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Mission and Vision

East Williamsburg Scholar’s Academy mission is to create a rigorous, culturally responsive-learning environment whereby all learners develop 21st century leadership and critical thinking skills to solve problems, build relationships with empathy, and become productive global citizens. 

Upon Entering EWSA, scholars will be empowered with curriculum that engenders accelerated growth and promotes autonomy to craft in-class and real-world learning experiences for maximum impact.



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East Williamsburg Scholars Academy

East Williamsburg Scholars Academy (EWSA) is a high school located in East Williamsburg in the heart of North Brooklyn, NY.

With our diverse population, our academy incorporates a college readiness and high expectations model. Through writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading tools, the implementation will equip students to tackle complex issues, problems, and texts.

We have implemented Blended Learning initiative, and offer  College level courses in and outside of the school (LIU Early College Scholars Program, John Jay College Now,   New York City College of Technology, SUNY Albany). We offer a total of 8 AP courses, Internships,  Civic for ALL, CTE courses, WBL Internships College Access for All, Work based learning and  CTE training.


Darshinee/Alyssa Tjudeen

EWSA Parent/EWSA Graduate

I am the parent of a student who was part of EWSA’s graduating class of 2022. I would highly recommend East Williamsburg Scholars Academy for a multitude of reasons. I recommend it so much that my younger daughter will be attending EWSA in the fall as a freshman. EWSA is one of three schools located at 850 Grand Street. Its small-knit community promotes students to develop family-like relationships with each staff member, teacher or not. The staff is supportive, friendly, and cooperative. Covid brought along many hardships, a fact that reigns true for everyone. It was through the support of teachers, guidance counselors, and of course Principal Vega that students were able to successfully pass that part of their journeys. I credit my daughters’ success not only to myself but to the school as well. The school transformed my daughter from a shy and vulnerable teen into a vibrant and responsible young adult that is ready to take on the world and tackle college. Principal Vega has an open-door policy and she will drop everything just to help a student out no matter the importance or severity of the issue. Many schools in New York City would definitely not have that type of policy. Princial Vega has made me and many other families feel like the school was a second home for their children and themselves. Principal Vega also known as Mama Vega by staff and students alike, has made a new reputation for the school and gives her all to the students of the school like they’re her own children. The school is conveniently located directly above the Grand St. train station stop on the L line. There is an in-school all-access health center that can provide students with health information and physicals when needed. Principal Vega also has the students take college now programs that allow them to earn actual college credits for free. Classes at Brooklyn’s Long Island University and John Jay College of Criminal Justice have tremendously motivated my daughter to pursue a college education. The school has really helped my daughter push herself past her limits and make the impossible possible. While a child can flourish anywhere, I believe that they should do it at East Williamsburg Scholars Academy.

Tammy Staib, EWSA Parent

My name is Tammy and I have an amazing daughter entering 11th grade at East Williamsburg Scholars Academy. EWSA has given her so many great opportunities to express herself and expand her musical talents to places I couldn’t have dreamed possible. All of the teachers, administration and staff at EWSA are nothing short of excellent. As a mom I was nervous to send my daughter to high school but I quickly realized that EWSA is not just a school but it became my daughter’s second family.

Waleska Ocasio, 

EWSA Parent

East Williamsburg Scholars Academy has been a great experience for my son, he's going to his Sophomore year in the upcoming year. I am pleased with the clubs, diverse population that EWSA incorporates and the college readiness program. My son already took LIU classes with the initiative, and collaboration of their model. The guidance and support from the team of wonderful teachers and the principal are tremendous, they truly are like a amily. I love how amazing the communication with Principal Vega is with keeping me updated on all aspects of my son's interest and involvement in his studies at EWSA.

Shania Persaud, 

EWSA Parent

EWSA is such a good school and I do not regret sending my children there Shawn Persaud and Shania Persaud have been presented with so many opportunities that I don't think many other schools would even think of given. Both of my children are top of the school with highest grade point average and they could have never achieved that without the amazing Principal Vega and staff. My children have also gotten the opportunity to take early college classes at LIU it gives them college credits which will save a lot of money when it's time for college.Shawn has also been given the opportunity to work with a group called the CSAC where they come up with change that should be made within the DOE and present them to the Chancellor. I really appreciate ewsa as a whole we are not just a school but a family. Anybody thinking of applying to EWSA should really go for it you won't regret it.

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