ESPI aims to address inequity of educational opportunity for academically advanced students, particularly from Black and Latino families, in racially isolated and low income elementary and middle schools in New York City.
The ESPI: City Smart Scholars 5th through 8th grade program is designed for students from communities, particularly those from Black and Latino communities and those whose families cannot afford private tutoring, that are under-represented in New York City’s selective high schools.
The initial program meets in Upper Manhattan on Saturdays during the Spring. Students receive intensive a full day of instruction in English Language Arts and Math and preparation for the New York State 5th Grade test, as well as several field trips.
Students who complete the program will be eligible for a four-week Summer program that emphasizes writing and critical reading skills and math problem-solving. Those who receive high scores on their 5th grade ELA and Math tests will also be eligible for a 12-week program in the Fall to prepare them for the Hunter College High School (HCHS) admissions test, which is given to 6th graders in January.
The City Smart Scholars Program is focused on serving academically advanced students from schools in northern Manhattan (namely Washington Heights and Harlem) and from schools in South Bronx communities. In future years, we will expand our focus to more school districts. However, qualifying students from other boroughs will not be turned away if they are able to commit to commute to our class locations.
ESPI, a not for profit 501(c)(3) founded and incorporated in December 2014, was formed through the partnership efforts of concerned alumni, parents, and community leaders who believe it is critically important to help increase the admission rates of underrepresented students of color in the Exam Schools. For more information, please contact us.
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