As a public charter school, TEP is open to all New York City students and will not limit the admission of any student on the basis of disability, race, creed, gender, national origin, religion, ancestry, athletic ability, or intellectual aptitude or achievement.
TEP is committed to serving a high-need, at-risk student population – this is a key part of TEP’s mission. To support this commitment, each year, TEP may determine set-aside percentages for the following 3 target populations: (a) English Language Learners (ELLs), (b) Special Education students, and (c) FRL students (those who qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program). These set-asides underscore TEP’s commitment to serving these high need populations; the target percentages are designed to ensure TEP’s compliance with New York State charter law by ensuring that TEP’s student body includes percentages of these special student populations that are comparable to the percentages of these students enrolled in traditional public schools in the Community School District (CSD 6) where TEP is located.
In addition, TEP will utilize 3 admissions preferences in admitting students:
(1) Returning students are automatically granted admission for the subsequent academic year.
(2) Any sibling(s) of a student already enrolled at TEP who applies to TEP by the application deadline will, provided that space is available, be automatically assigned a seat in the school and will not need to enter into the admissions lottery. A ‘sibling’ is defined as a student who shares a biological parent or a legal guardian with a current TEP student.
(3) All students residing in NYC Community School District 6 will also be given an admissions preference in TEP’s admissions lottery. A student is considered an In-District student if the student’s primary residence, as indicated in the student’s application, is located in NYC Community School District 6. If there is conflicting information as to a student’s primary residence, TEP makes a final determination using its best judgment.