A Message from InsideSchools: Our team relies on data from City systems and access to public schools, all of which were disrupted during Covid-19. As we emerge from the pandemic, we continue to provide the most up-to-date data available and ask that you share your insights in the Comments section. Got a question? Ask us over on InsideSchools+. Thank you.

Academic Leadership Charter Elementary School

Grades: K-4
677 East 141st Street
Bronx NY 10454
Phone: 718-585-4215

Our Insights

What’s Special

High test scores

The Downside

High teacher turnover

Academic Leadership Charter School, an independent charter school founded in 2009, offers a program that stresses literacy and demands its students work hard. It won a Blue Ribbon for academic excellence from the U.S. Department of Education in 2019.

The school day is longer than standard, allowing for four periods of reading, writing and vocabulary building. Academic Leadership sees standardized tests as a key indicator of performance, noting on its website that the school’s goal is for 80 percent of student to score at level 3 or 4 on the tests. In 2019, it exceeded that goal in English and just fell short in math.

The school expects parents to play a significant role in their child’s education, reading and studying with them every day. According to a Department of Education  survey, students see their fellow students as conscientious and say teachers give them extra help and support when they need it. They also report that bullying is relatively rare. Teachers and students expressed concern about the safety of the neighborhood.

Executive director Norma Figueroa-Hurwitz, a longtime educator in the city, founded Academic Leadership with her husband Ted Hurwitz. Bronx native Leena Varghese, one of the original teachers at Academic Leadership, has been principal since 2012.Acording to New York State Education Department figures, teachers leave at a higher rate than the city average and a large percentage are relatively inexperienced and uncertified.

Academic Leadership’s elementary school (grades k to 4) shares a building with PS 65, also called Mother Hale School. The middle school is a short walk away and shares a building at 470 Jackson Ave., with University Prep Charter Middle School and with the J.M. Rapport School for Career Development, a school for teenagers with special needs.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has a lower than average percentage of student with disabilities though those that do attend far outscore their counterparts around the city on standardized tests.

ADMISSIONS: Students are selected by lottery with preferences for siblings of students who attend Academic Leadership, residents of District 7 and low-income students. (Gail Robinson, from web reports, June 2020)



Read more

School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
94% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
28% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
86% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0% Citywide Average

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
19% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
26% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From the New York State 2021 -22 Assessment Database

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners 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

Contact & Location


Mott Haven (District 7)
Trains: 6 Line to Cypress Ave
Buses: Bx17, Bx33


Norma Hurwitz/Leena Varghese

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with PS 65
Metal detectors?

You may also like …

New York City Montessori Charter School

423 East 138th Street
Bronx, NY 10454

Democracy Prep Endurance Charter Elementary School

222 Alexander Avenue
Bronx, NY 10454


  • Is this your school? Please post any news, updates, events, changes, or other information!
  • We welcome questions, open discussions, and disagreements but comments with personal attacks, rude language, or those with seemingly malicious intent will be deleted.
  • Very long comments, those that contain links, or repeat comments may be blocked by our spam filter.
  • Problems? email us at [email protected].
  • Users must comply with our Terms of Use.