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Liberation Diploma Plus

Grades: 9-12
2865 West 19th Street
Brooklyn NY 11224
Phone: 718-946-6812

Our Insights

What’s Special

Small, alternative school serves older students well

The Downside

Few sports teams or typical high school activities

Liberation Diploma Plus High School, a small transfer school in Coney Island with only fourteen classroom teachers, serves students who have accumulated few credits towards graduation. Liberation Diploma Plus does a better job than most transfer schools in getting students to graduate and go on to college and other career pathways, according to DOE statistics.  Principal April Leong, who founded the school in 2007, previously worked in alternative schools with pregnant and suspended students.

As part of a Department of Education Learning to Work program, the school works with the JCCA community organization which provides internships for students. In addition to taking Regents exams, students must maintain a portfolio of their work which chronicles their progress for teachers and which they present before they can graduate. Some earn college credit by taking College Now courses.

The school offers a year-round semester schedule, including summer school, so students can accumulate credits faster. They also may attend an extended day program known as PM school and do independent study courses. 

Weekly small group advisories are led by a staff member who is responsible for keeping track of their students' progress in school and understanding their lives outside of school. Together with advisors, students create learning plans, setting academic and social-emotional goals. Teachers and advisors meet weekly to share information about students' academic strengths and weaknesses, according to the school's Compehensive Educational Plan (CEP). 

"When they have people who believe in them, not feel sorry for them, it increases their chance of success," Leong says of at risk students.

ADMISSIONS: Students, 16 years and older may enroll throughout the year. They must have attended another school for at least one year and be behind in credits.  They should be committed to attending a full-time high school.

Interviews are scheduled by school staff, and involve multiple staff members. Interested students and families can submit their contact information at

(Laura Zingmond, via correspondence and DOE reports, May 2020).

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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

Transfer school graduation rate
52% 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

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

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

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

Liberation Diploma Plus High School
Admissions Method: Transfer


Language Courses



Boys PSAL teams


Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Coney Island (District 21)
Trains: D Line, F Line, N Line, Q Line to Stillwell Ave
Buses: B36, B64, B68, B74, B82, X28, X38


April Leong
Parent Coordinator
Abby Jordan

Other Details

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

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