Esperanza Preparatory Academy

Grades: 6-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Students learn both Spanish and English

The Downside

Low test scores and graduation rates

Esperanza Preparatory Academy, which serves grades 6 to 12, aims to make students fluent readers, writers and speakers in both English and Spanish while encouraging them to take pride in their culture. However, the school has a poor record of academic achievement. Both students and teachers complain of problems with order and discipline. Attendance is well below the citywide average. Parents complain of rapid staff turnover.

Esperanza Prep, founded in 2008, shares the Tito Puente Educational Complex in East Harlem with the Talented and Gifted School. Esperanza has its own library and shares a cafeteria, gym, and auditorium with TAG.

Admissions: Middle school: District 4 choice. High school: Only open to heritage Spanish speakers or students who attended dual-language middle school. The school has not filled its seats in recent years. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, December 2018)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
81%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
63%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
56%
Average daily attendance
 
87%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
38%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
100%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
100%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

475
Number of students
631 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
95%
Students with disabilities
 
26%
Multilingual learners
 
33%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
74%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
86%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
53%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
30%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
77%
4.0
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
175
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
73%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

 
5%

Computer Science

 
1%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
9%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
28%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
5%

Music

 
50%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
51%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
27%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
80%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Esperanza Preparatory Academy

Admissions Method: Screened: Language

Esperanza Preparatory Academy D75 Inclusion Program

Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services

Esperanza Preparatory Academy ACES 15:1 Program

Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus AB, AP Psychology, AP Drawing, AP English Language and Composition, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP 2-D Art and Design, AP Spanish Language and Culture

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

240 East 109th Street
Manhattan NY 10029

Trains: 6 Line to 110th St

Buses: M1, M101, M102, M103, M106, M116, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M3, M4, M96, M98


Contact

Principal: Luisa Morales

Parent Coordinator: Emma Cambero Gil

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with TAG Young Scholars

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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