Kips Bay: United Nations International School

The United Nations International School (UNIS) is a private school that replicates many of the guiding principles of the United Nations (UN). 

Just across FDR Drive from the Stuyvesant Town apartments near Kips Bay is the United Nations International School (UNIS), a private school that replicates many of the guiding principles of the United Nations (UN). Though physically closer to the Peter Cooper Village apartments near Kips Bay than to its namesake, UNIS has at its heart a welcoming, warming message of optimism that provides a great place for learners from Kindergarten through 12th grade. 


Two Campuses, One Mission

UNIS has a K-12 campus not very far from our apartments near Kips Bay, at 25-50 FDR Drive. It also has a Queens campus, at 173-53 Croydon Road in Jamaica Estates. The Manhattan campus has a student body of around 1,350 students from 130 nationalities speaking 95 languages. The Queens school has about 190 students with similar cultural diversity. 


Since the schools operate under the auspices of the United Nations, they take very seriously their mission to model not only best educational practices, but also the cultural awareness, dignity and pursuit of peace of the UN itself. The Board of Governors, for example, is appointed by the Secretary-General of the UN. 


UNIS’s mission is to provide “an inclusive and diverse learning environment in which rigorous international programs foster academic excellence, innovation, creativity and cross-cultural communication to educate and inspire its students to become an active force in shaping a better world: peaceful, compassionate and sustainable.”


Daily Delights

The amazing learning going on so near to the Stuyvesant apartments near Kips Bay could lead you to believe UNIS should be fairly glowing with the collective brainpower and high spirits of its young learners, the skies above the East River shimmering with their energy.  


All teachers from K-12 are helping their students to learn respect for human rights, develop skills for the peaceful resolution of conflict, and gain leadership skills. While some schools have lofty goals, UNIS strongly mirrors the UN’s purpose and ideals with every lesson, every day. 


Three Schools in One

Though the student population is small by some standards, it breaks down into even smaller groups: 

  • Junior School—Kindergarten through grade 4 (Junior A through Junior Four)
  • Middle School—Grades 5 through 8
  • Tutorial House—Grades 9 through 12, known by UNIS as Tutorial 1 through 4 and culminating in an International Baccalaureate Diploma


The Queens setting provides school for K through Grade 8, after which students are transferred to the Manhattan Tutorial House to complete their secondary education. 


International Baccalaureate

UNIS, so near the Peter Cooper Village apartments near Kips Bay, is also a world away—its high school students are striving to earn their International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma as juniors and seniors. The two-year program has over 3,700 schools in 140 countries participating, making the IB far more than a mere high school diploma. The IB program offers students many benefits: 

  • Advanced Placement (AP) and course credit
  • Opportunities for entry into universities worldwide
  • Grades awarded on the basis of a multi-faceted,internationally recognized assessment
  • International understanding
  • Intellectual inquiry
  • Humanitarian perspective


International Flavor

Just as the Stuyvesant apartments near Kips Bay reflect the international diversity of New York, so too UNIS celebrates its diverse student body. Even the school menus promote cross-cultural awareness: 

  • Whole grain Penne pasta
  • Chicken Vindaloo
  • Mushroom and Swiss quiche


As a part of the UN, UNIS has the unique ability to bring UN speakers to the school throughout the year, so students build a bridge to the UN and understand the role they have to play as stewards of the UN’s mission. The school also holds an annual UNIS-UN conference and helps students find volunteer work at the UN. 


Stuyvesant Town

Stuyvesant Town provides apartments near Kip's Bay, as well as near the United Nations International School. For more information on our no fee rentals, contact the leasing office at 877.774.1849.