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Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy

Grades: 9-12
125 Stuyvesant Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11221
Phone: 347-473-8830

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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)

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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?
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
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

How do students perform academically?

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location


Bedford-Stuyvesant (District 16)
Trains: J Line to Kosciuszko St; M Line, Z Line to Myrtle Ave
Buses: B15, B47, B54, B38, B46, B46 SBS, Q24


Nicia Fullwood

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with The Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance
Metal detectors?

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