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Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction, The

Grades: 9-12
525 West 50th Street
Manhattan NY 10019
Phone: 212-586-0981

Our Insights

What’s Special

Internships at private design and architectural firms.

The Downside

Concerns about discipline and order; attendance needs to improve

The Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction (UASDC) is a small high school that teaches students about design and architecture. It has an impressive roster of partnerships with architecture, engineering, design and construction firms as well as arts and social service organizations.

Students take a seminar where they learn architectural drafting and design. They also visit architectural sites throughout the city and participate in summer and after-school internships with private design and architectural firms.

UASDC shares the Park West complex building with the Facing History School, Manhattan Bridges High School, Food and Finance High School, High School of Hospitality Management and PS 138 (a small school for severely disabled students). All schools in the building share use of the gym, cafeteria, library, auditorium, dance studio, and roof deck. UASDC has its own design studio, computer lab and science labs.

Students from all schools in the Park West complex may participate in campus-wide sports teams.

Attendance is low and both teachers and students have expressed concerns about discipline, order and bullying based on their responses to the NYC School Survey. To address this, the school has adopted a restorative justice program, which aims to minimize suspensions and promote positive behavior among students through conversation, reflection and corrective action. Two staff members work fulltime with students to resolve issues and promote a better environment.

ADMISSIONS: Admission is based on the educational option formula, which is designed to admit a mix of low-, average- and high-achieving 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 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 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% 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 2021 High School Directory

Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.


Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Spanish Language and Culture


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Volleyball

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

Contact & Location


Hell's Kitchen (District 2)
Trains: C Line, E Line to 50th St
Buses: M104, M11, M12, M20, M31, M34A-SBS, M42, M50, M57, X12, X14, X30, X42


Meredith Matson
Parent Coordinator
Sabrina Martinez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Park West Educational Campus with four other schools
Metal detectors?

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