With 1,000 Applicants for 140 Seats, NYC’s Harbor School Set for Major Expansion

Scuba diving. Estuary restoration. Search and rescue. 

These subjects are essential to students at New York City’s Urban Assembly Harbor School. Located on two campuses — one for classroom learning, the other for water-based research — the 20-year-old school on Governors Island offers eight maritime-themed career and technical education pathways. Real-world opportunities allow the 480 students — sometimes clad in life vests, other times in protective goggles and welders’ masks — to earn industry certifications in marine science or technology, bona fides that help them enter the workforce or pursue their education. And now, the school is more than doubling in size. Jo Napolitano reports on this latest stop on our High School Road Trip.