New Dorp High School
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New Dorp High School
Buses: S57, S74, S76, S78, S79-SBS
New Dorp High School is a large, well-run school that benefits from strong leadership and a thoughtful structure. The school is organized into eight programs known as SLCs (small learning communities), each with its own director, faculty, guidance counselor and theme. The SLC design allows for students to get a level of attention and support typically found in smaller schools while still enjoying big school perks such as expansive facilities, a nice selection of advanced- and college-level courses, a large sports program and lots of clubs and extracurricular activities.
Each SLC appeals to a different range of interests—communications and media, law and JROTC, math and science, forensics, health and culinary arts, fine arts and drama, teaching, and business and software engineering—and each one delivers on its theme through dedicated elective classes and activities. For instance, The Institute of Forensic Science, the most popular of the SLCs, offers hands-on learning through forensic science, crime scene photography, crime writing/forensic statistics and biotechnology classes. In English, students read a murder mystery that ties into their forensic studies. Forensics also hosts a school-wide murder mystery. Students investigate clues to identify the perpetrator who is then tried for the crime by The Law Institute, another SLC.
The Math & Science Institute, which accepts students with good grades and test scores, has the most demanding course load. Students typically take several Advanced Placement courses in different subjects in addition to classes exclusive to this SLC, such as science research and medical issues.
School videos capturing school life, including one set to Taylor Swift’s Shake-it-Off, are created by students in yet another SLC, The Academy of Communication and Media Arts.
Principal Deirdre DeAngelis has sought out partnerships to support the SLCs and expand their options. Through a partnership with a local physical therapy business, the health science and culinary arts SLC provides hands-on exposure to athletic training and physical therapy in an onsite, professionally equipped therapy lab. Software engineering was added to the options available in the business-themed SLC, which is also home to the award-winning Virtual Enterprise program where students perform all tasks related to running a mock business. The math and science SLC also offers instruction in software engineering. An Air Force JROTC program, where some students get flight training, expands the options for students in the Law Institute.
We observed a mix of teaching styles, but most teachers weave in a lot of time for student-to-student and class-wide discussions; we saw many instances of students sitting at desks arranged in small groups or in U-shaped configurations to foster more face-to-face conversations.
Writing is emphasized in all subjects to an impressive degree, owing to the school-wide adoption of the Hochman Method, which breaks down the writing process into specific strategies such as proper use of transition words to connect ideas and outlining an essay before writing a complete draft. “Ask yourself which detail should go right before the conclusion,” a global history teacher said to her students working on an essay. “You want to end on the most powerful detail.”
“This really helps kids learn to read better, write better and speak better,” said DeAngelis who became principal in 1999. Since rolling out the Hochman Method in 2009, students’ scores on English and history Regents exams have risen steadily and far exceed the citywide average.
There are more than a dozen Advanced Placement courses open to qualifying students in any of the SLCs. New Dorp students may earn college credits via College Now programs with College of Staten Island and Kingsborough Community College. College courses for credit are also offered onsite at New Dorp through a program with St. John’s University.
COLLEGE: There’s a dedicated college office, and guidance counselors visit English classes to walk juniors through the college admissions process. Graduating students go on to CUNY and SUNY schools as well as highly selective private colleges and universities
SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school works hard to integrate special-needs students with general-education students, and involve students of all abilities in classes and after-school activities. There are a range of services and supports, including self-contained and ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes. The school has an ASD Nest program that gives extra supports to a small group of students with an autism spectrum disorder.
ADMISSIONS: Priority admission to students in school’s zone if they apply to the “Zoned” program. The Math & Science Institute accepts students with good attendance, level 3 or 4 scores on standardized tests and grades of at least 85 in core subjects. Admission to all other programs is based on the educational option formula that is designed to ensure a mix of low, average and high-achieving students. Students who change their minds about the SLC they choose may apply to switch to another one at the end of 9th grade. (Laura Zingmond, February 2015).
At a glance
Number of Students 2791
Average Daily Attendance 88%
Metal detectors? No
INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.40 2.40 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Safety & vibe
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average english class31 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?
How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?48% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?98% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?
How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?75% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?94% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How Many Students are Chronically Absent?25% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Class of 2014
How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?22%
Is the guidance counseling helpful?
How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?67% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Special ed & ELL
Programs and Admissions
School admission priorities:
- Priority to Staten Island students or residents
- Then to New York City residents
- For Zoned program only: priority to students who live in the zoned area
Source: High school directory
Future Teachers Academy
A teacher preparatory program which includes courses in Child Development, Psychology, Children's Literature, Teaching Methodology, as well as a college credited education course. A student teaching component is required.
Law, History & Human Rights Institute
This program is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and partnered with the Justice Resource Center. It prepares students for majors that lead to careers in the legal field. Students take courses in Criminal Justice, Family and Civil Law, Constitutional Law, Legal Research, Mock Trial & Debate and participate in Internships. Through these courses students attend field trips and compete in Mock Trial and Moot Court competitions. Students also have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement and College Extension courses in History and Government. Students will have the option to choose a major sequence in Law or Air Force JROTC.
Corporate Center for Business and Technology
Challenging program that allows students to select one of two strands: the software engineering program, which exposes students to various topics including computer programming, robotics, and web design; or the Virtual Enterprise program, which is a NYS-Approved CTE sequence that includes in-depth study of business and computer applications, coupled with simulated corporate experience.
Institute of Health Sciences
An academically rigorous program that will prepare students for college as well as careers in the health care profession. Career focus includes physicians, nurses, athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, medical technologist and medical assistants. Individual mentoring, diversified courses and interships are the core of this program. Students will be able to choose a major sequence in Health Sciences/Pre-Physical Therapy or Culinary Arts.
Academy of Communication and Media Arts
Students explore and utilize various forms of media such as television, film, internet, radio and print. With a major focus on hands-on instruction, this program prepares students for relevant college majors with exposure to careers in all areas of Media.
Academy of Fine and Dramatic Arts
A four-year academic program with a strong emphasis in the Arts. Students explore Fine Arts, Performing & Dramatic Arts, Instrumental, Vocal and Dance early in their high school career and move towards a major focus following their sophomore year.
Math & Science Institute
As a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program, students are prepared for majors that lead to careers in medicine or engineering. Students participate in internships, regional and national competitions, professional conferences, and field trips. Advanced Placement, College Now, College Extension and SAT preparation courses, as well as medical and engineering electives, are offered.
- English (85-100) , Math (85-100) , Science (85-100)
- Math Levels: Levels 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 3-4
There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information
Institute of Forensic Science and Criminology
This program exposes students to real-world applications of Forensic Sciences through hands-on instruction, while incorporating this theme in all subject areas. Top level Forensics specialists share their experiences on-site and through field study.
Academic Comprehensive Program
AP COURSES: Biology, Calculus AB, Computer Science A, English Literature and Composition, United States History, World History
Online: Art History, Calculus BC, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics
Language classes: Italian, Spanish
Source: High school directory
EXTRACURRICULAR: Baruch/Merrill Lynch Initial Public Offering (IPO) Challenge, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), Chorus, Community Service Projects, Conflict Resolution Team, Creative Writing, Dance Team, Environmental Awareness, Federal Challenge, First Aid/CPR, Fitness Training, Float Committee, Forensics, Gay-Straight Alliance, Graphic Design, Ice Hockey, INTERACT Service, International, Italian and Spanish Honor Societies, Leadership Team, Link Employment and Responsibility Now (LEARN), Marching Band, Color Guard, Math Team, Moot Court, Musical Performances, National Honor Society, Peer Tutoring, Performing Arts, Ping-Pong, PM/Saturday School, School Online Newspaper and News Channel, SING, Small Learning Community-based Activities, Social Obstacles, Stage Design, Stock Market Challenge, Student Government, Video Yearbook, Virtual Enterprise, Yearbook Squad, Cheerleading & Competitive Cheer Teams, Anti-Bullying, Eatwise, Grade Councils, Glee, Green, Jewish Culture, Christian Culture, Muslim Culture, Photography, Robotics, City Outreach, Chem, Hip-Hop Crew, You Tube, Dream Team (Dream Act), Debate, Self Defense, Video Editing, Shakespeare
BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball & JV Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Football & JV Football, Golf, Handball, Indoor Track, Lacrosse & JV Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball & JV Softball, Tennis, Volleyball & JV Volleyball, Wrestling
Other schools sports: Adaptive Physical Education, Cheerleading, Dance, Hoops for Harmony, Pilates, Self-Defense, Weight Training, Yoga
Source: High school directory