New Utrecht High School

Grades 9-12
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What’s Special

Lots of sports and a wide range of course offerings.

The Downside

Some kids get lost in the shuffle.

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 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)

About the students

Enrollment
3661
Asian
39.9%
Black
3.5%
Hispanic
29.9%
White
25.8%
Other
1.0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
72%
Students with disabilities
17%
English language learners
21%
Male
57%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
159%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
87%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
33%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
91%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
16%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
80%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
61%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
8.6
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
90%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
90%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
91%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
97%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
92%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 14 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Theater, Visual arts, an Auditorium, and a Film Studio
This school has 6 licensed arts teachers in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
86%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
50%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
79%
70% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
73%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
22%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
7%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
39%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
47%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
64%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
0% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
65%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
64%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
86%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
89%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
87%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
50%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Medical & Health Careers
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

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

Legal Studies Academy
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

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 Hospitality & Tourism
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

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.

Academy of Art & Design
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

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

Honors Academy
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

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

Academy of Business and Technology
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

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.

Zoned
Admissions Method: Zoned Guarantee
Program Description

Comprehensive Academic Program.

Academics

Language Courses

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

Sports

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

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