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All City Leadership Secondary School

Grades: 6-12
Staff Pick

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. (Pamela Wheaton, web reports, October 2017)

School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
611 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

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

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
8 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
226 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
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



Computer Science




Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

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

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.


From the 2021 High School Directory

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


321 Palmetto Street
Brooklyn NY 11237

Trains: L Line, M Line to Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs

Buses: B13, B26, B38, B52, B54, B60, M Shuttle Bus, Q55, Q58


Principal: Daphne Rivera


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No


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