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