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Urban Assembly School of Business for Young Women, The

Grades: 9-12
26 Broadway
Manhattan NY 10004
Phone: 212-668-0169

Our Insights

What’s Special

Business and technology focus for girls

The Downside

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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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2019-20 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

From 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% 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

NAF Academy of Finance and Information Technology (NAFAFIT)
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

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
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

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.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Environmental Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Financial District (District 2)
Trains: 1 Line to South Ferry; 2 Line, 3 Line to Wall St; 4 Line, 5 Line to Bowling Green; A Line, C Line to Fulton St; J Line, Z Line to Broad St; R Line, W Line 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


Patricia Minaya
Parent Coordinator
Jessica Gonzalez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Broadway Educational Campus with two other schools
Metal detectors?

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