About This School
In 2011, Urban Assembly School for Media Studies had 16 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The New York average is 13 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Urban Assembly School for Media Studies Reviews
This school is not a bad school at all. Any reviews that have said it's bad are very untrue. The only thing that is bad is if you were in an advanced class prior to entering this school, you'll be repeating everything over again. You will be learning the same things you learned the year before. You will not be learning anything new in your first year. Some things will be new, but a lot may be a review. That would probably be the biggest concern seeing as you won't learn much in your first year. If you were not in an advanced class, then you will learn curriculum that is new to you, but, you won't jump right into it automatically, there will be a period of review before the actual work starts.
- Students are very nice as well as very accepting. You will not be discriminated against, nor will you be bullied. Everyone is welcoming and will not say anything that would hurt you.
- Teachers are well educated, they are able to teach and make sure you actually understand what you're teaching. They will also take time out of their day in order for you to fully understand what was discussed in class. They are not in it for the money, they are actually in it for the education of students.
- Homework is not a thing given excessively. You will have a lot of free time due to the small amount of homework given. Each teacher will give homework only once or twice a week, some teachers won't even give any homework, unless a topic learned in class was hard, or wasn't completed. There will be days where you don't even have any homework at all. They will not overload you with assignments.
- Most teachers are very friendly and you may even come across teachers that you can talk to like their your friend. In this school, you will call all the teachers by their first names rather than Mr. so and so..
- Everyone in this school is very sociable.. as long as you're willing to talk to people, you will make friends instantly. Don't be afraid to talk to people because they won't be afraid to talk to you. You'll make many friends almost instantly.
- When you have the class advisory, depending on your teacher, it may easily just become a party. Some advisory classes just allow you to hang out and talk to your friends. Teachers may even be nice enough to bring in candy/chips and soda and they'll play music. It will literally be a party. The first month, you'll have advisory five times a week.. but then once the month is over, you'll start and English Literature class which will replace advisory, for three times a week. That class is a class where you read and then write about what you read. You're allowed to bring food and mats to get comfortable during these classes. Once you have this class, you will have advisory for two times a week. Wednesdays is progress report days, every week, you will get a progress report. It will show all your grades as well as show your grades for individual assignments and quizzes. Fridays will be the free day for advisory, again, depending on your advisory. Some advisory classes will have parties, some may even have movie day.
- Although it's a media school, you aren't actually totally exposed to media. There are subjects they consider to be media.. gym, dance, creative writing, Spanish, and they have a class called media. You only get one class each term. They only actual media class is the class called media, but you aren't guaranteed to even have that class. Right now, my subject I have is dance. Spanish may be an additional subject.. because you can have spanish and dance, or spanish and gym.
- Science may be eliminated for you completely, depending on your level of education. In 9th grade, you get Earth Science. But, if you didn't have good grades in science in the past, you will not have Earth Science, instead you will just receive another media.
- The biggest con is the metal detectors. This process will be very tedious and at some points very annoying. You cannot bring any type of electronic device. When you come in in the morning, you will have an ID card, you will swipe that card, and it will check you in for the morning. Then you will put your bag through an x-ray machine. You have to take off your belts and stick them through that same machine. You also have to take out any hair clips, jewelry, or anything in your pockets that may be metal. Your bag goes through the c-ray machine, while you walk through the walk-through scanner. If you have any opened bottles, energy drinks, or glass bottles, they will be taken away and thrown out. So, if you want to bring a water or soda, the bottle must be closed. You have to walk through the scanner with the bottle, then hand it to the security guard, they will try to open it to make sure it's sealed. After that, you're done. If you come early, you won't have to worry about being late, but if you come late, then it's not going to be good for you. For instance, the first period will start.. if you come in the middle of first period.. you have to wait for a school official to come down their and escort you to your class.This can take up to an hour. This will make you even later to class. So, if you don't want to be late, get there early, it's better to be early than late. This school starts at 9:00. If you want to be there on time, the latest you should arrive at school is at 8:30-8:35. I usually arrive at school at 8:05 and will be done with scanning by 8:20. Then I'll just sit in the cafeteria and wait.
- Substitute teachers are uneducated. Due to the fact that this school is very small, there are no teachers from this school that can be a substitute, therefore, substitutes will be from other schools, hence they come in with visitors passes on. They are uneducated, and most likely lack English skills.
- Dance class. You will be pushed to your limits. This is a class where you are most likely to fail in just because of what you have to do. If you can't dance, then you're probably going to fail. If you had prior dance experience, you'll be fine. The dance teacher expects you to know how to dance even if you don't know how to dance, and he will fail you for not knowing how to dance. Even if you try your hardest, that won't be good enough. It's his way, or the highway. I'd say goodluck to you, all who have dance, because you're gonna have it every year, and each year, it's going to get harder. At the end of the term, you have to perform your dance on stage. If you don't do it right, you fail.
I've only been here for a month, but this is what I know of based off of this month. It's overall pretty good. The scanning process, I've gotten used to it already, I just don't like not having my phone with me due to a long train ride. Dance class, I'm not dealing with well, I'm likely to fail it because I can't dance, so this is a con I still have. Substitute teachers just piss me off due to their ignorance. Other than that, you should consider applying here, because it's a great school. You won't face any problems, with students or teachers, as long as you're a decent student. Some teachers pick favorites though, so watch out for that.
I'm sure that if you've done a lot of research, you would've seen that this school used to be MLK high school, and you may have also seen that a shooting occurred within this building, but that's the past. I have not seen one act of violence, other than just play fighting, like, playing around with your friends. Other than that, there is nothing to worry about.
Also, one last thing, the first day of school, you're going to probably feel scared because you have to enter with everyone from the school, of all grades, but don't worry, they're not going to harm you. Also, this school is in the basement, they're no windows obviously, so if you take that as being a little claustrophobic, then maybe it's not a good idea to be in this school. Lunch is on ground level though. You will be able to go outside on the terrance to eat lunch, but you probably won't enjoy it due to people playing sports out there. Also, you are not allowed to leave the building for lunch, so you can't go out and come back.
Here's just additional information:
- Lockers are in classrooms. Not in hallways.
- There is a library that you can use at lunchtime as well as afterschool. It's not a large library though, there's not too many books, although there are 8 computers, and you can print things out for free.
- Freshmen Friday: if you're worried about this, don't be, nothing happened. It was just a typical Friday
- The schedule is from 9:00-3:50. Wednesdays it's from 9:00-2:25. Each period is an hour long.. on Wednesdays, each period is 45 minutes long. There are 7 periods. 4th period is lunch, except on Wednesdays, 5th period will be lunch.
I just wanted to do this long review for the sake of people knowing what the school is like in depth. To basically give people a thorough review so that you could have what I didn't. I didn't see reviews in depth, so I didn't know what to expect. Now that I'm here, it's great. There will be nothing to worry about, so good luck to future freshmen, you'll enjoy it.
I really like this school.
The education is pretty good. The teachers are nice, you do many activities, and you make lots of fun. Almost every student is cool to be around (:
great i really love it and the school great teachers and a great school overall.
I for one love this school. Although many people have not heard of this school it is great academically and has a beautiful art program. Many of the allumi become well known and some very very famous. I am in all AP classes except in ELA/literacy and social science. Not because it is too hard but because i choose not to.(These reasons are personal) The teachers are supportive and great to be around. Fortunately this school isn't based on popularity so no one is inside or out of a crowd. I love this school and dread that in about 1 and 3/4 I'll have to leave.