Origins High School
Brooklyn NY 11235
Liberal arts focus; students present portfolios of their work
Too soon to tell
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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