New Dorp High School
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New Dorp High School
Buses: S57, S74, S76, S78, S79-SBS
New Dorp is a large, well-functioning high school organized into distinct, small learning communities (SLCs) of a few hundred students each. Each academy has its own faculty, guidance counselor and administration and its own dedicated area of the school. Nestled between one of the busiest intersections in the borough and a sprawling, grassy stretch of Gateway National Park, the school is housed in a massive, contemporary building. The school has long provided excellent academics to high-performing students and has used the small learning communities to integrate struggling students.
Deirdre DeAngelis has been principal since 1999 and has overseen a consistent and impressive rise in the school’s graduation rate since 2005 when the school created the small learning communities. Significantly, attendance has also improved over the same period of time.
There are six academies that take a students at a range of performance levels: a teachers academy; science and criminology; business and technology; health professions; media and communication; and the arts. The school also offers a screened math and science program and a law and government program open to high-performing students. Technology students can earn Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification. Students in the screened programs are expected to complete college-level courses and participate in internships. Student teaching is required in the teachers academy. There is also a Junior ROTC program.
“The teachers make sure you do well,” one student told us at the high school fair. “They push you, they pull you aside to say ‘I know you can do better.’ They’re like your parents, only at school.”
Students who change their minds about the SLC they choose may switch to another one at the end of 9th grade. Some who say they want to change SLCs early in the year decide to stay with their original choice by the end of the school year, counselors say, so making all changes late in the year is most efficient.
The school works hard to integrate special-needs students with general-education students, and involve students of all abilities in classes and afterschool activities. Its large size allows for a wide range of extracurriculars including mock trial, chorus, peer mediation, jazz, marching band, poetry, culinary arts, and a fashion club. The school has 30 sports teams including lacrosse, soccer, swimming, softball, gymnastics and tennis.
For high performing students, the school offers more than a dozen Advanced Placement courses including government and politics, art history, psychology, Spanish, Italian and world history. New Dorp students may earn college credits via the College Now program, taking classes at Brooklyn’s Kingsborough Community College.
Seniors at New Dorp often have only three or four classes a day, because they have fulfilled graduation requirements. That may be part of the reason that only 20% - about the city average – were considered “ready for college” in 2010, according to their Regents and SAT scores. Another factor, guidance counselors say, is that the school admits a large number of students throughout the year who either never applied to high school or are living in difficult family situations or in foster care. These students often need extra academic and emotional support, counselors say. A few dozen students participate in Saturday school to make up credits and coursework required for graduation.
Guidance counselors say most New Dorp graduates go on to college, mainly to CUNY and SUNY schools. About 47% of students who were ninth graders in 2006 enrolled in college in the fall of 2010, according to Education Department statistics.
Admissions: Zoned school. Students may apply to various screened (selective) or educational option programs (which admit students with a range of abilities. 0The school allows interested eighth-graders the opportunity to ‘shadow’ an enrolled New Dorp student to learn more about the school. The visits begin in early November and continue until the winter recess; slots are limited, however, so the school advises that parents and students call as early in the school year as possible to make arrangements. More information is available by calling 718 667 8686 x 11351 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. (Helen Zelon, interviews at high school fair, October 2011)
At a glance
Number of Students 2734
Average Daily Attendance 88%
Metal detectors? No
INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.40 2.80 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 2013
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