Great Oaks Charter School (NYC)

Great Oaks – New York City is a tuition free charter middle school on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Since opening its doors in 2013, its mission has been to prepare its students for college success through excellent teaching and high dosage mentoring and tutoring.

In a truly distinctive approach, Great Oaks sets itself apart from other college preparatory charter schools. All students get a daily boost from the Great Oaks Fellowship, and AmeriCorps Program of 250 recent college graduates who dedicate a year of service in our schools. Each Fellow works closely with a group of students, helping them close the achievement gap between themselves and their wealthier peers and, ultimately, succeed in college. Fellows act as mentors and coaches, developing close relationships with students and their families. This design demonstrates Great Oaks’ commitment to creating a pipeline of talented educators both within and beyond the network.

Great Oaks NYU Teacher Residents participate in this dynamic Fellows program while simultaneously earning their initial teacher certification and degree from NYU.  Participants will spend 2 periods each day under the supervision and guidance of a Great Oaks mentor teacher, slowly taking on more and more classroom responsibilities during the school year. The rest of the day is devoted to developing the skills of the students in their tutorial, ensuring that all students are gaining the skills necessary to achieve state standards and develop crucial academic and socio-emotional skills. New teachers emerge from the program ready to take on the rigors of teaching in an urban classroom; are expected to be knowledgeable about the research and substance that forms the foundation of being a well-trained educator; and result in knowing themselves, and understanding what it means to be a highly qualified teacher.

Student Population

60.5% Of students identify as Latin
27.5% Of students identify as Black and/or African American
4.1% Of students identify as Asian American Pacific Islander

291

Students serving grades 6-8; ~100 students in each grade

33%

Of students have an IEP

5.5%

Of students are emerging bilingual students

Charter Network Vision

At Great Oaks, we believe that students will shape the world, not be defined by it. We focus our actions on three priority areas:

  • Mastery: Schools have a culture of high academic expectations, predicated on the belief that every child can learn and earn a degree from a four-year institution. For students to shape the world and not be defined by it, they must have deep knowledge and understanding, and the ability to apply these to new contexts and situations. It is an attitudinal disposition that emphasizes continuous learning, reflection on learning, and growth over simple accounting of success and failure. We support continuous improvement and innovation through improvement science.
  • Leadership: The purpose of leadership as a focus – not just building leadership but teacher leadership and student leadership – is to foster equity and justice, the development of the whole person and to ensure that the good ideas of every one member of the community are available for the use and insight of all.
  • Community: Our schools are firmly rooted in community and explicitly designed to spur all children towards college and career readiness. Community as a goal of education is predicated on the understanding that if it takes a village to raise a child, why not help raise the village – one that can support all children's healthy self-esteem and confidence through building deep relationships with others and themselves.

The Details

A special note about fellowships at Great Oaks-New York City:

All NYU teacher residents will also be enrolled in the Great Oaks Fellowship. They will be responsible for meeting all requirements of both programs.

As a Great Oaks Fellow you will also be an AmeriCorps member. As an AmeriCorps member, you will also be eligible for AmeriCorps benefits as defined by your AmeriCorps contract including:

  • The Segal Education Award of $6,195.00. The Segal Education Award is good for seven years from the end of service and can be used to repay qualified student loans or for future education at eligible schools.
  • Possible forbearance of Federal student loans. Note that interest continues to accrue. However accrued interest on qualified loans is eligible for payment by the National Service Trust.
  • Childcare benefits if you qualify.
  • Member Assistance Program offering services such as counseling and financial planning resources.

During Residency Year

Total estimated stipend

Our total investment in you is $26,474.

This breaks down into the following categories:

  • Living Stipend
  • Housing Stipend
  • Segal Education Award

Living Stipend

Fellows receive a $14,279 living stipend.

This is an estimate based on 2020-2021 and is subject to change by Great Oaks Charter.

Housing Stipend

$6,000 in subsidized housing.

The second component is subsidized housing, which has a market value of approximately $6,000. Great Oaks New York subsidizes 80% of the housing (a value of $4,800), with the Teacher Resident covering the remaining $1,200 via a payroll deduction ($50 per paycheck for 24 pay periods).

Housing is located in Brooklyn, and all apartments are fully furnished and come with a fully equipped kitchen.

This is an estimate based on 2020-2021 and is subject to change by Great Oaks Charter.

Segal Education Award

A Segal Education Award of $6,195.00.

The Segal Education Award is good for seven years from the end of service and can be used to repay qualified student loans or for future education at eligible schools.

Health Insurance Great Oaks does not provide health insurance, but the organization subsidizes any cost incurred when signing up for a state plan.
Start Date VIRTUAL: End of June 2020
ON-GROUND: End of August 2020


After Residency Year

Job After Graduation After successful completion of the program, you will receive priority hiring consideration for available teaching positions in Great Oaks Charter Schools

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 $62,000

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

The final part-time residency application deadline is May 25, 2020.

 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
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