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Leaders High School

Overview written by the school: Leaders High School is a NYC Outward Bound school that engages students with innovative teaching and hands-on learning experiences. We support our students as they challenge themselves to step outside of their comfort zones to excel. As a graduation requirement, our students complete and present in-depth analytical papers and projects that require extensive reading, writing, and research. We promote college and career readiness by providing a full-time college counselor and internships for every student. All of our students are part of a crew, a small, tight-knit, group with an advisor providing ongoing support. Through these experiences, students learn to embody our four core values of leading, learning, contributing, and exploring.

School Performance

Graduation Rate: 89% (at the end of the school year before last, the percent of students who graduated "on time" by earning a diploma four years after they entered 9th grade).
Daily Attendance Rate: 84% of the school's students in the school year before last.
Percentage of Students Enough Variety: 84% students feel that this school offers a wide enough variety of programs, classes, and activities to keep them interested in school.
College Career Rate: 74% of students enroll in college or career programs within 6 months.
Percentage of Students Safe: 89% students feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms, locker room and cafeteria. (Student opinions on school safety, as reported on the NYC School Survey.)

Programs offered

Program 1: Expeditionary Learning School for Community Learners
Code: L34A
Program description: Leaders High School is a NYC Outward Bound School implementing the EL Education model (see and Leaders uses hands-on learning that has real-world application to ignite a joy for learning and discovery in our students. At our school, leadership, active citizenship, and character development go hand in hand with academic rigor and challenge.
Interest: Project-Based Learning
Method: Ed. Opt.

Seats 9 GE: 75
Grade 9 GE filled flag: Y
Grade 9 GE applicants: 425
Grade 9 GE applicants per seat: 6
Seats 9 SWD: 15
Grade 9 SWD filled flag: Y
Grade 9 SWD applicants: 128
Grade 9 SWD applicants per seat: 9

Seats 10: No
Admissions priority 1: Open to New York City residents

Requirement 1: Attendance
Requirement 2: Punctuality
Requirement 3: Course Grades: Average


Extracurricular Activities
Extracurricular activities and clubs offered by the school that do not fall under one of the Sports categories (PSAL Sports or School Sports): Dance, Backcountry Camping, Guitar (see, Bicycling Program (see, SING (musical theater), Peer Mediators, Snowboarding/Skateboarding/Surfing/Brand Design (see, Peer Mentors, Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA), Cooking Club, Rowing Team (see, Rock Band, Rock Climbing (see, Table Top Board Game Club, Crafting Club, Video Game Club, SAT Prep, and Yearbook Club.
PSAL Sports Boys
Male PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
PSAL Sports Girls
Female PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Volleyball
PSAL Sports Coed
Co-ed PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Cricket
School Sports
Sports offered by the school outside PSAL (Public School Athletics League): No data
Flag for female only school: No data
Flag for male only school: No data

Other info

Total students: 378
Start time: 8:35am
End time: 3:25pm

Final grades: 9 to 12
ELL programs: English as a New Language
Language classes: Spanish
Advancedplacement courses: AP Human Geography
Additional info: College Trips; Community Service Expected; Internship Expected; Online Grading System; Weekend Programs; Orientation; Summer Internships
Bbat: 1

School accessibility description: Partially Accessible

More info

Borough: Brooklyn
NTA: Gravesend
Neighborhood: Gravesend
Campus name: Lafayette Educational Campus
School Number: K400
Shared space: Yes
Community board: 313
Council district: 47
Census tract: 306
BIN: 3186454
BBL: 3068830001

About Leaders High School


Address: 2630 BENSON AVENUE, BROOKLYN NY 11214
Latitude: 40.594291
Longitude: -73.98577
Phone number: 718-333-7700
Fax number: 718-333-7725
School email: [email protected]
Subway lines near the school: D to Bay 50th St; N to 86th St
Bus lines near the school: B1, B3, B4, B6, B64, B82, X28, X38

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Being part of the NY Performance Standards Consortium, as a graduation requirement, our students complete and present Performance-Based Assessment Tasks (PBATs) instead of taking Regents Exams (except ELA). See for detailed information.

Our full-time internship/community service coordinator places every 11th grade student in an internship based on their interests.

Our full-time college counselor provides individualized support to students and families along with college trips and a college preparation class designed to help all of our students develop thoughtful plans for life after high school.

We offer a wide range of interesting elective courses including Photography, Theater, Robotics, Coding, Choir, Dance, Poetry, Art, Weight Training, Screen Printing/T-Shirt Design, Musical Theater, Advanced Spanish, and Political Activism.

During our intensives, twice a year, classes are paused for a week and students explore fascinating topics through exciting hands-on experiences outside of school.

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