About AUPE's Curriculum and Standards

The Academy of Urban Planning and Engineering is a top public high school located in Bushwick, serving students in Brooklyn and Queens. As a Brooklyn STEM high school focuses on providing a high-quality education with a specialized focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The curriculum at the Academy of Urban Planning and Engineering is designed to meet the highest standards of academic rigor and relevance. The school follows a comprehensive guide for the development of well-planned instructional practice to shape the design of all components of a high-quality high school education. The curriculum emphasizes the following components:

  • Academics: The school offers a rigorous academic program that includes advanced courses, college readiness, and college success, ensuring students are well-prepared for higher education.
  • Equity: The curriculum is designed to promote equity, with a focus on addressing the needs of students from diverse racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as students with disabilities.
  • Environment: The school is committed to creating a positive learning environment, with a focus on school improvement, student demographics, and a dedicated team of teachers and staff.

The Academy of Urban Planning and Engineering is dedicated to providing a well-rounded education that prepares students for success in college and beyond, while fostering a supportive and inclusive learning environment.


New Visions

At AUPE, the Science curriculum is designed to ignite curiosity and critical thinking in students. Our Biology and Earth Science courses are developed using the New Visions Science Curriculum, aligning with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the New York State Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS). Emphasizing inquiry, problem-solving, research, collaboration, and presentations, our curriculum encourages students to engage with the world around them actively, ensuring a dynamic and comprehensive learning experience for our students.

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AUPE Math curriculum (1)


Illustrative Math

At the Academy of Urban Planning and Engineering, our Math curriculum is powered by the Illustrative Math program, designed to invigorate math classrooms and empower students with essential skills, understandings, and practices. Aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards for Mathematics and The New York State Next Generation Mathematics Learning Standards, our curriculum encourages students to tackle challenging problems, engage in collaborative thinking, and use their insights to foster and enrich their understanding of mathematical concepts.


Local Curriculum

The Academy of Urban Planning and Engineering offers a rigorous ELA curriculum developed by top instructors collaborating with local literacy professional organizations, aligning with the Next Generation English Language Arts (ELA) Learning Standards. Our curriculum emphasizes literary analysis and professional writing skills, guiding students to reflect on life’s more profound questions.

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AUPE Social Studies curriculum


New Visions & Passport

At the Academy of Urban Planning and Engineering, our Social Studies curriculum is based on the New Visions Social Studies Curriculum for Global History and Geography I and II courses and the U.S. History course. Aligned with the New York State K-12 Social Studies Framework’s objectives, our curriculum offers students the opportunity to enhance their literacy skills by fostering critical thinking in reading, writing, and speaking like historians. Additionally, seniors enrolled in the Participation in Government and Economics courses follow the We Teach NY Passport to Social Studies, preparing them for informed citizenship and economic understanding.



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About AUPE's Curriculum and Standards

At the Academy of Urban Planning and Engineering (AUPE), a leading Brooklyn STEM high school recognized as one of the community’s best Brooklyn high schools, a commitment to excellence and innovation drives our curriculum initiative. Aligned with the New York State Next Generation Learning Standards and New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), our courses of study are meticulously crafted to ensure that all students in the AUPE community are well-prepared for college and career readiness. Developed in collaboration with lead teachers, content area supervisors, and district administration, our courses of study undergo regular evaluation and updates to maintain high academic standards and equip students with the skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century. Embedded in our curricula are critical thinking, problem-solving skills, research, technology utilization, collaborative projects, cultural literacy, leadership development, and wellness concepts, all aimed at preparing students for success in higher education and the professional world. At AUPE, we are dedicated to nurturing students’ proficiency and empowering them to excel in an ever-evolving global landscape. Our commitment to student success is unwavering.


July 2024