Founded in 2006, The Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts (UASPA) aims to sustain a challenging college-preparatory curriculum that infuses the performing Arts into all aspects of the academic experience. By using the Arts as a teaching tool and providing students with the means to express themselves, UASPA will breathe life and confidence into all members of our school community. We will use the cultural and professional resources of New York City to ensure that students receive a rigorous education which exceeds state standards, are successful in earning a college degree, and have a vision for what their future holds.

Core Values:

  • Integrity: At UASPA we believe in high morals and ethical standards.
    • We stand up for our convictions and accept responsibility for our own actions.
    • We comply fully with the rules and practices that govern UASPA.
    • We consider and treat academic and artistic dishonesty as a very serious offense.
  • Community: At UASPA we str ive to instill confidence and build a community of artist, students and educators.
    • We recognize and reward accomplishments and we share successes and failures so that we can learn from each other.
    • We hold one another to high expectations, including college, artistry and career preparation.
    • We take responsibility for helping others by contributing fully to the team academically and artistically.
    • We create an atmosphere that will encourage the development of long-term relationships.
  • Artistry: At UASPA we are committed to developing our artistic ability, studying the craft, and improving the quality of our art.
    • We engage in performing and celebrating all four aspects of the performing arts.
    • We recognize that it is as important to develop our imagination as it is to develop our academic skills.
    • We use performing arts to promote the development of communication, critical thinking skills, disciplined study, and active learning.
    • We commit to studying, practicing and developing the craft of all four areas (dance, theater, theater tech, and vocal music) of the performing arts.
  • Respect: At UASPA we uphold the dignity of each student, teacher, parent, school leader and member of the community at large.
    • We value diversity, respect differences, and maintain a strong sense of respect for ourselves.
    • We work together to resolve problems with individuals in a respectful manner.
    • We respect ourselves by minding our appearance and abiding by the UASPA dress code.
    • We listen, do not put anyone down, and never use inappropriate, offensive, or hateful language.
  • Excellence: At UASPA we promote unity, artistry and academic excellence.
    • We lead by example and strive to produce the highest quality of academic and artistic performance.
    • We work as a team and put differences aside to achieve a common goal.
    • We expect only the best of our peers, our teachers, our staff, our principal, and our parents.
    • We ask for help when we need it and help others when they ask.
    • We never give up, make excuses, and do our best to overcome challenges.

  • Grade Range: 9-12
  • District: 10
  • Principal: Meghan McMahon

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