East Harlem Pride School Collaboration

We conceived of a unique strategic partnership between three schools in East Harlem—Park East High School, Central Park East High School (CPEHS), and The Heritage School, which has now expanded to a fourth school, The Young Women’s Leadership School— that had only pooled athletic resources in the past to leverage the strength of each school and share their best practices to benefit students.

Each school has a particular strength: Park East has a successful math program, Central Park East has an outstanding college guidance program, and Heritage has an art focus. We support each school in meeting its own identified needs while also investing in shared professional development and teaching techniques so that the strengths of each school can be leveraged by the others.

We have continued to support and expand this model. The results have been dramatic with each school’s students benefiting substantially from the shared practices. Some year-over-year outcome highlights from the past few years of teacher collaborations include: CPEHS’s Algebra 2 pass rates increasing from 69% to 82%; Park East’s ELA Regents pass rates increased from 91% to 94% and the college-ready rate increased from 75% to 86%; and Heritage’s ELA Regents pass rates increased from 53% to 67%. Another result of this partnership and the support to individual schools, is that Park East increased the number of students enrolling in a four-year college from 48% to 68% and Heritage increased its college acceptance rate from 35% to 100%.

Heckscher’s support has made it possible for us to collaborate on a whole new level. We are now building off the strengths of each school to push the limits of what is possible. Together we are stronger, smarter, better—and that yields great learning outcomes for our students.
Kevin McCarthy
Principal, Park East High School