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Union Square Academy for Health Sciences

Grades: 9-12
40 Irving Place
Manhattan NY 10003
Phone: 212-253-3110

Our Insights

What’s Special

School trains dental assistants and pharmacy technicians

The Downside

Friction between principal and staff

Union Square Academy for Health Sciences, founded in 2012 in the Washington Irving Educational Campus, offers students the chance to study to be a dental assistant or a pharmacy technician.

The school has a good track record preparing students for success in college; most graduate on time and more than half are ready for college-level work. Almost all graduates stay enrolled in college for at least three semesters, far higher than the citywide average.

The dentistry program is a three-year sequence; students who pass the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) test become certified Dental Laboratory Technicians. Students in the pharmacy program take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam in their senior year. 

The school welcomes parents to school shows, piano recitals, college workshops and on student-parent trips to Ramapo, an outdoor retreat center, according to the Comprehensive Education Plan. In school, older students are trained to mentor younger ones. 

The school shares sports teams with other schools in the building. The building has metal detectors.

One downside: only one-third of the teachers say founding Principal Bernardo Ascona is an effective manager, according to school surveys. Some teachers complain of problems with discipline and order.

Admissions: Educational option. The school seeks a range of academic abilities. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, November 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 2018-19 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 2017-18 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 2018-19 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 2018-19 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 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 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 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% 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

Pharmacy Technician
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Students who are interested in becoming a pharmacy technician can acquire certification as approved by state. You will complete four years of courses, which include a Career and Financial Management course, and an internship in the pharmacy area. You will need to pass Pharmacy Technician Examination by senior year.

Dental Laboratory Technician
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Students who wish to enter the dental field can acquire certification by completing the Dental Laboratory Technician program in high school, complete four years of courses which include Career and Financial Management, with 150 hours of internship time in the dental field. You will also need to pass the NOCTI Dental Laboratory Technician examination to get certification.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Biology, AP Statistics, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP English Literature and Composition, AP World History: Modern, AP European History, AP English Language and Composition, AP United States History, AP Psychology


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Handball, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

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

Contact & Location


Gramercy (District 2)
Trains: 4 Line, 5 Line, 6 Line, L Line, N Line, Q Line, R Line, W Line to 14th St-Union Square
Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BxM10, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, M1, M101, M102, M103, M14A, M14D, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M23-SBS, M3, M34-SBS, M34A-SBS, M55, M8, M9, QM21, X1, X10, X10B, X12, X14, X17, X2, X27, X28, X37, X38, X42, X5, X63, X64, X68, X7, X9


Bernardo Ascona
Parent Coordinator
Tiffany Pitts

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Washington Irving Educational Campus with five other schools
Metal detectors?

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