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Why UAG?

UAG offers a one of a kind college+ curriculum that is innovative, rigorous and engaging. Our doors are open to all NYC high school students who are passionate about technology, regardless of their level of experience. In addition to a Common Core college ready curriculum, we offer technology career pathways in Digital Design & Animation, Information Technology & Systems, and Software Engineering.

  • 1500+
    students apply for 108 seats annually
  • 91%
    Graduation Rate
    2015-16
Student Life

Participation in clubs is a part of our school culture and recommended for all students. We recommend all students must take part in some afterschool opportunities at UA Gateway (or elsewhere), as participants or as leaders. UAG offers almost 30 clubs and counting:

Anime Club
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Get the inside scoop on new Anime titles coming out, as well as classics, and to take fun trips to Comic-Con, Kinokuniya, Anime conventions and more!

Art Portfolio Workshop
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Develop your drawing power in either Fashion Illustration, Anime, and Figurative Drawing, and showcase your best work with your peers.  Drawing and illustration skills are a foundation of Animation and Digital Art majors – don’t miss out developing your portfolio in this area!

Book Club
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Meet in the Library once a month to discuss books of your choosing as a group:  a great way to meet other students of all grades that love to read, and to learn more about interesting books, authors, and subjects.

Cooking Club
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For chefs at all stages in their development - go head to head on teams with Teen Battle Chef to create delicious meals on a weekly basis, improve your standard recipes, and create a cookbook of your favorites!

World Travel Club
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Do you love traveling? Prepare yourself for an amazing adventure to another country with Ms. Terrero & Co! 

Cybersecurity Club
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Join a new club offering at UAG where you can explore exciting hacks, security challenges, and secure coding tools, including participation in the NYU Poly Cybersecurity Awareness Week Competition!

Debate Club
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The new Debate Club at UAG is sponsored by Columbia Youth For Debate and features evidence-based public forum debate preparation, culminating in semester tournaments at Columbia University.   Come, fight, win! With words. 

Drama
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UAG drama queens and kings meet here to explore improvisation and acting through Opening Act. Two productions per year.

eSports
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In addition to Gamer Haven, a multiplayer online scheduled play venue for gamers to compete in online games and competition, with a range of game options available.

Gamer Haven
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Play the latest and greatest console games together with your fellow master gamers on a variety of systems, and explore different career pathways in this immersive (and addictive) technology area.

Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA)
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UAG has an active and renamed GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance) that seeks to provide a safe, supportive environment to our community of Lesbian/ Bisexual/ Gay/Transgender/ Queer/ Questioning (LGBTQ) youth and their straight allies. 

Hiking Club
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Explore the great outdoors with day-long adventures through wild places near and far with experienced guides – build endurance, strength, survival skills, and climb (almost) every mountain.

Intramural Sports
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For our athletes who love to play at any level, pick your day to play basketball, soccer, flag football, ultimate Frisbee, whiffle ball, and more!

Media Crew
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Join the Crew to develop timely media for UAG, and develop critical audio and visual content and production skills. Feed our new UAG YouTube channel, take over the Blog +! and serve our school during events requiring audiovisual support.

Men of Strength
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A by-invitation-only club for mature young men interested in exploring how they can bring the best of themselves to their families and their communities, while learning strategies to cope with hostile environments and attitudes.

Mentoring @ UAG
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At UAG, mentoring programs are available with American Express and Deutsche Bank. These biweekly programs combine work-based learning skills and fun while building relationships with professionals interested in connecting with young people and sharing their knowledge. 

 Movie Club
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A biweekly movie series curated by Mr. Lawrence for the enjoyment of UAG students – permission slips required for films that require parental consent.

Music Production Club
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Play and produce music with BEAT NYC, and build your musicality, songwriting, beatmaking and production skills!   Extra: Monthly workshops open to whole school.

National Tech Honors Society
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A technical leadership society for young people offering opportunities for community service, competition, scholarships, college enrichment and more.

Robotics
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Make your own robots, learn how to program them, and compete in an exciting First Robotics competition where you learn the basics of engineering and technology automation.

ROTC
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(Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) A fun and exciting way to incorporate working out with team building, discipline and self esteem building.  Complete community service, compete in drill competitions and take amazing trips!  Not a ‘club’ - accredited program.

Salon UAG
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A safe space where girls can come to talk about the struggles and challenges that they face on a daily basis. We will focus on self-care, -awareness, -worth, -esteem, -love, -respect, as well as relationships, girl’s issues and dating, etc.  Sisterhood and special guests!

School Wellness Council (SWC)
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Are you interested in making our school a healthier place?  UAG believes that your health and well-being are the foundation of learning and achievement. From meditation, to mediation, self-defense to mental health, a monthly meeting to build wellness @ UAG.

Student Government
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Succeed in Fall Elections and join the Student Government at UAG where you can shape the culture and event landscape, as well as convene a monthly Club Council to plan and pitch new opportunities!

Tennis Club
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Learn the basics of tennis and play on courts nearby – bring your own racket or use racket provided. 

The Moth
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Participate in an Amazing UAG experience by sharpening your storytelling skills, learning how to hold an audience, be a comedian, improvise, shape your own vision of who you are as a person, and have a great time with a small group!    It’s THE MOTH Storyslam Time!  4-week sessions

Yearbook Club
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Participate in the year-long effort to document and organize visual evidence of Student Life at UAG, and then production of a UAG-worthy memory maker epic - yearbook!

“[At UAG] my daughter worked harder than ever, with the help of her wonderful teachers. After School tutoring was available to help with difficult subjects like geometry and global. Phone calls came in from the school constantly to assure my daughter wasn’t late for important test. The school felt like a caring family. Everyone is very respectful and concerned… Wonderful people.”

Marisia Rivera Rucker, Parent of Arissa James, (Class of 2016)

“My son is passionate about STEM and computer technology. He has had the goal of becoming a software engineer since 7th grade. UAG gives him the unparalleled opportunities to explore software engineering alongside all of the other subjects and areas of study crucial to the high school experience. More importantly, the hardworking and inspiring teachers, carefully handpicked by his extraordinary principal April McKoy, have kept my rising junior enthusiastically engaged in all of his subjects including the humanities. UAG is not only an ideal learning environment but a close knit extended family. I could not be happier with this amazing school.”

Karen Capucilli, Parent of Noah Capucilli (UAG Junior)

“UAG has been a second home for my daughter with caring and qualified staff she graduated with honors. UAG prepared her for life beyond her high school experience, with the relentless actions of a dedicated principal; I am proud to called UAG our family. A family that would go above and beyond for every child that walks through those doors.”

Virginia Lewis, mother of Venetia Boyce (Graduating senior class 2015)

“I’ve worked at UAG now for 5 years and I’ve never seen a school so driven to embody the ideals of collaboration and growth-mindset that we ask of our children… The overall goal for every teacher at UAG is growth and development. This means different things for different teachers, but we are able to do this with very frank and helpful discussions with admin and staff members, who even take time out of their prep periods to observe classes and offer feedback….Teaching here will change you–always for the better.”

Marvin Gruszka, Earth Science Teacher

“When I first started at UAG, I was met with warm smiles and a daring commitment to education that carried on throughout my four years there. Never have I met a group of teachers and administrators that are as willing to listen to their students and help them succeed both in and out of class.”

Venetia Boyce, Class of 2015
How to Apply
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Join our Open Houses in the Fall from 6-7pm. We are a limited unscreened school, so it is important for you to attend an open house information session or school tour to indicate interest. Contact our parent coordinator at gfeliz@uagateway.org with questions.
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Join us on a daytime tour and speak to current students to make sure we are a good fit.
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Put us high on your list when completing your HS Admissions Application
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