Academy For Personal Leadership And Excellence

Grades: 6-8
120 East 184th Street
Bronx NY 10468
Phone: 718-220-3139

Our Insights

What’s Special

On-site swimming pool; Respectful school culture

The Downside

Quality of student participation in class is inconsistent

Academy for Personal Leadership and Excellence has a safe and respectful tone, and has built a culture of trust among staff, according to a yearly set of goals called the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). 

Since its founding in 2010, the school has had ups and downs. It is now  in good standing after time spent on a list of lowest-performing schools in the city. The school has become more cohesive in recent years. Teachers say they work well together and observe each other to learn how to plan and execute stronger lessons. Students are beginning to discuss ideas and topics in class more, school surveys show, but the level of participation is inconsistent, according to the Quality Review.

The school faces challenges. Many students arrive lagging behind in reading and math skills. Test scores remain well below the citywide average, yet teachers have been able to help most students—especially those with special needs or learning English— move up at least one performance level (out of four) during their three years at the school, the NYC Quality Snapshot shows. 

Through a partnership with Morris Heights Health Clinic, the school is able to provide immunizations, treatment of minor injuries, and help manage chronic illnesses such as asthma or obesity. It provides reproductive health services for adolescents. Weiko Children’s Services offers counseling in school. Inwood House Mission runs an after-school program until 6 pm. 

The Academy shares space with the East Fordham Academy for the Arts. The building boasts a renovated swimming pool, a dance room and a fitness center equipped with treadmills and exercise bicycles. The playground is equipped with six basketball hoops and one full court. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION: This school hosts an ASD Nest Program for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). These students learn in a classroom alongside typically developing children, taught by two teachers who have been trained in the program’s specialized curriculum and teaching strategies. 

ADMISSIONS: In addition to serving students who live in its zone, the school admits students in Districts 9 and 10 and has some space for those from other parts of the Bronx. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, August 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?
89% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
27% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
88% Citywide Average

From the 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 the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
44% Citywide Average

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
34% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

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

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

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?
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


Fordham (District 10)
Trains: B Line, D Line to Fordham Rd; 4 Line to 183rd St
Buses: Bx1, Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx15, Bx17, Bx2, Bx22, Bx28, Bx3, Bx32, Bx34, Bx38, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx9, BxM4


Angelo Ledda
Parent Coordinator
Tamara Rosado Perdomo

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?

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

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