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The Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce

Grades: 9-12

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. There has been room for every student who applied in recent years. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, December 2018)

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School Stats


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 achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
599 Citywide Average


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?
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
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

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?
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 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.


From the 2021 High School Directory

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

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Contact & Location


2005 Madison Avenue
Manhattan NY 10035

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


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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