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24-50 Fdr Dr
New York, NY 10010

(212) 584-3039
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September 17, 2015
My husband and I attended a "curriculum night" last night for grade 4 (September 16, 2015) --- surprise --- there was NO curriculum! The parents asked the teachers what themes would the children be studying for the academic year, and we were told that the school is "still working on it." The parents asked what books would the children be reading - and learned that apparently there are no objective reading level standards for 4th grade, so it is not clear what will be read. We were told that there would be an overnight (or 2) class trip, but they do not know when trip will take place, or where the trip will be going.Nor do not have any idea of when there will be field trips and where will go. Parents of different classes discussed last night, and the same messages were given across classes... This is not a fault of the many new 4th grade teachers, they seem motivated and eager, but are at a loss to explain the curriculum in any detailed or substantive way. And yet the school year has already begun. I would lose my job if I "planned" in such a manner. In math, children are learning through mostly "inquiry" and "games" and at the end of 4th grade all children will be on "different levels" according to "their abilities." They are not learning route math, but an investigations-hybrid that is championed by a math coach in the junior school who in her ideological zeal for Greg Tang - ignores the fact that the school is failing to teach basic math - addition, subtraction, multiplication, division - well and thoroughly to its students , and would rather students play math games on computers or event math games and be creative. But do 4th grade kids know 7x9? The parents are not so sure they do. This experiment is failing UNIS students - many other schools that previously embraced "investigations" and such math programs - have abandoned these approach. Be forewarned that your child will be a part of UNIS' fuzzy math experiment, with significant traditional math tutoring and coaching being done in private parents on the side And yet this school speaks of "academic excellence and rigor." It does NOT add up. If you want a really quality education, according to standards that truly challenge your child, I would have second thoughts. Again, the teachers are generally good, but for the non-existent J4 curriculum, I give UNIS a failing mark.

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November 10, 2013
For Tut House (high school) the teachers are mediocre, many teach subjects other than their specialty. In the Tut House very few parents are involved. Students who do not pursue the IB are often left out.

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February 07, 2012
Great International School with outstanding academics- including IB programs. The international environment is a great plus, with children from all over the world. A tough, competitive learning environment really prepares children for university life making college seem easy by comparison.

- submitted by a parent

July 20, 2011
Excellent Junior School. Middle School is so-so especially if your math teacher is Ms Helen Macey. High School has a tough IB (International Baccalaureate) program.

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October 13, 2010
It's big. It's very big. If the vision of your six-year-old going through the school gates with 18-year-old giants fills you with dread, think twice. It's also a little impersonal. Think the sports teacher your child has been raving about will ever actually remember the kid's name? Not necessarily. He has about 100 in each year to deal with. UNIS won't fill you with a warm and fuzzy feeling. And it's UN ethos, though laudable, can feel hard to get a hold on. When everyone is from everywhere, it can feel as though nobody is from anywhere. That said, the teaching is outstanding, the curriculum breathtaking and ...a child that can survive UNIS's rigorous academic standards, and mammoth scale, will flourish anywhere.

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November 05, 2009
My 3 nieces have attended this school from kindergarten and I have found their courses to be challenging and wonderfully topical.

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November 04, 2009
we love the diversity, the international community, the motivated and caring teachers. we love the spirit of peace and cooperation and harmony that the children don't just learn, but are infused with.

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September 20, 2009
Great teachers, small classes, and such a varied class! since it's an international school, my best friends are mexican, russian, spanish, cameroonian, french... Its amazing! also there are so many ib courses to choose from. Unis is really the best of the best!

- submitted by a student

September 20, 2009
UNIS is really a place to grow, its fun and you meet people from all around the world. It is so amazing! im so happy i go to it

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September 20, 2009
UNIS is a great school, ever since I started coming here, in 5th grade, I've always felt accepted and I've made the greatest friends. On top of that, I really have had some unforgettable teachers and I am learning a lot and I am interested in learning.

- submitted by a parent

September 20, 2009
UNIS is an excellent learning environment for those foreign and local. Attending a school with friends from so many different backgrounds and cultures brings an intellectual outlook from a young age. Small classrooms provide students with a personal relationship with their teacher; thus fear of approaching a teacher after class in nonexistent. Because of the small classes, teachers have more times for individuals as well. If they fear a student is slacking, the student will be approached, and helped. Going to a school with a grade school, middle school and high school is beneficial. There is always a group that you aspire to someday be like; and there are always younger students which you should be setting a good example for.

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U N International School
24-50 Fdr Dr, New York, NY  10010
(212) 584-3039
Last modified U N International School is a Private school that serves grades K-12
U N International School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 14 reviews. Top