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Essex Street Academy

Essex Street Academy, New York City

The mission of Essex Street Academy is to prepare all students for success in college by treating them as individuals with specific strengths and needs, and appealing to their intellectual curiosity.  Essex St. Academy uses a skill based portfolio system for promotion; students must complete challenging graduation requirements in every subject, including panel presentations of original student work. Through participation in an advisory group of 10-12 students and one teacher, access to four social workers and a staff that prioritizes students above all else, the ESA staff is aware of what is going on in the lives of students and provides the social support network they need.

In 2009, the Department of Education ranked Essex Street Academy higher than 98 percent of the city's high schools. The school's progress report showed that 84 percent of students graduate on time and 95 percent of the school’s first graduating class went on to college. Some graduates have been admitted to selective four-year liberal arts schools like Smith, Hampshire, Bates and Bard.

Learn more at: www.essexstreetacademy.org/home