The Bronx School of Young Leaders

Grades: 6-8
40 West Tremont Avenue
Bronx NY 10453
Phone: 718-583-4146

Our Insights

What’s Special

Extra support for students thanks to strong partnership with Fordham University

The Downside

Some say students don’t treat each other with respect

The Bronx School for Young leaders offers students a lot of extra academic? support during the school week and on Saturdays thanks to partnerships with several organizations. Student attendance is very strong and there’s a nice range of arts and extra-curricular activities including a choir and a mock trial team.

After struggling for years with low performance, Young leaders is gaining momentum. Student attendance exceeds the citywide average and enrollment has increased.

The school was founded in 2004 when the middle school grades of PS 306 were phased out. Serapha Cruz, the school’s principal since 2008, is well-regarded by teachers based on their responses to the annual NYC School Survey.

In its most recent Quality Review, Young Leaders got high marks for its positive learning environment and its curriculum. In particular, teachers do a good job creating lessons that cater to diverse learners. For instance, in math, teachers work with students in small groups, tailoring instruction to their skill levels. In English, too, they make sure students have access to texts that match their reading levels.

Fordham University supports the school in a range of activities that get students into a college and career mindset such as trips to high schools and colleges as well as events including a career night, according the school’s annual Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). Student teachers from Fordham work in classrooms alongside experienced teachers, which helps students get more attention and helps the school recruit “incredible teachers,” according to the CEP.

Teachers also work with coaches from Fordham and CUNY to support the many students learning English.

Some challenges persist, in particular bolstering achievement, especially for students who are learning English or receive special education services. Towards that end, teachers and staff are placing an emphasis on developing social-emotional and study skills that may help students succeed in high school, according to the CEP. Some 8th-graders take Living Environment, a high school level science course.

While teachers overwhelmingly recommend the school to prospective families, some students say teens don’t always treat each other with respect, school surveys show.

There are a range of courses and activities—some during the school day and some after school—such as team sports, creative writing, music, visual art, dance theater, choir and a Mock Trial team.  The school offers academic support after school and on Saturdays.

ADMISSIONS: Young Leaders typically has space for students living in its zone as well as from across District 10.  (Laura Zingmond, web reports, August 2019; 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 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
83% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
51% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
37% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
42% Citywide Average

From 2021 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
Charter High School for Law and Social Justice, and Bronx High School for Law and Community Service
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Living Environment

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
32% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
23% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

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

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
6% Citywide Average

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

Contact & Location


Morris Heights (District 10)
Trains: B Line, D Line to Tremont Ave; 4 Line to Burnside Ave; 4 Line to 176th St
Buses: Bx1, Bx18, Bx2, Bx3, Bx32, Bx36, Bx40, Bx42, BxM4


Serapha Cruz
Parent Coordinator
Jolane Toro

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with PS 306
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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

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