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Urban Assembly Academy of Government and Law, The

350 Grand Street
Manhattan NY 10002
Phone: 212-505-0745

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)

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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

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 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% 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

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.


Language Courses


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


Lower East Side (District 2)
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


Alison Breedy
Parent Coordinator
Emilia Woods

Other Details

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

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