United Nations International School

The United Nations International School (UNIS) is a private international school in New York City, established in 1947. Many members of the United Nations staff arriving with young families found unexpected difficulties with New York’s school system. Among them was K. T. Behanan and his wife, who arrived from India in May 1947 with their 5-year old son, to work on educational policy at the UN’s Trusteeship Council. The Behanans banded together with other UN families who were in a similar situation to establish in 1947 the United Nations International School at Lake Success,[1] with Dr Behanan as chairman of its board. The school was founded to provide an international education, while preserving its students' diverse cultural heritages. Today, UNIS has over 1600 students in two locations, serving the United Nations, international and New York communities. The campus in Jamaica Estates, Queens is a K8 school and the Manhattan campus, overlooking the East River, is K12.

United Nations International School
24-50 FDR Drive

NY 10010

United States
TypeIndependent, International School, Private
DirectorDan Brenner
Enrollmentapprox. 1,600
Color(s)Light Blue & White
AffiliationUnited Nations

UNIS was one of the founding schools of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and was among those awarding the first diplomas. The comprehensive K12 curriculum prepares UNIS students for the IB, and the school's internationally recognized academic standards[2] enables students to go on to study in top colleges and universities in the United States and worldwide.[3]

The main language of instruction is English and all students study French or Spanish, beginning in elementary school. Arabic, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese and Russian are also taught beginning in the seventh grade at the Manhattan campus. Additional mother tongues may be studied after school.[4] The school's current Executive Director is Dan Brenner.

UNIS is a member of the Council of International Schools, the International Baccalaureate Organization, the European Council of International Schools, the New York State Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of Independent Schools, the College Board and is registered with the New York Board of Regents as an independent, not-for-profit school.