School in the Square (NY Teaching Certification & Residency Program) | Online MAT

School in the Square

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Located in the Washington Heights neighborhood of northern Manhattan, School in the Square (S2) is a charter school modeled after the public square – a place where problems are solved and successes are celebrated. The school serves 298 students in a differentiated and inclusive learning environment.

At S2, everyone is welcome and every voice matters. It’s a school centered around community, building relationships, and doing what’s best for all students. Teachers, administrators, and students themselves work together to help students take control of their lives both inside and outside of the school walls. Leveraging a student-centered approach focused on student agency, students actively participate in educational choices and are given opportunities to find passions and build skills that extend far beyond the core subjects. The school fosters a culture of care where respect is mutual between students and teachers, and which supports a culture of achievement.

The charter school prides itself on a deep commitment to the profession of teaching, and a belief that careful thought and planning must go into the training, onboarding, retention of teachers. Co-teaching is core tenet, as is a collaborative and team-oriented approach to improving in the profession. You are supported in your growth as a teacher and surrounded by dedicated colleagues whom you plan alongside. Teachers model the credo “relationships first” and you feel it when you are part of the S2 community.

Student Population

88% Hispanic
9% Black
3% Other


English Language Learners


Qualify for Special Education Services


Qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch

Charter Initiatives

  • Fostering Relationships Through “Primetime." In small groups of 10, students meet with one teacher for 20 minutes at the start of each day. This time might be spent on academics or on social emotional learning, with the goal of building strong relationships.
  • Co-Teaching Across All Classrooms. Using a co-teaching model in all core academic classes allows teachers to create targeted small group instruction within the classroom – challenging the highest performers while supporting struggling learners. Teachers are partners in what is best for children.
  • Leveraging Small-Group Instruction. Data on what each child needs is used to personalize learning and give students what they need. Each day students are in a small group in addition to core subjects. Small groups are used to give time to students on what they need most – whether that’s more time on math, literacy, or counseling.
  • Practicing Restorative Justice. S2 takes a proactive role in nurturing positive behaviors by providing students with a range of supports as well as meaningful opportunities for social emotional learning. When students make certain choices, staff are trained to look for the learning moment rather than for punitive consequences.

The Details

As a teacher resident, you’ll be a co-teacher in your content area. This means you’ll work alongside another teacher and gain responsibility throughout the year. All of this immersive learning is designed to assist you with understanding your students and their learning process, setting you up to have a class of your own the following year.

During Residency Year

Estimated Stipend/Wage
Health Insurance A portion of the cost of medical, dental, vision, and disability/life insurances is covered
Start Date Orientation: End of June 2022
Residency: End of August 2022

After Residency Year

Job After Graduation Teacher (Full Time)

The job placement offer is provided by our partners for informational and planning purposes only. NYU Steinhardt does not guarantee job placement.

Estimated Starting Salary with Master’s Degree and Certification $65,000 - $70,000 based on prior experience

The figures above are estimates provided by our partners for informational and planning purposes only. NYU Steinhardt does not guarantee these amounts.

 The human element and the element of community have been so important.

graduate, 2019 cohort,
San Francisco Unified School District

 It’s clear our goals are to absorb material in one class at a time, build strong relationships, and get increasingly comfortable with eventually becoming the lead teacher.

graduate, 2018 cohort,
Syracuse City School District

 Whether you aspire to become a special education teacher in an integrated co-teaching classroom or a US history teacher for Advanced Placement students, this program offers the skills needed to connect with, engage, empower, challenge, and reach all of your students.

Diana Turk
Director of Teacher Education; Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning at NYU Steinhardt; Co-Director, NYU Teacher Residency