Business and technology focus for girls
Declining enrollment, poor attendance
In the heart of the financial district, tiny Urban Assembly School of Business for Young Women aims to spark girls’ interest in business through trips, internships and guest speakers. A second program has an information technology theme, offering lessons including web design and computer programming.
Enrollment grew when the school moved to Wall Street in 2009, but it has fallen by almost half in recent years. Attendance is poor. More than half the students miss at least a month of school. Concerns about bullying and safety show up on the NYC School Survey. The suspension rate is double the citywide average.
Leaders are working to build a more positive culture, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). Strategies include small group advisories, an incentive program and a girls mentoring program.
To improve instruction and encourage more student discussion and interest in classes, teachers visit each other and provide feedback on lessons, according to the CEP. An independent reading program is offered to 9th and 10th graders to boost reading skills.
In an interview in the Daily News, founding principal Patricia Minaya said she was inspired to pursue business when her mother opened and ran a successful bookstore in Washington Heights. Minaya’s parents came from the Dominican Republic. She went to Brandeis High School and interned at IBM.
In 2005, Minaya collaborated with Urban Assembly founder Richard Kahan to create the city's first public high school for girls focused on business. The school draws students from all five boroughs but most come from the Lower East Side and Harlem.
The building is roomy with light-filled spaces and views overlooking the New York Harbor. Located on the fourth and fifth floors of a landmark building shared with Lower Manhattan Community Middle School and Richard R. Green High School of Teaching, the school of business has its own library, dance studio, lunchroom and labs.
ADMISSIONS: Open to female-identifying students. Admissions is based on the educational option formula, which is designed to enroll a mix of low-, average- and high-achieving students. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, December 2018)
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Faculty & Staff
CalculusNot offered in 2019-20
Computer ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
PhysicsNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign LanguageNot offered in 2019-20
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
MusicNot offered in 2019-20
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
NAF Academy of Finance and Information Technology (NAFAFIT)
This program will prepare our young women for careers in business, finance, programming, database administration, web design and management, digital networks, and other areas in the Business and Technology fields. They are also able to earn the NAFTrack Certification which will signify that they are both college and career ready.
The Urban Assembly School of Business for Young Women
We prepare our young women for careers in all areas of business. In addition to studying a business-focused curriculum and working on collaborative projects they also participate in job shadowing, business trips, mock interviews, mentoring and college preparatory programs.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Contact & Location
Manhattan NY 10004
Trains: to South Ferry; , to Wall St; , to Bowling Green; , to Fulton St; , to Broad St; , to Rector St
Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BxM18, M15, M15-SBS, M20, M55, M9, QM11, QM25, QM7, QM8, X1, X10, X10B, X11, X12, X14, X15, X17, X17A, X19, X2, X27, X28, X3, X37, X38, X4, X42, X5, X7, X8, X9
This school shares the Broadway Educational Campus with two other schools