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The Equity Project Charter School

Charter | 5-7 | 480 students

Featured in The New York Times & 60 Minutes, TEP pays teachers a $125,000 salary
 
 

 

Living in New York

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $340,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,190.

Source: Sperling's Best Places
 
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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted April 30, 2014

I ve been working with TEP Charter School since we started in 2009, and am currently serving as TEP s Founding Director of High School Preparation & Enrichment. It s been an incredible learning experience for me; I work with brilliant, dynamic, and hard-working people who care deeply about creating an excellent school for students who deserve an outstanding education.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 29, 2014

There's always room for improvement so 4 stars leaves that room. However, the school proves to be a solid, hard working, a big hearted place that is always striving for the"5"stars; for the sake of the children, families and teachers/staff. The principal Zeke Vanderhoek has shown strong and solid leadership. He has a clear vision, works very hard,is involved with ALL aspects of the school and has committed himself to hiring the best qualified teachers, holding them responsible to the vision/goals/and kids. The Social Work staff is the finest I have encountered. As a social worker myself, the men and women in these positions (1 per grade) get to know the kids, are a part of a team of adults working to maximize your child's social, emotional and academic success. The whole school seems focused on the whole of the school and the whole of the child. Gym is daily, music is daily. The teachers are specialists in these fields. The school's admin staff and principal are transparent and accessible. They are always working on maximizing communication. We did not HAVE to go this school. I am very glad my children did go to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2011

This school is way better than it's 1 rating. My daughter started last year in 5th grade and I've seen such a huge difference in her learning. When she comes home to tell me what she has learned, I find this amazing. This was not the case at her previous school. She struggled so much. The teachers at TEP are wonderful, innovative, and do sincerely care about the students. I give TEP a 5 rating! Go TEP!
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2014.

121 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
25%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

121 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
45%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
9%

2013

 
 
6%

2012

 
 
37%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
49%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

123 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

123 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
76%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 1 86% 23%
Black 2 13% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
White 1 0% 48%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 225%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 283%N/A43%
Female 150%N/A49%
Male 150%N/A51%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 17%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Clubs
  • Math club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
Clubs
  • Cooking club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.
The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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Based on 796 responses

This school provides ... 1

A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school creates a physically and emotionally secure environment in which everyone can focus on student learning.

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This school
8.4
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.0
 

Students

This school

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.8
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school provides information about the school's educational goals and offers appropriate feedback on each student's learning outcome.

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This school
8.5
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
9.0
 

Students

This school

 
8.7
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.6
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

This score measures how engaged parents, students and teachers feel they are in an active and vibrant partnership to promote student learning.

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This school
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

Students

This school

 
8.6
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.2
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures how well parents, students and teachers feel that the school develops rigorous and meaningful academic goals that encourage students to do their best.

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This school
8.5
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.8
 

Students

This school

 
8.9
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents42797%
Students34096%
Teachers29100%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 4:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Zeke Vanderhoek
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
  • Year-round
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (212) 202-3584

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Humanities
  • Music
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Internet access
  • Music room
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Cooking club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Math club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Technology club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • For more information, please visit our website at www.tepcharter.org
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


3 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
120
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
350
Students typically come from these schools
PS 132
PS 189
PS 048

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University Heights High School
NYC iSchool
KAPPA International High School
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549 Audubon Ave, T30
Trailer 30
New York, NY 10040
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Phone: (646) 254-6451

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