The Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction (SDC) is a unique public high school that has embraced a monumental challenge – preparing every student for college regardless of the academic and social challenges they face. We do so through engaging our students with our theme of Design and Construction. Our aim is to expand and diversify our design-related academic and professional opportunities, increase our use of design technologies, and further develop and deepen the connection between our theme and the traditional high school curriculum.
At SDC our mission is to help every student design a path to college graduation and a successful career. Although more than 70% of our students come from low income families, we strive to provide educational opportunities and experiences in order to successfully complete this mission.
We need your help…
The Iron Designer Challenge is our annual design competition to raise money for our design program. This year, our goal is to raise $50,000 to support opportunities and programs for our students.
IDC Sponsorship Opportunities
YOUR GIFT OF $100
Pays for one student’s design model –making supplies for one year.
YOUR GIFT OF $250
Pays for one student’s overnight college visit.
YOUR GIFT OF $1000
Pays for after-school tutoring for 15 students for one semester.
Corporate & Partnership Level Gifts
YOUR GIFT OF $2500
Pays for a 10-week design workshop through the Center for Architecture Foundation for 25 students.
YOUR GIFT OF $5000
Pays for one year’s materials for our 9th grade Design Studio classes.
YOUR GIFT OF $10,000
Pays for a year-long professional internship for 12 students.
YOUR GIFT OF $30,000
Pays for a new Macintosh Computer Lab for our design program.
Mentoring & Internship Opportunities
Individuals and Companies are able to get involved in our SDC “Menternship” Program. Work with our partnership team to create an experience that works for you an your organization. Mentoring opportunities can range from speaking to students at the school to establishing a regular connection with one student. Companies can have a group of students visit their workplace or employ an SDC student interns in his or her Junior or Senior year.
Bi-annually, the student-designers at SDC present their work at our Design Critiques. Professional volunteers are needed to sit on panels of visiting critics. These authentic experiences offer our students a unique opportunity to hone their design, critical thinking, and presentation skills.
Every SDC student begins his or her high school career by participating in Design Seminar with our resident architect. Professional volunteers are needed to support our students as they tackle real-world design problems in the studio. Teaching assistants have a powerful opportunity to impact our students’ intellectual growth.
In all content areas, SDC faculty members are attempting to strengthen the connection between the traditional curriculum and the history, principles, and application of architecture and design. Curriculum consultants pair with educators to examine current curriculum and plan creative ways to deepen these connections.