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Since NYC Outward Bound Schools was founded more than 30 years ago, we have helped to bring out the best in more than 200,000 young people from all corners of the city.

NYC Outward Bound Schools transforms schools and changes lives by bringing our educational approach to NYC’s young people and their public schools, with a focus on students from educationally underserved communities.

Our uniquely powerful approach joins together demanding and engaging learning with an emphasis on community and character. We prepare students for success in college, careers, and citizenship, while simultaneously working to redefine what educational excellence looks like in New York City’s public schools.

Every day, we are proving that all students, regardless of background or circumstance, are capable of achieving at high levels and that transformation and innovation can happen within the public school system.

Our Work

We operate a citywide network of public schools in partnership with the NYC Department of Education that fully embody our educational approach. We provide our schools with:

  • Coaching and professional development for teachers and school leaders in the implementation of EL Education, a whole school model with its roots in Outward Bound.
  • Character and leadership development programming for students.
  • To & Through College programming aimed at supporting our students—most of whom will be the first in their families to attend college—in applying to, enrolling in, and completing college.

We also bring our approach and our most effective and replicable practices to a growing number of public schools and youth-serving organizations outside of our network through our Adventure and Team Building programs and our Select Strategies professional learning services.

Our Mission

To use Outward Bound’s educational approach to effect positive and lasting change in the lives of New York City’s young people and their public schools.

Our Vision

We seek to transform the educational landscape in NYC by establishing all of the schools in our network as models of excellence for others to learn from and emulate and by bringing our most effective and scalable practices to schools outside our network. We also endeavor to change the life trajectories of all of our students by helping them develop the skills, attitudes, and mindsets they need to be successful in the classroom, the workplace, and their communities.

What Sets NYC Outward Bound Schools Apart

Combining the Outward Bound approach with principles of EL Education, we have tried-and-true methods to help NYC students and schools succeed.

Our Story

Distinguished Legacy, Innovative Future.

Our Approach

Demanding & Engaging Learning, Community, and Character

Our Impact

Quantifying a Quality Education

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