Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice

4200 16 AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11204 Map
Phone: (718) 438-3893
Website: Click here
Principal: Mariela Graham
Neighborhood: Borough Park
District: 20
Grade range: 6-12
Parent Coordinator: CRISTINA BONET
Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Buses: B11, B16, B35, B67, B69, B8

What's special:

All-girls school with a criminal justice theme

The downside:

Not for students who prefer co-ed

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice is an all-girls school offering field trips and internships related to criminal justice. All high school students are required to take forensics science and four years of math. Speech and debate, and Mock Court, are other theme-related offerings.

The girls get a chance to hear special speakers such as Chief Joann Jaffe, the highest ranking female officer in the history of the New York City Police Department. They travel to Washington D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, and Frost Valley, in the Catskills Mountains, for rock climbing and other team-building activities.

"We're really trying to create a private school experience for public school students," Principal Mariela Graham told us on our visit in 2008.

Graham is a graduate of Duke University and has a master's degree in bilingual elementary education from City College. When she founded UA Criminal Justice in 2007, at age 27, she was the youngest principal in the city. She painted the hallways red and the principal's office bright purple. Each classroom is named after a women's college (Smith, Barnard, Wellesley and Bryn Mawr). The building is shared with IS 223.

Located in the heart of an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, the school has attracted an eclectic mix of girls who speak a range of languages including Urdu, Bengali, Arabic and Spanish. The English curriculum is divided into separate writing and reading classes to better develop these critical skills.

A female partner from the law firm Baker & Hostetler has established an ongoing connection with the school, funding monthly lunches for twelve girls to meet with a professional career woman. Other partnerships include Pace University, and NYC College of Technology, which offers advanced placement courses.

The school enjoys positive ratings on the Learning Environment Survey and provides solid academics, according to the city's progress report.

Admission: Priority is given to girls in Brooklyn but the school accepts girls from across the city and a wide range of ability levels. The school looks for students and families who understand the mission of the school. (Leah Gogel, January 2008, updated by Lydie Raschka from DOE data, November 2013)

Middle InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with JHS 223

Number of Students 529

Average Daily Attendance 92%

Uniforms? NA

Students at this school

Asian

  
47%

Black

  
21%

Hispanic

  
20%

White

  
12%

Free Lunch

  
91%

Special ed

  
15%

English Language Learners

  
10%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.47 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?

82% 49% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

95% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE SCHOOL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

95% 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?

27% 23% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Academics

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

40% 29% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

45% 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:

16% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 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:

14% 9% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

0% 7% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 13% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 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:

35% 18% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HS InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with JHS 223

Number of Students 529

Average Daily Attendance 92%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
47%

Black

  
21%

Hispanic

  
20%

White

  
12%

Free Lunch

  
91%

Special ed

  
15%

English Language Learners

  
10%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.47 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?

84% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

95% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

90% 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?

27% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

90% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

12% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

NA 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

5% 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?

19%

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

25%

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

31%

Are students ready for college?

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

45% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

413
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

428
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 School for Criminal Justice

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURSES: AP Calculus, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP US History

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Peer Mediation, Drama, Student Council, Good Will Club, Girls' Generation, Newspaper, English as a New Language Tutoring

Other schools sports: Double Dutch, Soccer, Basketball, Cheerleading, Flag Football, Softball, Running Club

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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