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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 are currently interviewing candidates for Fall 2021 in Special Education, World Languages, and Social Studies, but we encourage interested educators in all disciplines to apply.



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

Our hiring process is as follows:

  1. Send resume and cover letter
  2. An ESA member of the hiring team will reach out to you and schedule a phone interview
  3. Phone interview
  4. Zoom Interview with possible school visit 

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