Training for high-paying jobs in a growing field
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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Faculty & Staff
CalculusNot offered in 2019-20
Computer ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
PhysicsNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign LanguageNot offered in 2019-20
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
MusicNot offered in 2019-20
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
The Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce
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.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Contact & Location
2005 Madison Avenue
Manhattan NY 10035
Trains: , , 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
This school shares the Arthur Schomburg Educational Campus with two other schools