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Urban Assembly School Of Design And Construction

Public | 9-12 | 431 students

 

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Posted May 15, 2014

I used to attend UASDC. The teachers at the time that I attended were engaging and challenging. Good at their jobs. They were dedicated to finding the most comfortable path for a student to take in order to pass and will be more than willing to stay after with you provided they have the time, which they usually do. Matthew Willoughby is an excellent Principal. Very calm and willing to lend an ear to any problems a student may be having. This also applies to much of the staff, who are generally more than willing to assist a student. When I attended, security was a problem. They were *VERY* rude, the number of metal detectors open would vary day-by-day and even if one was not currently in operation, they would not open it to speed up the process. When one detector is open, the process is much slower and students who would normally be on time with two detectors open, have to come in late because they decided to open only one. NYPD also patrol the halls, the atmosphere in the building is bleak. The Gym is shared between schools with two schools often sharing a period. Kids are dismissed and herded by the NYPD away from the premises. No waiting for friends. 3/5.


Posted October 19, 2013

I've read the previous "1-2 star" reviews and I can confirm that they're exaggerating. I'd like reprimand against the dress code and "not challenging" parts. From personal experience, I believe dress code facilitates a sense of professionalism because if boys were to sag their pants, wear hats, and sneakers they would act the way they dress. You would certainly not see someone dressing "ghetto" in a law firm or matter of fact any professional high paying jobs. I believe the reason they enforce and regulate dress code even more is because it brings a sense of unity and togetherness in the community. This way the students would not be able to differentiate or judge a person by their clothing(which in fact everyone does passively) because everyone is wearing technically the same thing. I'd laugh at the people saying that the school isn't "academically" challenging because than they've obviously haven't taking (pre)calculus which is offered and I've been doing excellent. Not so much work that would cause depression and the propensity to drop out or not even care because of it. However, not too little because it's prepared me for the regents. UASDC is an amazing school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 20, 2013

As a teacher at the school I totally disagree with the previous statement regarding how teachers view their students. We know that this is not a specialized school but I see most of the teachers working very hard with the students day after day, staying after school. We also have great after school programs such as the ACE Mentor Program and terrific internship in New York top firms such SOM, Turner Construction or The Center For Architecture to name just a few. If a student feel he/she is not challenge enough all they have to do is ask the teachers to challenge them, this constantly happens in my class. As far as the dress code is concerned I am not a big advocate of it but I realize that it is necessary with our students population where a minority may not dress properly for a school environment. Finally the metal detectors are unfortunate reflection of our society most high schools in NY have them so are office buildings and airports!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 19, 2012

This school is so bad the teachers and stuff (mostly staff) treat the students as a joke the school is very unorganized and dress code in this school is more important then learning, I absouletly regret choosing this school is very bad and if your a girl attending this school good luck because the school is 90% male and trust me that not a good thing in the long run, do yourselves a favor and save yourselves don't attend this school it not worth it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 8, 2010

I have been going to this school for the past 2-3 years and it is one of the worst educational expeirences I have ever had. The teacher and atmosphere of the school is bad and the dress code and metal detectors make school feel like a prison. The teachers and staff is always on the lookout for students out of dress code and it doesnt let anyone express themselves in anyway. This School can offer you nothing for benifits of the future. The academic problems are far from challenging, you and your peers will feel as if the teachers and staff think that you are not capable of challenging academic programs. Also this school has few to no sports activity and it just doesnt give a good vibe for an educational environment. Sorry if I make any gramatical errors in my review because ive been going to this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 23, 2008

metal detetors are oppressive and so is the school dress code. uniform clothing styes, wanding in the morning, and no off campus lunch privileges make kids think, not unreasonably I'd say, of jail. the english and science curriculms in 9th grade were terribly weak, math and history ok, and good music (guitar) and design programs. still, they don't teach to a high academic level here ovberall. the school is also almost all guys--and not a very creative or artistic atmosphere despite the design thing going on. the school does well by many kids, but make sure its a fit before you send yours. it was a match made in hell for mine, who eventually left for greener pastures.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
65%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
75%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
87%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
78%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
82%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

30 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students58%
Femalen/a
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%
Not migrant58%

Chemistry

All Students42%
Female43%
Male41%
African American62%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant42%

Earth Science

All Students50%
Female46%
Male52%
African American41%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population50%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant50%

English

All Students86%
Female87%
Male84%
African American88%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities65%
General population90%
English language learners55%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%

Geometry

All Students25%
Femalen/a
Male23%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant25%

Global History and Geography

All Students72%
Female80%
Male69%
African American58%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities64%
General population73%
English language learners70%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant72%

Integrated Algebra

All Students83%
Female89%
Male81%
African American76%
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities69%
General population86%
English language learners53%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%

Living Environment

All Students59%
Female47%
Male63%
African American45%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities38%
General population66%
English language learners29%
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant59%

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrantn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students66%
Female77%
Male60%
African American66%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities31%
General population72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant66%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "B" for the high school level.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 1 59% 23%
Black 2 29% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 6% 9%
White 2 5% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 112%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 177%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 12%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 64%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
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The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
6.5
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

This score measures how engaged parents, students and teachers feel they are in an active and vibrant partnership to promote student learning.

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This school
7.3
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.2
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures how well parents, students and teachers feel that the school develops rigorous and meaningful academic goals that encourage students to do their best.

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This school
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents8021%
Students31379%
Teachers2796%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. MATTHEW WILLOUGHBY
Fax number
  • (212) 586-1731

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
Foreign languages taught
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Busses - M11, M20, M31, M34A-SBS, M42, M50, M57
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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