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Urban Assembly Maker Academy

Grades: 9-12
Noteworthy
411 Pearl Street
Manhattan NY 10038
Phone: 212-225-0890
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Hands-on instruction in design and technology

The Downside

Limited foreign language instruction

The Urban Assembly Maker Academy (UA Maker) is a CTE (career and technical education) school inspired by the maker movement, which promotes the use of technology and design principles to solve everyday problems. The school opened in September 2014 with strong partnerships with Intersection, a design firm that helped develop the maker components of the curriculum, Parsons School of Design and Spring Point Schools, which helped design the school and provided start-up funds.

The school has solid record.  Its college readiness rate among graduates exceeds the citywide average, as does its graduate rate for students with special needs.

Founding principal Luke Bauer is well-regarded by teachers based on their responses to the NYC School Survey. Prior to opening UA Maker, Bauer was the director of professional development at Odell Education an organization that develops literacy curricula. He as taught high school and middle school social studies for many years, first in Kansas and then as a teacher and assistant principal at East Bronx Academy for the Future.

All students at UA Maker take a full load of academic classes in addition to learning design and related skills. Ninth-graders take a foundations course and beginning in 10th grade students are introduced to a range of topics such as digital animation, video game programing, Python coding language, design, protying, and finance.

A lot of the hands-on design work takes place in the school’s maker lab, a large open space equipped with heavy-duty equipment such as laser and vinyl cutters and 3-D printers.

Students also participate in a four-year advisory program covering grade-specific issues. For example, freshmen advisory focuses on the school’s core values and understanding the design process, while junior advisory addresses college admissions.

UA Maker serves a broad range of struggling, average and high-achieving students. The school has put in place measures, such as a generous after-school tutoring program, to ensure all students get individual attention and the opportunity to work at their own pace and skill level.

All freshmen take an applied physics course that emphasizes more design concepts and hands-on learning than the standard Regents physics curriculum. and either algebra or geometry, depending on their incoming skill level. In the upper grades there are some Advanced Placement classes and College Now courses in conjunction with several CUNY schools.

To help all students keep up with instruction in English, teachers rely on differentiated texts (middle-, high school- and college- level) covering the same topics of study.

Since students take maker-themed classes every semester, there is little room in their schedule for non-maker themed elective classes. Typical of many CTE (career and technical education schools), foreign language instruction is limited to one year. Students learn Spanish.

UA Maker is housed in the Murry Bergtraum High School building, which is home to the Manhattan Early College School for Advertising and Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management. In addition to school-run after-school activities students from all schools in the building may participate in campus-wide sports teams.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes and SETSS (special education teacher support services).

ADMISSIONS: Admissions is based on the educational option formula, which seeks a range of low-, middle- and high-performing students. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, December 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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
86%
77% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
89%
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
30%
36% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
96%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
93%
81% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
4%
3% 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?
45%
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
4.0

How do students perform academically?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
90%
80% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
68%
44% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
29%
39% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
13% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
386
Asian
10%
Black
26%
Hispanic
47%
White
10%
Other
7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
74%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
5%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
88%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
36%
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?
78%
63% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
40%
68% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

Urban Assembly Maker Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Requirements:
  • We do not rank students for this program; all students will be selected randomly.
Program Description:

Typical 9th grade schedules include Physics, Algebra or Geometry, US History, ELA, Health, Advisory, Physical Education, Foundations of Computer Science, and Foundations of Design. Priority given to students who are eligible for Free Lunch (based on family income) for up to 63% of seats.

Academics

Language Courses

American Sign Language, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

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

Sports

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

Stunt

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on the NYCDOE’s School Finder
NYC Department of Education: School Finder

Contact & Location

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

Contact

Principal
Luke Bauer
Parent Coordinator
Kelly Carrion

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Murry Bergtraum Educational Campus with three other schools
Metal detectors?
No

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