About Us

  • 95% of our 2014 graduates were accepted to college.
  • 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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    Daily News Ranks WHEELS #20 in Best Schools List October 15, 2014

    The New York Daily News published its list of the City's top 60 high schools, and our Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School was in the top 1/3 of schools named at #20.

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    InsideSchools Review Lauds BCS October 3, 2014

    NYC schools reviewer InsideSchools lauds our Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies for its outstanding college readiness programs, individualized approach to learning, restorative justice practices, and ability to meet the needs of a significantly high number of students who receive special education services.

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    PBS American Graduate Day Features Our Crew Program September 30, 2014

    PBS' American Graduate Day featured NYC Outward Bound Schools' Crew program as a model for developing strong adult-student relationships. Crew Advisor Craig Dorsi and student Nubia Blake of our Channel View School for Research were featured alongside NYCOBS alum Meg Riordan of our partner in teaching, Expeditionary Learning.

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