Young Leaders Elementary School

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
468 East 140 Street
Bronx NY 10454
Phone: 718-292-7391

Our Insights

What’s Special

Children learn martial arts and drumming

The Downside

Many children are chronically absent

At Young Leaders Elementary School students enjoy enrichment activities such as martial arts, dance, drumming and chess.

Principal Jaleelah Cooke has led the school since 2013. She is trusted and regarded highly by parents and teachers based on their responses to the annual NYC School Survey.

The school is moving in the right direction. The data shows that Young Leaders is helping students of all levels gain ground, based on test scores. One notable achievement: English language learners outperform the citywide average for their peers in reading scores.

There are bilingual instruction classes where students start out learning in both Spanish and English and gradually move to English-only instruction.

The school uses Columbia University's Teachers College Reading and Writing Program where students read books of interest in a range of topics and write and revise multiple drafts of work across many genres, according to the school’s annual set of goals, the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).

Once a month, teachers host sessions for parents eager to learn strategies for helping their children with homework.

There’s an onsite after-school program run by Roads to Success. In addition to literacy lessons and homework help, students participate in a range of activities including art and games.

One challenge for the school is getting children to attend regularly. Many are chronically absent, meaning they miss more than 18 days of school each year.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Young Leaders has classes called ICT (integrated co-teaching) that mix up to twelve students with disabilities into general education classrooms. It also has small self-contained classes and SETSS (special education teacher support services), designed to provide more support to students in need, as well as occupational, physical and speech therapy onsite. 

ADMISSIONS: Priority to students living in the southern portion of District 7. (Laura Zingmond, DOE data and reports, January 2020; photo from school's website)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
86% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
50% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From the NYC Program Assessment (CLASS and ECERS-R) Database through 2018-2019

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems
Activities: Children explore art, music, sand/water, dramatic play and more
Language: Teachers talk and listen to kids in a supportive way
Interaction: Teachers ask kids good questions and invite back-and-forth conversation

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners
Pre-K seats
3-K seats

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


Mott Haven (District 7)
Trains: 6 Line to Brook Ave; 2 Line, 5 Line to 3rd Ave-149th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx2, Bx21, Bx32, Bx33, Bx4


Jaleelah Cooke
Parent Coordinator
Aiowa Aponte

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with PS 179
Metal detectors?

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