East Harlem Tutorial Program’s after-school programs and its charter schools, East Harlem Scholars Academies, are high-performing, student-centered learning environments that are grounded in the following guiding principles:

All children can and will succeed when provided a great education. We challenge our students with a demanding academic program and stimulating learning environment so that they develop the skills necessary to succeed in high school and graduate from competitive colleges.

The best learning occurs when children engage in higher-order, critical thinking. To thrive in the 21st century work force and successfully pursue boundless possibilities, our students learn to question, analyze and apply their learning meaningfully. Students develop the essential critical reasoning and leadership skills to succeed in their endeavors, both inside and outside the classroom.

A nurturing and supportive environment supports students’ love of learning and of themselves. We place a premium on students’ cognitive, creative, social and emotional growth and physical health, blending rigor with joy to ensure our scholars are inspired to learn. Students explore their individual aspirations through the school experience, developing rich personal connections to their learning.

Self-awareness promotes dynamic leadership and global understanding. Our learning community instills in all scholars a deep sense of self-esteem, cultural pride and global responsibility so that they become active citizens of the 21st century and develop into their best possible selves. Diversity is an asset to our learning space, and our scholars are engaged with and aware of different backgrounds and perspectives as they develop a rich understanding of the world in which they live.

Active community engagement richly enhances educational opportunities. Families and the wider community are mutual stakeholders in our scholars’ educational success. Having access to a comprehensive support system positions students to reach their fullest potential, and our scholars’ commitment to service promotes our vision of social justice and a desire to help those in need.


Since 1958, East Harlem Tutorial Program has been working to support students as they become leaders in their communities and realize their best possible selves. We do this because we are committed to promoting a just society, free from oppression and bigotry.

As an organization, we recognize that people who have been historically marginalized because of their race, class, gender, age, ability, religion, and sexual orientation, experience systemic inequalities. Many of the people in our diverse community of scholars, families, staff, supporters, and the surrounding East Harlem community live at the intersection of these identities.

We particularly acknowledge the pervasive inequalities faced by people of color in this country, across all other aspects of their identity, and consider racism to be the root of the inequity that many in our community inevitably face. Because of this country’s legacy of institutionalized racism, EHTP’s staff and stakeholders must face, honestly and directly, our own racial identities and our own conscious and unconscious biases. With the goals of self-realization and racial justice in mind, we strive to design all of our professional development, curriculum, organizational materials and processes.

Through this commitment, we prepare our scholars to effect change, challenge the status quo, and thrive in the world around them. As a place of growth and learning, EHTP aims to serve as an agent of change and thoughtfully contribute to the national fight for racial equity.