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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.

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 almost 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, and 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, Manhattan, or Queens at one of more than 99 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).
  • 7% 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.

New York Annual Report

Read our Annual Report to learn more about the positive changes our corps members, alumni, partners, and staff are creating in NYC.

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)