Our Results

  • 99% of our 2017 graduates were accepted to college.
  • 89% of our high school students graduate within 4 years.
  • 74% of our students are eligible for free/reduced lunch.

Our network schools serve a high-needs student population. 

  • Only 25% of our incoming 9th graders were proficient in English Language Arts (ELA) and 16% were proficient in Math. 
  • 22% of students are classified as having special education needs
  • 6% of students are English Language Learners
  • 74% of our students qualify for free/reduced lunch. 

Our network schools primarily serve historically underserved subgroups. 

Student Snapshot

  • 40% Hispanic
  • 30% black
  • 20% white
  • 7% Asian/Pacific Islander
  • 3% are of mixed race or other backgrounds

Our 4-year graduation rate exceeded the citywide rate and we are helping to close the achievement gap. 

  • Our 4-year graduation rate of 89% far exceeded the City’s rate of 74%.
  • Our graduation rate for black students is 88%, 20 percentage points higher than citywide rates for black students.
  • Our graduation rate for Hispanic students is 83%, 16 percentage points higher than the citywide rate for Hispanic students. 
  • Both rates surpassed the citywide graduation rate for white students of 82%. 

Our college acceptance rate is almost 100%.

  • 99% of our 2017 graduates were accepted to college.

Our college enrollment and persistence rates are extremely promising. 

  • 81% of our 2016 graduates enrolled in college within 6-months of their high school graduation.
  • 81% of our 2015 graduates who enrolled in college were still enrolled by their sophomore year.

Our network schools consistently perform well on NYC Department of Education accountability measures.

  • In 97% of cases across categories of the School Quality Guide system, our schools were identified as good or excellent, compared to a citywide rate of 80%. 
  • 96% of the time our schools received one of the two highest Quality Review scores, compared to 87% of schools citywide.

Schools in our network are recognized nationally and locally for their exemplary practices.

  • The Kurt Hahn School was selected as a showcase school in President Obama's "Every Student, Every Day" national campaign to combat chronic absenteeism. 
  • Channel View was chosen by the NYC Department of Education as an ASD NEST site which offers programming for students on the higher end of the Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Two of our schools (MELS and MAELS) continue to serve as NYC Department of Education Showcase Schools. 
  • Two of our schools (The James Baldwin School and Leaders High School) are part of the group of just five NYC public schools selected as Mentor Schools in restorative justice practices. 
  • WHEELS received a 2017 SupportMusic Merit Award from The NAMM Foundation for its commitment to high quality music education.
  • MELS, MAELS and Leaders High School are three of only 28 schools nationwide to be credentialed by EL Education for their strong EL practices and success in promoting high levels of student achievement.

"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 is…defying the lie, defying the myth, defying the stereotypes about what children can and cannot do.”
—Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education

"Last week I visited [NYC Outward Bound's] Leaders School in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, which is a glowing example of community cohesion... Students are given tremendous responsibility, and are put in challenging social circumstances that call forth compassion, judgment, sensitivity and mercy... Most of all I was struck by their kindness toward one another. No student could remember any racial or ethnic conflict. Many upperclassmen serve as peer mentors to the underclassmen. There’s a palpable sense of being cared for. That’s in part because the school has a wide definition of student achievement."
-David Brooks, Columnist, NYTimes

"What NYC Outward Bound does is create a sense of 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." 
-NYC 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

“This kind of innovative school…is an example of how all our schools should be.”
President Obama after visiting an Expeditionary Learning school in Washington D.C.

“Outward Bound’s involvement with the creation of new schools has had a direct impact of the success of our students. I appreciate your support as we build on our vision for public education: that all students will be given the tools they need to succeed in and out of the classroom.”
—Joel Klein, former Chancellor, NYC Department of Education

"In the years that I’ve been teaching, [EL Education is] the single best model of learning for kids and the most satisfying model for teachers, because the kids are working on real projects, their work holds great value, and you are stretching them academically."
—Jennifer Wood, teacher

“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

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Third Party Research

2013 Mathematica Policy Research study of three of our network middle schools and two EL Education schools in Washington DC, found that the schools significantly boost students' reading and math--students gained 7 months of additional learning growth in reading and roughly 10 months in math accumulated over three years.

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