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Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts

Overview written by the school: The Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts (UASPA) is a college-preparatory, performing arts high school. At UASPA, we believe that all students deserve access to a rigorous academic and artistic high school experience; therefore, we do not screen or audition our students. We have partnerships with organizations, such as Tony Bennett Foundation/Exploring the Arts, Martha Graham Dance Company, and EPIC Theatre Ensemble, that support our teachers with improving arts-infused instruction and provide students with exceptional art and career based learning experiences. We are also partnered with College Bound Initiative, a vital partner that enables us to maximize students' college awareness, access, placement, and financial aid awards.

School Performance

Graduation Rate: 73% (at the end of the school year before last, the percent of students who graduated "on time" by earning a diploma four years after they entered 9th grade).
Daily Attendance Rate: 83% of the school's students in the school year before last.
Percentage of Students Enough Variety: 80% students feel that this school offers a wide enough variety of programs, classes, and activities to keep them interested in school.
College Career Rate: 62% of students enroll in college or career programs within 6 months.
Percentage of Students Safe: 90% students feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms, locker room and cafeteria. (Student opinions on school safety, as reported on the NYC School Survey.)

Programs offered

Program 1: Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts
Code: M04A

Interest: Performing Arts
Method: Ed. Opt.

Seats 9 GE: 85
Grade 9 GE filled flag: Y
Grade 9 GE applicants: 534
Grade 9 GE applicants per seat: 6
Seats 9 SWD: 23
Grade 9 SWD filled flag: Y
Grade 9 SWD applicants: 151
Grade 9 SWD applicants per seat: 7

Seats 10: Yes
Admissions priority 1: Open to New York City residents

Requirement 1: We do not rank students for this program; all students will be selected randomly.


Extracurricular Activities
Extracurricular activities and clubs offered by the school that do not fall under one of the Sports categories (PSAL Sports or School Sports): Student Government, Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA), Musical, Gospel Choir, EPIC Theatre Shakespeare Remix, Yearbook, Hip Hop Dance, Tutoring, Stage Make-up club, Team Sports
PSAL Sports Boys
Male PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Basketball
PSAL Sports Girls
Female PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: Basketball, Softball
PSAL Sports Coed
Co-ed PSAL (Public School Athletics League) sports offered at the school, listed under Extracurricular Activities and Clubs in the HS Directory: No data
School Sports
Sports offered by the school outside PSAL (Public School Athletics League): Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, Cheerleading
Flag for female only school: No data
Flag for male only school: No data

Other info

Total students: 387
Start time: 8:30am
End time: 3:45pm

Final grades: 9 to 12
ELL programs: English as a New Language
Language classes: Spanish
Advancedplacement courses: AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP United States History
Additional info: College Trips; Dress Code; Extended Day Program; Extended Day Credit Recovery; Extended Day Tutoring; Internships Available; Multi-Session School; Online Grading System; Weekend Programs; Orientation; Summer Bridge; Summer Internships; Summer Orientation; Uniform

School accessibility description: Not Accessible
Flag for schools that offer 10th grade seats: Y

More info

Borough: Manhattan
NTA: Manhattanville
Neighborhood: Manhattanville

School Number: M043
Shared space: Yes
Community board: 109
Council district: 7
Census tract: 219
BIN: 1059723
BBL: 1019840033

About Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts


Address: 509 WEST 129TH STREET, MANHATTAN NY 10027
Latitude: 40.815256
Longitude: -73.955325
Phone number: 212-543-4460
Fax number: 212-234-4975
School email: [email protected]
Subway lines near the school: 1 to 125th St; B, C to 135th St
Bus lines near the school: Bx15, Bx33, M10, M100, M101, M104, M11, M3, M4, M5, M60-SBS

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Performing Arts conservatory education with college-preparatory course work in English (AP), History (AP), Math (AP), Science (AP), foreign language.

After an introduction to dance, vocal music, theater, and technical theater, students audition for an arts major of their choice.

At the end of their four years of study, students take the Arts Exit Exam allowing them to earn an arts-endorsed diploma.

All students participate in our advisory program that focuses on the development of social-emotional skills.

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