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What is the Civic Leadership Academy?

We are a new small high school that is opening in Fall 2008 with ninth grade. At the Civic Leadership Academy, we believe that students become active and enthusiastic learners when they feel that what they learn is relevant and useful. Thus, the focus of the school is youth development through service learning, a teaching method that enriches learning by engaging students in meaningful service to their school and communities. Our students will apply academic skills to solving real-world issues, linking what they learn in the classrooms with genuine community needs.

The Civic Leadership Academy will offer a college preparatory curriculum that is aligned with New York State standards and assessments and will prepare our students with the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful in college. Some skills that we will focus on are: critical thinking, research, informational literacy, technology, time management, organization, team work, and building academic stamina.

One of the ways we personalize our students’ learning is through advisory, in which one of their teachers will act as their advisor, helping them develop the skills and habits they need to succeed academically. Advisory classes will have up to 20 students, and will be an opportunity for students to become well-known by their teachers and to work on the skills they need to support the learning in their classes. We will also offer after school programs or clubs that will be based on the needs and interests of the students. Throughout the year, we will also incorporate special programs to enrich the content areas.

We are committed to providing our students with a high-quality, relevant, and well-rounded education. By the time they graduate, our students will be prepared, responsible, and caring assets to their communities.

What is civic leadership?

At the Civic Leadership Academy, our students will understand that civic leadership means responsible citizenship; it means being a leader who proactively seeks knowledge of community issues in order to contribute to their solutions. Students will develop the skills they need to make informed decisions that strengthen their connection and commitment to their community. They will participate in the public life of a community in an informed, committed, and constructive manner, and understand that civic leadership is education in action for the common good.

What are our core values?

The Civic Leadership Academy is committed to meeting the diverse learning needs of its students and helping them excel in all academic areas. We are guided by three core values – commitment to learning, commitment to community and empowerment. These principles promote the social, emotional and academic development of our students by helping them become independent, critical thinkers who are assets to their communities. Our three core values form the foundation of our school and guide the decisions we make.




Who are our partners?

We have two primary partners who will help us in our work. New Visions for Public Schools is our intermediary who has opened over 80 new small schools in New York City. These schools are called New Century High Schools because they offer public school students both choice and quality for their high school education. The Civic Leadership Academy is part of the New Century High Schools family and is proud to share the commitment to student excellence that characterizes these schools. For more information about New Visions for Public Schools and the 10 Core Commitments that all New Century High Schools share, please visit

Our community-based partner is the Child Center of NY, Inc., a Queens-based non-profit organization that has a long and distinguished history of serving the youths and families of Queens. The Child Center of NY, Inc. will be instrumental in supporting the development of the Civic Leadership Academy, particularly with infusing youth development principles and practices throughout the curriculum and establishing the service learning program of the school. For more information about the Child Center of NY, Inc., please visit

What is our location?

45-10 94th Street, Elmhurst, NY 11373. Our building is new.

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