Orchard Collegiate Academy

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Strong support for struggling students

The Downside

Attendance and academics have a ways to go

Orchard Collegiate Academy (OCA) is a tiny high school that partners with Henry Street Settlement to provide extra support for students, including a longer school day, mental health services and a full-time college counselor. Children learn in small classes of fewer than 20 students.

The school has a concert band and an audio production program, in which teens create and edit sound tracks of jungles or other settings. A partnership with the Abrons Arts Center allows students to enroll in free drama, music and dance classes.

Many students face challenges; most live in poverty and about a dozen live in temporary housing. About one-quarter of the school population has disabilities. Graduates who go on to attend college are typically the first in their families to do so, according to the comprehensive educational plan (CEP).

Orchard provides a safe and orderly environment. Enrollment has almost doubled under the leadership of Miles Doyle, who took the helm in 2015. Attendance is improving and most teachers would recommend the school to other families.

Henry Street helps manage a mental health clinic on-site used by the three schools that share the building. There are two social workers and several social work interns. Children are assigned at least one adult mentor in school for guidance and support.

Parents are welcome and invited in. The school offers workshops and refers families to services in and outside the school such as English classes, parenting classes, employment assistance and art classes.

High-achievers may take college classes through New York University or Borough of Manhattan Community College. A recent graduate won a four-year scholarship to attend Dickinson College in Pennsylvania funded by the Posse Foundation according to the school website.

Many programs are offered in Henry Street's popular after-school program. Activities are free to all students.

Orchard shares the Corlears Complex (formerly JHS 56 Corlears Junior High) with Manhattan Charter School II (K-5) and University Neighborhood Middle (6-8). Built in 1968, the plain but functional building features a full-size cafeteria and gym, plus music rooms, modern science labs and a paved outdoor recreation area, all of which are shared.

Founded in 2008 as a 6-12 school called Henry Street School for International Studies, the school changed its name to Orchard Collegiate Academy in 2016 and became a stand-alone high school. It was once listed as one of the city’s lowest performing schools but has improved enough to be taken off the list.

Admissions: Educational option. There has been room for all students who applied in recent years. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, October 2018)

 

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
94%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
85%
Average daily attendance
 
81%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
57%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
77%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
93%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

290
Number of students
624 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
79%
Students with disabilities
 
27%
Multilingual learners
 
6%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
95%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
16%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
10%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
83%
6.1
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
71%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
11%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
28%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
7%

Music

 
90%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
71%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
32%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
54%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
42%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Orchard Collegiate Academy

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States History, AP Biology

Boys PSAL teams

Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

220 Henry Street
Manhattan NY 10002

Trains: F Line to East Broadway; J Line, M Line, Z Line to Delancey St-Essex St

Buses: B39, M14A, M14D, M15, M15-SBS, M21, M22, M9, X14, X37, X38


Contact

Principal: Miles Doyle

Parent Coordinator: Sandra Baez

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with University Neighborhood Middle and Manhattan Charter School II

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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