Monday, July 22


If you have any questions regarding paperwork you’ve received from your chosen colleges, or what next steps are, or anything else regarding your colleges, Byron will be in school on Wednesdays for the next few weeks. You can drop by and see him (he’ll be here 8am-4pm) or you can give him a call at 212.570.5284.

If you are confused or nervous about something you received in the mail (or email), or if you just have questions, ask Byron for help.


Friday, June 21


St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, enter on 54th Street.


  1. Seniors who wish to speak at graduation MUST show their prepared remarks to Becky BEFORE the ceremony starts. She will be making up the order of speakers. NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO SPEAK unless they have showed Becky their prepared remarks.

  2. Don’t forget your cap and gown!

  3. Please arrive by 9:30 so that we can practice the choreography of how you will enter and how you will receive your diplomas.

We look forward to seeing you Monday morning!!!


Thursday, June 13

Several alums and current students have asked us whether alums or other friends may come to Senior Celebration on Friday (tomorrow). The answer is no. Senior Celebration in school is intended for current students, most of whom (apart from the seniors) will not be present for the actual graduation ceremony on June 24.

Alums and outside guests are welcome to join us on the 24th (and we hope they will). But senior celebration in school is limited to current students. If you know of any non-current students who were planning to come tomorrow, please let them know they should join us on the 24th, but NOT tomorrow.


Tuesday, June 11

Attendance was lighter than usual today. Please please please help get kids out the door for the rest of this week, the last three days of our regular classes. Next week, kids have individual schedules that need attention (and you can see the special days below), but this is the last week where we need everyone in for full days. Thank you for your cooperation.

Monday, June 3

A few dates to note:

  • Tuesday, June 4 — no school, citywide, for holiday.

  • Wednesday, June 5 — community service placements have ended. Students will be helping out around the school. All students, EXCEPT FOR SENIORS, will be dismissed at 1:30. Seniors must stay to complete work.

  • Thursday, June 6 — Citywide professional development day. Students do not have school (but teachers do).

  • Wednesday, Jun 12 — Urban Academy Film Festival after lunch; students dismissed at 2:00.

  • Friday, June 14 — final day of regularly scheduled classes (but not final class periods).

  • Monday, June 17-Friday, June 21 — Finals week — final class periods, presentations. Students have received individual schedules.

  • Wednesday, June 19 — ELA Regents Exam, 8:45 am. Students who are taking the test know who they are. Parents will be emailed.

  • Monday, June 24 — GRADUATION!!! 10 am, St. Peter’s Church, 54th and Lexington.

  • Tuesday, June 25-28 — students who need to finish up work must be in school to do so.

PLEASE NOTE — School runs from 8:30 to 3:15 through June 14, unless otherwise noted above. Also. . . .

Because we are at crunch time (miles to go before we sleep), afterschool homework labs are running every day of the week until 5pm, and some students are being assigned to them, in order to catch up and complete work.

Please feel free to call or email with questions. Thank you!


Thursday, May 16

FIELD DAY IS ON!!! IT’S HAPPENING TOMORROW! Students should plan on being here at 8:30 in the morning so we can head over to Corona Park together.

It will be a fun day of silly-but-slightly-competitive activies, like an egg toss, a 3-legged race, hanging out with friends (and maybe talking to people you haven’t talked to before).

Students are expected to be there! Please help get them out the door in clothes that they can run around in.

Thank you!


Monday, May 13

Urban’s Phone Policy — it’s too long to put in this post, but you can read it here, if you’d like. We are referencing it today because we’ve had a number of students coming out of classes to take calls or answer texts from family members, and we wanted to make sure all members of the school community understand our policy.

Students are NOT allowed to have or use their phones in classes or during class time, even when they leave the class room. (Especially when they leave the classroom, actually, as we don’t want students coming and going for the purpose of using their phones.)

If family members need to reach a student during the school day, the best (and only way) is to call the school at 212.570.5284 and ask whomever answer the phone to get your child from class and bring them to the office.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping the distraction of phones to a minimum during class times.


May 6

Please check your emails!

We send these text-link announcements every so often, but we email home notices that your child was absent every time that happens, and it is helpful for us if you reply letting us know whether the absence was excused or not.

We will be sending home lateness announcements starting today — you will be notified in email if your child arrives after 8:45. Our attendance at 8:30 has been far below what we would like, and it is impacting classes that meet first period, since they cannot really begin until there are enough students present. (Of course, it also impacts the grades of those who are late, and if they are unable to pass enough classes and complete enough work because they are late or absent too frequently, it may also push back their date of graduation.)

We are asking for your help in getting your kids out of the door on time in the morning.

Thank you.


Thursday, March 28


College Roadmap - The Final Steps!


  • In addition to college decisions, you should have received financial aid packages from every college.  Review these packages thoroughly for what the real cost is for each program - including loans, upfront payments and payment plans.  (If you need help, schedule a meeting - with or without your parents present - to go over your award letters with the college financial aid counselors)

  • Attend Accepted Students Days and set up visits to colleges you are deciding between.

  • If you were offered SEEK, EOP or HEOP spots, decide quickly - these spots are not guaranteed and fill up quickly.

  • Keep up with your school work!  Colleges can withdraw offers . . . and you also want to complete any final graduation requirements

  • Attend Urban discussion sessions on preparing to transition to college

  • Enter your college acceptances (and rejections) into Naviance  (It helps us better advise future seniors)


  • May 1st is Universal Decision Day.  Submit your deposit and commitment letter to the college you plan on attending.

  • Tell your college counselor where you are going!  We have to send your transcripts after graduation.

  • Fill out any required paperwork - immunizations, housing choices etc.

Summer before Freshman Year

  • Make any required payments

  • Attend orientation programs

  • Arrange for transportation to school

  • Register for classes

Fall:  Congratulations! You are in college; please stay in touch!

Questions or Confusions? Call or email Andrea, Kevin, Rachel W, Rachel B or Byron.WeThu