Leadership Institute

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Safe, cohesive community

The Downside

Poor attendance and low graduation rate

Our Review

Housed in the PS/MS 4 building, the Leadership Institute is a tiny high school that offers a safe environment and a sense of community. Social activism is part of the curriculum and students are expected to complete community action projects before they graduate.

The school serves a very needy population, including many overage students and students with very poor academic skills. Many students have strained family lives and little support at home, which translates into poor attendance. Unfortunately, only about half the students graduate on time.

The school was founded in 2005 at the urging of Sistas and Brothas United, a youth-led group of former New York City public school students who were discontented with the shoddy resources and impersonal education they said they encountered in their large, comprehensive high schools. Sistas and Brothas United is part of the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition. Students from Sistas and Brothas take part in demonstrations to protest school closings and lobby at City Hall in favor of legislation to report abusive behavior by school security guards.

Although students at the Leadership Institute come from different backgrounds and have different personalities, they form a cohesive community where everyone steps up, according to the Department of Educations Quality Review. The report also said the school is safe. However, it said the quality of instruction is uneven.

Marta Colon, a graduate of the city's Leadership Academy, has been principal since 2007. (Laura Zingmond, April 2006, updated with DOE statistics and news reports, September 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
163
Asian
0.6%
Black
36.8%
Hispanic
60.7%
White
1.8%
Other
0.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
97%
Students with disabilities
27%
English language learners
28%
Male
56%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with PS/MS 4 and Icahn Charter School 6
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
55%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
81%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
53%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
33%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
22%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
48%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
8.9
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
50%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
73%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
54%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
44%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
50%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
59%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Music, Visual arts, and an Auditorium
This school has 1 licensed arts teacher in Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
74%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
41%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
70%
70% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
51%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
35%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
2%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
15%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
43%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
0% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
36%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
82%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
76%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
76%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
88%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
33%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Leadership Institute
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English, AP Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Flag Football, Soccer

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