Early College Dual Credit

Through our partnership with the CUNY Medgar Evers College Pipeline, our students can earn up to 9 CUNY credits during the completion of their high school education.  Our teachers also serve as instructors for courses.

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Our Mission

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 in urban planning, social justice and engineering.

Our Instructional Focus

If teachers implement coherent engaging tasks, model interdisciplinary skills, foster collaboration and meet students’ socio-emotional needs, then students will demonstrate college and career readiness and become accountable and confident members of society.

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AP Classes

AUPE students are offered AP classes in AP US History, AP Art, AP Literature, AP Language, AP Biology and AP Spanish.

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Urban Planning & Engineering

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 (CUFFH & Make the Road NY).

Engineering at AUPE consist of Coding, Robotics, Design and Principles of Engineering courses.

MyAUPE Programs

Learn about the additional programs AUPE provides for our students.

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Advancement Placement Classes

AP English Language and Composition

  • Strengthen the effectiveness of your writing through close reading and frequent practice at applying rhetorical strategies, analyzing information from source texts, and writing arguments
  • Become a critical reader of predominantly nonfiction works, including expository, argumentative, analytical, and personal texts from various authors and time periods.

AP English Literature and Composition

  • Explore literary works from several different genres and periods. 
  • Learn to read critically as you
  • Experience great literary works
  • Interpret those texts
  • Evaluate their quality and artistic achievement

AP US History

  • Explore events of U.S. history through the use and analysis of documents, images, cartoons, quantitative data, and other primary sources
  • Develop an understanding of major themes in U.S. history, including American identity, economic and social life, political change and continuity, and the U.S. role in the world.

AP Biology

Learn to think like a scientist, and become an independent investigator through student-directed laboratory investigations:

  • Pose the questions and determine the variables you want to investigate
  • Design your own experiments and procedures
  • Determine how best to present your conclusions

AP Spanish Language and Culture

  • Build your proficiency with authentic materials, including films, news broadcasts, newspaper or magazine articles, and contemporary literature
  • Integrate the communicative competencies you’ve developed in previous courses to become a more effective communicator
  • Learn to express yourself in different ways and tailor your arguments to various audiences.

AP Studio Art - Drawing

  • Be an informed and critical decision-maker as you develop a portfolio that is personal to your individual talents and interests, while demonstrating mastery of drawing principles
  • Explore your creativity and become an independent thinker in your contributions to art and culture.

Engineering Program

Principles of Engineering


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.

Our Own AUPE Hydroponic Lab


AUPE students engage in learning  how to sustain and operate a plant to plate program. Construct and operate solar panels using coding and Principles of Engineering.

Saturday Coding and Algebra


Incoming freshmen also enroll in our Coding Program to design APPs and build Algebra skills.

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MODEL UN Program (Urban Planning - Community Engagement)

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.

Extended Learning Time

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.


CUFFH - Churches United for Fair Housing (Urban Planning - Community Engagement)

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.


Restorative Justice Club

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

(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.


One Goal College Graduation. Period.

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.


Early Dual College Credit Program

In addition to College NOW courses, AUPE partners with Medgar Evers College and offers our students the opportunity to register for college courses at AUPE.  We offer CUNY ELA 112 and SOC 101.


Summer Search

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.


Read Alliance - After-school Jobs

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.


National Honor Society at AUPE

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.