Executive Director's Welcome

Dear Visitor;

Welcome to the United Nations International School (UNIS) website! We are proud to announce we are in our 70th year.

As we celebrate 70 years we proudly remember our roots as a school established under the auspices of the United Nations to provide an education for the children of international professionals coming to New York, to build a forum for dialogue and understanding, as well as programs to address vital needs and inequality in the Post-WWII community.

UNIS has become a beacon of international education for 1600 students across two campuses. We welcome families from nearly 130 nations speaking nearly 100 mother tongues, who learn from one another nearly as much as from our world class faculty.

As a UNIS graduate, and parent of two high-school age children at the school, I am keenly aware of the value of respectful, critical dialogue that starts with an appreciation of cultural differences. This appreciation and understanding evolves into mutual support and concern for the greater good, despite those differences. These lessons are imparted to, and exemplified by, our students every day.

In a world that grows ever smaller, that faces more areas of conflict, UNIS students are uniquely positioned to understand and develop the skills needed to build a better world. Indeed, they are emboldened to do so. And they are already activists in the local and international community before they graduate.

We hope you will take the opportunity to visit both campuses and consider joining this exceptional, vibrant community.

Salvador Uy, Class of 1983