United Nations International School
|United Nations International School|
|24-50 FDR Drive
New York, NY 10010
|Type||Independent, International School, Private|
|Color(s)||Light Blue & White|
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.
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
|College||Total Students Attending (2003–2008)|
|George Washington University||17|
|New York University||12|
|University of Virginia||11|
- Anubhav Jain, Hollywood Actor
- Dorothy Bush, daughter of George H. Bush5
- Yasmine Bleeth, actress6
- Kate Burton, actress7
- Byrdie Bell, actress
- 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
- Mohamed A. El-Erian, former CEO of PIMCO 10
- Nicholas Guest, actor
- Stephen Hartke, composer11
- Sarah Jones (stage actress), actress12
- Sarah Kay, poet13
- Radhika Coomaraswamy, lawyer and former United Nations Under-Secretary-General14
- Rashid Khalidi, Columbia University professor15
- James Mayer, Professor of Chemistry
- Joakim Noah, basketball player for the Chicago Bulls16
- Atsushi Ogata, film maker17
- Amanda Plummer, actress
- Qubilah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X18
- S. K. Thoth, performance artist19
- Asa Akira, world-renowned pornographic actress 20
- Marius Vassiliou, scientist.
- Adam Wierzbianski. Millionaire and community activist
- John Zorn, musician21
- Mike Greenberg, sports radio host22
- Gary Cohen, TV sports broadcaster 23
- Devon Scott, actress 24
- Jennifer Grey, actresscitation needed
- Dashiell Spiegelman, son of comic strip artist Art Spiegelman and designer Francoise Mouly
- Andrea Brand, Biologist
- Amin El-Hassan, ESPN Analyst and #HateHard King
- Suleiman Braimoh, professional basketball player25
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