United Nations International School
|United Nations International School|
|Type||Independent, International School, Private|
|Location||24-50 FDR Drive, New York, NY 10010,
New York, NY, USA
|Colors||Light Blue (Pantone 279 ~ #6689CC) and White|
|Newspaper||UNISVERSE, Litmag, UNISON|
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 2008, it has over 1,450 students representing 150 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 the borough of 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). 1 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.2
Between 2003 and 2008, the top 10 College destinations for UNIS Graduates were: 3
|College||Total Students Attending (2003–2008)|
|George Washington University||17|
|New York University||12|
|University of Virginia||11|
Some alumni, listed alphabetically:
- Ishmael Beah, author and former child soldier,4
- Byrdie Bell, model and actress5
- Yasmine Bleeth, actress6
- Kate Burton, actress7
- Vikram Chatwal, socialite and business tycoon, son of Sant Singh Chatwal8
- Alain Chesnais, computer scientist, past president of the Association for Computing Machinery
- Stéphane Dujarric de la Rivière, former United Nations spokesperson9
- Nicholas Guest, actor
- Stephen Hartke, composer10
- Sarah Jones (stage actress), actress11
- Sarah Kay (poet), poet12
- Radhika Coomaraswamy, lawyer and former United Nations Under-Secretary-General13
- Rashid Khalidi, Columbia University professor14
- James Mayer, Professor of Chemistry
- Joakim Noah, basketball player for the Chicago Bulls15
- Atsushi Ogata, film maker16
- Amanda Plummer, actress
- Qubilah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X17
- S. K. Thoth, performance artist18
- Marius Vassiliou, scientist.
- John Zorn, musician19
- FAQ at unis.org
- Beah, Ishmael (n/a). "A Long Way Gone". A Long Way Gone. Retrieved 31 October 31.
- Ryzik, Melena (February 1, 2008). "Awakening, Nightly, at 50". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-10-15.
- Schoeneman, Deborah (March 5, 2006). "Vikram's Big Fat Sikh Wedding". New York Magazine. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
- Secretary-General appoints Stéphane Dujarric as Spokesman
- Leland, John (August 9, 2011). "Scouting the City for Characters". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- Santor, Marc; Gootman, Elissa (October 30, 2008). "Political Storm Finds a Columbia Professor". The New York Times. p. A28. Retrieved 2008-12-02.
- Yglesias, Linda (June 8, 1997). "At Center of Tragedy...". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2008-12-02.