United Nations International School

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Day School
+1 212-584-3071
2450 FDR Drive, New York, NY 10010, United States
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Year of Foundation 1947
Enrollment Phase / Grades Preschool, Primary, Secondary, Sixth Form
Boarding Day School
Number of students 1550
Nationalities 120
Teacher Student Ratio NA
Accreditations CIS, IBO, NYSAIS
Headmaster Sal Uy
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The United Nations International School (UNIS) was established in 1947 by a group of United Nations Parents to provide an international education for their children, while preserving their diverse cultural heritages. What began as a nursery school for 20 children quickly grew, adding grades, students and faculty. Today, UNIS has over 1550 students in two locations, serving the United Nations, International and New York communities. Our campus in Jamaica Estates, Queens is a K-8 school and our Manhattan campus, overlooking the East River, is PreK-12. UNIS was one of the founding schools of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and was among those awarding the first diplomas. The comprehensive PreK-12 curriculum prepares UNIS students for the IB, and the schoolÍs internationally recognized academic standards enable our students and to go on to study in top colleges and universities in the United States and worldwide. The main language of instruction is English and all students study French or Spanish, beginning in the elementary school (with Mandarin also available, in addition, in the Manhattan campus); Arabic, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese and Russian are also taught beginning in the seventh grade at our Manhattan campus. Additional mother tongues may be studied after school. UNIS is chartered by the New York Board of Regents as an independent, not-for-profit school The school is a member of the College Board, the National Association of Independent Schools, the New York State Association of Independent Schools, the International Baccalaureate Organization, the European Council of International Schools and the Council of International Schools.



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Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish


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