The Julia Richman Education Complex

In 1995, Julia Richman High School graduated its last class, creating space for smaller schools to occupy the newly renamed.Julia Richman Education Complex (JREC -- pronounced "jay-rec").  Under a memorandum of understanding with the City, Urban Academy became the lead school in the new complex.

Today, the complex houses approximately 1,900 students in six small schools. There are four high schools: Urban Academy; Talent Unlimited, a performing arts school; Manhattan International High School, which serves new immigrants; and Vanguard High School. The Ella Baker School, which serves students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, P226, a middle school for autistic students, and a LYFE center (a nursery for the children of students in the complex) complete the group.

The programs are autonomous, each having its own budget, teachers, schedules, and curriculum. While each school has its own separate space within the complex, the schools share a number of common facilities, which include a library, cafeteria, auditorium, culinary arts room, dance studio, mini theater, art gallery, swimming pool and gymnasiums.

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