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The Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Emergency medicine and cyber security

The Downside

Attendance a work-in-progress; Lack of windows

The Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management offers pathways in emergency medicine and cyber security in addition to traditional high school coursework. It may appeal to students who want to work as a nurse or a firefighter, or in an area of cyber security such as data recovery or ethical hacking. Internships take place with organizations such as the Red Cross and the New York Police Department. 

One of the first things students study is First Aid, including CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), a lifesaving technique used when someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped. In turn, a small team of students go into neighborhoods that have the slowest ambulance response times in the city to train residents in CPR.  

Students can eventually become New York State certified EMT’s (emergency medical technicians), who are first on the scene in emergency situations such as traumatic injuries or accidents. With this certification—and the free driver’s training that is part of the package—graduates may seek a job as an EMT at age 18. A former EMT and a volunteer firefighter are on the school’s staff. A few graduates have chosen a pre-med path at Stonybrook, said Robert Magliaro, a co-principal with Taina Torres.

In the cyber security pathway, students study code in Python computing language and other tech skills and may pursue industry certification in some core cyber security functions. 

Many students enter the high school with lower than average reading skills. To help them catch up, the school has streamlined its approach to studying vocabulary, note-taking and debate in all classes. Students must read at least twelve major books or scholarly publications each year. Those who fall behind are required to visit teachers during “office hours,” like in college. “Our literacy strategies result in a growth of about two grade levels per year,” said Magliaro. The school offers several Advanced Placement courses. 

As for extra activities, “as a small school, we can tailor the experience,” Magliaro said. When students expressed an interest in boating, the school forged a partnership with Brooklyn Boat Works, in which teens build a boat from scratch and sail it across the East River. A cooking club is also based on student interest.

Many students travel to the school from upper Manhattan and outer parts of the Bronx and Brooklyn. While more than half the students miss at least a month of school, the number of chronically absent students is declining. Every week teachers make students aware of how many days they have missed so they can see how quickly the days add up. Incentives for attending school regularly include an end of the year trip. 

Opened in 2013, the school is housed in the basement of the Murry Bergtraum Educational Campus, a building shared with Murry Bergtraum High School for Business CareersManhattan Early College School for Advertising and The Urban Assembly Maker Academy. The basement classrooms lack windows, but students do move around the building throughout the day, to the cafeteria on the second floor and the gyms on the fifth and sixth. Campus-wide PSAL sports include baseball, basketball, bowling, track, volleyball, softball and soccer.

ADMISSIONS: The Educational Option formula seeks a range of low-, middle- and high-performing students. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interview, October 2019) 


School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities 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 achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
624 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 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?
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
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 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

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 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?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

The Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

The Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management is a small high school in downtown Manhattan that prepares students for the college of their choice and career of their dreams through hands-on and work-based learning. Students select between two innovative career pathways in Emergency Medicine and Cyber Security. Students engage in paid internships, have preferential hiring with industry partners, receive free certification as EMTs or Security Analysts, and earn free, early college credit.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus AB, AP United States History, AP Psychology, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams


Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


411 Pearl Street
Manhattan NY 10038

Trains: 2 Line, 3 Line, 4 Line, 5 Line, A Line, C Line, J Line, Z Line to Fulton St; N Line, Q Line to Canal St; R Line, W Line to City Hall

Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BxM18, M103, M15, M15-SBS, M22, M55, M9, QM11, QM25, QM7, QM8, X1, X10, X10B, X11, X12, X14, X15, X17, X17A, X19, X2, X27, X28, X3, X4, X42, X5, X8


Principal: Rasheed Bility

Parent Coordinator: Brian Innes


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Murry Bergtraum Educational Campus with three other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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