Origins High School
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Origins High School
Buses: B3, B31, B36, B4, B44, B44-SBS, BM3, BM4
Origins High School, a small school with a liberal arts focus, opens with a 9th grade in the Sheepshead Bay High School building in September 2013, growing to become a 9-12 school serving about 450 students.
Principal John Banks, who taught middle school English at Arts & Letters for four years, aims to bring the same "culture and structure" of that District 13 K-8 school to Origins. There will be an advisory system, college and career preparation beginning in 9th grade with mentorships and internships, and an emphasis on literacy, research and writing.
As at Arts & Letters, students present their work in key academic subjects at twice yearly roundtables attended by teachers and community members. The goal is "to celebrate their work with family and community and to develop presentation skills," Banks said. Students produce extended math-science and humanities research projects, working with the help of their advisors. For arts subjects there are art shows or theater productions, he said.
Some 30 languages are spoken in Sheepshead Bay High School and because that school is phasing out, Origins may enroll students whose native language is Haitian Creole, Spanish or Russian, among others. If enough native speakers enroll, Banks said there may be bilingual Russian or Spanish language program.
"To have a community-based school is exciting to me," Banks said in a telephone interview. "There's a lot of community pride and a diverse community here."
The building has "wonderful athletic facilities" including an outdoor field and track. All the sports activities will continue on the Sheepshead Bay campus, Banks said. The building will house a transfer high school -- Professional Pathways High School -- and two charter high schools: New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities III and New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science III.
Admission: Priority to Brooklyn and to students who attend a fair or information session. (Pamela Wheaton, interview & web reports March 2013)
At a glance
Number of Students 333
Average Daily Attendance 87%
Metal detectors? Yes
INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.34 2.39 CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Safety & vibe
ARE CLASSES BIG?
Number of students in an average english classNA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?
How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?76% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?90% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?
How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?84% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
How Many Students are Chronically Absent?39% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Class of 2015
How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?NA
Is the guidance counseling helpful?
How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE
Special ed & ELL
Programs and Admissions
Origins High School
EXTRACURRICULAR: Student Council, Mock Trial, After-School Tutoring, and Peer Mediation are available year round; We also offer a variety of clubs and enrichment activities throughout the year, based on student interest, including: Robotics & Industrial Design, Cyphers & Sonnets Pop Music Group, Digital Photography, Green Team/Garden Club, Mindfulness & Yoga, Karate for Leadership, GSA, Cooking, Newsletter, Ceramics & Painting, Young Women's and Young Men's Groups, and Cheerleading.
BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball