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Essex Street Academy is a small, project-based high school in the Lower East Side.  As a member of the NY Performance Standards Consortium, ESA students are exempt from state tests and graduate by completing in-depth projects demonstrating the mastery of core skills and content.  We value diversity and inclusion in our community with respect to all identities and learning styles, and we strive to continuously build a community at ESA that is affirming, inspiring, and advances racial and social justice.


The staff at ESA is committed to learning from one another and our students. Our teachers write their own curricula to be student-centered with an emphasis on authenticity, depth of understanding, and multiple perspectives.  This past year, ESA teachers collaborated on interdisciplinary teams to design innovative curricula that integrated practices from multiple disciplines to examine important questions such “What makes a democracy?” and “How is technology impacting our society?”


We view our community at ESA as a family.  Our foundation is advisory, where our students build close ties while developing social-emotional skills over the course of four years together.  We meet regularly as a whole school for our student-led Town Meeting to celebrate accomplishments, discuss tough issues, and just have fun.  We have built a strong foundation in restorative practices as a way of strengthening and maintaining our community over time so that ESA can always be a place where all students thrive. 



We have filled all of our full-time positions; however, we are interviewing for a long term sub position for the fall.


11/12 Social Studies – Parental Leave Position

This class focuses on the history of immigration policy of the United States. Students will begin the class with an investigation into immigration narratives focused on the human experience of immigration. Later students will learn about immigration policies beginning with the Naturalization Act of 1790 and ending with the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 as well as many others in between. Students will guide their own learning through primary source analysis and later the use of secondary sources in order to contextualize each policy through research of the causes and effects of each. Students will be assigned two mini-projects during the length of the leave period. The position would be for approximately six to eight weeks and the classroom teacher is looking to fully support the sub in any way possible. All class material is prepared and organized for distribution to students.



Mid-September through early November 2021



Candidates applying to this position must have valid NYS teaching certification in any subject area or hold substitute teacher certification and have received satisfactory ratings.



3 sections of 11th/12th grade Social Studies, 26-28 students, 4x a week for an hour


Possible Additions for “Full Time” position:


  • 1 Coaching Period (Study Hall), 17 Students, 1x a week for an hour
  • 1 12th grade advisory, 14 students, 2x a week for 40mins
  • 4 sections of 11/12th grade office hours, 1x a week for an hour



If you are interested in applying to work at Essex Street Academy, please send your resume to the hiring committee at wallace – at –

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