Harlem, Manhattan

The mission of Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School is grounded in the belief that all children can learn and have the fundamental right to reach their fullest, individual potential. Believing in the adage that “it takes a village to raise a child”, TMALS’ goal is to establish and maintain strong and healthy relationships between their families and community partners and demonstrate to their students that someone cares about them, their feelings, and self-worth. Change for Kids is thrilled to be part of the TMALS community.

Quick Facts 

Principal:Dawn DeCosta

CFK Partner School since: 2018

Lead Sponsor: Open

Student Enrollment: 221

77% of students identified as being in economic need*

* Economic Need Index is an estimate of the percentage of students at a school facing economic hardship
based on temporary housing, eligibility for public housing, and Census tract poverty rates. (NYC DOE)

Current Programs

Programs and Experiences

Parent University: Providing parents with tools and tips to manage stress, help their children with homework and more.

Parent Partnership: Providing after-school homework help and math assistance

Leadership Support

School Manager: CFK staff member working on the ground at the school to develop and maintain relationships with the leadership team, parents, community members, program partners, and volunteers

Principal Network: Opportunities for collaboration and learning with other CFK partner school principals

Academic Enrichment Partnerships

As a first year partner school, school leadership and the CFK School Manager will first conduct a full needs assessment to identify appropriate academic enrichment programs. Programming will launch in Spring semester.

Community Engagement

School Beautification: Transforming the halls and classrooms by painting bright and engaging murals, organizing and cleaning teaching resources, and making the school an even more engaging place to learn

Family Fun Events: Organized around a theme, these events bring parents and children together to learn and have fun

Book, Coat and Toy Drives throughout the year