MyAUPE Engineering Program


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.  

Our Instructional Focus

 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. 

Early College Dual Credit

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 Planning

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).

AP Classes

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

MyAUPE Programs

What AUPE has to after.

Our Goals

Goals 2017-2018

  • AUPE students will be enrolled in Early College Dual Credit courses earning six (6) credits in their first year and throughout their four years at AUPE.  Current 10th graders can graduate with 22 to 26 CUNY credits in 2020.
  • AUPE 9th graders will be enrolled in our Principles of Engineering and Coding during their first year to expose them to the Engineering component of Urban Planning. Tenth-graders will enroll in Microsoft Academy to gain certificates in data tools. 11th- and 12th-graders take part in work-based programs under the National Academy Foundation and Community School Program. 
  • As part of the Bushwick Campus Community School, AUPE students will receive health services through our Medical Health Services, Eye Care and Dental.  In addition, all AUPE students will be programmed for Extended Learning Time Tutoring which can include SAT Prep, Yoga, Mindfulness Trainings and Self Care practices. 
  • AUPE students will engage in a daily coursework schedule from 8:00 a.m. to 2:42 p.m. and will be registered for Extended Learning Time Tutoring from 2:45 p.m. to 3:35 pm & 3:37 pm to 4:23 p.m. in ELA, Advance Placement Exam Preparation, Algebra, Algebra II, Geometry, History 100, 101 and 200, Biology, Earth Science and Physics. 
  • AUPE students will participate in academic organizational prep courses through the Advancing via Individual Determination (AVID) electives in 9th and 10th grades, Family Services workshops in 9th grade, One Goal in 11th and 12th grades, Success Center co-teaching in 10th and 11th grade and College Advisory in the 12th grade.
  • AUPE students will be developing their leadership and social emotional skills through trainings in Model UN, Senior Council, Stoked Mentoring, Student Voice Collaborative, Community School Youth Ambassadors Program, CUFFH and LEAP for Girls.

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

Our Own AUPE Hydroponic Lab

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.

MyAUPE Programs

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.

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.

K-NOR Sports & Entertainment

AUPE students participate in basketball training and mentoring workshops twice a week from 7am to 8am.  The purpose of the program is developed basketball skills, gain leadership skills and raise attendance rates.

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.

AVID - Advancing Via Individual Determination

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.

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.

Global Potential

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

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.

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.

Tribeca Film Institute

Partners with our Film Studies classes to create student films that focus on community issues and student voice.

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.

Educators Rising

Starting in high school, Educators Rising provides passionate young people with hands-on teaching experience, sustains their interest in the profession, and helps them cultivate the skills they need to be successful educators.