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What’s Special

Engineering and swim instruction; on-site mental health services

The Downside

Safety and attendance are a work-in-progress

The Academy of Urban Planning and Engineering (AUPE) offers engineering courses, robotics, Saturday tutoring, and swimming classes with lifeguard training. The school has doubled its enrollment since 2019 and has improved academically over the years, with more students graduating on time ready for college-level work, including students with disabilities and English language learners.

Academics & Instruction: True to its name, the school requires all 9th and 10th grade students to take engineering and urban planning classes. Older students may apply for apprenticeships in tech, finance, and business. Those who need extra support come in on Saturday for tutoring. Students who want more challenge may graduate with college credits in partnership with SUNY Albany.

The school uses The Writing Revolution, a step-by-step approach to writing instruction that teachers in all subjects and grades use, which ensures consistency in how students develop their skills. The school works with Elevate Education, a program that gives students practical tips on note taking, memorization, exam prep, time management, stress management, and more. All students take African drumming.

Culture & Environment: Teachers and staff participate in workshops to study good racial justice practices. Like many other schools, more than half the students miss a month or more of school. To improve student attendance, staff text and call missing students’ homes twice a day. They assign mentors for students and all staff pitch in on attendance follow-up. While most students say they feel safe in school, some report bullying. There is a mental health clinic on site and a guidance team with two social workers and two guidance counselors.

Special Education & English as a New Language: The school has integrated co-teaching classes for students with disabilities. There are four English as a New Language instructors.

Building & Facilities: AUPE shares the Bushwick Educational Campus building with three schools. Facilities include athletic fields and an Olympic-size swimming pool. PSAL sports are campus-wide.

College & Career: The school partners with the Student Success Center, which provides college counseling for 11th- and 12-th graders.  It also works with One Goal, a program that trains teachers to offer college and career advice. Participants in a student leadership program work with their peers to ensure they apply to three or more colleges, file early for financial aid, and learn about community and career options. (Anisha Mukherjee, web reports and questionnaire responses, December 2023)





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School Stats

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


Number of students
Citywide Average is 599


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
Citywide Average is 7
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?
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



Advanced Foreign Language


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



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?
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
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
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Urban Planning, Robotics, and Engineering (K52A)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

We engage with our students in urban planning through our housing rights public policy initiative in collaboration with out community partners. Students are also exposed to Robotics after school and in our Engineering courses. Our school competes in the FRC. All of our students are enroll in Creative Engineering I and II in 9th and 10th graders. Students who are interested in debate and public policy join our Model UN Club and travel the country to compete.


From the 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), Algebra II (College Course [Credited]), AP Biology, AP English Language and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP United States History, AP World History: Modern, ELA (College Course [Credited]), Other (College Course [Credited]), Physics (Advanced Science), Social Studies (College Course [Credited]), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball

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

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Contact & Location


400 Irving Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11237

Trains: L Line, M Line to Myrtle Av

Buses: B13, B20, B26, B38, B52, B54, B60, Q55, Q58


Principal: Jorge Sandoval

Parent Coordinator: Dale Donaldson


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Bushwick Educational Campus with three other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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