School Overview:

The Urban Assembly School for Leadership and Empowerment (formerly UA School for Criminal Justice) seeks to prepare young women for success in college and career. We provide an academically rigorous curriculum that reflects the core set of knowledge and skills necessary for students to become culturally literate problem solvers, capable of becoming leaders in their local and global community. Embracing the theme of empowering women through social equity and activism, we develop our students into critical thinkers who rely on evidence, logic, and sound reasoning to formulate ideas and to support them. Our school, in collaboration with community stakeholders, supports students as they transition into adulthood in an environment which fosters the emotional, physical and intellectual growth necessary for post-secondary independence.

Programmatic Interest Area + Overview:

Humanities & Interdisciplinary

Students will be taught to think critically cased on our Critical Thinking Framework which includes close reading of rich texts, discussion, and argumentative writing. This framework is used across the disciplines and prepares our students for college and career.

Academic Opportunities:

  • Women's studies courses and programs to promote women's education
  • CUNY College Now
  • Overnight and day-time college trips both in and out of NY state
  • Arts programs include graphic design, visual art, and drama
  • We offer various mentoring programs with professionals in different fields.
  • English Language Learning Courses: English as a New Language
  • Language Courses: Spanish Advanced Placement Courses: AP Calculus AB, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP U.S. History, AP Spanish


  • Drama, English as a New Language Tutoring, Girls' Generation, Good Will Club, Basketball, Volleyball, Flag Football, Foreign Language through Drama, Magazine Club, Peer Mediation, Student Council
  • School Sports: Basketball, Flag Football, Floor Hockey, Kickboxing, Running Club, Soccer

Additional Details/Offerings:

College Trips; Dress Code; Online Grading System; Saturday Programs; Student Parent Orientation; Summer Orientation; Uniform

  • Grade Range: 6–12
  • District: 20
  • Principal: Nathalie Jufer

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