Opinion: the SAT and ACT have overstayed their welcome

Information provided by 2020 College Board Report and 2018 ACT Profile Report. Infographic credit: Mira Chandriani.
November 19, 2020

A rising number of colleges have begun phasing SAT and ACT scores out of their admissions decisions, in a move that is long overdue. Not only are these standardized tests extremely time-consuming to study...

Urban Students Who Vape at a Higher Risk of COVID-19

Urban Students Who Vape at a Higher Risk of COVID-19
October 19, 2020

Teenagers and young adults are often thought to be less at risk of adverse reactions to COVID-19. However, the growing number of teenagers and young adults who vape has potentially put them at a higher...

The joys and sorrows of Tinder

May 11, 2020

I admit that I started writing this story with some hesitation. It is illegal for people under the age of 18 to use dating apps, and many students are embarrassed to publicly share such an intimate part...

Students who Songwrite

Stephen Dawes '21. Photo credit: Clementine Daniel
February 11, 2020

There are numerous immersive music courses offered at Urban, focusing on a variety of complex musical techniques that range from Chamber Orchestra to Music Production and Engineering. Students can focus...

Rethinking the Reader

Rethinking the Reader
February 4, 2020

With forty years of history, Readers have become a staple in the Urban Curriculum. Teachers are continuously adapting Readers to fulfill students’ needs, but is it time for Readers to take another step...

Sophomore slump proves prevalent among students, barely recognized by faculty

Sophomore slump proves prevalent among students, barely recognized by faculty
December 9, 2019

The sophomore slump represents a troublesome phenomenon among tenth graders at Urban; it can be easy to identify in oneself, yet difficult to see as a trend in the greater community. Within the walls of...

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