Civic Leadership Academy

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

A small, close-knit community that is expanding its enrichment classes.

The Downside

The community leadership component is not well-developed.

Our Review

The Vision: A small, supportive school focused on service learning and leadership in the community.

The Reality: Civic Leadership Academy is a growing, close-knit community that opened in September 2008 in the Elmhurst Educational Center. "It's been like a roller coaster because we're trying to do more and more," said the ESL coordinator at the high school fair. "We finally have enough teachers to be able to offer more activities." A new music teacher is building up the program by offering an AP music theory course, mixed chorus and core music. After school he offers jazz chorus, keyboard and guitar ensemble. Other courses include psychology, forensics, bioethics and art. The parent coordinator teaches cooking and the dean coaches weight-training.

Founding Principal Phuong Nguyen was a special education teacher and a mentor teacher for several schools in Queens and Brooklyn. The first wave of students worked closely with the school's partner, the Child Center of New York, which was located in the building, but has since relocated. The Child Center provides counseling and service opportunities like peer mentoring and tutoring. Since the school lacks a full-time service learning coordinator, it has been difficult to build up other partnerships: "We do need to work on getting more community service projects at the school," said a guidance counselor. There are chances to serve and lead in school, as kids help plan fundraisers, dances, holiday-related activities and the Shakespeare Fair.

Students and parents seem pleased with the solid education at Civic Learning, according to the 2011 Learning Environment Survey. Suspensions are low and attendance is good. Ninth and 10th graders in honors English classes said they had read short stories by Edgar Allan Poe and books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Emilio Paz. A 10th grader said she and her classmates were writing five-paragraph essays in English class and were preparing for the Regent's English exam.

The school does not have fields for official PSAL sports teams but kids can join football, baseball and bowling clubs after school. Aerobics, weight training and basketball are campus-wide, but Civic Leadership has its own gym. "We play games together, but we don't really have sports teams," said a teacher. "We're trying with football."

Children are supported in a variety of ways. A three-day summer bridge program is designed to help 9th graders feel comfortable through team-building activities. Tenth graders have an extra writing class. Tutoring and support from a trained student mentor is available after school. Eleventh and 12th graders email back and forth with adult mentors who provide a link to the professional working world and help with writing. Free SAT test prep is available on Saturdays. The school offers AP English, history and music theory. Strong students may also participate in classes at Queens College.

The school uniform is a polo shirt with the school logo and khaki pants. Polo shirts come in a variety of colors including pink, green, blue and black.

College Admissions: Two guidance counselors encourage kids to aim high: one student applied to Harvard and a couple of others to NYU and Barnard, as well as CUNY and other schools. The majority applied to in-state schools. The first class graduates in 2012.

Admissions: Limited unscreened. Priority is given to students who attend informational meetings such as an open house or a high school fair. (Lydie Raschka, interviews at the high school fair, November 2011)

About the students

Enrollment
506
Asian
12.3%
Black
6.1%
Hispanic
66.6%
White
6.5%
Other
8.5%
Free or reduced priced lunch
79%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
5%
Male
46%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Elmhurst Educational Campus with two other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
100%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
91%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
27%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
80%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
20%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
94%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
78%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
8.0
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
80%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
57%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
68%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
93%
86% 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 Media arts
This school has 3 licensed arts teacher in Dance, Music, and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
55%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
57%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
67%
71% 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?
91%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
25%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
6%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
55%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
43%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
72%
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 English language learners graduate in 4 years?
83%
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?
80%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
90%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
92%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
94%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
94%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Civic Leadership Academy
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Rugby, Table Tennis

Girls PSAL teams

Rugby, Table Tennis

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Location

45-10 94th Street
Elmhurst NY 11373
Elmhurst (District 24)
Trains: 7 to Junction Blvd
Buses: Q29, Q38, Q53, Q58, Q72

Contact

Phone
718-271-1487
Principal
Phuong Nguyen
Parent Coordinator
Scarlet Cabrera