You see examples of that everywhere during a recent tour Principal Sal Aquino gave us.
"I picked violins, ukeleles and guitars - some of the most challenging instruments to learn - because I know we must challenge our students," he said.
"I love hip hop music. I think with the right adjustments I could learn to play hip hop on my violin," she said.
"We have major expectations for all our students. We want them to succeed," he said. "To do that you need to build a foundation, a pathway for students to find their interests – to find their passion. That means exposing them as early as possible to all the options and opportunities the future offers them."
The Shakespeare Club was so popular the school had to start a Junior Shakespeare Club for younger students.
But their enthusiasm for 17th Century literature and their commitment to preserving it was clearly evident in the impromptu performance they gave us.
Principal Aquino makes sure any visitor to his school understands his school's success is due to the hard work of his team - the teachers, curriculum specialists, aides, and all the staff at Roosevelt. And while test scores are going up he is not satisfied about where they are now. But he says he's confident success is around the corner.
"We are like a family here," he said. We take the time to get to know our students and their family. We work hard to embrace everyone. This way we communicate effectively with families to know when they have needs, problems or celebrations ensuring our students have the best environment to grow."