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

School in the Square

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School in the Square (S2) is a fast-growing charter school currently serving elementary and middle school students, with plans to serve families from Pre-K through High School by 2023.  S2 engages, educates and empowers its students to respond mindfully and creatively to life’s opportunities and challenges. Drawing its name from the concept of the public square or “la placita”, S2 is where communities come together to solve problems and celebrate successes. Here, students, families and educators are seen, heard, and inspired. S2 students build the academic foundations, social-emotional intelligence, and the leadership skills necessary to excel in college and professional life. Our community is grounded in principles of justice, equity, diversity and inclusivity (JEDI), enacting a culturally responsive and sustaining lens to our pedagogical practice and consistently examining the ways we can continue to walk firmly in the pursuit of social justice and against injustice of any kind. S2 provides a progressive and rigorous learning community in which students thrive physically, emotionally, and academically through differentiated and personalized education and adults grow through rich and robust professional development. 

We take seriously our obligation as an anchor institution in our community. We understand that our students’ ability to learn is directly impacted by their access to basic needs. Through our Family Support Program, we support over 200 families every month with bimonthly food pantries and other essential services, including internet hotspots and rent relief.

We believe a culture of care leads to a culture of achievement. Our middle school is located in Washington Heights where our programs are designed with students’ personal interests and learning styles in mind. S2’s program is dedicated to providing each student with the tools and support to become lifelong learners. That includes embracing that 84% of S2 families are Hispanic or Latinx. Consequently, we launched Dos Amigos, an immersive Dual Language Pre-K-5 learning model in 2020, building students’ confidence in their identity and their ability to navigate and celebrate our richly diverse world. Dos Amigos, located in the heart of Inwood, provides our young learners with the tools that stimulate their minds, helping them outperform students in single language programs.

Opening Fall 2023, our high school expands on S2’s vision of our dual language elementary school (Dos Amigos) and middle school. Our high school will be culturally responsive, have a rigorous academic program with adequate scaffolding and support for all students to be successful, and have a focus on students developing their voices and sense of agency that they will use to forge their own futures and help their communities.

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, and 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

84% Hispanic
9% Black
3% American Indian or Alaska Native
2% White
1% Asian
1% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander


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

  • There is one degree option available at this location:
    • 30-credit master of arts in teaching in Secondary Education (Grades 7-12)
  • Meet online with NYU Steinhardt faculty and peers twice per week in the evening for your course work ~15 hours/week
  • ~40 hours/week in classroom residency at partner location
  • Tuition subsidy and stipend or wage from partner school
  • Full-day cost details

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 August 2023

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