We are a New Century High School, and therefore have a limited unscreened policy for student admission. Priority is given to students who attend informational meetings like the Open Houses or high school fairs; we do not select students based on their grades. We will be participating in the citywide high school application process. If you are interested in attending this school, please remember to put program code #Q76A on your high school application form.

For more information about the NYC Department of Education’s high school application process, please visit 

Student Handbook

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The Civic Leadership Academy is a community working together to ensure the growth and success of all our students. We believe that by making our expectations clear, everyone in our community has a common understanding of the beliefs and goals of the school. We are guided by our core values of Commitment to Learning, Commitment to Community, and Empowerment and our expectations reflect these values. They are:


  • Come to school on time.
  • Come to school prepared to learn.
  • Engage actively and appropriately.
  • Ask questions for clarity.
  • Share your learning with others.


  • Respect all members of our school community.
  • Meet or exceed the expectations of our community.
  • Contribute to the learning of others.
  • Contribute to the growth of our school and larger community.
  • Participate in school events and activities.


  • Own your actions.
  • Take responsibility and accept consequences for your actions.
  • Push your learning – View mistakes as learning opportunities.
  • Voice your opinion respectfully.
  • Take responsibility for your learning and development – Seek help from peers, teachers, and other school community members when needed.

Uniform Policy

Uniforms are a symbol of our community and our focus on learning. All students are expected to wear the school uniform, which consists of a polo shirt with the school logo and khaki pants every day.

However, because we believe that students should have a voice in developing policies that affect them, we will offer students an opportunity to select the color of the polo shirt and other clothing options for the school year. At our first whole school event in June, students will be shown clothing options and given a survey to complete. The choices that receive majority votes will be the choices offered to students for the school year. Uniforms will be available in early August during the Summer Bridge program.

Students will also work together to determine the schoolwide policy for uniform infractions. More information will be given about establishing this policy in their Youth Action and Development class.

Summer Bridge program

All ninth graders are strongly encouraged to attend the 3-day Summer Bridge program, which will offer them an opportunity to meet and interact with teachers and classmates, get their uniforms, and tour the school (if possible).

During the Summer Bridge program, we will conduct a series of team building activities, introduce students to the policies of the schools, give students exposure to our advisory program, and gather diagnostic data to plan effective instruction. The Summer Bridge program will end with a celebration that includes students, their families, and community members.

Graduation Requirements

  • Pass all your core classes with satisfactory or excellent evaluations.
  • Maintain an attendance rate of 92%.
  • Maintain a portfolio of your best work each year, including samples of your weekly goal setting and reflections about your goal attainment. Anyone examining the portfolio should be able to see how you are progressing in your learning and achieving your goals as outlined through your plans.
  • Complete all the courses required for high school graduation with a Regents with Distinction Diploma. You will be able to take and pass the following Regents: English, United States History, Global Studies, Algebra, Geometry, Spanish, Living Environment, and Earth Science.
  • Show evidence of the college level courses you explored or took.
  • Complete your College and Career Portfolio. You will include your college plan, a timeline which indicates your completion of all the requirements of your college applications, as well grant or scholarship applications. You will also include a reflection paper about the career you explored through service learning, a self-evaluation of your experience, and the evaluation of your off-site supervisor
  • Complete all service learning requirements:
    • Investigate and present a yearly Service Learning research paper or proposal on a community need that you have identified.
    • Artifacts from your service learning projects, like a copy of a PowerPoint presentation of a proposal that you presented to the Community Advisory Board.
    • Reflection about your service learning experiences, which can include journals, reflection papers, self-evaluations and supervisor evaluations.