOAST offers an environment where every child is free to learn, experience success and develop a desire for more knowledge. Using themes about the relationship between people and the environment, the curriculum at TOAST will offer an integrated and creative study of all areas in the New York State elementary curriculum-reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, music, art and physical education.
Learning strategies will reflect and reinforce the approaches that drive the development of science and technology: curiosity, discovery, observation, problem-solving, inquiry and creativity. Hands-on learning, computers and partnerships with the New York State Museum and other community resources will involve children in actively acquiring the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to be effective problem solvers in an ever-changing world.