The mission of the Academy of Urban Planning and Engineering is to build a community of leaders through academic and socioemotional support. We foster a spirit of advocacy to cultivate independent minds in pursuit of college and career readiness. We operate on the priorities of building community through diverse partnerships.
AUPE students will acquire skills in reading, writing, thinking, speaking and listening in order to analyze and evaluate various sources of information and to approach the unpredictable with confidence. AUPE students will acquire critical thinking skills and collaborate with peers as they develop both personal and communal learning accountability, while remaining true to their beliefs and values.
Through our partnership with the CUNY Medgar Evers College Pipeline, our students can earn up to 32 CUNY credits during the completion of their high school education. Our teachers also serve as instructors for courses.
Urban and regional planners develop land use plans and programs that help create communities, accommodate population growth, and revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas. Our students are exposed to all the elements of urban planning through courses in urban design (Architecture), Urban Ecology, Policy Making (Y-Plan), and Social Justice (Make the Road NY).
AUPE students are offered AP classes in AP US History, AP Art, AP Literature, AP Language, AP Biology and AP Spanish.
Learn about the additional programs AUPE provides for our students.
Learn to think like a scientist, and become an independent investigator through student-directed laboratory investigations:
AUPE students are enrolled in the Principles of Engineering during their first year and are exposed to building micro-computers (Arduinos) to operate our school’s Hydroponic Lab.
Incoming freshmen also enroll in our Coding Program to design APPs and attend Saturday Academy Robotics course.
Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an extracurricular activity in which students typically role play delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. This activity takes place at MUN conferences, which is usually organized by a high school or college MUN club. At the end of most conferences, outstanding delegates in each committee are recognized and given an award certificate; the Best Delegate in each committee, however, receives a gavel. Thousands of middle school, high school, and college students across the country and around the world participate in Model United Nations, which involves substantial researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, as well as critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities. AUPE students have sent their delegation to compete at the MODEL UN conferences for the past four years.
AUPE students are programmed with additional courses for regents preparation in order to achieve higher exam grades and improve on AP exam results. ELT runs daily from 242 pm to 435 pm except Tuesdays.
Gaining Responsibility through Ownership and Willingness (GROW) is CUFFH’s youth organizing program. GROW meets weekly to offer professional development, community organizing training, facilitation skills, and recreational activities for AUPE students offering social justice themed arts programming. CUFFH youth gain leadership and organizing skills to tackle the housing issues that directly impact their lives, and to build the community power to confront those issues by leading and participating in trainings with their peers on pressing community and social justice issues.
Led by Mr. Darrian, PT Restorative Justice Coordinator, our RJ club meets once a week and develop skills in RJ practices. The practices focuses on conflict resolution, understanding and sharing individual struggles in order to improve our socio-emotional learning.
(Youth – Plan, Learn, Act, Now) is an award-winning educational strategy that empowers young people to tackle real-world problems in their communities through project-based civic learning experiences.Y-PLAN has engaged thousands of young people and dozens of schools, teachers, and civic partners across the United States and around the world. AUP Seniors will partner with a civic organization or office in NYC to devise a solution to an urban issue. Y-Plan is a NYC DOE and University of Berkeley partnership.
AVID Secondary (grades 7-12) develops learning, study and academic behavioral skills that are essential to success in rigorous coursework. It acts as a catalyst for schools to develop a culture of college readiness for all students across the campus. In the AVID Elective class, students receive daily instruction and support to prepare them for college from a trained AVID Elective teacher. AVID impacts students schoolwide as academic strategies like writing to learn, inquiry, collaboration, organizational skills, and critical reading (WICOR ) are taught in all classes by teachers who have been trained to use AVID strategies in their specific content areas.
OneGoal supports students who are underserved by existing school programs and whose college prospects are extremely limited by providing them with the daily support of an excellent teacher who is committed to ensuring that they make it to and through college. In doing so, we offer our OneGoal partners a unique complement to the work already being done by school college offices and guidance counselors.
GP provides opportunities for students from AUP to participate in an international community impact project in order build leadership and team building skills. Students travel abroad for a 6-8 week time period.
College NOW at Medgar Evers offers our students the opportunity to enroll in pre-college courses at Medgar Evers College and earn college credits while still in high school.
Recruits our 10th grade students to participate in community impact projects throughout the Tri-State and prepare selected students for college and career readiness with partial financial support.
New York City teens over the age of 14 are eligible to apply for paid tutoring jobs. Selected teens attend a 2.5 hour after-school training to learn our curriculum, how to work with young children, and the expectations of a paid job. Trained teens volunteer for three afternoons and then become paid tutors, working 1.5 hours after-school, three or four days each week, for five to six months.
Teaching Artists work with our students for social emotional support through self-esteem and team building exercises.
Partners with our Film Studies classes to create student films that focus on community issues and student voice.
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.