Huffington Post blogger Tom Vander Ark interviews NYC Outward Bound Schools President & CEO Richard Stopol about Expeditionary Learning, school leadership, mastery-based learning and grading, and the future of our growing network.
- 94% of our 2013 graduates were accepted to college.
- 70% of our schools received A's on their most recent Progress Reports, compared to 28% Citywide.
- 72% of our students are eligible for free/reduced lunch.
Founded in 1987, NYC Outward Bound Schools has served over 60,000 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.
"This Educational Leadership Award... really goes to NYC Outward Bound, which does truly extraordinary work in the field of education."
-Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
“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
Huffington Post Interview: President Richard Stopol July 1, 2013
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