School in the Square (S2) engages, educates and empowers adolescents in Washington Heights to respond mindfully and creatively to life’s opportunities and challenges. S2 draws its name from the concept of the public square, where communities come together to solve problems and celebrate successes. We envision S2 as a place where students, families and educators are seen, heard and inspired, and where students build the academic foundations, emotional intelligence and leadership skills necessary to excel in college and professional life. In line with our commitment to equity and diversity, S2 is dedicated to serving all students by providing a differentiated and inclusive learning environment.

Our Partners

Facing History and Ourselves logo

Facing History and Ourselves provides a framework for schools, through an integrated model, to implement high-quality teaching in safe and inclusive classrooms, to promote engagement through learning, and foster meaningful civic participation. S2 is thankful to be part of the Facing History and Ourselves’ New York Partnership Schools Network.

Amplify logo

Amplify inspires students to work harder and aim higher, and invigorate teachers with new ways to truly personalize learning. Their print and digital curriculum products engage and challenge students, and were developed specifically with college and career readiness in mind. S2 is partnering with Amplify in English Language Arts and Science classes.

People's Theatre Project logo

People's Theatre Project (PTP) is a Washington Heights based Arts and Social Justice organization founded in 2009. PTP creates the space and provides the tools for people of all ages to become “community actors” - expressive and critically thinking global citizens.

Play Rugby logo

Play Rugby uses the unique power of rugby to empower and inspire youth, primarily from underserved communities, to go forward and realize their true potential. In their first year, S2’s students loved playing flag rugby, and we are thrilled to continue this partnership in our second year.

Blue Engine logo

Divine Appetite's goal is to use food to impact youth, nutritionally, emotionally and politically. Why do children in urban communities get titles like “At Risk”  instead of “Purposeful?” There are limitless opportunities to earn titles in America, all youth deserve the “privilege” to earn one that is Auspicious! This all begins with fueling their minds and bodies with raw ingredients, food science and personalized engagement. 

S2 Distance Learning

A Peek inside S2

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