How To Apply: A 3-Step Process
Urban does not accept walk-in enrollment students— there is a process involved. We know we are a different kind of school, and we want to make sure students understand the way the school works and really want to be a part of it.
Step One: Visiting
If you are interested in attending Urban, as a first step, you must visit Urban. Call the school to make an appointment for a visit. (212.570.5284— Anyone who answers the phone can set up the appointment.) We do insist that students visit on their own. If a parent/guardian would like to visit, he or she can come to a parent tour at another time (we have one each month -- look under Upcoming Events). All you need to bring is a transcript from your current school and a pen.
You must come on time! Visits begin at 8:15, and students who arrive late will be rescheduled to another day.
During the visit, you will sit in on morning classes. You will also have a chance to talk to students who already attend Urban. The visit is really an opportunity for you to see if Urban is, in fact, the kind of school that you would like to attend.
During the afternoon of the visit, you will fill out an application, which takes between 1-3 hours, depending on how fast you work. You can have as much time as you need, and it is not an entrance exam -- there is no cut-off score. We use it just to get a sense of what you are like as a person and a student. If you are accepted and decide to attend, we use it to figure out which math class is at the right level for you.
Step Two: The Take-Home Application
After you are finished filling out the application in school, you will be given an interview date (usually within two weeks) and the take-home portion of the application, which is very short (basically, two short writing pieces about yourself and your world). You have to complete the take-home application before you return for your interview.
Step Three: The Interview
The last stage is when you come back for an interview. You will meet with two teachers, or a teacher and a student, and have an informal talk about where you are in school currently, why you want to come to Urban, and so on.
Once these three steps have been completed, a committee makes a decision based on the student's application, his or her transcript, and the number of spaces that we have open.
We do not operate our admissions on a rolling basis (where first come are first served). Instead, we hold all the applications until we are done with all interviews, and go through them during the last weeks of the term. This means a long wait for those who visited and interviewed at the beginning of the semester, and we are sorry about that— but we don't want to disadvantage those students who realize they want to change schools near the end of the semester. We send out acceptance/rejection letters a few weeks before the end of the term, and accepted students have a week or so to decide whether they will attend.
During the first two weeks of each semester we open up the process for any available spots.
— Parent Participation —
Parents/guardians (and other relatives) are welcome to visit Urban Academy. Parent Tours are held once a month (check the calendar on the Upcoming Events page for the next available date). Parents are given a tour (which includes peeking into a class or two) and some background on the school. There is also a question/answer session. Parent tours last for about 1 hour.