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United Nations International School – Manhattan Campus

A Pre-K-to-12th grade, coeducational, college-preparatory day school, 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, and UNIS has unrivaled diversity, with students usually coming from about 120 countries and speaking about 105 languages.

Today, UNIS has over 1600 students in two locations, serving the United Nations, international and New York communities. Our Manhattan campus, overlooking the East River, is Pre-K-12, and our campus in Jamaica Estates, Queens is a K-8 school. UNIS was one of the founding schools of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and was among those awarding the first diplomas. The comprehensive K-12 curriculum prepares UNIS students for the IB, and the school’s internationally recognized academic standards enable our students and to go on to study in top colleges and universities in the United States and worldwide.

Basic Facts

    Age Range:
    prekindergarten to 12th grade

    Years Established: 1947

    Enrollment: 1580 students

    Tuition: $37,150 to $41,360

    Who you serve:
    Co-ed, Elementary, High School, Middle School, Preschool

    Mission/Philosophy
    Under the auspices of the United Nations and guided by its ideals, UNIS provides 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.

    Available Hours:
    8:30 am and 4:30 pm

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Important Q&A

    What differentiates your school from all others?
    UNIS has unrivaled diversity, and as the school under the auspices of the United Nations, has an unusual global reach.

    Whats one myth about your school thats just not true?
    Sometimes people assume that the school has a high turnover, but it certainly doesn't: 41% of the senior class were at UNIS in kindergarten, and the average student attends the school for 8.4 years.

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