College Preparation

  • For the sixth year in a row, 100% of Leaders' graduates were accepted into college.
  • Leaders' graduates attend a wide range of schools including NYU, Holy Cross, Brandeis, and American University.
  • Nearly 80% of Leaders' juniors participated in an internship or volunteer opportunity through our Early College Program.

Full-Time College Counselor

Applying to college can be overwhelming, so we provide a full-time college counselor who helps our students and their families navigate the process. Our counselor offers financial aid workshops for parents, coordinates college trips for all grades, and supports students as they write their essays and complete applications. As a result, 100% of Leaders graduates have been accepted to college every year since 2012.

College and Career Dreams Course

One of the most effective ways we support our college-going culture is by offering every junior and senior a semester-long class in which he/she can prepare for life after Leaders. In eleventh grade, students research colleges, practice interview skills, and participate in an internship. In twelfth grade, students learn about college life and apply to schools. These classes ensure that every student leaves Leaders with a plan for his/her future.

Full-Time Internship Coordinator

Colleges are looking for more than just good grades, and we want to make sure our students take advantage of the wealth of opportunities New York City has to offer. Our full-time internship coordinator provides every junior with a semester-long internship tailored to his/her interest and seeks out other experiences to share with our underclassmen including volunteer organizations, summer employment, and shadowing programs. 

College March

During this annual event, seniors march their final college applications to a waiting mail truck while the rest of the Leaders' students, staff, and community partners line the street and cheer them on. This culminating celebration highlights the hard work of our twelfth graders and shows underclassmen that their college dreams are possible.

In 2016, seniors earned nearly $4 million in financial aid with the help of our college program.

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Posse Scholars

In 2016, two Leaders seniors were accepted into the Posse Foundation, one of the most comprehensive and renowned college access and youth leadership development programs in the United States and will attend college tuition-free.

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