The founding staff and board members saw the need to provide access to a college-preparatory education for children from families in northern Manhattan.


Our Story

Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School opened in 2010 to help break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations in Inwood and Washington Heights. As an independent public charter school, we’ve tailored the education experience to provide individualized attention to our more than 900 students in grades 5-12. We believe that, if given the chance and the expectations are set high, every student can succeed in life. Our goal is to graduate 100% of our students and ensure they have multiple pathways to succeed in the future.

We are a trailblazer in the New York charter school environment. We welcome every student who applies and is accepted via our lottery and meet students where they are, especially children with special needs or those who speak little to no English, even though they may be behind their peers. In 2009, the founder of Inwood Academy Christina Reyes successfully lobbied for a change in New York State law allowing us to give preference in our application lottery to students who speak English as a second language.

2018 was a milestone year for Inwood Academy as we celebrated our first graduating class, we broke ground on the construction of our new high school campus, and the Class of 2018 was selected as winners for “Say Yes to the Prom.” With a large graduating class, the higher education institutions our seniors have been accepted to are wide-ranging and many have received full scholarships, including from New York University, the State University of New York at Oneonta, Colgate University, and Swarthmore College.

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Our Mission

Empower students in Inwood and Washington Heights to become agents for change through community-focused leadership, character development and college preparedness.

Our Vision

We regard our students as burgeoning assets to their community and are prepared to help them develop the leadership tools they need to be successful in college and beyond.

Inwood Academy Middle School

Every child’s individual learning needs are identified and met.

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Inwood Academy High School

Every student explores both college and career pathways.

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Our Values

Inwood Academy believes fostering five main character traits contributes to well-rounded individuals who care, give back, and lead.

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