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Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick Staff Pick for Special Ed
439 West 49th Street
Manhattan NY 10019
Phone: 212-246-1041

Our Insights

What’s Special

A friendly haven for tech-inclined teens

The Downside

Metal detectors for random screening

Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology is a winning school where teens may take apart a computer and put it back together, master a programming language like Java or become certified in Photoshop.

Opened in 2011, the school has quickly developed warm traditions and effective teaching methods. Top graduates have been accepted to highly selective colleges such as Johns Hopkins, Occidental, Babson, Swarthmore, and Brown.

“The school clearly moves the needle: While 80 percent of students who enter are performing below grade level, 65 percent leave at or above it,” The Hechinger Report said. 

Gateway offers an unusual level of personal attention. It has special math and reading classes for 9th-graders with weaker skills. Students who fall behind stay for small group instruction the last period of each day. There are four guidance counselors, a large number for a school so small. 

“You can’t fall through the cracks,” says principal Kristina Dvorakovskaya, a former physics and math teacher and alumna of Stuyvesant High School who became head of the school in 2017.

Freshmen study software engineering, information technology, and digital design and animation, then choose one field of concentration. All students take four years of math and science; calculus and other Advanced Placement courses are offered. Spanish speakers may take AP Spanish their freshman year, whether or not they are strong in other subjects. “This levels the playing field,” says Dvorakovskaya.

Teachers visit incoming students at their homes before the school year starts; at the end of the summer, new students participate in “gateaway,” an overnight camping trip with staff to make new friends and push their limits through various challenges. During the year, parents don silly hats and join the annual “holi-gate” celebration featuring hot cider, cookies and crafts. The school band performs singing telegrams on Valentine’s Day.

“One of the things that makes Gateway unique is the strong sense of tradition,” the principal says. “Relationships are really at the core of everything we do here.”

Students take charge in many ways at Gateway, she says. They design and print posters and flyers for school dances and family movie nights. They lead their own club fair and student conferences.  A group of senior girls organized a campus-wide walkout for gun control and put up a Go Fund Me page to raise money to hire a bus to take a group to a march in Washington.

Clubs include robotics, creative writing, music, art and digital photography. The global immersion club, which takes one international trip each year, has been to Costa Rica, Europe, Japan and, soon, the Galapagos Islands. The "gamer haven" club is especially popular.

Boys outnumber girls about four to one, but girls take charge in a weekly activist group called Leadership for Change.

Gateway is one of more than 20 schools created and run by the nonprofit Urban Assembly. It shares the Graphics Educational Campus with the Business of Sports School and Mather Building Arts & Craftsmanship High School (as well as Success Academy Hell's Kitchen Charter School). Sports, ROTC and some events are campus-wide.

The building has a metal detector. Students are scanned several days a week for random checks rather than every time they enter the building.

ADMISSIONS: The school has no admissions requirements. Priority to Manhattan students or residents. About 2,000 8th-graders applied for 108 spots in 2018. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interview, April 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

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019-20 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

UA Gateway
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Digital Design & Animation, Information Technology & Systems, Software Engineering.


Language Courses

Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Calculus BC, AP United States History


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

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


Hell's Kitchen (District 2)
Trains: 1 Line, C Line, E Line to 50th St; 2 Line, 3 Line, 7 Line, A Line, S Line to Times Square-42nd St; B Line, D Line to 7th Ave; N Line, R Line, W Line to 49th St
Buses: BxM2, M10, M104, M11, M12, M20, M31, M34A-SBS, M42, M50, M57, M7, X1, X12, X14, X17J, X21, X22, X22A, X30, X31, X42, X7, X9


Kristina Dvorakovskaya
Parent Coordinator
Viviana Diaz

Other Details

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

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