Immediate Hire - Middle School ELA Teacher

Forte Preparatory Academy - East Elmhurst, NY

Full-timeEstimated: $52,000 - $68,000 a year

ELA Teachers

Forte Prep is a 5th through 8th grade college preparatory, tuition-free public charter school for Queens, New York, with a focus on serving the Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst and Corona communities. We will educate 270 students in 5th, 6th, and 7th grades in the 2019-20 School Year. Our mission is: Through rigorous academics, quality instruction, and a positive culture of individual and collective responsibility, Forte Preparatory Academy Charter School equips all students in grades 5 through 8 to excel in college preparatory high schools and use their leadership and voice to change the world.

We do this work because 77% of high school graduates in our neighborhood are unprepared for the academic rigor of college. In our first year, 23% of our incoming 5th grade class was proficient in ELA and 25% was proficient in Math. By the end of that year 46% of students were proficient in ELA and 62% were proficient in math. We outperformed CSD 24, CSD 30, NYC and New York State in our very first year. We do this work so that these students can beat the odds stacked against them and change those odds forever.

Our commitments are as follows:

We are committed to preparation for high school, college and beyond. Literacy and math are at the heart of a world-class education, open doors to college and lives of opportunity, and therefore underpin everything that we do.

We are committed to unlocking potential in every student. We focus on creative and digital enrichment, remediation, and individualization based on data.

We are committed to excellent teaching and learning. High-quality teachers are critical to creating and sustaining a culture of excellence and building academic success for every student, in every class, every day.

We are committed to diversity. Located in the most diverse borough (Queens) in its most diverse neighborhoods (East Elmhurst/Jackson Heights/North Corona), Forte Prep seeks to reflect and honor the diversity of our community within the walls of our school.

This is where you come in. Forte Prep is looking for English Language Arts Teachers to join our team. You will help create a school that will change the game for students in Queens. Founding a school is hard work, and we are seeking a collaborative, creative, and resilient team members to help bring Forte Prep's vision into reality. This role has the following responsibilities:

  • Plans and executes high-quality classroom lessons
  • Collects and analyzes student data
  • Supports the emotional and behavioral development of all students
  • Promotes our school’s values
  • Works collaboratively with other general education teachers and engage in co-planning

To be excellent in this role, you will have to have the following values, characteristics and qualifications:

  • Successful manager of an urban classroom who has used structure, incentives, and high expectations to drive student success
  • Experienced classroom teacher with demonstrated quantifiable and objective student performance gains that surpass state or local averages
  • Ability to work with a variety of learning abilities, including those with special needs and low skill level in a heterogeneously grouped classroom setting
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team, especially with parents and community members
  • Analytical problem solvers
  • Basic understanding of data analysis
  • Minimum two years of urban teaching preferred
  • NY Certification in the subject area to be taught preferred (for 5th and 6th grades, either Childhood or Middle Childhood Education certifications are accepted as well)
  • Advanced degrees in education or content area preferred
  • Professional demeanor
  • Highly Qualified as defined by No Child Left Behind
  • For Science teachers: background in or willingness to learn computer programming to support Digital Literacy curriculum

Forte Prep offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience, and a comprehensive benefits package through Little Bird. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and, as an organization serving a diverse group of students, we work to reflect this diversity in our staff as well.

The role will start immediately.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Forte Preparatory Academy Charter Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Teaching: 2 years (Required)


  • Master's (Preferred)


  • Teaching Certificate (Required)