Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction, The

Grades: 9-12

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)

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
84%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
59%
Average daily attendance
 
84%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
45%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
80%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
100%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

238
Number of students
624 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
85%
Students with disabilities
 
29%
Multilingual learners
 
7%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
1%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
96%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
16%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
13%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
100%
3.0
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
120
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?
 
91%
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

Calculus

 
7%

Computer Science

 
7%

Physics

 
5%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
10%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
43%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
21%

Music

 
2%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
44%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
74%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
42%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
53%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

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

Location

525 West 50th Street
Manhattan NY 10019

Trains: C Line, E Line to 50th St

Buses: M104, M11, M12, M20, M31, M34A-SBS, M42, M50, M57, X12, X14, X30, X42


Contact

Principal: Meredith Matson

Parent Coordinator: Sabrina Martinez

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Park West Educational Campus with four other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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