New Utrecht High School

1601 80 STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11214 Map
Phone: (718) 232-2500
Website: Click here
Admissions: Neighborhood school/selective
Principal: Maureen Goldfarb
Neighborhood: Bensonhurst
District: 20
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: ANNA MINEO
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Health Professions
Visual Art & Design
Law & Government
Zoned
Business
Hospitality, Travel and Tourism
Dual Language

Buses: B1, B4, B64, B8, X28, X38

What's special:

Lots of sports and a wide range of course offerings.

The downside:

Some kids get lost in the shuffle.

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

New Utrecht High School is a safe and orderly school that serves a wide range of students including kids in the honor track, new immigrants learning English, and children with special needs. The school has 24 sports teams, 40 after-school clubs and activities like a talent show, a fashion show, a spring musical, a debate team, mock trial and model United Nations.

The well-kept building has a wood shop, a jewelry-making lab, two gyms and a swimming pool. A new wing houses a cafeteria and classrooms. Some 400 students are English Language Learners, and there is a bilingual Chinese program. Foreign languages offered include Mandarin, Cantonese, Italian, Spanish, Polish and Russian. The school has a Small Business Operation, where students learn about the facets of operating an actual business and enter into competition with other schools.

Despite the many offerings at this large school, some kids get lost in the shuffle. Attendance is below average, and only about two-thirds of students graduate on time.

About 300 high-achieving students (those with 90 percent-plus averages in middle school) participate in the Honors Academy, which offers accelerated, enriched, and Advanced Placement classes. Students in the Honors Academy are required to maintain a minimum 85 average and have a community service requirement. Honors students told us they spend about 2 hours a night on homework.

In addition, New Utrecht offers three other programs: the Medical Professions and Health Careers Program, the Academy for Legal Studies, and the Hospitality and Tourism program.

The Medical Professions and Health Careers program, students may have job-shadowing internships at Coney Island Hospital, Long Island College Hospital, Lutheran Medical Center or Maimonides Medical Center. It is is a four year program in business computer systems and health Sciences. Admission to this program is through the Ed. Opt. formula only.

The Academy for Legal Studies is a four year program where students complete a sequence of seven elective courses: Criminology I and II, AP Psychology I and II, Legal Studies, Public Speaking and Debate. The program culminates in an internship in the senior year.

In the Hospitality and Tourism program, students may have field trips, mentors and internships as they learn about careers such as Sports and Entertainment Event Management, Geography and World Cultures, and Hospitality and Tourism Systems. All programs have an honors component.

New Utrecht students may participate in the City University of New York's College Now program, which is designed to give high school kids access to college-level classes, and earn six to 12 credits before graduation. The program helps keep kids stay focused on going to college, critical in a community where many parents may not have finished high school.

College admissions: Recent college acceptances include New York University, SUNY Binghamton, Amherst College, Cornell, Fordham, Middlebury College, Niagara University and the University of Houston.

Special education: A wide range of services are available for the school’s 500 special education students.

Admissions: Zoned neighborhood school. Students from outside the zone may apply for special programs and are admitted either according to the educational option formula, designed to ensure a mix of children of different abilities, or according to the rules for so-called “limited unscreened” programs which give a preference to students who attend an open house. Honors academy students are chosen by school administrators from the incoming class of admitted students. ( Eliana Mascio, high school fair and interviews, November 2011)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 3553

Average Daily Attendance 85%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
40%

Black

  
4%

Hispanic

  
29%

White

  
27%

Free Lunch

  
73%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
19%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.49 2.39 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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

89% 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?

80% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

33% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

74% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

22% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

74% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

7% 9% 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?

16%

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

24%

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

30%

Are students ready for college?

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

35% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

422
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

62% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

488
432 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 511 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

50% 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

51% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

Academy of Hospitality & Tourism

Limited Unscreened

Helps students chart career paths in one of the world's largest industries, from hotel management to sports entertainment and event management; includes the study of geography, economics, and world cultures.

Zoned

Zoned Guarantee

Comprehensive Academic Program.

Legal Studies Academy

Limited Unscreened

Introduction to Legal Studies, Introduction to Public Speaking and Debate, Criminology I & II, AP Psychology I & II, Introduction to Legal Writing and Senior Internship.

Academy of Business and Technology

Limited Unscreened

An interdisciplinary program combining business and technology courses with a real hands-on working experience. The curriculum includes courses directed towards completing professional and academic certifications.

Medical & Health Careers

Ed. Opt.

Combines academics and hands-on experience to develop candidates interested in health career professions.

Academy of Art & Design

Limited Unscreened

A discipline-based art program that includes drawing, painting, fashion design, advanced art classes, and portfolio development.

Honors Academy

Screened

The Honors Academy provides students of outstanding ability and potential with an enriched, challenging, college preparatory program that emphasizes humanities, mathematics, and science.

Selection Criteria

  • English (Scores 80-100) , Math (Scores 80-100) , Science (Scores 85-100) , Social Studies (Scores 81-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 3.1-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2.5-4.5

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Academics

AP COURSES: AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Economics, AP English, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP US Government and Politics, AP US History, AP World History

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Archon Community Honor Society, Art Exhibits, Chinese New Year Show, Debate Team, Fashion Show, International Festival, Key Club, Mock Trial, Model UN, National Honor Society (Arista), Peer Mediation/Conflict Resolution, Peer Tutoring, Spring Musical, Talent Show, Theater Guild, Tri-Music Honor Society; We offer over 40 after-school clubs

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Handball, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Flag Football, Handball, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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