Civic Leadership Academy

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed

Our Insights

What’s Special

A close-knit community that provides strong preparation for college

The Downside

Few sports

Civic Leadership Academy is a close-knit, high-performing school that serves a range of students well. Most children complete high school on time, ready to do college-level work, including children with special needs or learning to speak English. “It is a great school for children who definitely need more help and is rewarding for students who work hard,” wrote a student on our website. The school opened in September 2008 in the Elmhurst Educational Center.

In addition to strong academics, school surveys show the school has a safe and welcoming tone. “Here you will feel accepted (I went from a big middle school where I did not even know my principal to this small high school) even if you're the kind that doesn't always seem to 'fit in',” another student wrote. Guidance counselors encourage kids to aim high and branch out geographically, to apply to private colleges as well as CUNY and SUNY schools. One student applied to Harvard and a couple others to NYU and Barnard.

The school does not have outdoor fields for traditional PSAL sports teams but kids may join rugby or table tennis teams. Aerobics, weight training and basketball are campus-wide. Civic Leadership has its own gym.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Founding principal Phuong Nguyen was a special education teacher. The Quality Review praises the way teachers work with children with special needs. 

ADMISSIONS: Educational Option. The school seeks a range of low-, middle- and high-achievers. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and DOE data, August 2018)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
94%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
84%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
88%
Average daily attendance
 
93%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
22%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
85%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
98%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

632
Number of students
624 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
80%
Students with disabilities
 
17%
Multilingual learners
 
11%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
97%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
12%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
7%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
85%
13.2
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
215
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?
 
75%
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

Calculus

 
4%

Computer Science

 
17%

Physics

 
5%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
15%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
15%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
13%

Music

 
62%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
90%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
87%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
70%
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?
 
41%
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

Civic Leadership Academy

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States History, AP Calculus AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Biology

Boys PSAL teams

Rugby, Table Tennis

Girls PSAL teams

Rugby, Table Tennis

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

45-10 94th Street
Elmhurst NY 11373

Trains: 7 Line to Junction Blvd

Buses: Q29, Q38, Q53-SBS, Q58, Q72


Contact

Principal: Phuong Nguyen

Parent Coordinator: Frances Hernandez

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Elmhurst Educational Campus with two other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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