First day of school for all NYCDOE students is Thursday, September 5th, 2019!
Students should report to 145 West 84th Street, NY, NY by 7:30 am in order to give yourself plenty of time to get through the lines at scanning and make it to class on time by 8:30 am.
Students will have a modified schedule on the first two days of school. During this Student Orientation, Important administrative paperwork and information will be shared, metro cards will be distributed and student ID cards will be printed.
Student Orientation Arrival & Dismissal Times
Thursday, September 5th, 2019: 8:30 am - 3:33 pm
Friday, September 6th, 2019: 8:30 am - 11:19 am (students are dismissed every Friday at 11:19 am)
As we come back to school this year, students, parents, and teachers at UAGC know that "school" - as it has been for the past 100 years - isn't enough. It isn't enough to learn how to sit still in a classroom, write down what the teacher says at you, and every once in awhile turn-and-talk to a partner until you write something that you maybe learned on an exit ticket in order to get out of the classroom.
It isn't enough to just do what you're told to do - complete a worksheet, learn about Napoleon, complete a practice problem - unless you actually care about what you're doing.
At UAGC, students are given as much choice as possible in what they want to learn, when they want to learn it, and how they want to learn it, even though the state and the city still say that "school" (as measured by Regents exams) should still be enough.
We pay attention to the interest and motivation of every person - Elliott Washer asks "Are you getting real choices in your school about what you want to learn? Are you getting time to practice what you want to get better at?"
At UAGC, if a student like Sierra, who cares about India, wants to pursue that curiosity, she has the freedom and space in all her classes to explore that curiosity - to ask her own questions about culture, math, geography, sustainability, and to create real genres that allow her to really answer that curiosity.
In all our classes, students are given power to decide what direction they want to go. It's one reason our school shot from a 30% to an 80% graduation rate in just a couple of years.
Let's challenge the status quo of "school" - students, find your passion and UAGC teachers won't get in your way. Instead, your teachers will help you figure out how to pursue that passion. We've committed time (lots of work time in class), structures (Unison Reading and Conferences to discuss and investigate your passions) and resources (find anything you need for learning on Amazon and we'll get it for you ASAP!).
Check out this show, or check out the incredible learning students are doing at Green Careers!
"Say, hey, I want to do whatever [my] interest is . . . leverage a community or even start your own and organize that community to get where you want to go. Those people who can do that are going to have an enormous leg up!"
"The number one biggest problem with school is not facing up to the problem of relevance, how to find a real and relevant problem that students can get engaged in, and then, in a way, once you do that, you can just take the shackles off and let them run, because they're going to do all kinds of amazing things and they're going to start feeling their way through this knowledge machine that's all around them."
"That doesn't mean more homework, that means the school has to respond to the learning that is taking place at home and in the community"
"We've got a standards-driven educational system, sort of treats every kid exactly the same, at a time in fact when we should be encouraging kids to develop individual expertise, we instead want to hold everyone accountable to knowing exactly the same things . . . we've locked down school content and cut if off from their learning and school suffers for that, as much as the outside world suffers from disrupting the kind of connection that the learning ecology should represent."
"It's critical that we tell young people that what they care about is just as important as what we want them to care about."
We are SO excited to host an awards night on Thursday, May 3 from 4:30-6:30 for our incredible students. We look forward to seeing families and friends come to celebrate all that UAGC students have done!
The Urban Assembly School for Green Careers is proud to be hosting elementary and middle school students with their amazing science projects at the District 3 annual science fair!
If you can, stop by between 11am and 2pm to see the work of District 3 students and say hello to our ambassadors and student aides who helped coordinate the event.
UAGC Round 2 March Open Houses
COME EXPERIENCE OUR COMMUNITY
Visit our classrooms, speak with students, meet our staff
Tuesday, March 20, 9am-10am
Wednesday, March 21, 9am-10am
Thursday, March 22, 9am-10am
UAGC students organized and participated in the nationwide school walkout. Students stayed after school to create signs, using skills learned in their four year Genre Practice writing program to communicate their purpose that this is #Enough.