Union Square Academy for Health Sciences
Manhattan NY 10003
New school hopes to train dental assistants and pharmacy technicians
Plans are still a work in progress
Union Square Academy for Health Sciences, a new school in the Washington Irving High School building, plans to offer students the chance to study to be a dental assistant or a pharmacy technician.
Washington Irving High School is being closed because of poor performance and replaced with a number of small schools. Bernardo Ascona, who has been principal of the large Washington Irving, will be principal of the new small school. Ascona is working with St. Johns University to develop a curriculum, and hopes eventually to have New York University School of Dentistry as a partner as well.
Its a work in progress, he acknowledged.
The school will have a traditional academic curriculum, and the administration also hopes to offer a career and technical education (CTE) certificate.
The school will share sports teams with other schools in the building. At least half the teachers will be hired from Washington Irving High School. The building has metal detectors.
Admissions: Limited unscreened. Priority given to students who attend an open house or fair. (Clara Hemphill, February 2012)
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Programs and Admissions
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Biology, AP English, AP US History
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Handball, Soccer, Volleyball
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Softball, Volleyball