School Overview:

Urban Assembly New York Harbor School focuses on marine science, marine technology, and marine policy. We believe in learning by doing. Students should expect to spend time outdoors in sites all over New York Harbor in all seasons. With our partners, including the Billion Oyster Project, we work to develop authentic activities on, around, and related to the water that create a sense of responsibility to New York Harbor and develop a new generation of maritime advocates, enthusiasts, workers, and decision-makers. New York Harbor School's location on Governors Island is easily accessible from Lower Manhattan via the Governors Island ferry.

Programmatic Interest Area + Overview:

Science & Math

Students choose from one of the following programs at the end of their 9th grade year: Aquaculture, Marine Biology Research, Ocean Engineering, Professional Diving and Vessel Operations, Marine Systems Technology or Marine Policy & Advocacy. Students may receive corresponding certifications for each program, such as Geographic Information System certification or US Safe Boaters License. Priority given to students who are eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) for up to 69% of seats.

Academic Opportunities:

  • Aquaculture, Marine Systems Technology, Ocean Engineering, Marine Biology Research, Vessel Operations, Scuba Diving, Marine Policy & Advocacy
  • All 9th graders take a year-long field class called Introduction to New York Harbor in which they experience all seven CTE programs.
  • At the end of 9th grade, each student chooses a CTE program of study in Marine Science and/or Marine Technology.
  • Each program of study concludes with a senior internship at a relevant maritime or marine-related business in the New York City area.
  • CUNY College Now program prepares students for college and career experiences in maritime-related courses. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are also offered.
  • Pre-AP Program: Pre-AP English, Pre-AP Biology, Pre-AP Algebra, Pre-AP World History Advanced Placement Courses: AP Calculus AB, AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language, AP Environmental Science, AP World History


  • Aquaponics, Boat Building, Chess Club, Garden Club, GSA, Harbor Corps, Harbor Seals, Student Council, Waterfront Club, Welding, Yearbook, Young Women's Leadership Club
  • School Sports: Basketball, Fishing, Rowing, Sailing, Soccer, Swimming

Additional Details/Offerings:

College Trips; Internships; Online Grading System; Student Parent Orientation; Summer Internships; Summer Orientation; Uniform

  • Grade Range: 9-12
  • District: 2
  • Principal: Jeff Chetirko

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