Equitas Academy believes students must have access to an achievement-oriented learning environment, beginning in kindergarten through high school, to ensure all students make a smooth transition to the demands of college preparatory high schools with the ultimate goal of college graduation.
We created a school with a college preparatory focus in the elementary grades, so students develop the foundational skills necessary for entrance into high-performing secondary schools.
Our school has an educational program that enables students, despite obstacles, to learn to read, write, and compute at or above grade level.
We have a strong character education component that will serve our students through the many life challenges they may face in accessing higher education.
Our school enriches the lives of students and their families. We help our families support their children on their journey to college.
At Equitas Academy, we are committed to character education and work to teach and instill the most important values for future success in our scholars. The Equitas Academy Values are defined by Paul Tough in the book How Children Succeed.
Equitas Academy Values
Taking an interest in experience and learning new things for its own sake; finding things fascinating
Expecting the best in the future and working to achieve it
Being aware of and thankful for opportunities that one has and for good things that happen
Finishing what one starts; completing something despite obstacles; a combination of persistence and resilience
Regulating what one feels and does; being self-disciplined
Being aware of motives and feelings of other people and oneself; including the ability to reason within large and small groups
Approaching life with excitement and energy; feeling alive and activated
At Equitas Academy, we intentionally transform the lives of our scholars through their academic and character educations. We believe that no single factor impacts their success more than the quality of their teachers. In creating the best, most collaborative, most reflective team of teachers possible, we also want to be intentional and authentic about creating a teaching staff that reflects our scholars and how they move through the world. We believe it is our duty and honor to prepare our scholars to be active citizens who engage in the work of and transforming their own communities—in addition to getting a degree from a four-year college or university. We are seeking to hire teachers and staff from the same or similar communities to join us in this work and be role models for our scholars. We are committed to building and supporting a teaching force that includes strong representation from teachers of color and members of the LGBTQ community. We welcome and strongly encourage all applicants who are committed to the mission that all students deserve a chance to transform their future and their community through public education.
Equitas Academy Creed