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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. (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

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
99%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
100%
Average daily attendance
 
80%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
59%
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

290
Number of students
Citywide Average is 599

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
84%
Students with disabilities
 
19%
Multilingual learners
 
5%
From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
2%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
88%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
42%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
25%
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?
 
96%
1.0
Years of principal experience at this school
Citywide Average is 7
268
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 157

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
63%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

 
27%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
86%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
14%

Music

 
1%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 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?
 
74%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
93%
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
 
71%
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
71%
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

The Urban Assembly Academy of Government and Law (M65R)

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 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Statistics, AP United States History, Chemistry (Advanced Science), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)

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

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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

Buses: B39, M1, M103, M14A-SBS, M14D-SBS, M15, M15-SBS, M21, M22, M9


Contact

Principal: Andrea Brand

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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