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By admin
June 25, 2013

Welcome to New York Harbor School


The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School is a public high school founded in Bushwick, Brooklyn, in 2003, which relocated to Governors Island in 2010. Harbor School partners with New York City’s maritime community and uses New York Harbor’s marine resources to prepare students for college and careers through the restoration of the local marine environment. Harbor School’s goal is to graduate students who have been accepted at a four-year college and who have earned a technical credential in one of six marine fields.


To provide a college-preparatory education built upon New York City’s maritime experience that instills in students the ethics of environmental stewardship and the skills associated with careers on the water.


  • The marine world provides an ideal forum for an education based on excellence, discipline, and interdependence.
  • Hands-on, inquiry-based learning in a natural environment stimulates curiosity, critical thinking, and vision – all of which help to improve student outcomes.
  • All students have the desire and intellect to reach their highest academic standards when given the right opportunities and clear expectations.
  • Small schools allow students a larger stake in decision making, as well as increased personal attention, alternative assessments, and easier access to the staff.


  • All students should have access to New York waterways.
  • College should be a real option for all students.
  • Partnerships are key to providing relevant, on-water experiences.
  • The environment should be left better than its found.
  • A school is only as successful as its students.

Founded: 2003

Grade Levels: 9-12

Enrollment: 430

Admissions: Citywide Lottery/Limited Unscreened

Faculty: 34

Staff: 28