Orchard Collegiate Academy

Grades: 9-12
220 Henry Street
Manhattan NY 10002
Phone: 212-406-9411

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)



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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Orchard Collegiate Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

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


Boys PSAL teams


Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Lower East Side (District 1)
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


Miles Doyle
Parent Coordinator
Sandra Baez

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with University Neighborhood Middle and Manhattan Charter School II
Metal detectors?

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