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The Urban Assembly School for Media Studies

Grades: 9-12
122 Amsterdam Avenue
Manhattan NY 10023
Phone: 212-501-1110

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 other, 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.  

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)

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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 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
96%
77% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
95%
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
26%
36% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
97%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
97%
81% Citywide Average

From 2016-17 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3%
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
75%
75% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
9.5

How do students perform academically?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
76%
80% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
37%
45% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
19%
39% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
59%
67% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
13% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
407
Asian
2%
Black
32%
Hispanic
61%
White
2%
Other
3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
87%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
5%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
84%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
55%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
80%
64% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
67%
68% Citywide Average


For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

The Urban Assembly School for Media Studies
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

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

Sports

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

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

Contact & Location

Location

Upper West Side (District 3)
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: M10, M104, M11, M12, M20, M31, M5, M57, M66, M7, M72

Contact

Principal
Cordelia Veve
Parent Coordinator
KIMANI CALNEK

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus with four other schools
Metal detectors?
Yes

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