NYC Leadership Academy programs are grounded in comprehensive research and evaluation. We know what makes school leaders successful and effective. Our team is committed to rigorously assessing and continuously improving our programs’ efficacy and clients’ satisfaction.

100% of clients surveyed were satisfied with the curriculum design and delivery provided by NYCLA

100% of clients surveyed believe that the curriculum design support provided by NYCLA is more effective than its competitors

100% of clients surveyed believe that NYCLA’s curriculum design and delivery will positively impact leaders’ performance 

92% of New York City principals coached by NYCLA report that coaching had led to improvements in classroom instruction in their schools

Aspiring Principal Program graduates in New York City have proven to reverse the declines in achievement in low-performing schools

Client Snapshots 2014

Rhode Island Department of Education's Academy for Transformative Leadership:

  • 100% of most recent cohort secured  school leadership positions
  • Over three years, nearly 90 school  leaders have been trained and  coached in 11 districts in Rhode  Island, affecting the lives of 15,000  students

Innovative Schools' Delaware Leadership Program:

  • 81% placement rate into school  leadership roles in eight districts and two charter schools, serving an estimated 6,500 students

Arizona State University's iLead AZ

  • 58 graduates of this aspiring principals program to date with 97% of graduates in school leader positions
  • iLead AZ recently became the flagship principal preparation program for ASU

Aspiring Principals Program

Our Aspiring Principals Program has been proven to positively impact leaders and ultimately students in New York City and nationally.

The impact of NYCLA-trained principals on student achievement has been demonstrated through a rigorous, independent study conducted by researchers from the Institute for Education and Social Policy at New York University. Using a quasi-experimental design, the study found that:

  • APP graduates demonstrated capacity to reverse declines in achievement of low-performing elementary and middle   schools.
  • APP graduates faced greater headwinds than other new principals, leading schools with greater levels of students eligible for free or reduced priced lunch, students who are over-age for their grade level, teachers who are inexperienced, and discipline issues.

  • APP graduates were able to turn those schools around, showing significant improvements in English Language Arts and Mathematics and substantial progress in closing the achievement gaps in ELA and math scores against comparable schools within just three years

Participants of APP programs and adaptations across the country report satisfaction and principal supervisors recognize leadership growth as a result of the programs. 2014 data show that:

Cleveland Metropolitan
School District:

100% satisfaction with
Summer Intensive

NYC Department
of Education:

94% graduate satisfaction
with all program aspects


67% of graduates rated
“excellent” by supervisors


Recent APP graduates in New York City agree that APP is a highly effective program that effectively prepared them to accomplish the following critical aspects of school leadership. The vast majority of alumni who graduated between 2010 and 2013 reported satisfaction with APP's training in various critical aspects of school leadership:

Create environment where learning and engagement is valued in the school improvement process

Implement a strategic vision for school-wide equity grounded in the belief all students can learn

Plan, implement, and assess the quality of school curriculum and classroom instruction

Implement systems and structures that align resources to support the teaching and learning vision in your school

Develop relationships with parents and local stakeholders to respond to and influence issues that affect the context of education in that community

School Leadership Coaching

Our school leadership coaching services are strengthening school leadership practice.

91% of participants in our Rhode Island Turnaround Leaders Program (TLP) who responded to a 2014 survey reported satisfaction with the coaching support. Respondents generally felt that their coach was able to push their thinking, that their coach was committed and responsive, and that the coaching relationship was built on trust. The vast majority of participants agreed that coaching positively impacted their leadership practice and improved their ability to develop the capacity of others.

In our 2014 NYC coaching feedback survey, nearly all (99%) of principals were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their coaching. Participants also provided feedback on the impact of coaching in specific areas:

Feedback about NYCLA Support
“The coaching I received this year has positively impacted my leadership practice.”
“The coaching I received this year had led to improvements in classroom instruction in my school.”
“The coaching I received this year has led to improvements in my ability to develop the capcity of others.”

District Leadership Training

NYCLA’s work with district leaders is highly regarded by our clients. In a recent survey of Principal Supervisors from the School District of Philadelphia, nearly all participants found summer training useful and agreed that they would be able to apply what they learned to their work during the school year.

100%Felt training was tailored to meet their needs
97%Agreed that they would be able to apply what they learned
100%Agreed that training was useful
100%Were satisfied with the training