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The Urban Assembly (UA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering underserved youth by providing them with the academic and life skills necessary for post-secondary success. The Urban Assembly creates unique public schools that are open to all students, scales up promising programs, and coordinates with hundreds of partner organizations in the private, public, non-profit and higher education sectors. In the 2014-15 school year, we are serving over 9,000 students through 23 small district middle and high schools, including seven Career & Technical Education schools, in partnership with the NYC Department of Education. Tax ID 11-0332039


Each Urban Assembly school admits any student who wishes to enroll, regardless of academic performance, special needs, or other screening criteria. Across the Urban Assembly network of 23 schools, there is a poverty rate of 85%, with a population of youth that is 50% Latino, 41% African American, 5% Asian, and 4% White. On average, 21% of our students have Individualized Education Plans (Special Needs). 74% of students enter our schools below grade level. 11% of MS students and 6% of HS students are English Language Learners (ELLs).

In order to meet the evolving needs of our students on their path to college and career success, The Urban Assembly school support model prioritizes innovation and efficient collaboration between UA teams, principals, NYCDOE colleagues and outside partners. UA School Support is comprised of six collaborative teams that provide differentiated services to schools, led by a Managing Director of School Support: The Instruction Team, The College-Readiness Team, The Career & Technical Education Team, The Student Opportunities Team, The Social-Emotional Learning Team, and The Research & Evaluation Team.

The Urban Assembly consistently achieves high school graduation rates and college matriculation rates significantly above the average for NYC district secondary schools. UA schools have closed the ‘achievement gap’ in graduation rates that has persisted throughout the city between white students and African American and Latino students. Essential achievement indicators include:

  • Graduation Rates: Over the past eight years, the UA group of schools has achieved a four-year high school graduation rate of approximately 75%, and a six-year graduation rate of over 82%. This is approximately 10% points above the NYC average, and over 15% points above the average for similar populations.
  • College Matriculation: Since 2001, the UA group of schools has achieved a college enrollment rate of 79% for all HS graduates, nearly 30% points above the national average for similar populations.
  • College Persistence: 80% of UA graduates that enroll in college return for at least a second year. 66% of all UA graduates that enrolled in college are either still in college or have already graduated.
  • Career Readiness: The UA has created seven CTE schools, featuring over 20 career pathways, dozens of related work-based learning experiences, and partnerships with over 30 leading industry employers.