Civic Leadership Academy

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed
45-10 94th Street
Elmhurst NY 11373
Phone: 718-271-1487

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)

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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 2019-20 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

From 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 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2021 High School Directory

Civic Leadership Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.


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


Elmhurst (District 24)
Trains: 7 Line to Junction Blvd
Buses: Q29, Q38, Q53-SBS, Q58, Q72


Phuong Nguyen
Parent Coordinator
Frances Hernandez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Elmhurst Educational Campus with two other schools
Metal detectors?

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