Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women

283 ADAMS STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11201 Map
Phone: (718) 260-2300
Website: Click here
Admissions: Test. Priority to districts 13, 14, 15 & 16
Principal: Kiri Soares
Neighborhood: Downtown Brooklyn
District: 13
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: CAROL JONES
Science & Math
Screened

Buses: B103, B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B52, B54, B57, B61, B62, B63, B65, B67, B69

What's special:

Small classes, strong social support programs.

The downside:

No AP classes, some concerns about discipline

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

 

UPDATE MAY 2016:  A school representative called to give Insideschools updates about some changes at the school. Kiro Soares, school founder, is now the sole principal at UAI; social worker Jen Cusa is director of social-emotional learning. The school has an affiliation with NYU-Poly School of Engineering where girls take an engineering course, learning the fundamentals of building and programming LEGO robots. Students do scientific investigations of the New York harbor through the Billion Oyster Project.

2012 REVIEW: Students at the girls-only Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women -- UA Institute -- learn life skills along with math and science in a sparkling new building in downtown Brooklyn. Opened in Crown Heights in 2006 before moving in 2008 to a new shared building, the 6 to 12 school serves a largely Caribbean population. Girls get lots of personal attention in small classes of 20.

The school’s mission is to “empower young women through math and science,” say co-principals Kelly DeMonaco (grades 6-9) and Kiri Soares, (grades 9-12.) They want to help students cultivate a strong sense of self, become more articulate, confident and take risks without fear of failure. The school looks to their partner organizations, the Children’s Aid Society’s Carrera Treasure Academy and Girls Inc., to provide social services during the school day and after school.

The two organizations have offices in the school and are helping to address problems of fighting, bullying and safety which were reported by both students and teachers on the Learning Environment Survey. There were also 45 suspensions during that school year, a high number for a small school. UA Institute has worked to prevent incidents by putting in video cameras and focusing on peer mediation and conflict resolution, says DeManacos. She said the number of incidents has decreased to only occasional, minor problems.

A course called “Family Life and Sexuality Education” helps students understand puberty and make healthy choices. In a weekly “Power Group”, a counselor or social worker helps students adjust to middle school, learn social skills and address other teen issues. In an after school “Job Club” students open savings accounts, and learn about career options and managing money.

Academic classes at UA Institute reinforce the social goals. We saw students taking turns presenting to their peers in classrooms. They looked confident and comfortable under the guidance of their teachers. Teachers were supportive and helpful even though many are new to the school and have fewer than five years of experience.

To shore up basic skills, foreign language is no longer offered to 6th and 7th graders, allowing instead for two hour blocks of English reading and writing. Instruction is a combination of short lessons, independent learning time, and small group meetings with the teacher called conferencing. Special education students get double the amount of conference time.

In English classes students take turns reading out loud in a program called “Unison Reading.” This method is particularly helpful to ESL and special education students, the principals say, and will be expanded into science and math class.

Qualifying juniors get introductory to pre-calculus and engineering courses. As the school expands to the 12th grade in 2012-2013, offerings will expand with high level classes held at the nearby Polytechnic Institute of New York University, which also offers tutoring.

The school learn about longterm investing in the ING Investment Challenge. Students receive free annual vision screenings and eyeglasses and free dental services.

Special education: The building is handicapped accessible. As of September 2012, UA Institute will have an certified special education teacher along with five social workers. There are no self-contained classes, though team-teaching classes are offered.

Afterschool : For grades 6-8, the school offers CHAMPS soccer, volleyball, basketball, track, and wrestling. For grades 9-12, UA Institute has campus-wide PSAL basketball, cheerleading, volleyball, and a co-ed soccer teams.

There is a Job Club, homework help, tutoring, the Green Team, tennis and yoga, as well as a parent favorite - etiquette class. A summer, full day Career Program is offered through Girls Inc. Also available is ROOT STEM, a gardening summer internship project.

The UA Institute hosts a parent Book Club. The school also offers programs to help parents budget for college and explain the sex education curriculum. There is a small PTA.

Admission: Middle school: screened school with diagnostic test. Priority to districts 13, 14, 15 and 16. For high school, preference is given to continuing 8th graders. Parents must register with the parent coordinator for a tour. (Eliana Mascio, March 2012)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Adams Street Educational Campus with one other school

Number of Students 476

Average Daily Attendance 88%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
5%

Black

  
71%

Hispanic

  
14%

White

  
8%

Free Lunch

  
80%

Special ed

  
19%

English Language Learners

  
5%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.38 2.59 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say this school offers enough programs to keep them interested?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE KIDS NICE?

How many students complain about bullying?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students say students at their school respect one another?

40% 49% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

43% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

71% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers would recommend this school to other parents?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA 26 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students are chronically absent?

36% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam

12% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ela exam

29% hi 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of students who scored 3 or 4 on the state science exam

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS Prep

How many 8th graders pass high school regents exams?

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass the algebra regents:

5% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of 8th graders who take and pass a science regents:

3% 17% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How do graduates do in 9th grade?

Percent who pass all their classes freshman year:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

0% 3% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of self-contained students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

0% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of ICT students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

7% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state math exam:

0% 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of SETSS students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

0% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

Percent of ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

0% 2% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Percent of former ell students who scored 3 or 4 on the state ELA exam:

NA 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Adams Street Educational Campus with one other school

Number of Students 476

Average Daily Attendance 88%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
5%

Black

  
71%

Hispanic

  
14%

White

  
8%

Free Lunch

  
80%

Special ed

  
19%

English Language Learners

  
5%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.38 2.39 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Middle school students reading at grade level:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Middle school students doing math at grade level:

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

68% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

71% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

84% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

36% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

85% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

0% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

94% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

6% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

1%

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

57%

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

0%

Are students ready for college?

How many students graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

23% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

415
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

81% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

397
432 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 511 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

The Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women

Limited Unscreened

Academics

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Girls Inc, Digital Design, Gardening Internship, LEGO League, Green Team, Future Cities, Music Ensemble, College/Career Development, TASC ExpandED, Lifeguard/CPR/First Aid Certification, Student Government, Robotics, Web Wiz, Art Explorers, Theater, Self-Defense, Media Mavens, Tech Gals, Recycling and Art, Step, Music, Yearbook, Girls Gazette, Dance Company, Young Women Filmmakers, DJŒÍing, Debate, Girls Night Out, Research Squad, Grade Committees, Peer Leadership, Science & Engineering Fair

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Soccer

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Intramural Volleyball, Cheerleading, Power Play Team Sports, Soccer, Tennis, Track, Cross Country, Yoga, Sisters in Sports Science, Step, African Dance, Belly Dancing, Hip-Hop Dance

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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