• Curriculum

    Our curriculum is centered on the importance of teaching students HOW to learn through the habits of mind that have be found to be necessary for college and career success. Our teachers use technology to engage students and differentiate coursework in ways that create an environment where students learn to stretch themselves individually and in groups in a project-based curriculum, with emphasis on mastery rather than simply completion .

    We believe that students learn best:

    • When teachers are passionate and clear in their expectations
    • When learning is structured as problem-solving
    • When they have opportunities to become creators rather than just consumers of technology
    • When they are partnered with organizations that provide meaningful connections to the world of work
    • English
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      • The English Curriculum at UAG is a rigorous Common Core aligned exploration of literature through novels, poems, plays, myths, essays, and other genres. Authors include Chinua Achebe, Luisa Valenzuela, Amy Tan, Edgar Allen Poe, August Wilson, Robert Frost, Claude McKay, Walt Whitman, William Shakespeare, Edith Hamilton, Toni Morrison, Junot Diaz and other world renowned writers.
        We believe that reading and experiencing literature that is authentic to each discipline is critical to student comprehension and engagement. Authentic literacy is the reading and writing of real-life texts for real-life purposes in the classroom. When students are involved in authentic literacy activities in school, they are reading or writing texts that people outside of school read and write.
      • Read deeply and purposefully to answer thought provoking and challenging questions.
      • Through reading, writing and discussion, become masters of argument in their ability to:
        • Employ argument in its varying forms
        • Analyze and asses facts and evidence
        • Support assertions/solutions
        • Defend interpretations and recommendations
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    • Science
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      Our students select from Earth Science or Living Environment options during their 9th Grade year depending on their previous coursework. In 10th Grade, students either take the alternate Regents class they have not yet taken, or Advanced Chemistry. Beyond Chemistry, options include Physics and AP coursework. In addition to labs, students participate in interdisciplinary projects with Math and Technology classes each year.

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    • Mathematics
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      Our students place into Common Core Algebra or Geometry during their 9th Grade year depending on their previous coursework. Students move on to Geometry and Trigonometry courses in subsequent years. Later, options include Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus, and each year will feature interdisciplinary projects with Science and Technology classes.

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    • History
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      Our students complete an intensive double period in Global Studies where they engage in copious amounts of reading, writing and analysis to prepare for their Regents class during their Sophomore Year. They go on to complete American History, Participation in Government and Economics during their Junior and Senior years.

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    • Art
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      Our students engage in mixed media studio art in their freshmen year. This course serves as a foundational course in students’ understanding of Digital Design and Animation. In Freshman Art, our students deeply explore the New York State content standards for arts education and the Common Core by creating art through a myriad of resources and learning how to give and Respond critically to each other's’ work. Students develop an understanding of the personal and cultural forces that shape artistic communication.

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    • Foreign Language
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      Our students engage in language instruction with functional and practical application in mind. Using the New York State content standards for Foreign Language and the common core,, students experience a rigorous hands on curriculum students engage in cross-cultural skill and understanding and learn to read, write and communicate in a language other than English. Advanced or native Spanish speakers are given opportunities to develop sophisticated language and literacy skills through an exploration of challenging novels and essays.

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    • Physical Education
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      Our students take four full years of physical education. Students receive a combination of weight training or gym. Students also have the opportunity to earn PE credits through our rigorous ROTC physical training program.

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  • Advanced Placement Courses
    Our school offers seven Advanced Placement courses: All students take the College Board Advanced Placement Exam in May in order to earn Advanced Placement Credit.
    AP English Language
    AP English Literature
    AP Computer Science
    AP Biology
    Ap Chemistry
    AP Calculus
    AP US History
    AP Physics
    • English Language
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      • AP English-Language and Composition (12th Grade Only)
      • Students choosing AP English Language and Composition should be interested in studying and writing various kinds of analytic or persuasive essays on non-literary topics.
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    • English Literature
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      • AP English-Literature and Composition (11th Grade Only)
      • This course is designated for motivated students with a command of standard English, an interest in exploring and analyzing challenging classical and contemporary literature, and a desire to analyze and interpret dominant literary genres and themes. Students learn and apply methods of literary analysis and write with a variety of purposes to increase precision in expression.
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    • US History
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      • AP US History (11th Grade Only)
      • The AP U .S . History course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. history. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses . Students should learn to assess historical materials—their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance—and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship .
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    • Computer Science A
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      • AP Computer Science A (11th Grade Only)
      • Students must fulfill the 10th grade SEP prerequisite in order to qualify for this course. The AP Computer Science course introduces student to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms) analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing.
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    • Biology
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      • AP Biology
      • This course is offered to highly motivated students who wish to pursue their interests in the life sciences. The makeup of the AP Biology exam is based on the following percentages of three topics:
        • Molecules and Cells, 25%
        • Heredity and Evolution, 25%
        • Organisms and Populations, 50%
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    • Chemistry
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      • AP Chemistry
      • AP Chemistry is a course geared toward highly motivated students with interests in chemical and physical sciences as well as any of the biological sciences. This rigorous course prepares students to take the AP Chemistry exam toward the end of the academic year. AP Chemistry topics include atomic theory, chemical bonding, phases of matter, solutions, types of reactions, chemical equilibrium, reaction kinetics, electrochemistry, and thermodynamics
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    • Calculus AB
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      • AP Calculus AB
      • The material includes the study and application of differentiation and integration and graphical analysis including limits, asymptotes, and continuity. An AP Calculus AB course is typically equivalent to one semester of college calculus.
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  • Special Education

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  • Career & Technical Education Pathways

    UAG is a CTE school with three career pathways for our students; Digital Design and Animation, Information Technology and Software Engineering.

    Digital Design and Animation Pathway

    Our Digital Design and Animation Pathway offered at UA Gateway serves to prepare students with the essential skills necessary to create digital content, visual design, and multimedia animation using the latest techniques and tools. Students in these courses will have the opportunity to acquire Adobe Creative certification, and build a Maya portfolio with 3-D animation projects. Students who choose this pathway love to create and design, and are able to develop their skills for a wide variety of careers including graphic designer, art director, game designer, 3-D programmer, Web Designer and Digital Animator. As an increasing number of industries seek to employ visual design in their research and informatics, marketing and education initiatives, we see the graphic design reach of our students expanding in new areas.

    Information Technology and Systems Pathway

    Our Information Technology and Systems Pathway offered at UA Gateway serves to prepare students with the essential skills necessary to solve even the most challenging technology-related issues. Students in these courses will have the opportunity to acquire A+ and Net+ Certifications. The CompTIA A+ certification is the starting point for a career in IT. The exam covers maintenance of PCs, mobile devices, laptops, operating systems and printers. CompTIA certifications were chosen because they are vendor-neutral, and are currently held by 900,000 IT professionals operating with titles such as Technical support specialist; Field service technician; IT support technician; IT support administrator; and IT support specialist.

    Software Engineering Pathway

    Our Software Engineering Pathway serves to prepare students for cutting edge and current careers in software engineering and programming. Students learn the latest in engineering including scratch, Python, Java, etc. They use robotics, math, advanced computer science, web design to enhance user experience, entrepreneurship, and mobile application development.

    Our Digital Design and Animation Pathway offered at UA Gateway serves to prepare students with the essential skills necessary to create digital content, visual design, and multimedia animation using the latest techniques and tools. Students in these courses will have the opportunity to acquire Adobe Creative certification, and build a Maya portfolio with 3-D animation projects. Students who choose this pathway love to create and design, and are able to develop their skills for a wide variety of careers including graphic designer, art director, game designer, 3-D programmer, Web Designer and Digital Animator. As an increasing number of industries seek to employ visual design in their research and informatics, marketing and education initiatives, we see the graphic design reach of our students expanding in new areas.
    Grade DIGITAL DESIGN & ANIMATION
    9

    Design and Technology (Intro CS): Computer Programming (Scratch/Python); Intro Electronics with Arduino; Hardware/Network Overview

    10
    • Digital Design I (Art Theory)
    • Digital Design II (Ad­­­obe Illustrator)
    • Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Illustrator
    11
    • Digital Design II (Adobe Photoshop)
    • Digital Design III (Advanced Design Practicum)
    • Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Photoshop
    12
    • Track 1
    • Animation Concepts and Principles
    • 3D Modeling and Game Design
    • MAYA /Design Portfolio
    • Track 2
    • InDesign with Advanced Photoshop / Illustrator
    • Adobe Certification / Portfolio
    Our Information Technology and Systems Pathway offered at UA Gateway serves to prepare students with the essential skills necessary to solve even the most challenging technology-related issues. Students in these courses will have the opportunity to acquire A+ and Net+ Certifications. The CompTIA A+ certification is the starting point for a career in IT. The exam covers maintenance of PCs, mobile devices, laptops, operating systems and printers. CompTIA certifications were chosen because they are vendor-neutral, and are currently held by 900,000 IT professionals operating with titles such as Technical support specialist; Field service technician; IT support technician; IT support administrator; and IT support specialist.
    Grade INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND SYSTEMS PATHWAY
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    Design and Technology (Intro CS): Computer Programming (Scratch/Python); Intro Electronics with Arduino; Hardware/Network Overview

    10
    • Computer Theory
    • Operating Systems and Repair & Troubleshooting
    • Network Theory
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    • *Networking 101
    • *Networking 102
    • *A+ Lab Practicum I
    • A+ ExamStrata Exam
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    • Track I Advanced
    • Network Communications
    • Network Installation and Support
    • NET+ Exam
    • Track 2 Review
    • A+ Lab Practicum II
    • A+ Lab Practicum III
    • A+ Exam
    Our Software Engineering Pathway serves to prepare students for cutting edge and current careers in software engineering and programming. Students learn the latest in engineering including scratch, Python, Java, etc. They use robotics, math, advanced computer science, web design to enhance user experience, entrepreneurship, and mobile application development.
    Grade SOFTWARE ENGINEERING PATHWAY
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    Design and Technology (Intro CS): Computer Programming (Scratch/Python); Intro Electronics with Arduino; Hardware/Network Overview

    10
    • Software Engineering Principles I Python
    • Software Engineering Principles II: Python
    • AP CS Princ. Exam/Python Certification
    11
    • Software Engineering Advanced I: Java
    • Software Engineering Advanced II: Java
    • AP CS Principles/Java Certification
    12
    • Track 1
    • AP Computer Science
    • AP CS A
    • Track 2
    • Programming & Software Eng:
    • *Java Review
    • *Mobile App Dev
    • Javascript/ C++
    Course Sequence :
    Career & Technical Education Pathways

    Year 1:
    Semester 1 - Introduction to Graphic Design Concepts

    Semester 2 - Design and Layout Fundamentals

    Year 2:
    Semester 1 - Designing for Print and Web

    Semester 2 - Graphic Production

    Year 3:
    Semester 1 – Animation Concepts and Principles
    Semester 2 – 3D Modeling and Game Design

  • Graduation Requirements

    At UAG, students can earn one of three types of diploma: a local diploma, a Regents diploma, and an Advanced Regents diploma. All students can earn a Regents or Advanced Regents diploma; however only students who meet specific criteria are eligible to graduate with a local diploma. The type of diploma your child earns depends on his or her course credits and scores on specific Regents exams, as shown in the table below. An Advanced Regents diploma lets students demonstrate additional skills in math, science, and languages other than English. Students can can earn endorsements on their diplomas. As CTE school, our students have the ability to earn a CTE endorsement.

    Cources Regents Diploma Advanced Regents Diploma
    Examination Requirements

    Your child must achieve a score of 65 or higher on these five Regents exams:

    • English Language Arts (ELA)
    • Any mathematics exam (Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II/Trigonometry)
    • Any social studies exam (Global History and Geography or U.S. History and Government)
    • Any science exam ( Living Environment, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics)
    • Any additional Regents exam or assessment approved by the State for this purpose

    Your child must achieve a score of 65 or higher on these nine exams:

    • English Language Arts (ELA)
    • Three mathematics exams (Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II/Trigonometry)
    • Any social studies exam (Global History and Geography or U.S. History and Government)
    • Two science exams (Living Environment and one of these: Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics)
    • Any additional Regents exam or assessment approved by the State for this purpose
    • Any NYC Languages Other Than English(LOTE) exam
    English 8
    Global History 4
    U.S. History 2
    Economics 1
    Government 1
    Science 6
    Mathematics 6
    Foreign Language 2 6**
    Art/Music/Dance/ Theatre 2
    Physical Education 4
    Health Education 1
    Elective 7 3**

    ** Students enrolled in a New York State-approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program, they only need 2 credits of Foreign Language and can still obtain an Advanced Regents Diploma.

    Students at Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology that follow the general Academic Program for all four years should graduate with more than the required 44 credits.

  • College

    The UA Gateway Office of College Counseling focuses on the college application process and preparedness after high school. The process for college begins in freshman year through advisory lessons. Students take trips to local colleges beginning in freshman year; In sophomore year, they continue to receive college advisement through their grade level counselors, which is supported by classroom lessons on the process. Sophomores take trips within the city and visit private colleges. In Junior year, we invite families in to discuss the process, expectations and answer concerns about the process. Students take an overnight trip outside of the city’s borders to get a greater feel for college life. In senior year, students take College Knowledge. This course guides students through the college admissions and transition process.

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