Origins High School

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Liberal arts focus; students present portfolios of their work

The Downside

Too soon to tell

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)

About the students

Enrollment
434
Asian
13.8%
Black
36.9%
Hispanic
22.4%
White
26.3%
Other
0.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
71%
Students with disabilities
13%
English language learners
16%
Male
50%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Sheepshead Bay Educational Campus with three other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
66%
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?
39%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
90%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
14%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
84%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
49%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
3.0
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?
95%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
100%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
52%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
98%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
95%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
95%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 2 dedicated spaces for Music and Visual arts
This school has 3 licensed arts teachers in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
74%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
38%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
70%
70% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

Are students prepared for college?

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 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?
63%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
91%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
91%
89% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

Origins High School
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Academics

Language Courses

Russian, Spanish

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket, Double Dutch, Golf

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