be a founder


We believe that every child deserves an excellent education and the opportunity to excel in college.

We believe that scholars in central and northwest Queens can succeed academically at the same levels as the highest performing students in New York City.

We believe that our love for our students must be reflected in the rigorous work we have them do.

We believe that if we set a high bar for them, our scholars will become young people of intellect, professionalism, and character.

Excellent teaching is the key to our scholars' success.

Do you believe what we believe?

We are hiring for both the current 2019-2020 school year and for positions opening in the 2020-2021 school year. If you’re interested in joining our team, please send a cover letter and resume to


Why Valence?


be a founder

Our founding team is a team of builders and leaders. We aren't picking up a script and executing it for the 100th time. We are writing it every day, building the school that families in Queens deserve, from a founding class of 112 5th graders to a full-size 450-scholar pillar of our neighborhood.


grow every day

The best teachers are coached to improve their craft every day. We use continuous observation and feedback to turn good teachers into great teachers for our scholars.


make a difference

There's no way around it - the work of founding is long and grueling and also worth every 5am alarm and bead of sweat. The work you do each day at Valence College Prep has an immediate and lasting impact on our scholars, their families, and our community.