Senior Luis Hernandez of our Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies will serve as this year's Master of Ceremonies at our Annual Gala, headlining an evening that will be entirely student-led and which will honor Governor Andrew Cuomo and Capital One Bank. Hernandez has earned a full-tuition, four-year scholarship to the University of Southern California, is a Posse Scholar, and is one of five inaugural recipients of the Bryan Cave LLP Edward I. Koch Scholarship.
- We prepare our students for a lifetime of high achievement.
- We are building a great network of great schools in NYC.
- Our students are leaders in their communities.
Founded in 1987, NYC Outward Bound Schools has served over 55,000 students, teachers, administrators, and parents from over 300 schools and other youth-serving organizations throughout the City. Our educational approach challenges and supports students to do their best work, injects elements of adventure and discovery into schooling, grounds academic content in real-world issues and concerns, promotes teamwork as well as individual initiative, and places character and intellectual development on equal footing. For most participants, involvement with NYC Outward Bound Schools has resulted in profound learning and for many it has been transformational, helping them to recognize how much they are capable of accomplishing individually and collectively.
NYC Outward Bound Schools programs are organized into two broad categories:
1. Our Schools—a growing network of small, college-preparatory Expeditionary Learning schools that we operate in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. We provide these schools with an extensive package of services and supports aimed at promoting high quality teaching and high levels of student achievement.
2. Adventure & Team Building—customized Outward Bound programs for NYC public schools and other youth-serving organizations which are organized around the themes of teambuilding and character/leadership development. These programs enable us to reach many young people in the City who would not have access to them were we to focus exclusively on our network schools.
“NYC Outward Bound, we think the world of you. We think you are outstanding: all the energy, all the work and the vision that you have -- but more importantly, your partnership with the Department of Education will allow our students to grow and prosper and be successful adults."
-NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott
"NYC Outward Bound is...defying the lie, defying the myth, defying the stereotypes about what children can and cannot do."
—Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
“When you walk through the NYC Outward Bound schools, you really do get the sense that these kids are working with very high expectations, that they really are being pushed and prepared for college in all the ways possible.”
—Adam Tucker, Senior Program Officer, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Student Scholar Selected as 2013 Gala Emcee May 27, 2013
Emmy Award-Winning Series Highlights Our Crew Program April 6, 2013
ABC-7's Protect Our Children series explores "crew," a student advisory and community-building structure that we use in all of our schools, through the lens of students' affected by Hurricane Sandy. The series features students and principals from two of our schools most affected by the storm: Channel View School for Research and Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders. The Protect Our Children series has aired annually for sixteen years and has garnered 4 Emmy's.
2012 Academic Results Outstanding Across School Network March 6, 2013
This year, 70% of schools in our network received an A on their most recent NYC Department of Education Progress Reports, compared to 28% of schools citywide. Our graduation rates outpaced the City average by 11%, and 93% of our graduates were accepted to college - with a number of our schools achieving 100% college acceptance rates. Our schools’ college enrollment rates are equally encouraging, with the most recent Progress Reports showing that as a network we are outperforming 98% of the City’s schools.