With a focus on college, character, and community, faculty and staff are preparing students for success in life beyond their post-secondary education. Help us solve educational inequality in Inwood and Washington Heights.

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Core Values

We empower students and our staff to become agents for change through Community-focused leadership, Character development, and College preparedness. We integrate these three core values with highly thoughtful and qualified teaching staff to ensure our school’s sustainable growth as a thriving educational environment.

Whether you are just starting your career in education or are a certified teacher, you will receive the individualized coaching and professional development benefits to continuously grow your skills. Starting salary for a certified teacher is $80,000 a year. Not a certified teacher? Read more to learn about our Teacher Residency Program and other benefits that support your life-long learning goals.

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Community-focused Leadership
We develop the leadership skills in our community through a Teacher Residency Program and offer a three -tier approach to compensation for those who enroll in this opportunity.

Character Development
We believe fostering these five character traits contributes to well-rounded individuals who care, give back, and lead: Honesty, Integrity, Responsibility, Caring, and Restraint.

College Preparedness
We foster a college-going culture by supporting life-learners with tuition reimbursement, professional development stipends, student-free professional development days, and coaching.

A Community of Leaders

As a leadership academy, we empower our educators and staff to lead and we invest in training to help them grow into master educators, coaches, administrators, and nonprofit professionals.


More Benefits

Inwood Academy is pleased to offer a competitive benefits package. The numbers provided below are from our 2019-20 school year.

Health Insurance

Affordable medical, dental and vision plans, as well as short and long term disability plans, are available to all full-time staff. Inwood Academy pays for 80% of the annual plan, up to $16,000 a year. We also offer the option to purchase a higher-benefit plan at an increased fee.


Inwood Academy offers reimbursement for any approved gym membership or fitness class. We also provide on-site exercise classes, happy hours, celebratory dinners, and all-staff catered lunches during student-free days.

Time Off

Inwood Academy offers each full-time staff member five personal days and five paid sick days. The school is closed approximately fifteen school days a year for breaks, ten days a year for national holidays, and over summer vacation days. Personal days are prorated based on mid-year hire.

COLA & Bonus

Inwood Academy gives a 2.5% Cost of Living increase to full-time employees and provides a calendar year-end bonus to all employees. The bonus package for the 2020 year is currently under review.

Life Insurance

All full-time, salaried employees are fully covered under a term life insurance plan and Inwood Academy pays 100% of the annual premium.

Retirement Plan

Staff are able to participate in a 403b retirement plan after 6 months of employment and Inwood Academy begins matching contributions (up to a maximum of 5% of base salary) immediately upon enrollment. A 403b is a tax-deferred retirement plan available to employees of educational non-profits.

Recruiting Incentive

The recruiting incentive for teaching staff is $1,000. The referring staff member will be paid after the new teacher has been working for at least 60 days with the school.

School Culture

A healthy work-life balance is also important to our school culture, and we continually receive staff feedback on the operation of our school. We utilize the School Workplace Satisfaction Survey and the NYC DOE Learning Environment Survey, along with multiple informal surveys following internal PDs and other milestones throughout the year.

We have been able to create a family for students here and if I’m being honest, for me, too. John Harrison, Woodshop Teacher
It’s how we are preparing students for both life beyond high school and after college that excites me most about Inwood Academy’s mission. Jeannie Infante, Senior Project Manager
We do not evaluate our year by wins and losses but by the development of character. Jason Marchena, Director of Athletics
We don’t just teach math. We teach social and emotional skills, and help students grow into healthy, mature adults. Chris Travis, Math Teacher
There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing students that you’ve worked with for years succeed. You can’t put any price on that. The why (why I do this) is all about them. Ashley Carbaugh, MS Assistant Principal, STEM
I have been able to take my passions and use them to make my classroom a place where students learn about culture and diversity through literacy. Tanisha Sem, English Language Arts Teacher
A student’s artwork is as unique as they are, and I feel privileged to get a peek into the person they are through their art. Amie Savage, Art Teacher
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