Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy

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


Average daily attendance
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey


Number of students
644 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 teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
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?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to 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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