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Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce, The

Grades: 9-12
2005 Madison Avenue
Manhattan NY 10035
Phone: 212-831-5201

Our Insights

What’s Special

Training for high-paying jobs in a growing field

The Downside

Poor attendance, few windows

Students at Urban Assembly for Global Commerce learn about the business of transporting goods around the world, such as coffee or computer parts, a field called supply chain management. New York City is the third largest port in the United States, which makes it convenient for students to visit massive container ships at the Red Hook terminal, and ports in Brooklyn or New Jersey.

The tiny school, opened in 2013, faces many challenges. Attendance is poor; teachers complain of problems with order and discipline; and the graduation rate is low. The building, the Arthur Schomburg Educational Campus, has few windows and little natural light.

However, the school’s unusual theme of the school has captured the imagination of some students: One told us she wants to pursue maritime law; another earned money interning with the Port Authority over the summer. 

By 12th grade, students must solve an industry-specific problem, such as how to bring cellphone parts from far-flung areas of the world to one place for assembling, and present their solutions to industry experts, some of whom consult with the school.

Art, theater and sports are offered after school. The school has an award-winning robotics team.

UA Global Commerce and two other school share the building that once housed The Choir Academy, which was closed because of poor performance.  A lack of windows muffles noise from the nearby Metro-North line. The building is near the 2 and 5 subway lines. 

Admissions: There has been room for every student who applied in recent years. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, December 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

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

The Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce
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.


Language Courses

Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Statistics, AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States History, AP Biology

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

Contact & Location


East Harlem (District 5)
Trains: 4 Line, 5 Line, 6 Line to 125th St
Buses: Bx15, Bx33, BxM10, BxM3, BxM4, BxM6, BxM7, BxM8, BxM9, M1, M100, M101, M102, M103, M15, M15-SBS, M2, M35, M60-SBS, M7, M98


Roony Vizcaino
Parent Coordinator
Natalie Page

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Arthur Schomburg Educational Campus with two other schools
Metal detectors?

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