Urban Assembly School for Media Studies, The

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Nice environment; lots of opportunities to paint and draw

The Downside

Poor attendance

The Urban Assembly School for Media Studies, housed in the Martin Luther King Educational Campus, is a safe, orderly school with strong leadership and enthusiastic teachers, according to school surveys. Students have lots of opportunities to paint and draw.  

In one class, students imitated Jackson Pollack’s techniques of dropping paint on canvas. In another, they researched the animals that lived in their neighborhood in the 1600s, then created sculptures of them using live moss, according to the school website.

Most students come from Upper Manhattan and The Bronx. Attendance is a constant challenge and more than half the students miss more than a month of school.

Although most students enter with poor academic skills, three-quarters graduate on time. The school has above average graduation rates for student with disabilities and students learning English.  [photo by Lydie Raschka]

Admissions: Education Option formula designed to ensure a range of students of different abilities. In recent years the school has had room for everyone who applies. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, November 2018)

 

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
93%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
62%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
58%
Average daily attendance
 
85%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
52%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

372
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
84%
Students with disabilities
 
16%
Multilingual learners
 
5%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
93%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
93%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
32%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
27%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
96%
11.5
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
136
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
79%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
84%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
13%

Music

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

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
62%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
20%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
57%
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?
 
35%
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
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

The Urban Assembly School for Media Studies

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Italian

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP United States History, AP Human Geography, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP World History: Modern

Boys PSAL teams

Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Flag Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

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Contact & Location

Location

122 Amsterdam Avenue
Manhattan NY 10023

Trains: 1 Line to 66th St-Lincoln Center; 2 Line, 3 Line to 72nd St; A Line, C Line, B Line, D Line to 59th St-Columbus Circle

Buses: BxM2, M10, M104, M11, M12, M20, M31, M5, M57, M66, M7, M72, X12, X14, X30, X42


Contact

Principal: Cordelia Veve

Parent Coordinator: Kimani Calnek

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus with four other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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