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What’s Special

Training for jobs in supply chain commerce

The Downside

Tiny school with declining enrollment

At Urban Assembly for Global Commerce, students study how the things we use, like food, clothes, and computer parts, get from where they're made to where they’re sold. This whole process is called supply chain management. New York City is the third largest port in the United States, making it convenient for students to intern at commerce-related businesses and visit massive container ships at the Red Hook terminal, and ports in Brooklyn or New Jersey. 

Academics & Instruction: The school is small, so there are limited courses, and some, like calculus or physics aren't offered. Reading and writing skills are a focus across all classes. Students discuss what they read with their classmates, and write in a range of formats, from literary analysis to creative essays. Tutoring is offered after school. 

Ninth-graders take a business class about money and planning for college and work. Starting in 10th grade, teens can do paid internships. The school offers some Advanced Placement courses and in the 11th grade, students may take classes at Hostos Community College. 

Apart from regular high school subjects, students study supply chains in food, fashion, and freight. They create T-shirts or sneakers and follow how these items go from raw materials to the store. They make a candy bar for a chocolate expo and trace the supply chain of milk and chocolate. 

By 12th grade, students must solve an industry-specific problem, such as how to bring cellphone parts from around the world to one place for assembling. They present their solutions to industry experts. The school partners with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, the Port Authority, and other companies. MySchools lists Cisco Network Academy as an activity, a class in which students study how computer networks operate.

Culture & Environment: Teachers and staff participate in training on topics such as bias, microaggressions, and being culturally aware. The school brings in speakers and organizes workshops on these subjects. In the restorative justice approach, students focus on positive behavior through conversation, reflection, and action. In small advisory groups, staff give teens tools to manage their emotions with mindfulness, deep breathing, and journaling.

The tiny school, opened in 2013, faces challenges; enrollment is declining and most students miss at least a month of school. An attendance team visits homes, makes calls, and awards good attendance.

Special Education & English as a New Language: Students with disabilities and English language learners receive extra help based on need or language proficiency level. There is a standalone English as a New Language (ENL) class for those who need it.  

Building & Facilities: UA Global Commerce shares the building with two other schools. A shortage of windows muffles noise from the nearby Metro-North line but makes for little light. 

College & Career: Guidance counselors conduct workshops, assist with resumes and applications, organize campus visits, and find internship opportunities. Urban Scholars offers guidance, mentorship, and resources. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and responses to a questionnaire, January 2024)


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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
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How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners 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 achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
Citywide Average is 615


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2022-23 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?
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
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
Citywide Average is 7
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 157

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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 2021-22 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?
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

The Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce (M48A)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Career program developed in response to future employment opportunity and potential for career growth; Mission-based learning in the field of global commerce in developing solutions for complex transportation and logistical systems; Professional development through work-based learning experiences and internships; Coursework culminates with a portfolio and Industry Standard certifications.


From the 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Biology, AP English Language and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Statistics, Chemistry (Advanced Science)

Boys PSAL teams


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

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Contact & Location


2005 Madison Avenue
Manhattan NY 10035

Trains: 4 Line, 5 Line, 6 Line to 125th St

Buses: Bx33, BxM10, BxM3, BxM4, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, M1, M101, M102, M103, M125, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M35, M60-SBS, M7, M98


Principal: Roony Vizcaino

Parent Coordinator: Natalie Page


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Arthur Schomburg Educational Campus with two other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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