Essex Street Academy is a small public high school in the Lower East Side in Manhattan.

We serve a diverse population of 350 students from all 5 boroughs.

At Essex Street Academy, we 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. Our emphasis on academic achievement coupled with the emotional support students need to be successful gives graduates from Essex Street Academy the best chance of being successful at the college of their choice.

At Essex Street Academy, we believe that all students deserve a safe and supportive environment with high academic expectations.  To ensure that we provide this environment, we have established the following Core Values and Standards that we expect all members of the community to uphold.

ESA Core Values

As ESA students, we are:

    • Committed to being socially responsible
    • Committed to being academically responsible
    • Committed to equity for all people
    • Committed to serving our school community and the communities we live in
    • Committed to learning about ourselves and each other

ESA Community Agreements

  • Phones and electronics must be off and out of view during the regular school day except during lunch.  See our Electronics Policy.
  • Arrive to class on time. See our Attendance Policy.
  • Be prepared.  See the Supply List.
  • Dress appropriately for school.  See our Dress Code Policy.
  • No possession or use of illegal substances.  See our Substance Abuse Policy.
  • Use social media positively. See our Social Media Policy.

The following are Seward Park Campus Rules that ensure that our campus is safe and organized:

  • ESA students use the Ludlow Street entrance to enter and exit the building except during after-school, when they use the Grand Street entrance.
  • Students are not allowed on the elevator without an elevator pass nor on other schools’ floors.

ESA students – you need an ID card for swiping in to school and swiping out for lunch! If you haven’t taken your ID picture yet, please see Agustina or Susie in Room 134.

If you lost your ID card, there is a replacement fee of $3. For a replacement ID, please see Agustina in room 134. Please keep your ID in a safe, secure place.

Must have:

  • Binder – 3” (one binder) or multiple ½” binders, with pockets
  • A separate binder just for science class (if in 9/10th grade)
  • Looseleaf
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Folders with pockets
  • Lock for gym lockers
  • Agenda / weekly planner
  • Backpack
  • Gym clothes (shorts, t-shirt, sports bra, sneakers, swimwear if assigned to swimming)

Strongly suggested:

  • Spiral notebooks
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers
  • Manual pencil sharpener
  • Graph paper
  • Dividers 
  • White out
  • Highlighters
  • Post-its
  • Scientific calculator such as Texas Instruments TI 30X IIS, or Graphing Calculator
  • Index cards
  • Glue stick


  • English/Spanish OR English/French dictionary, depending on the student’s language class 
  • Laptop or desktop (at home) with access to Internet
  • Printer

Spring 2022 Office Hours

In addition to being available in person during office hours, teachers will also be available by Zoom during the same time for those who are at home. ESA students, please open this document for the zoom links.

AdamMon 4:15PM213
AlexZFri 8:15AM212A
AnnaMon 4:15PM130
BrittneyMon, Tue, Thu, Fri Lunch230
CaitlinThu 8:30AM131
Chris AThu Lunch228
Chris BThu 8:30AM231
CristieMon 4:15PM, Thu 8:30AM and 4:15PM216
CyndyWed 6PMZoom only
DanielBy appointment232
DavidMon 8:15AM110
FayolaTue 5PM (zoom)
Thu 8:30AM
GregTue 8:15AM128
JacksonWed 8:15AM115A
JaneMon 8:30AM116
JennyMon Lunch128
LizFri 8:15AM212B
MauriceThu 8:15AM231
MoniqueMon Wed Fri 8:15AM111
PearlWed 8:30AM234
RosaThu 8:15AM212A
SarahWed 8:15AM or by appointment234
SusieThu 4:15PM134
VeronicaBy appointment232


We have the following clubs meeting this semester. Please see p.2 of this flyer for our club meeting times!

After-hours club

Art & Literary Magazine

Art / Graphic Design (League of Inspiration)

Black Student Union

Big Sibs

Community Service



Game Cave

Green Team




RAPP Peer Leaders



Strength Training

Yarn Club


Zoology Club

Senior Dues

Senior dues are $150 and cover the cap and gown, diploma cover, yearbook, and costs related to the senior College Bound program. We do not offer the option to purchase senior rings; you may purchase one on your own if you’d like at a site like

Pay for Senior Dues through Paypal:

Student Name




Tickets are $125 per person and include dinner, mocktails and photography. The event will be held on the Penthouse 808. Please click below to purchase.

Student Name



Payments with Scholarships

If you have asked for a scholarship, please click below and enter the agreed amount for either senior dues and/or the senior dinner.

When checking out, please select an option under “Use this donation for…” and choose either Senior Dinner (Prom) or Senior Dues. Then click on the pencil icon to enter the student’s full name in the memo area.



Being present in class for every minute, every day, is essential to learning effectively.

Our students enjoy the privilege of going off campus for lunch. Starting on the 2nd week of school, if a student arrives late to school, s/he will lose the privilege of going out to lunch for that day. 

If you or your child will be absent, you should call or email your advisor informing him/her of the reason for the absence. The advisor will then notify the child’s teachers and our secretary.

Excused absences include the following:

  • Medical emergencies
  • Doctor’s appointments
  • Funeral services for a family member
  • Participation in a school-approved activity (community service, field trip)

Absences for vacations and extended trips cannot be considered excused. Families should plan vacations and trips when school is not in session and must work with the school to develop plans for take-home and make-up work.

Tips for arriving on time and having excellent attendance:

  • Look up how long it takes for you to get to school on Google Maps, then add 20 minutes to it. There are always train delays in NYC.
  • Plan your doctors’ appointments far in advance to try to get the first or last appointment available. Some doctors are even open on weekends!

At ESA we are committed to fostering an environment where students are fully engaged in learning. Our Electronics Policy is essential to cultivating that environment. We understand the importance of parent-student communication, which is why our students are allowed and have always been allowed to bring their cell-phones into school, provided that they keep them turned off and put away during the school day. Students who need to use a phone during school hours from 9:25am-4:10pm can use the main office phone.

  • All electronics must be off and out of view between 9:25am and school-wide dismissal, with the exception of the lunch period. The electronics must also be off and out of view during study halls, passing periods, and free periods for seniors.
  • Any electronics visible and/or audible during school hours will be confiscated, given to a dean, and kept by the dean until a parent or guardian comes in to retrieve them.
  • If a student refuses to give the phone to a dean, the student will face disciplinary actions.
  • Unacceptable electronics are defined as:  Cellular Phones, iPods, iPads, Beats, and all other portable audio/video players, headphones, etc.

In order to provide your children with the education they deserve, we must ensure that Essex Street Academy is a space with the highest possible standards. In order to uphold this culture of excellence, we take any instances of student engagement with drugs and alcohol extremely seriously. Students who engage with illegal substances (i.e., students who bring drugs or alcohol into the building, consume drugs or alcohol during school hours, attend school while appearing intoxicated, and students who smell of drugs or alcohol) will receive severe consequences.

If a student appears to have engaged with drugs or alcohol, the following consequences will occur:
● Immediate removal from classes
● Parent notification and immediate suspension from school pending an in-person parent-meeting
● Immediate revocation of out-lunch privileges
● Student referral for counselling services with a school social worker
● Forfeiture of access to extra curricular events: sporting events, dances, clubs, field trips overnight trips, etc.
● For repeated infractions, students will receive extended suspension from school for up to 90 days via Superintendent’s Suspension

As members of the ESA community using the internet and social media, we are expected to:

  • Follow the same guidelines for respectful, responsible behavior online that we are expected to follow offline.
  • Be an upstander and alert staff if we see threatening/bullying, inappropriate, or harmful content (images, messages, posts) online.
  • Encourage positive, constructive use of social media.
  • Be responsible for our own behavior when using social media and held accountable for the content of our social media use.

No member of the ESA community should ever:

  • Use social media in a way that could be personally or physically harmful to oneself or others.
  • Engage in cyberbullying, harassment, or disrespectful conduct toward others–staff or students.


Cyberbullying will not be tolerated. Harassing, dissing, insulting, name calling, impersonating, outing, embarrassing, tricking, “throwing subs” and cyberstalking are all examples of cyberbullying. Sending emails or posting comments with the intent of scaring, hurting, shaming, threatening or intimidating someone else is cyberbullying. Engaging in these behaviors, or any online activities intended to harm (physically or emotionally) another person or group, will result in disciplinary action.