Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology

439 WEST 49TH STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10019 Map
Phone: (212) 246-1041
Website: Click here
Admissions: Priority to Manhattan
Principal: April Mckoy
Neighborhood: Midtown
District: 2
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: GREISYS FELIZ
Computer Science & Technology
New School

Buses: M10, M104, M11, M20, M31, M34A-SBS, M42, M50, M57, M7

What's special:

Special training in one of three technology fields; all day use of laptop computers

The downside:

No record of achievement yet; kids would benefit from touch-typing lessons

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

At the Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology students carry slim silver laptops from class-to-class with casual familiarity. They have unusual access to technology all day long, personalizing their "desktops" the way others might personalize a writer's notebook.

Students focus on one of three career fields: Digital Animation and Web Design, Computer and Information Technology, or Health Information Technology in addition to taking typical academic courses. As early as 9th grade, students can earn IC3 certification in basic computer and Internet use.

The school's theme has struck a chord –more than 800 8th-graders applied for 108 spots the opening year in 2011. Boys outnumber girls but girls take a leadership role in the school's Mouse Squad, the team that keeps computers in running order and does random online "history" checks to curb improper internet use. Girls also participate in an all-female advisory group.

Principal April McKoy, a former social studies teacher from Brooklyn College Academy, has an eye for good instructional practice and helps maintain a balance between screen-time and face-time. The school has adopted "unison reading," pioneered by Professor Cynthia McCallister of New York University, to boost reading skills. Students read passages out loud and stop to discuss when they have questions or observations. Group projects are the norm, even in classes where students learn Japanese, German, Spanish, Italian or French using self-paced Rosetta Stone software. In one such project, groups work together to create animations for a story told in the second language.

The relaxed and welcoming atmosphere centers on core values. Those who uphold these values – empathy, accountability, aspiration, collaboration, reflection and scholarship – are celebrated at quarterly assemblies. The school year kicks off with an overnight camping trip and staff members visit the home of every incoming 9th grader. Clubs include martial arts, skateboarding, drama, programming, and digital photography. The "gamer haven" club is especially popular.

McKoy is pleased that there is a mix of academic abilities among students. All students, but especially those who need it most, take advantage of an after-school tutoring program called Goal Oriented Learning Development (GOLD).

Teachers have devised boundaries for computer use. "It's flexible but strict, in a good way," said a 9th grader. Students who arrive late do not get their computer until after lunch.

Teachers insist on closed computers when it's time to listen. One-third of the students do not have computers at home, and they must learn to curb their impulses to get off-track or they lose privileges. Computers have been less beneficial for writing, according to McKoy, because students are quick to delete their first attempts. There hasn't been time to teach touch-typing so we saw a lot of hunt-and-peck, a possible time-waster. Some desks seemed short for tall students who slouched awkwardly at the keyboard.

Trips and internships are important features of the school which has partnerships with WNET Channel 13, The Hospital for Special Surgery - where a few students have secured summer internships in the motion analysis lab - and Iridescent Learning. In its first year – 2011-2012 - the school won a Service in School award for their volunteer work.

UAG is one of more than 20 schools created and run by the nonprofit Urban Assembly.

It shares the Graphics Educational Campus along with the High School of Graphic Communication Arts and the Business of Sports School. Sports are campus-wide.

College admissions: Students make at least two college trips per year. Each student creates a stylish ePortfolio, with snapshots, work samples, work experience, and college and career goals. In the "Road to College" blog students explore college life, tuition, degrees and more. The first class will graduate in 2015.

Special education: Students are integrated in classes with general education students and two teachers, one of whom is trained in special education.

Admissions: Priority to Manhattan students or residents who attend an information session or fair. (Lydie Raschka, June 2012)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Graphics Educational Campus

Number of Students 367

Average Daily Attendance 92%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
7%

Black

  
34%

Hispanic

  
52%

White

  
5%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
18%

English Language Learners

  
4%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.00 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


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

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

25 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

65% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

85% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

20% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many students graduated within 4 years?

NA 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

NA 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

NA 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

NA 11% 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?

0%

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

NA

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

NA

Are students ready for college?

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

NA 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

NA
425 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 514 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

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

84% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

71% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

82% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to Manhattan students or residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to Manhattan students or residents
  4. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

UA Gateway

Limited Unscreened

Academics

AP COURSES: Art History, Calculus AB, English Language and Composition, Physics B, Spanish Language and Culture, Studio Art: 3-D Design, United States History

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Individualized Peer and Teacher Tutoring, 3-D Modeling, Big Brothers Big Sisters (American Express), CoderDojo, Cooking, Drama, Film Production, Gamer Haven, Homework Help, Martial Arts, MMO 3.0 (Massive Multiplayer Online Games), Math, Media Crew, Men of Strength, Moth StorySlam, MOUSE Squad - Beginner and Advanced, Regents Preparation, Robotics, JROTC, Skateboarding with Stoke, Student Government, Technovation Challenge (App-Design for Girls), Yearbook

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Outdoor Track

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Flag Football, Running, Skateboarding, Weight Training, Yoga

Source: High school directory

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