Origins High School

3000 AVENUE X
BROOKLYN NY 11235 Map
Phone: (718) 891-0037
Website: Click here
Admissions: Brooklyn priority, limited unscreened
Principal: John Banks
Neighborhood: Sheepshead Bay
District: 22
Grade range: 9 & 10
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
New School

Buses: B3, B31, B36, B4, B44

What's special:

Liberal arts focus; students present portfolios of their work

The downside:

Too soon to tell

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

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)

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Sheepshead Bay Educational Campus

Number of Students 85

Average Daily Attendance 89%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
14%

Black

  
39%

Hispanic

  
20%

White

  
20%

Free Lunch

  
84%

Special ed

  
14%

English Language Learners

  
14%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.35 2.40 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

20 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

60% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

100% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

77% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

NA 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many students graduated within 4 years?

NA 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

NA 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

NA 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

NA 10% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

NA

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

NA

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

NA

Are students ready for college?

How many students graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

NA 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

NA 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

NA
426 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 513 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

76% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 54% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

0% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

NA 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

37% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to Brooklyn students or residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to Brooklyn students or residents
  4. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Origins High School

Limited Unscreened

Academics

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Student Government, 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: Gaming Club, Anime/Manga Club, Poetry, Digital Photography, Green Team, Culture Club, Russian Language and Culture, Muslim Student Association (MSA), and Sign Language.

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball & JV Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Football & JV Football, Golf, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball & JV Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Source: High school directory

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