Welcome to ESA

Welcome to Essex Street Academy, a project-based public high school in the Lower East Side. Our mission is to prepare prepare all of our students for success in college and in life by treating them as individuals with specific strengths and needs, and appealing to their intellectual curiosity in our courses.

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Strengthening Our Community

Essex Street Academy is fortunate enough to have received a grant from New York City\’s Expanded Success Initiative which was designed to tackle the educational achievement gap and increase the number of Black and Latino young men who graduate high school prepared to succeed in college and careers. Through a partnership with Outward Bound, ESA

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Jackson is a Big Apple Teaching Award Finalist!

Our very own Jackson Shafer was one of the finalists for the 2013 Big Apple Teaching Awards! Based on nominations from parents, colleagues, principals, students, and members of the public, 50 New York City teachers were chosen to be finalists based on their ability to demonstrate exceptional success impacting students’ learning, excellence in their instructional practice, and

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