Urban Assembly School of Business for Young Women, The

Grades: 9-12

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)


School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
644 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 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


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
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?
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
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.


From the 2021 High School Directory

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


26 Broadway
Manhattan NY 10004

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


Principal: Patricia Minaya

Parent Coordinator: Jessica Gonzalez


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Broadway Educational Campus with two other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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