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At A Glance

  • getinvolvedAccess for ALL We are the only non-auditioned performing arts HS in NYC
  • PartnershipsKey partnerships help enrich our academics and arts programs.
  • Rigorous Academics100% of our graduates are accepted to college
  • College BoundWe offer 5 AP classes, dual enrollment classes with SUNY, and have a National Honor Society Chapter.
  • Rigorous ArtsA four year rigorous arts curriculum in dance, theatre, and vocal
  • brainstorm Social-EmotionalDevelopment We offer a four year Resilient Scholars Program to provide our youth with academic and life skills necessary for post-secondary success.

About Us and Mission Statement

About Us: 
The Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts (UASPA) was founded in 2006 as part of the Urban Assembly Network. The Urban Assembly is a non-profit organization whose mission is to establish and support small public high schools with exciting curricular themes and a hands-on approach to instruction. The Urban Assembly network provides instructional and operational support to our school. To learn more visit:
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 and we attract students from all five boroughs of New York City, who may not have had previous access to artistic study. We have partnerships with key organizations, such as Tony Bennett Foundation/Exploring the Arts, Martha Graham Dance Company, and EPIC Theatre Ensemble, that support our teachers with improving instruction by infusing the arts into their classrooms and providing students with exceptional art and career based learning experiences. We are also partnered with College Bound Initiative (CBI), a vital partner, that enables us to maximize students' college awareness, access, placement, and financial aid awards.
At UASPA, we believe that “education equals options,” meaning that students’ education and knowledge will provide them with the skills necessary to pursue the post-secondary path of their choice, whether that be in the arts or in another field. Our staff reflects these principles; for example, the Principal is a dancer who pursued a career in education, the Guidance Counselor is a vocalist who pursued a career in counseling and teachers who have backgrounds in all areas of the arts who pursued a career in teaching.
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.

Recent News

Class of 2027 New Student Summer Bridge

Incoming 9th Grade Students Must Attend New Student Summer Bridge on Wednesday, August 30, 2023 and Thursday, August 31, 2023. Please Click Link For More Information

Remote Instruction

Dear UASPA Students and Families,

Friday May 9, 2023 will be a remote-instruction day. Please ensure you go to your Jupiter Account & Google classrooms & posted teacher office hours.

2023 Spring Performance Season

Tickets for Spring 2023 performances go on sale on April 1, 2023. Click below to see the flier with more information.