About Us

  • 95% of our 2014 graduates were accepted to college.
  • 84% of our high school students graduate within 4 years.
  • 77% of our students are eligible for free/reduced lunch.
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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

“What NYC Outward Bound does is create self-possession and a sense of ownership over what one does and over one’s path - which is the key to so much of what works in education and, I dare say, to what works in life.”
-Mayor Bill de Blasio 

“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."
-Former 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

Recent News

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    NY1 Visits BCS's College March December 12, 2014

    For the third year in a row, NY1 visited our College March - this time at Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies. They interviewed students who will be first-generation college-goers and heard how well BCS prepares them for their academic futures.

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    In Film & In Print: Brooklyn Daily Eagle Celebrates College March December 12, 2014

    Brooklyn Daily Eagle returned to our College March, this time at our Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies. Both their print and video stories cover the March in great detail.

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    CBS Reports From Hahn & Baldwin Marches December 12, 2014

    CBS New York visited our James Baldwin School and our Kurt Hahn School for the College March. One Hahn student called the March "a step into adulthood."

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