Secretary of Education Arne Duncan shoots hoops during his visit to the New York Harbor School on Governors Island while Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott looks on. Education Secretary Arne Duncan visits New York Harbor School on Governors Island, praises 'visionary' institution
Published: February 22, 2013
The nation's top education official made a special trek from Washington Friday to visit one of New York's most extraordinary schools - a special academy on a tiny island that he described as "a vision." The kids at the New York Harbor School, who take ferries every day to get to class on Governors Island, had just shown him how to build underwater robots, change boat gears and breed oysters. [Read more...]

The Urban Assembly's 4th Annual Homecoming Benefit received a front-page mention in Crain's!

Andrew Koncz, director of Youth Development at the Urban Assembly, speaks with parents and children during an information session about the new Unison School, which will eventually replace M.S. 103.Students will take leading role at new District 13 middle school
Published: June 15, 2012
In September, sixth graders at a new middle school in Clinton Hill will regularly stand at the front of the class to share a vocabulary word, or how to solve a math problem. And feedback from fellow students will be valued as much as feedback from their teachers. [Read more...]


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Andrew Koncz, director of Youth Development at the Urban Assembly, speaks with parents and children during an information session about the new Unison School, which will eventually replace M.S. 103.The New School: Urban Assembly Presents Its Program To Warm Reception
Published: March 22, 2012
More than three dozen Clinton Hill parents and students gave a warm welcome to the new Urban Assembly Unison School, distancing themselves from a group of activists that hours earlier appealed a city ruling to close the existing middle school to make room for the new program in the same Gates Avenue building. [Read more...]

City Students at Small Public High Schools Are More Likely to Graduate, Study Says
Published: January 25, 2012
New York City teenagers attending small public high schools with about 100 students per grade were more likely to graduate than their counterparts at larger schools, according to new findings from a continuing study released on Wednesday night. [Read more...]

Students at the Urban Assembly School for Careers in the Bronx are surprised to see fire created by rubbing two pieces of wood against one another, a primitive skill that was part of a global history lesson.Librado Romero/A Primitive Way to Learn Global History
Published: October 19, 2011
Ask a child what comes to mind with the word "technology," and he or she is likely to say iPods, cellphones and play stations. Not campfires, boomerangs and stone tools. [Read more...]

Before the First School Bell, Teachers in Bronx Make House Calls
Published: September 2, 2011
JASON McCORKLE, all of 11, stepped back into his family's living room in the South Bronx wearing the gray slacks and crisp white shirt his new teachers had just handed him, tags still dangling from a sleeve. He puffed out his chest, stuffed his hands in his pockets and flashed his pearly teeth, standing near a poster of a beachfront mansion, a five-car garage and the words "Justification for Higher Education" lighted by rays of sunshine. [Read more...]

Water Taxi Beach, slowly thawing.Signs of Beautiful Isolation, and Even Spring, on a Walk on Governors Island
Published: February 16, 2011
On a brisk morning on Governors Island, as winter begins to surrender to spring, the fake palm trees that greet the ferry on Water Taxi Beach appear even more surreal than usual, poking up out of snow above the empty picnic tables. [Read more...]

Terell McCollum celebrated at the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice’s first graduation ceremony.

Attention Goes a Long Way at a School, Small by Design
Published: June 30, 2008
They sighed with relief when the college applications were completed, and celebrated when the acceptance letters poured in. But even after graduation on Thursday, one more job remained for the high school's college counselor and principal: hound their students to make sure they have completed every last task to enroll in their college classes in the fall. [Read more...]

Now Shaping Minds, Instead of Buildings
Published: April 06, 2004
Somebody once thought it fitting that the high school named after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. look more like a bunker or a warehouse than a place of learning. Its rough block and rusted-over steel facade seem hardly welcoming, despite the faint ''United We Stand'' that lingers in huge sticky tape outlines on the windows overlooking Amsterdam Avenue. [Read more...]

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