The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School opened in September 2009 in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. Originally a 5th through 8th grade middle school, TEP now serves students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
TEP aims to put into practice the central conclusion of a large body of research related to student achievement: teacher quality is the most important school-based factor in the academic success of students, particularly those from low-income families.
In singling out teacher quality as the essential lever in educational reform, TEP is uniquely focused on attracting and retaining master teachers. To do so, TEP uses a three-pronged strategy that it terms the 3 R’s: Rigorous Qualifications, Redefined Expectations, & Revolutionary Compensation.
TEP is uniquely committed to serving a high-need, high-poverty, at-risk student population. Specifically:
90% of TEP students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, a federal measure of poverty.
TEP’s student population is comprised of 91% Latinx and 8% African American students. Nearly 30% of students are classified as English Language Learners, a population that is typically underserved.
TEP is committed to serving students with a range of learning and behavioral representations. Currently, 22% of TEP students are Special Education students (or Students with Disabilities).