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Fordham Leadership Academy

Grades: 9-12
500 East Fordham Road
Bronx NY 10458
Phone: 718-733-5024

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)



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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 2018-19 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?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 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 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

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

Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 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.


Language Courses

American Sign Language, Japanese, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

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


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


Belmont (District 10)
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


Fiorella Cabrejos
Parent Coordinator
Ana Maria Guzman

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus with five other schools
Metal detectors?

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