Urban Assembly Academy of Government and Law, The

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Personal attention; lawyers serve as mentors to students

The Downside

Poor attendance

At the Urban Assembly Academy for Government and Law, students may take part in mock trials and debate competitions, visit state and federal court rooms, and learn about the law from lawyers who serve as mentors. The school has just 300 students, and kids get lots of personal attention.

The school, housed in the Seward Park Educational Campus, has partnerships with Street Law Inc., major New York City law firms, The Justice Resource Center, and the New York County District Attorney's Office, according to the school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan.  “These enriching and real life experiences help to further develop our students' skills so that they are prepared for the larger world,” according to the plan. Students get lots of personal attention 

Alison Breedy, an attorney who has been principal of the school since 2014, gets high marks from teachers on school surveys. The school accepts students with a range of abilities, including many with weak academic skills and a history of poor attendance; it has a good record of graduating them on time. Nonetheless, attendance remains a challenge.

Typical of small schools, course offerings are limited. Nearly half the students responding to school surveys said there weren’t enough classes and activities to keep them engaged. However, students may take part in sports teams with students from the other small schools in the building.

The school was founded in 2005 with the help of Urban Assembly, a not-for-profit group that assists in the creation of small college preparatory schools.

Admissions: Educational option formula designed to ensure a mix of low, average and high-achieving students. The school has not filled its seats in recent years. (Clara Hemphill, DOE statistics, November 2018)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
88%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
85%
Average daily attendance
 
86%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
44%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
50%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
50%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

349
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
87%
Students with disabilities
 
21%
Multilingual learners
 
4%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
2%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
87%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
82%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
45%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
26%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
78%
1.0
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
268
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
54%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
72%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
23%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 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?
 
74%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
30%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
68%
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?
 
40%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 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

The Urban Assembly Academy of Government and Law

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Students take law themed and government courses such as Law & Ethics, Forensic Science, Advanced Law Topics, Government, US History and Advanced Placement US History.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Environmental Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States History, AP Statistics

Boys PSAL teams

Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

350 Grand Street
Manhattan NY 10002

Trains: B Line, D Line to Grand St; F Line, J Line, M Line, Z Line to Delancey St-Essex St

Buses: B39, M103, M14A, M14D, M15, M15-SBS, M21, M22, M9


Contact

Principal: Alison Breedy

Parent Coordinator: Emilia Woods

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

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

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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