Educational Institutions

NYC Outward Bound Schools

  • New York, NY
  • http://www.nycoutwardbound.org

Mission Statement

NYC Outward Bound Schools transforms schools and changes lives by bringing out the best in New York City's students, teachers and school leaders. We operate a citywide network of public schools in partnership with the City's Department of Education, which primarily target students from underserved neighborhoods. Our educational approach delivers rigor through active, real-world learning, develops character skills, inspires students to serve their communities, and instills in them the grit to overcome challenges. Our graduates succeed in more than just college and careers – they're active citizens who make their communities better for all.

To further extend our impact, we provide a robust set of supports to the students and alumni of our network schools via our To & Through College initiative. We also reach schools outside of our network through our Adventure & Team Building programs and the targeted professional development we offer teachers through our Associate Schools work.

Both our schools and our programs impart the central lesson of Outward Bound: that with the right mix of challenge and support, all individuals, regardless of background or circumstance, can achieve at higher levels than they previously thought possible.

Main Programs

  1. NYC Outward Bound EL Schools Network
  2. Outward Bound Adventure and Team Building Programs for Youth & Adults
  3. Associate Schools
Service Areas

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New York

Serves youth, schools and other youth-serving organizations throughout New York City and operates public schools in all five boroughs in partnership with the NYC Department of Education. By design our schools are primarily located in communities that have been historically underserved.

ruling year

1989

President & CEO

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Mr. Richard Stopol

Keywords

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education, experiential education, youth, schools, school reform

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Also Known As

NYC Outward Bound

EIN

13-3471084

 Number

4730970556

Physical Address

29-46 Northern Blvd

New York, 11101 2813

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Our 2015 results show that even though we have two years to go until the end of our strategic plan, we have already reached, exceeded, or are in striking distance of our key plan goals. A highlights that illuminate the extent of our progress:
1. Our network schools achieved an average 4-year graduation rate of 84%, far outpacing the most recent citywide rate of 68%, and just one percentage point shy of our 85% strategic plan goal.
2. 97% of our graduates were accepted to college, just three percentage points short of our strategic plan goal of 100%.
3. 78% of our graduates actually enrolled in college, three percentage points higher than our 2017 plan goal of 75%.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

NYC Outward Bound EL Schools Network

NYC Outward Bound Schools is a full partner in operating a growing network of small, public schools in New York City, along with the City’s Department of Education. All schools use the nationally-recognized EL Education model which has its roots in Outward Bound.

All of our new schools are based on the highly successful, national Expeditionary Learning model, which is rooted in Outward Bound’s educational approach and shapes their curriculum, culture and structure. NYC Outward Bound Schools sets high expectations of all who enroll, and supports students in meeting stretch goals. Our schools, which are grounded in real world learning and place character and intellectual development on equal footing, are proving that learning can be deeply engaging and lead to high levels of achievement.

NYC Outward Bound Schools provides extensive services to ensure that the Expeditionary Learning model is fully implemented and that a school culture of high achievement is firmly established. Professional development for teachers is a core and ongoing service that is particularly extensive in a school’s first few years as new teachers come on board and they are introduced to our model. We also provide a variety of student programs that support the academic, character and community goals of our network of schools. Key among these is a multi-day Crew Orientation Course for all incoming students.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

Budget

$3,592,249.00

Program 2

Outward Bound Adventure and Team Building Programs for Youth & Adults

Public schools often turn to us for help in meeting their organizational objectives, such as building an effective school community and creating a shared vision and action plan. We offer customized one-day or multi-day adventure and team building programs for faculty, school leadership teams, district staff and parents. NYC Outward Bound is an approved vendor for New York City Department of Education School Leadership Teams.

Our programs are highly flexible and designed to respond to the special needs of individual schools. All have their roots in Outward Bound’s distinctive and successful experience-based methodology. Our methodology allows participants to try out and practice new skills in team-based situations similar to those they encounter at work.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Adults

None

Budget

$1,248,757.00

Program 3

Associate Schools

During the 14-15 school-year, we launched a new program area as part of our strategic plan through which we are providing professional development and coaching to
outside our network, in an effort to increase our influence and presence in the NYC public school system. We worked with five public schools in the City to provide professional development and coaching to teachers in two areas where schools have expressed needs and where we have considerable organizational expertise: Crew, our distinctive student advisory structure, and Case Studies, an inter-disciplinary curriculum framework that has proven to be especially well-suited to the Common Core. As this work grows, it will allow us to extend our reach to more schools beyond our network—and will also serve as a key source of new revenue as we tackle the challenge of further diversifying our revenue stream.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$124,540.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our primary goal is to establish NYC Outward Bound Schools as a growing and influential educational organization whose schools and programs are consistently excellent and serve as models for others. Our greatest strength is our educational approach, which challenges and supports students from all backgrounds and circumstances to do their best work, injects elements of adventure and discovery into schooling, grounds academic content in real world issues and concerns, promotes teamwork as well as individual initiative, and places character and intellectual development on equal footing.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    By 2017, we plan to:

    Add four new K-5 and 6-12 grade Expeditionary Learning schools to the network. Once all schools are open and fully enrolled, 7,220 students will be served a year.

    Launch a new College To & Through Initiative to ensure graduates from network schools are matched to the right colleges and that they receive the support they need to graduate from college.

    Provide Professional Development Programs for Educators enabling best practices from our Expeditionary Learning schools to be applied at NYC public schools outside of the network.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Having a strong reputation for quality work. NYC Outward Bound Schools is very well regarded by officials in the current city administration and has built strong relationships with the current mayoral candidates. The NYC Outward Bound reputation is particularly strong at the NYC Department of Education, where officials are regularly and with increasing frequency requesting opening new schools and working more with them in other ways.

    Being well-positioned to take on Common Core State Standards. As momentum gains across New York State and the country to better prepare students for 21st-century challenges in college and careers by adopting the Common Core State Standards, NYC Outward Bound Schools is especially well equipped for the shift. The educational model aligns well with the Common Core, as both emphasize critical thinking, performance-based assessment, college-level writing, and higher level skills in the classroom. In fact, the national EL Education organization was recently selected to design Common Core-aligned literacy curriculum for the elementary and middle school grades across New York State, including in the city.

    Providing an approach which aligns well with recent research around character. In particular, Paul Tough's book, “How Children Succeed," has brought to light research which demonstrates that character skills like grit, resilience, and curiosity can be a stronger predictor of success in college and other life endeavors than cognitive skills. This research confirms a central tenet of our approach, which is that the development of character skills is as important as the development of academic skills, and that the two go hand-in-hand.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Meeting our growth targets as outlined under strategies, while also continuing to get closer to meeting our aspirational goals which include a network-wide graduation rate of at least 85% and 100% college acceptance for our graduates.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Our network schools consistently surpass the citywide averages in terms of student achievement outcomes and they continue to make annual progress towards meeting our even higher aspirational goals.

    In 2013, three of our schools were part of a third-party study which proved that our middle schools are improving student outcomes at a faster pace than comparison schools.

    We have launched our new To & Through College program and are in the process of developing pilots for the professional development offerings we plan to offer to schools outside of our network.
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

Serves youth, schools and other youth-serving organizations throughout New York City and operates public schools in all five boroughs in partnership with the NYC Department of Education. By design our schools are primarily located in communities that have been historically underserved.

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Funding Needs

Support for our Network Schools—while core school expenses (eg: staff salaries & facilities are covered by the Department of Education, NYC Outward Bound supplements this core budget with an extensive package of services and supports that are designed to ensure that the students and the adults at each school receive what they need to succeed. We provide on and off-site professional development and coaching for teachers; Outward Bound experiences for students; and leadership and staff recruitment support for our principals. These services and supports are proven not only to be a high-yield investment but a cost-effective one as well. It costs us only about $800 annually per student to provide the full range of support for a fully enrolled school.

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Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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NYC Outward Bound Schools

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President & CEO

Mr. Richard Stopol

BIO

Richard Stopol has been the Executive Director of NYC Outward Bound since 1989. As Executive Director, he has the overall responsibility for fundraising, program planning, and development of personnel. Mr. Stopol is an attorney who, prior to coming to NYC Outward Bound, was a Program Director at the Fund for the City of New York, specializing in issues affecting children and youth. He has a J.D. degree from New York University's School of Law and is a summa cum laude graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo. Mr. Stopol was admitted to the New York State Bar Association, is a trained facilitator, and a published writer.

STATEMENT FROM THE President & CEO

"We seek to establish NYC Outward Bound Schools as a growing and influential educational organization whose schools and programs are consistently excellent and serve as models for others. Our greatest strength is our educational approach, which challenges and supports students from all backgrounds and circumstances to do their best work, injects elements of adventure and discovery into schooling, grounds academic content in real world issues and concerns, promotes teamwork as well as individual initiative, and places character and intellectual development on equal footing.

We are on the cusp of an exciting moment in American education, one in which we see our unique educational approach powerfully aligning with emerging national priorities: most notably, the Common Core standards and the growing emphasis on the development of character skills. The 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, information analysis, effective communication, and teamwork are skills that we focus on and have excelled at developing for over 25 years.

We are seizing the moment as we enter a period of expansion. Not only will our network grow to 15 schools, it will also expand to serve both elementary students and alumni. At a time when just 8% of students from the lowest economic quartile complete college, we are committed to delivering extensive and targeted supports to our graduates in order to insure high rates of successful college completion. And the number of students and teachers from non-network schools with whom we work will grow to 6,500.

Finally, we envision NYC Outward Bound Schools to be a significant presence in the City's educational landscape as our approach will be found in many more of the City's public schools, and our voice will be sought by policy-makers, the media and other leading thinkers in education."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Gifford Miller

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BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?