Our Partners

  • NYC Outward Bound Schools has schools throughout NYC.
  • Our schools use the EL Education model, which is rooted in Outward Bound's approach to teaching and learning.
  • 98% of students in the NYC Outward Bound Schools network were accepted to college in 2016.

NYC Outward Bound Schools: Our Lead Partner

Leaders is operated by NYC Outward Bound Schools in partnership with the NYC Department of Education. NYC Outward Bound Schools supports a growing network of public schools that use the EL school model, which has its roots in Outward Bound. They provide Leaders with the support we need to fully implement this approach, as well as provide us with character- and culture-building programs and a slate of college access, readiness and persistence supports. 

What is EL Education?

Leaders uses the nationally-recognized EL Education school model (formerly Expeditionary Learning), which is based on the educational principles of Outward Bound. EL Education schools deliver demanding academics through “learning expeditions”, which are hands-on, real-world projects that meet state and district standards. These projects inspire students to solve actual problems through original research and with the help of experts, who guide the process. They also provide intensive and individualized support in the development of student character and good citizenship, and in the building of a positive school culture. More about EL Education can be found at www.elschools.org.

Leaders is part of NYC Outward Bound Schools' network of EL Schools.

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