United Nations International School

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This article is about the United Nations school in New York City. For the equivalent school in Hanoi, see United Nations International School of Hanoi.
United Nations International School
24-50 FDR Drive
New York, NY 10010
Type Independent, International School, Private
Established 1947
Faculty 255
Grades K-12
Enrollment approx. 1,500
Campus Urban
Color(s) Light Blue & White
Mascot Unicorn1
Affiliation United Nations

The United Nations International School (UNIS) is a private international school in New York City. It was founded in 1947 by families who worked for or were associated with the United Nations. The school was founded to provide an international education, while preserving its students' diverse cultural heritages. It includes a Kindergarten, elementary school (Junior school), junior high school (Middle school) and high school (Tutorial House, or Tut House). As of 2013, it has over 1,450 students representing over 100 countries. English is the main language of instruction. Secondary studies aim towards the International Baccalaureate.

The school has two campuses: one in Manhattan, on the East River adjacent to Waterside Plaza (approximately one mile south of the United Nations Headquarters); and one in Queens, in Jamaica Estates.

Every year, students from UNIS organize and run the UNIS-UN Conference, held in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations Headquarters.


Students are taught in relatively small classes, with averages of 17 children in kindergarten (JA), 17 in grade 1 (J1), 17 in grade 2 (J2), 19 in grades 3-4 (J3-J4), and 21 in middle and high school (M1-T4).2 Emphasis is placed on preparation for the IB exams during High School, for which virtually all seniors sit (full Diploma or Certificate). UNIS has campuses in Manhattan and Jamaica Estates, Queens. The school provides an "international education that emphasizes academic excellence within a caring community". The School promotes diversity of persons and cultures in consideration of the United Nations Charter. Children whose parents transfer from abroad to work for the United Nations, Missions to the UN, and Consulates enjoy priority in terms of admission, but admission is not necessarily automatic. All children are required to be interviewed and assessed in person at UNIS, in addition to consideration of official school reports.3

Between 2003 and 2008, the top 10 College destinations for UNIS Graduates were: 4

UNIS, with the Waterside Plaza apartment complex rising in the background
College Total Students Attending (2003–2008)
George Washington University 17
Cornell University 15
Boston University 13
New York University 12
University of Virginia 11
Brown University 10
Duke University 10
Barnard College 9
Harvard University 8
Columbia University 5

Notable alumni


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Coordinates: 40°44′11″N 73°58′24″W / 40.73639°N 73.97333°W / 40.73639; -73.97333