Our Approach

Defining An Inclusive Approach

We successfully lobbied for a change in the New York State law in 2009 to allow us to give preference in the lottery to students who speak English as a second language. We seek to enroll children from our community and in all grades when we have open seats even if their test scores risk weakening the school's performance data. We meet children where they are even if they are four or five years behind their peers.

Setting High Expectations

We will graduate 100% of our students and ensure they have multiple pathways to succeed in life. This far exceeds NYC Public School five-year graduation rates, which are particularly low for the most vulnerable students: 45% for Special Education students, 48% for English language Learners, and 72% rate for General Education students.

While all of our students could go to college, we know it's not a good fit for all of them so we provide an education that is preparing students for college and career—not just one or the other.

Privately Funding The Gap

We chose to serve the Inwood and Washington Heights community and therefore receive 16% less funding a year than NYC traditional public schools and the charters who share space in Department of Education buildings.

We choose to provide 4,788 additional hours of academic support each year to our English Language Learners who are not designated to receive Special Education services, even though these services are not funded by the Department of Education. Donate

Inwood Academy Middle School

Every child’s individual learning needs are identified and met.

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Inwood Academy High School

Every student explores both college and career pathways.

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Our Values

Inwood Academy believes fostering five main character traits contributes to well-rounded individuals who care, give back, and lead.

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