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The Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management

Grades: 9-12
411 Pearl Street
Manhattan NY 10038
Phone: 212-225-0998
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What’s Special

Students are exposed to a wide range of emergency management careers

The Downside

Basement location means no windows

The Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management (UASEM) prepares students for a broad range of emergency management careers, including response and recovery, human services and emergency technology and communications. The school wants to ensure students graduate with strong communications skills and the ability to problem solve, along with practical experience in the field. UASEM is a CTE ( career and technical education ) school, designed to ensure that students have direct career pathways as an alternative to college.

Opened with a freshman class in 2013, UASEM has grown its list of Avanced Placement (AP) courses to include English literature and composition, environmental science, psychology and U.S. history. Every aspect of learning at the school integrates emergency management. Teachers develop their own Common Core-based curricula, and are encouraged to incorporate emergency management into all subject areas. Emergency management is also a stand-alone class. In this class students study personal and community preparedness as well as agency, business and government responses to emergencies.

UASEM has a partnership coordinator who organizes enrichment activities such as internships and volunteer work for students. For one project, students surveyed 1,200 New York City residents about personal preparedness. After collecting and analyzing this data, students sent results to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to use for future disaster planning. All 11th-grade students are required to do internships with organizations such as the Red Cross, FEMA, or the New York Police Department. One great feature of the school is a classroom designed to simulate different parts of a real emergency operations center.

Principal Rodolfo Elizondo and Assistant Principal Rob Magliarowere were math teachers at the Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice before founding UASEM. Although they do not have an emergency management background, many teachers and support staff do. For example, one of the school's special education teachers is a volunteer firefighter.

UASEM is located in the basement of the Murry Bergtraum building, which also houses the Manhattan Early College School for Advertising and The Makers Academy. A downside: None of the rooms have 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. Students can play campus PSAL sports, which include baseball, basketball, bowling, track, volleyball, softball and soccer.

Instead of parent-teacher nights, UASEM hosts student-led conferences, where every student presents a portfolio of work to parents. UASEM also holds a pot luck parent night the day before the Thanksgiving break.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: UASEM offers ICT team-teaching classes and SETSS (special education teacher support services). The school has four special education teachers and the emergency management teacher is also certified.

ADMISSIONS: The Educational Option formula seeks a range of low-, middle- and high-performing students. UASEM students come from all over New York, and some choose the school after experiencing some kind of emergency in their homes or communities. (Ella Colley, March 2015; updated 2018)

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School Stats

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

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
80% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
45% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
39% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
64% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2019 High School Directory

The Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
  • Individual Interview (on-site): Demonstration of Core Value
Program Description:

This program provides students with authentic learning experiences that empower them with the skills to contribute to their communities and succeed in college and career. By constantly applying what they learn in the classroom and industry, students will develop the confidence to pursue their dreams and the character to serve their communities.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP U.S. History


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Table Tennis, 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 the NYCDOE’s School Finder
NYC Department of Education: School Finder

Contact & Location


Chinatown (District 2)
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: M103, M15, M15-SBS, M22, M55, M9


Robert Magliaro
Parent Coordinator
Joshua Garcia

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Murry Bergtraum Educational Campus with three other schools
Metal detectors?

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