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The New School for Leadership and Journalism

Grades: 6-8
120 West 231st Street
Bronx NY 10463
Phone: 718-601-2869

Our Insights

What’s Special

Helps students grow academically and artistically

The Downside

Working to improve parent engagement

The New School for Leadership and the Arts (NSLA) is a vibrant, zoned middle school serving the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx. Colorful murals line the halls, including a one-of-a-kind reproduction of a modernist mural by Cuban artist Carmen Herrera, painted by students with the help of the non-profit Publicolor.

Arts are infused in the curriculum: Students may take band, dance, piano, strings, and visual arts during the school day. Top graduates go on to selective schools such as LaGuardia and Talent Unlimited; to specialized high schools; and to private schools with scholarships, according to the school website.

Students get a chance to meet and learn from professional artists, thanks to partnerships with cultural organizations like the Park Avenue Armory, Bronx Arts Ensemble, New York City Center, the American Ballet Theatre, the Jazz Standard, and the Lehman College Music Department, according to the school website.

The school website also highlights field trips to city museums, Storm King Art Center, and historical sites such as Washington D.C., as well as student performances, like their annual Black History Month celebration.

The school’s principal, Eduardo Mora, earns high marks from teachers on the Annual School Survey for being an effective leader, communicating a clear vision for the school, and coordinating instruction across all grade levels.

While state test scores and attendance lag behind the citywide average, NSLA students perform better than most other District 10 middle schools and schools across the city with similar students, according to city data.

English Language Learners, who make up about one-quarter of the student body, typically make above-average progress on their state test scores after arriving at NSLA, according to the school’s Data Dashboard. They are encouraged to participate in a weekly Saturday academy for extra learning time, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP).

The school works hard to make sure graduates go to good high schools. “Staffers start taking some students to visit private and Catholic high schools in sixth grade, explaining that many offer generous scholarships,” according to an article in Chalkbeat. “In seventh grade, students learn to distinguish between screened and unscreened public high schools, start drafting the essays that some selective schools require, and compile tentative lists of choices.”

In addition to highly selective schools, some graduates go to audition-based arts high schools like the High School Of Fashion Industries, Bronx Theatre High School, or Frank Sinatra. Other popular schools include Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics, Eximius College Preparatory Academy, and Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy, according to the School Quality Snapshot.

All students are provided with laptop computers, which allows them to complete independent work at their own pace, according to the CEP. Students meet with their guidance counselor in advisory every week to learn study and organizational skills and set goals.

The CEP said the school is working to increase the number of parents who attend workshops. The school hosts workshops for parents about 529 college savings plans, high school application procedures, college readiness requirements for CUNY, and a teen health workshop by Barnabas Hospital, according to the Quality Review.

NSLA shares a building with the Marie Curie School for Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions.

Special Education:  The school offers team-taught classes.

After school: According to the school’s description in the Middle School Directory clubs include African Dance, Baking & Cooking, Ballroom Dancing, Board Games, Choir, Contemporary Dance, Fitness, Knitting & Crocheting, Mad Science, Robotics, Rock Band, Science through Botany, and Theater. Girls and boys can join CHAMPS intermural basketball teams or a co-ed Cross-Country team.

Admissions: Limited to students living in the zone. Prospective students of the “Arts Academy” program must also attend one of the Open House events held in the fall and participate in one of five studios (Band, Chorus, Dance, Piano, or Visual Arts) to be eligible for acceptance into the Arts Academy at NSLA. Students with no prior experience in the arts are encouraged to apply and students may participate in more than one studio. Other students living in the zone are guaranteed admission to the “Science Academy” program. (Nicole Mader, web reports, March 2019)

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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 students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
78% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
58% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
84% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
4% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
79% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
46% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
51% Citywide Average

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
39% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?
This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2022-2023 Assessment Database

How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
15% Citywide Average

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Contact & Location


Kingsbridge (District 10)
Trains: 1 Line to 231st St
Buses: Bx1, Bx10, Bx2, Bx20, Bx22, Bx26, Bx3, Bx32, Bx7, Bx9, BxM1, BxM18, BxM2, BxM3


Eduardo Mora
Parent Coordinator
Kimberly Garcia

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with The Marie Curie School for Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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