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Academy of Urban Planning and Engineering, The

Grades: 9-12
400 Irving Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11237
Phone: 718-381-7100

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)

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School Stats

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

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

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.


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


Bushwick (District 32)
Trains: L Line, M Line to Myrtle-Wyckoff Aves
Buses: B13, B20, B26, B38, B52, B54, B60, M Shuttle Bus, Q55, Q58


Jorge Sandoval
Parent Coordinator
Dale Donaldson

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Bushwick Educational Campus with three other schools
Metal detectors?

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