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Since 1990, Teach For America New York has worked hand in hand with partners throughout our city to create opportunities for children in our most underserved communities.

Teach For America New York recruits, trains, and supports a growing movement of leaders dedicated to expanding educational opportunity for students in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. Alongside the communities they serve, New York alumni and corps members have played an integral role in supporting the academic gains and educational progress New York has made since 1990.

Preparing Students for Successful Futures at Vista Academy

Teach For America teachers and leaders have helped to create a culture of learning and excellence for students at Vista Academy in East New York.

Making Progress in New York

New York City has made significant progress in education. Over the past decade, we have seen record-level high school graduation rates, as well as gains in college and career readiness among New York City students. New York City’s promise of universal pre-kindergarten has resulted in an increase in the number of 4-year-olds enrolled in pre-K from 20,000 in 2014 to more than 70,000 in 2017, setting future generations up with a strong foundation in their early education.

Teach For America New York’s 6,000 corps members and alumni are among the countless educators, activists, parents, and community leaders who have pushed to raise the bar for educational excellence in our city since 1990. And we remain committed to supporting the work of making educational equity a reality in New York.

Addressing New York Student Needs

TFA NY focuses its presence in low-income schools, hard-to-staff subjects, and neighborhoods where the need is greatest. We deliver data-driven, culturally responsive programming that provides corps members with the skills they need to understand community context and immediately impact student success. Together, they are meeting critical needs in NYC:

  • Corps members teach in Brooklyn, the Bronx, or Manhattan at one of more than 150 partner schools. Partner schools include a mix of district and charter schools, as well as community-based organizations. 
  • More than 50% of corps members, including all pre-K teachers, are dual certified in special education. The number of students with disabilities in NYC is larger than the entire population of most school districts around the country.
  • 33% of corps members teach science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
  • 11% of corps members teach our youngest learners in the community-based organizations that make it possible for NYC to provide universal full day pre-K.
  • 5% of corps members teach in alternative schools.
  • TFA NY is one of the most diverse talent pipelines for NYC’s education sector.

Fostering Educational Excellence in New York Schools

Teach For America New York partners with excellent schools throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx to serve more than 160,000 New York City students. Of our more than 150 partner schools, more than 70 are district, more than 50 are charters, and more than 25 are early education centers. 

Schools to Learn From

A number of Teach For America New York partner schools have been selected for Teach For America's Schools to Learn From program for providing an excellent education to their students. These schools serve as "learning laboratories" on pedagogical best practices and vision for other educators across the nation. Past New York selected schools in the Schools to Learn From program include:

  • Mott Haven Academy Charter School -- Bronx, NY

    Mott Haven Academy Charter School empowers children in a supportive educational environment that addresses and reduces the barriers to academic success through integration of family support services with a rigorous, college-preparatory academic program. The school's graduates will be resilient, resourceful, independent scholars who have the skills necessary to reach their full potential and to build a better future.

    School Leader: Jessica Nauiokas (D.C. Region '97)

  • Bronx Lighthouse College Prep Academy -- Bronx, NY

    Bronx Lighthouse College Prep Academy began with a promise to scholars and families in NYC School District 12 and the larger Bronx community to remove all barriers and stop at nothing until all scholars are prepared for college, career, and life. That promise continues to drive Bronx Lighthouse College Prep Academy today.

    School Leader: Alix Duggins (Mississippi Delta '10)

  • KIPP Infinity Middle School -- New York, NY

    KIPP Infinity Middle School strives to create a holistic and joyful educational experience through rigorous academics, meaningful character development, eye-opening extracurricular and outside opportunities, and deep, authentic relationships with every single little KIPPsters in the building. 

    School Leader: Allison Willis Holley (New York City '04)

Department of Education's Showcase Schools

In the past five years, 6 alumni-led schools in New York City were recognized by the Department of Education’s Showcase Schools program, with two out of the six being selected as Showcase Schools over multiple years of the program.

  • The High Bridge Green School

    The Highbridge Green School is a community school that cares for each students’ academic, emotional, and physical well-being. By providing students with a strong academic foundation, relevant learning experiences, and a safe and loving environment, The Highbridge Green School will empower them to have and make successful choices in high school, college, careers, and beyond.

    School Leader: Kyle Brillante (New York '07)

  • School of the Future High School

    School of the Future is a small, innovative public sixth through twelfth grade school within District Two. We are located in the Gramercy Park neighborhood at Twenty-Second Street and Lexington Avenue. School of the Future is recognized for its academically rigorous environment with a student population of seven hundred ranging from sixth through twelfth grade and a staff of forty teachers. Both the staff and the student population of School of the Future reflect the diversity of New York City.

    School Leader: Stacy Goldstein (Bay Area '97)

Our Leaders

Teach For America New York alumni and corps members are lifelong leaders in all fields that shape the lives of students, families, and communities in New York. The 2019 New York corps includes:

59%

People of color

45%

From a low-income background

34%

First-generation college graduates

33%

Hometown NYC

More than 25% of alumni in New York continue to teach, and many others have continued on to make their impact as school leaders, including principals, assistant principals, and deans. New York alumni also lead outside the classroom, as policy and advocacy leaders, social entrepreneurs, and elected officials, all driven to create opportunity for all children in the city.

1426

Teachers

611

System leaders, superintendents, chief academic officers, principals, assistant principals, deans, and directors

20

Social innovators

12

Elected officials

Creating Lasting Change Through Alumni Leadership

Teach For America New York alumni are inspiring the next generation of student leaders to use their voices and experiences to create lasting change in the educational system and beyond.

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Adrian Uribarri

Chicago-Northwest Indiana '10

Marketing and Communications Consultant

Adrian (Chicago ‘10) is a TFA NY Junior Board Recruitment & Membership Chair and co-founder of The Bell, a non-profit devoted to elevating student voices in the education conversation. 

Taylor McGraw

Taylor McGraw

New York '12

Co-Founder

The Bell

Taylor (New York '12) taught for five years in Harlem and Brooklyn before leaving the classroom to co-found The Bell. Taylor serves as an advisor to Teens Take Charge, a student-led movement for educational equity that draws members from across New York City and provides platforms for students to meet directly with education policymakers to address the most critical issues facing our public schools. 

Xanthe Jory

Xanthe Jory

New York '96

Executive Director, Early Childhood

Xanthe is the Executive Director of Early Childhood for the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE).

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New York Annual Report

Read our annual report to learn more about Teach For America New York's impact in 2019.

Teach For America New York in the News:

TFA NY and its community members have been recognized in a number of local and national media publications, including:

‘Moments Like Now are Why We Teach’: Educators Tackle Tough Conversations about Race and Violence — This Time Virtually
Chalkbeat

Distance Learning in Low-Income Schools
BBC America

The 2020 Education Power 100
City & State

Morris Heights School Gets Washer and Dryer for Needy Students
News 12 Brooklyn

‘A Child is Not a Revolving Door’
The Hechinger Report

This Leader Has Made a Career of Fighting for Equitable Education
The Cut