Center City Public Charter Schools

Located in Washington, DC, the Center City Public Charter Schools’ (Center City PCS) Trinidad and Petworth campuses are oriented around the local communities while building students’ global perspectives. Teachers focus on socially relevant curriculum that not only provides rigorous academics but builds the whole child as well.

Center City PCS’ mission is to empower students for lifelong success by building strong character, promoting academic excellence, and generating public service throughout Washington, DC.  These small community schools move students as a cohort from pre-K through 8th grade. The result is a familial environment where teachers, students, and families build deep and meaningful relationships. With the community model, students stay within their neighborhoods to attend school. In fact, Center City PCS campuses have some of the shortest distances that students travel from home to campus among all public schools in the District. Campuses have one grade per class, and average a ratio of about 30 teachers per 250 students. This design, along with home visits, student-led conferences, and local service projects, empower schools to fully understand what students and families need to be successful.

At Center City PCS, supporting new teachers as they grow in their career is a top priority. For example, in most classes you’ll have a bilingual instructor or special education teacher co-teaching right alongside you. Feedback on school culture is encouraged and teachers often build initiatives from the ground up. The first Wednesday of each month is Wellness Wednesday, a district-wide half school day in which teachers have the opportunity to practice self-care. Teachers use this time to attend personal appointments and commitments.

With your commitment to instilling character, excellence, and service into our students, City Center PCS will support you on your journey as a profound educator for all students.

Student Population:
Trinidad campus

99% Black

Student Population:
Petworth campus

49% Black
44% Hispanic
4% Two or more races
2% White
1% Asian

33%

At-Risk Students (Petworth)

32%

English Language Learners (Petworth)

13%

Students With Disabilities (Petworth)

58%

At-Risk Students (Trinidad)

16%

Students With Disabilities (Trinidad)

2.2%

English Language Learners (Trinidad)

Charter Initiatives

  • New teacher week: Center City PCS knows that new teachers need special supports. This may mean learning the ins and outs of small tasks like using a grade book, or simply finding connections with new colleagues. As a group, teachers discuss any challenges and identify additional support that they may need from one another and the administration.
  • Project-based learning: This initiative began two years ago, and now it is integrated into the broader priorities and values of the schools. Project-based instruction relates to Center City PCS core themes of social justice, service, and community.
  • Rethinking the grading system: Teachers are learning to move away from one grade determining whether students have mastered a concept. Instead, students must complete multiple projects over time and have multiple opportunities to master a standard before a grade is assigned to them. Professional development days with teachers focus on using data and feedback to better identify where students may be struggling.

The Details

As a teacher resident, you’ll be a departmentalized classroom teacher. This means you’ll work alongside another teacher in your specific subject area and gain responsibility throughout the year. 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
$40,000
Health Insurance Full Medical, Dental, and Vision Benefits
Start Dates VIRTUAL: End of June 2020
ON-GROUND: End of August 2020


After Residency Year

Job After Graduation Teacher (Full-Time) After successful completion of the program, you will have a job waiting for you as a teacher in a Center City PCS school. In exchange for providing a master’s subsidy, and funding to offset your living expenses during your residency year, Center City PCS requires you to make a commitment to teach there for at least two years after earning your degree.

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 $58,000

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

The 2020 application has closed. The 2021 application will open later this summer.

 We know that the benefits of creating a more diverse teacher workforce are widespread; they are long-lasting, and they are life-changing.

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

 We built this program from the ground up, and [the faculty] all agreed on starting with the ideas of building community and understanding identity.

Heather Woodley
Co-Director of NYU Teacher Residency; Clinical Assistant Professor of TESOL, Bilingual Education, and Foreign Language Education,
NYU Steinhardt