In alignment with the NYCTF mission and the priorities of the NYCDOE, underserved schools are defined as meeting one or more of the criteria listed below. Schools with these characteristics have experienced difficulties filling teacher vacancies and are in need of effective educators. We encourage you to start your search in schools meeting these criteria, and note that many of the underserved schools in NYC meet multiple criteria (such as Bronx Plan Schools in the Bronx and Focus Schools within the DOE’s 10 Target Districts).
Many of NYC’s underserved schools are in the Bronx, where schools across the borough struggle to attract and retain the talented teachers that students deserve. Any public school located in the Bronx that is not rated “Exceeding Target” for student achievement on the DOE School Quality Guide meets our definition of underserved. This rating reflects a school’s state test results, including student growth and performance, how students performed in core courses, how well students were prepared for their next level of school, and how students in higher-need groups performed. The rating is based on how the school performed against the targets published in the previous school year’s School Quality Guide and are presented on a four-level scale - Exceeding Target, Meeting Target, Approaching Target, and Not Meeting Target. Any school not “Exceeding Target” has room for growth in student academic achievement. For more information, you can access this guide below.
Bronx Plan Schools
Schools participating in the DOE’s Bronx Collaborative Schools Plan may "Receive coaching to assess their school needs and facilitate grassroots solutions and planning to address school challenges. Projects and initiatives will vary for each of the 50 schools based on what school-based teams identify, but some specific Bronx Plan projects may include: identifying and purchasing new curricular materials, teacher training focused on supporting targeted student groups like Multilingual Learners or Students in Temporary Housing, school staff training focused on culturally responsive practices, new parent programs and resources, increased translation at school conferences and events, and summer bridge programs. In addition to existing funding, schools will receive small grants annually to support their projects." (Source)
Priority or Focus Schools
These schools, designated as “Priority”, “Focus”, and on a “Local Assistance Plan”, have been identified by the NY State Education Department as needing additional support in order to meet academic achievement goals. These schools fall among the lowest performing schools in the state and are either not demonstrating necessary progress in ELA or math, or have persistently low graduation rates. These schools are committed to recruiting and retaining high quality teachers, and are uniquely positioned to benefit from committed, effective educators. Learn more about these schools by clicking here and downloading the “Priority Schools Identification Methodology”.
District 75 Schools
District 75 (D75) is a specialized district within NYC devoted to providing educational, vocational, and behavioral support programs to students with moderate to severe disabilities. D75 programs are housed either in individual school buildings or within general education schools. Teachers in District 75 are part of a larger support network for students with disabilities and their families—this network works to ensure students of all abilities have access to an excellent education. In order to work in D75, educators are required to receive additional, specialized training for working with students with moderate to severe disabilities. Only Fellows who are assigned to Special Education Moderate/Severe-District 75 may search for positions in these schools.
District 79 (Alternative Schools and Programs)
District 79 (D79) is a citywide, multi-site alternative instructional district established in 1983. D79 believes that all students can achieve at high levels and succeed in college and careers. Guided by this belief, D79 helps students under 21 years old who have experienced an interruption to their studies to stay on track toward a high school or high school equivalency diploma, build the skills to succeed in post-secondary opportunities, and gain the social-emotional skills necessary to become confident and productive members of society. These goals are paramount for D79’s diverse portfolio of programs for court-involved youth, student parents, and High School Equivalency students.
Located in one of the NYC DOE’s Target Districts
NYC has 32 geographic school districts and our Fellows work where they are needed most. For a variety of reasons, there is a higher need for teachers in shortage-area certifications in certain districts in four of the five boroughs. The NYC DOE’s Office of Teacher Recruitment & Quality has identified the following districts for Fellows to focus their job search within and they include:
- All Bronx Districts
- Renewal Schools
- Districts 4, 5, & 6 (Upper Manhattan)
- Districts 16, 19, 23, & 32 (Central Brooklyn)
- District 27 (South Queens)