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Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy Charter School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

All-girls school with emphasis on science and technology; International Baccalaureate program

The Downside

Too soon to tell

Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy (BELA), an all-girls high school opened in 2017, aims to provide a rich education in science and technology to young women in and around Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.  

The school is the brainchild of Nicia Fullwood, the school’s founding principal, and Shannon Riley, a social worker. Inspired by their work advising and counseling girls through CAS’ Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, the school’s founders  “hope to inspire and lead young women to make an impact in their communities,” they told DNAinfo.

BELA is equipped with a FUSE studio, which is a technology lab designed by Northwestern University to offer interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) lessons. Students may work alone or in groups and are free to move at their own pace in these studios, building robots, designing software programs and working with 3-D printers.  

Students up to the challenge may participate in the International Baccalaureate Advanced Studies Program, which is an internationally recognized and highly rigorous program that emphasizes rich class discussions and lots of research and writing.

All BELA students study Latin and take an SAT preparation class.

BELA uses a “restorative justice” approach to discipline that minimizes suspensions and promotes positive behavior through conversation, reflection and corrective action.

ADMISSIONS: By lottery. (Isabel Corpus, web reports, July 2018)

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?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
624 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


Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

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

College Readiness

How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Contact & Location


125 Stuyvesant Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11221

Trains: J Line to Kosciuszko St; M Line, Z Line to Myrtle Ave

Buses: B15, B47, B54, B38, B46, B46 SBS, Q24


Principal: Nicia Fullwood


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with The Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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