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What’s Special

Law & justice focus

The Downside

Poor graduation and attendance

Urban Action Academy has a focus on law and public service but since its opening in 2008 has struggled to find its footing, after the founding principal left the school. The graduation rate is low, as is attendance. 

Students participate in moot court and mock trial at Fordham University and may take courses at area colleges. However, only 68 percent of students responding to a 2017 school survey said that the school offered enough academics and outside activities to keep them interested.

Urban Action is one of three small high schools which opened in 2008 in the Canarsie Educational campus to replace the poorly performing old Canarsie High School which closed in 2011. The school share athletic teams. (Pamela Wheaton, web reports December 2017)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
77%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
50%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
73%
Average daily attendance
 
76%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
51%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
86%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
93%
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

138
Number of students
Citywide Average is 599

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
74%
Students with disabilities
 
28%
Multilingual learners
 
10%
From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
81%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
42%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
35%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
86%
4.2
Years of principal experience at this school
Citywide Average is 7
209
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?
 
88%
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

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
21%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
25%

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Music

 
54%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
28%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
43%
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
 
38%
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?
 
40%
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

Urban Action Academy (L50A)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Students have a unique opportunity to take part in a law program.

Urban Action Academy D75 Inclusion Program (L50U)

Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services

Offerings

From the 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP English Language and Composition, AP Human Geography, Chemistry (Advanced Science), Other (College Course [Credited]), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)

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

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Contact & Location

Location

1600 Rockaway Parkway
Brooklyn NY 11236

Trains: L Line to Canarsie - Rockaway Parkway

Buses: B103, B17, B42, B6, B60, B82, B82-SBS, BM2


Contact

Principal: Fareeda Garcia

Parent Coordinator: Yves Pierre

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Canarsie Educational Campus with two other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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