Fordham Leadership Academy

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Lots of support for students

The Downside

Some concerns about discipline and order

One of six small schools in the Theodore Roosevelt Educational Complex, Fordham Leadership Academy is a small school with extra support for students, including an expanded school day, daily assistance with college applications (in the upper grades) and extra art.

Fordham has shown steady improvement since 2015, the year Fiorella Cabrejos took the helm, after the school closed and re-opened with mostly new staff. Under her leadership, the four-year graduation continues to rise. Attendance is above the citywide average. More graduates are ready for college-level work. 

As a “renewal” school, Fordham receives extra resources to improve. Staff members include social workers, guidance counselors and a full-time substance abuse prevention intervention specialist, in addition to social work interns.

The art program has expanded under the leadership of art educator Larry Minetti, who taught at Christopher Columbus for 16 years, according to a story in Bronx News12. The story highlighted the new murals on the walls and the role of art in helping students believe in themselves and express themselves. 

Eleventh and 12th graders receive daily coaching on the college application process through the school’s partner, NYC College Advising Corp.  All students must participate in at least 200 community service hours. Some do internships, like one student who worked in a medical office, which led her to want to pursue medicine in college, according to the CEP (comprehensive educational plan). The school hosts college trips and career days. 

Although most students say they feel safe in school, some students and teachers complain about discipline and order on school surveys. The school trains students to mentor their peers, as a way to teach students to be responsible role models, according to the CEP.

Parents are welcome. They are invited to workshops, classes and breakfast with the principal every month. They may drop in anytime, even without an appointment.

The school shares two swimming pools, a weight room, a cardio room, and a shiny gym with an elevated track with other schools in the building. All students must pass through metal detectors. 

Admissions: Educational option. The school seeks a range of academic abilities. (Lydie Raschka, DOE data and reports, November 2018)



School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
624 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more



Computer Science



Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

College Preparatory and Leadership

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

This is a college preparatory program that focuses on preparing students to become leaders in the fields of Science, Mathematics and the Humanities via our sequence of academically rigorous and college bound (college-credit bearing) courses. STEM pathways begin in grade 9. In addition to AP courses, our students will receive opportunities for on-site and off-site CUNY College Now courses taught by college professors, internships (some paid), and leadership instruction beginning in the 9th grade.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Biology, AP European History, AP United States History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Psychology, AP Calculus AB, AP Statistics

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Swimming, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


500 East Fordham Road
Bronx NY 10458

Trains: B Line, D Line to Fordham Rd

Buses: Bx1, Bx12, Bx12-SBS, Bx15, Bx17, Bx19, Bx2, Bx22, Bx28, Bx34, Bx38, Bx41, Bx41-SBS, Bx9, BxM4


Principal: Fiorella Cabrejos

Parent Coordinator: Michelle Tejada


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus with five other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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