This course is designed to give scholars the opportunity to examine their post-secondary options based on their aptitudes, skills, and interests. Scholars learn about decision making in regard to academic and personal goal setting while designing action plans to achieve their personal and professional goals after Equality. As part of our preparation for Career Day and the College Fair, we study career opportunities, read stories and interviews from real people, and conduct career assessments so scholars are better educated about career choices and paths.
All scholars at Equality Charter School attend an annual Career Day with presenters from over 50 different careers represented. Our scholars learn about the pathways that each individual took to reach his/her goals, including obstacles and challenges encountered. This day is crucial to introducing our scholars to professionals across a range of fields while providing them with the opportunity to explore their own interests.
We have over 30 different colleges from the tri-state area and over 500 students from the five boroughs at our in-house Annual College Fair. Our scholars impress the college representatives by being thoroughly prepared due to our Career and Literacy classes. This opportunity gives our scholars the head start they need to make sound decisions toward a college major and a fulfilling career in the future.
Peer to Peer Tutoring (P2P)
Tutors for Equality’s P2P program are scholars in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades who excel academically, have strong emotional intelligence, and are motivated by a desire to help other scholars improve. The student tutors are officially hired by Equality Charter School and go through the process of applying and interviewing for a job, on-boarding, and getting their first work experience within the safety of Equality’s environment. Our tutors work with other scholars during our academic support and enrichment sessions to provide support in English and Math. Tutors use instructional strategies to teach struggling scholars the respective content as well as organization and note taking skills in order to help increase understanding and achievement. Tutors are also responsible for observing their tutees, reviewing observation notes, and planning lessons and accommodations for their assigned tutees. The true strength in P2P is that scholars are able to connect with their peers in a way that is educational, friendly, and supportive.
Tutors are available to work with all scholars during our academic support and enrichment sessions to provide support in English and Math.
AP Courses and College Credit Bearing Classes
Equality offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses and college credit bearing classes to its 11th and 12th grade scholars. Initially, AP courses are offered in Math and English.
Internship and Paid Work Experience
Equality’s 11th and 12th grade scholars have the opportunity to connect talent, education, and workforce development by participating in our internship and paid work experience programs in partnership with companies/ organizations in a variety of fields, including but not limited to electrical engineering, education, and medical services. Scholars have a chance to explore their career interests, learn 21st century job skills, and develop positive work behaviors while also building relationships within their communities. They have a modified school schedule to accommodate their travel and work time during the week. The internship is accompanied by a year long seminar where scholars reflect upon their work experiences and discuss topics in career readiness.