High School for Community Leadership

High School for Community Leadership

School Description

At our school you will find a small yet diverse community of students and teachers who share a passion for learning, a dedication to personal growth, and a commitment to making the world a better place.

Our educational program focuses on five areas:

  • Intellectual curiosity and independent, critical, and creative thinking
  • Service to community and social responsibility
  • Appreciation of the world’s artistic and cultural diversity
  • Ethical awareness and the quest for personal growth
  • Commitment to healthy and active living

We support the development of these areas by providing a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum and innovative teaching that encourages students to think independently and communicate their ideas with confidence. We provide all students with Faculty Advisors and a structured advisory program that helps students identify and address areas of personal growth.

We also incorporate service learning into our curriculum to encourage students to develop an awareness of their responsibilities to the larger world and participate in important decisions that impact their lives. For example, our students may engage in a nine-week internship at a community-based radio station or with a civil rights law firm for community service credit.

Finally, we encourage all of our students to participate in over 20 sports programs and after-school clubs. Our school offers a series of art workshops, as well as partnerships with community-based art organizations such as the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL).

In short, we promote the development of “scholar activists” prepared to exercise leadership in the global community.

Arts Leadership Team

Carlos Borrero, principal- cborrero@nychscl.org

Tosha-Lyn Francis, assistant principal- tfrancis8@nychscl.org

Margery Quinonez, music teacher- mquinonez@nychscl.org

Latchmie Arancheril, social studies teacher- larancheril@nychscl.org


Goal One: To transform fledgling music classes into a vibrant two-track instrumental music program.  

Goal Two: To incorporate drama and visual art into the tenth grade humanities courses.


Goal One: The music teacher will be engaging in extensive professional development workshops and curriculum development support from Abrons Arts Center. 

Goal Two: Humanities teachers will be engaging in extensive professional development workshops and curriculum development support from Abrons Arts Center on how to incorporate drama and a performance component into the humanities curriculum. 


Goal One & Two: Abrons Arts Center will conduct all professional learning and workshop residencies.


Goal One: The success of the new HSCL instrumental music program will be sustained through several actions:

  • Annual allocation to the music department from the school-wide budget
  • Appropriate staffing of the music department as required by the two-track music program.
  • Maintenance of the curriculum maps, music library, and instruments as the property of HSCL.
  • Annual professional development for current and new music teachers, which will focus on review of the curriculum and support for the teachers as needed.
  • Funds raised through performances will help to maintain instruments and related materials.
  • Development of a lasting mentorship relationship with a local music organization.

Goal Two: The success of the HSCL 10th grade humanities drama semester-culminating performances will be sustained through several actions:

  • In order to minimize “brain drain” (loss of crucial knowledge if the teacher leaves, related professional development training sessions will include multiple humanities teachers, video archiving of sessions, and curriculum map archiving on the HSCL shared Drive.
  • Incorporation of the performances into the classes as a major, credit-bearing part of the English and Global History classes.
  • Maintenance of the curriculum maps, props, and costumes as the property of HSCL.
  • Materials and related equipment will be maintained through a combination of the English department’s annual budget allocation and fund raising sponsored by the Parent Association at the performances.

Four-Year Plan will be completed in Spring of 2020.