New Utrecht High School
Brooklyn NY 11214
Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.
Lots of sports and a wide range of course offerings.
Some kids get lost in the shuffle.
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 schools 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)
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Programs and Admissions
Combines academics and hands-on experience to develop candidates interested in health career professions.
Introduction to Legal Studies, Introduction to Public Speaking and Debate, Criminology I & II, AP Psychology I & II, Introduction to Legal Writing and Senior Internship.
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.
A discipline-based art program that includes drawing, painting, fashion design, advanced art classes, and portfolio development.
The Honors Academy provides students of outstanding ability and potential with an enriched, challenging, college preparatory program that emphasizes humanities, mathematics, and science.
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.
Comprehensive Academic Program.
Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Spanish
Advanced Placement (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
Boys PSAL teams
Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Handball, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls PSAL teams
Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Flag Football, Handball, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball