Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women

Grades 6-12
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What’s Special

Challenges top students, supports kids who need it

The Downside

Some discipline problems

Our Review

Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women (UAI), a small middle and high school near Borough Halls transportation hub, draws girls from across Brooklyn. It offers a focused track to college without a lot of frills. Many students enter with low reading, writing and math skills, but there are opportunities for high-achievers, including a healthy selection of math courses, an engineering class at nearby NYU Tandon School of Engineering and Advanced Placement Literature.

All 8th graders are offered Regents-level math and science classes. An afterschool program offers Girls Who Code, Green Team, LEGO League and other math and science related activities.

Class size is an average of 25 students and many classrooms have two teachers; a 9th grade algebra class had 13 children at the time of our visit, and some of the upper grades had more than 25 because the older girls are able to handle it, said Principal Kiri Soares, who has been at the school since its founding. The school has three full-time social workers, one guidance counselor, two part-time social workers and interns from Hunter College. Advisors meet with 6th and 9th graders two to three times a week.

During our visit, children worked in small groups on activities such as graphing or peer editing. In an 8th grade English class, a patient teacher led a discussion of the Langston Hughes poem, I, Too, allowing children time to reach the conclusion that the poem was written from the viewpoint of an African-American slave. I think he overcomes, a girl said, of the slave narrator. He doesnt let that define him.

A course called Family Life and Sexuality Education helps students understand puberty and make healthy choices. In a weekly Power Group, a counselor or social worker helps students adjust to middle school, learn social skills and address other teen issues. In an after school Job Club students open savings accounts, and learn about career options and managing money.

There are few arts during the day, just visual art and movement, however, many middle school students stay after school for theater, guitar, chorus, sports, debate, Step classes and more. High school students tend to branch out into job shadowing, SAT prep, College Now classes, peer leadership and other options.

Nearly 90 percent of graduates are admitted to private and public two- and four-year colleges. This is a feat, given that about one-third of the girls leave after 8th grade and more than 25 of the incoming 9th graders read at about a 2nd grade level, the reading teacher said. She works with them up to three times a week.

The school has grappled with issues of discipline, order and attendance. On the day of our visit, a student spoke rudely about the principal to a visitor, yet the majority of the girls were calmly working together in class. To instill good habits, teachers insist on nonverbal cues that show interest, such as sitting up, and nodding in response to teacher directions.

The school shares the renovated former family court building with Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice and a District 75 school for children with disabilities. Girls in grades 7 to 12 are allowed to go out for lunch with parent permission.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The building is handicapped accessible. There are team-teaching classes on every grade.

ADMISSIONS: Interview, tour and participation in a group science activity strongly encouraged. The administration looks for enthusiasm about learning and parental support around math and science for girls. For high school, preference is given to continuing 8th graders.(Lydie Raschka, April 2017)

About the students

Enrollment
487
Asian
6.2%
Black
72.1%
Hispanic
11.7%
White
9.0%
Other
1.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
81%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
7%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Adams Street Educational Campus with one other school
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
78%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
88%
90% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
36%
27% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
80%
75% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
60%
45% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
76%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
31%
49% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.8
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
85%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
80%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
83%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
70%
70% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
91%
82% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
98%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Test scores

How many students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
17%
29% Citywide Average
How many students scored 3-4 on the state ELA exam?
36%
38% Citywide Average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual arts
This school has 1 licensed art teacher in Dance

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
50%
68% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
49%
56% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
49%
69% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for high school?

Accelerated courses offered for high school credit
Algebra I, Earth Science
How many 8th graders earn high school credit?
5%
38% Citywide Average
How many graduates of this school pass all their classes in 9th grade?
93%
87% Citywide Average
What high schools do most graduates attend?
Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
73%
83% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
13% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
6%
4% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
21%
38% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
57%
48% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
93%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
8%
3% Citywide Average
How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
41%
43% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
Average math score for ICT students
1.73
1.9 Citywide Average
Average math score for self-contained students
1.76
2.1 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for ICT students
1.93
1.9 Citywide Average
Average ELA score for self-contained students
1.95
2.2 Citywide Average
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
57%
67% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
90%
86% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
97%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
93%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
78%
67% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

The Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Rigorous course work in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields. Includes learning experiences with partner organizations, including local colleges.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball

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Location

283 Adams Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
Downtown Brooklyn (District 13)
Trains: 2, 3, 4, 5 to Court St-Borough Hall; A, C, F, R to Jay St-MetroTech; B, Q to DeKalb Ave; G to Hoyt & Schermerhorn
Buses: B103, B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B52, B54, B57, B61, B62, B63, B65, B67, B69

Contact

Phone
718-260-2300
Principal
Kiri Soares
Parent Coordinator
Carol Jones

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