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All City Leadership Secondary School

Grades: 6-12
Staff Pick
321 Palmetto Street
Brooklyn NY 11237
Phone: 718-246-6500

Our Insights

What’s Special

Students are trained as cadets

The Downside

Spanish is only language offered; very few seats for 9th graders

All City Leadership Secondary School is a tiny 6-12 school where courtesy and respect are prized and civility is a way of life. All students become cadets. Attendance is high and nearly every student graduates on time.

Every Friday night, all students attend Leadership Cadet meetings where they participate in ceremonial drills, march, and learn courteous behavior, from addressing adults politely to treating one another with respect. During the school day they wear neat uniforms of white collared shirts and ties and gray pants and address their teachers as "sir" and "ma'am."

Col. Elvis Estevez, a trim, friendly neighborhood resident and a graduate of local schools, spent a few years in the Navy and is the school's founding principal. He gets consistently high marks from parents, students and teachers.

All City Leadership shares a modern building with a community organization, the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council. The community center is light and airy and has a great, full sized gym. A new building, connected to the community center, has its own cafeteria, classrooms and science labs.

Many students stay for activities such as theater or cadet band. There are several varsity sports teams, including basketball, baseball, handball and volleyball.

Most graduates go onto college and a few have even been admitted to Ivy League schools like Yale and Cornell.

Admissions: The school admits students from Brooklyn and Queens. Interested middle school students must attend an orientation, take an exam and undergo an interview with the principal. Continuing 8th graders get preference in high school. (Pamela Wheaton, web reports, October 2017)

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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?
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
44% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3% Citywide Average

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 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
47% Citywide Average

From 2021 Middle School Directory

What high schools do most graduates attend?
All City Leadership Secondary School, and Gotham Professional Arts Academy
Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Spanish,Algebra I,Living Environment

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
51% Citywide Average
How many students graduate in 4 years?
87% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
64% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
55% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
77% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
20% Citywide Average

From 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
17% 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

STEM and Humanities Leadership Program
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Participation in our rigorous academic curriculum will prepare students to gain admission to and succeed in best fit colleges and universities and persevere in graduating from those programs.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Psychology, AP English Language and Composition, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Music Theory, AP Calculus AB, AP U.S. Government and Politics


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Handball, Outdoor Track, Volleyball

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

Contact & Location


Bushwick (District 32)
Trains: L Line, M Line to Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs
Buses: B13, B26, B38, B52, B54, B60, M Shuttle Bus, Q55, Q58


Daphne Rivera

Other Details

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

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