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University Neighborhood High School

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed Noteworthy

Our Insights

What’s Special

Positive culture; many advanced courses

The Downside

No gymnasium

University Neighborhood High School offers free college credit alongside regular high school classes. Additionally, it provides a career and technical education track in engineering or computer science. The school maintains a safe, inclusive culture through ongoing training for staff and students.

Academics & Instruction: The school offers two separate programs. The CTE (career and technical education) program in computer science or engineering takes a range of students of varying academic abilities. The early college program is screened based on grades.

The CTE program exposes students to the world of work through college and career exploration, internships and classes. After sampling computer science and engineering in the 9th grade, students choose one track for their remaining years.

The early college program is in partnership with Baruch College, LaGuardia Community College, and Queensborough College. Students take courses taught by university professors on the high school campus. Students in this program may earn enough college credits to save up to one year of college tuition.

The school also has Advanced Placement (AP) courses such as Spanish, Chinese, calculus, biology and many more.  It also offers a nice range of visual arts and dance courses.

Culture & Environment: University Neighborhood is committed to a safe, inclusive, and respectful environment. Weekly lessons cover topics like race, identity, social justice, and cultural understanding, fostering equity and healthy relationships. Teachers create relevant lessons that respect students' lives and cultures, while adult mentors provide support for any issues. The school's dedication earned it a “Respect for All” title by the City six years in a row.

Special Education & English as a New Language (ENL): There are stand alone and push in ENL courses depending on what students need.

Building & Facilities: Established in 1999 within the former PS 31 building, University Neighborhood is housed in a five-story Beaux Arts structure with high ceilings and large windows, that fill rooms with natural light. While lacking a gymnasium, there is an indoor weight room and dance studio. The school boasts a renovated courtyard, access to Lilly D. Wald playground, two Mac labs, a science lab, and partnerships with Basketball City and Abrons Art Center for arts and sports enrichment. (The high school has no connection to University Neighborhood Middle School, despite the similar names.)

College & Career: The college office works with students and families to identify each student's best post-secondary goals. Recent graduates have attended Cornell, Swarthmore, Colgate, Lehigh, Middlebury, Northeastern, Wesleyan, NYU, Baruch, George Washington and other colleges and universities. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and questionnaire responses, November 2023)


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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
Citywide Average is 615


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
Citywide Average is 7
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 157

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report, and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more



Computer Science




Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by Visit Understanding FAFSA for help with the FAFSA and financial aid.
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

CTE Computer Science or Business & Entrepreneurship (M35A)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Students are offered their choice of a 4 year sequence in either Computer Science, culminating in AP Computer Science, or CTE Business, culminating in College Now Business and Marketing courses. Students choose their track after freshmen year and are able to individualize their program. All eligible students, even those selected through CTE will have access to Early College courses through College Now. See website for full 4 year sequence. Contact our guidance staff with questions.

University Neighborhood Early College (M35C)

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

UNHS offers the most robust Early College Campus Program in NYC. Beginning in 10th grade, eligible students are able to begin earning dual high school and college bearing credits here on UNHS campus. Students must earn a 75% on the ELA Regents in 10th grade in order to be eligible for the course work. Courses include Critical Thinking, Statistics, Trigonometry, Astronomy, Chemistry, Public Speaking, Literacy and Propaganda, English 101, English 103, Sociology, Intro to Business and Marketing.


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Language Courses

Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), Algebra II (College Course [Credited]), AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chinese Language and Culture, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Studio Art - 2D, AP Studio Art - Drawing, AP United States History, AP World History: Modern, Arts (College Course [Credited]), Calculus (Advanced Math), Chemistry (Advanced Science), Econ/Gov (College Course [Credited]), ELA (College Course [Credited]), Other (College Course [Credited]), Physics (Advanced Science), Social Studies (College Course [Credited]), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Handball

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Softball, Volleyball

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Contact & Location


200 Monroe Street
Manhattan NY 10002

Trains: F Line to East Broadway; J Line, M Line, Z Line to Essex St

Buses: B39, M14A-SBS, M14D-SBS, M15, M21, M22, M9, X37, X38


Principal: Matthew Willie

Parent Coordinator: Haydee Rodriguez


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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