Academy of Urban Planning and Engineering, The

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Kids study engineering and agriculture

The Downside

Still working to improve reputation of Bushwick campus

The Academy of Urban Planning and Engineering is a small school that has made strides in recent years, boosting both its attendance and graduation rates. The school does a particularly good job with students with disabilities, as the graduation rate for this group far exceeds the citywide average.

All 9th-graders at Urban Planning take coding. The school's physics teacher offers a course in engineering. Students learn about agriculture and green technology in the hydroponics lab. Advanced Placement courses are offered in U.S. history, English literature, English language and composition, Spanish and biology. The school also has a partnership with Medgar Evers College that allows students to earn college credit while still in high school.

Urban Planning is part of the city's Renewal and Community Schools programs, which provide extra funding, support and oversight to low-performing schools. The extra resources have allowed the school to provide health services, yoga and mindfulness classes (available to both students and parents), and extended learning time in which students receive extra academic support and participate in extracurricular activities such as a mentoring program, martial arts, filmmaking and vocal lessons.

Jorge Sandoval, a former assistant principal at the school, became principal in 2016. He is well liked by the staff, according to teacher responses to the NYC School Survey. Sandoval is especially proud of the social-emotional support the school offers. “We've created a culture where every student is a learner and we take any kid. I don't say no to them,” he told a reporter a few months after he became principal. 

Still, the school faces challenges. Enrollment has declined dramatically from a high of 468 in 2010 to its current level of roughly 200 students. Few students graduate with strong enough skills to enroll at a CUNY college without requiring remedial help.

Housed in the Bushwick Educational Complex, Urban Planning shares the building with the Bushwick School for Social Justice and Academy for Environmental Leadership.

ADMISSIONS: The school admits students based on the educational option formula, which is designed to enroll a mix of low-, average- and high-achieving students. (Katharine Safter, web reports, May 2018)

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?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey


Number of students
644 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
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 2019-20 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
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 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

Not offered in 2019-20


From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 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 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Urban Planning, Robotics, and Engineering

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 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

American Sign Language, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP English Language and Composition, AP United States History, AP Spanish Language and Culture

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


400 Irving Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11237

Trains: L Line, M Line to Myrtle-Wyckoff Aves

Buses: B13, B20, B26, B38, B52, B54, B60, M Shuttle Bus, 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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