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New Utrecht High School

1601 80th Street
Brooklyn NY 11214
Phone: 718-232-2500

Our Insights

What’s Special

Lots of sports and a wide range of course offerings

The Downside

Overcrowding; some kids get lost in the shuffle

New Utrecht High School in Bensonhurst serves a wide-ranging population that includes high achievers in the honors track, new immigrants learning English and students with special needs. It is one of New York City's largest high schools. Students speak more than 30 languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Urdu and Italian. 

Most students graduate on time, and the number of graduates ready for college-level work is above the citywide average. Teachers say the school is safe and orderly, though numbers are rising and the school is crowded. Most teachers report they would recommend the school to other families, according to school surveys.

Perks of this big school include a football field and a swimming pool. Students may participate in a talent show, a fashion show, a spring musical and a Chinese New Year celebration. The school has more than 30 academic, social and cultural clubs. The foreign language choices are Italian, Mandarin and Spanish.

The well-kept building has a wood shop, two gyms and a swimming pool. A newer wing houses a cafeteria and classrooms. The school has a small business operation, where students learn the facets of operating an actual business and enter into competition with other schools.

Students with good standardized test scores and grades and attendance in middle school may apply to the Honors Academy, which has a focus on humanities, math and science.  

The school also offers programs in Medical Billing and Coding, Travel and Tourism, and Law. Teens participate in internships and job shadowing at places like the Justice Resource Center and Maimonides Hospital. Another program offering is the Academy of Art and Design.

In a partnership with Kingsborough Community College, more than half of New Utrecht students take college-level courses by the time they graduate. The program helps kids stay focused on going to college, critical in a community where many parents may not have finished high school.

Despite the range of offerings at this large school, some kids get lost in the shuffle. More than half miss more than 18 days of school. Students have the same guidance counselor all four years, to develop positive relationships with staff and improve attendance, according to the yearly plan. The school is overcrowded and some kids complain about bullying, safety and respect among students.

College acceptances include New York University, SUNY Binghamton, Amherst College, Cornell, Fordham, Middlebury College, Niagara University and the University of Houston.

ADMISSIONS: Zoned neighborhood school. Students from outside the zone may apply for special programs and most are admitted according to the educational option formula, designed to attract a mix of children of different abilities. Honors Academy students are admitted based on grades, attendance and standardized test scores. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, April 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 2018-19 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
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 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 2018-19 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 2018-19 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 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

From 2020 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Arabic, Chinese and Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% 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

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

Combines academics and hands-on experience to develop candidates interested in health career professions. Program highlights include Billing & Coding certification, senior year internship opportunities, and a certificate of completion in Health Informatics & Health Assisting.

Academy of Legal Studies
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Introduction to Legal Studies, Constitutional Law, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Public Speaking & Debate, Moot Court/Mock Trial, Legal Writing, and Senior Internship.

Academy of Hospitality & Tourism
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
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: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

A discipline-based art program with courses in: Drawing, Digital Design, Fashion Illustration & Construction, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture. Individualized mentoring and portfolio development for students who intend to pursue studies in fine arts.

Honors Academy
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description:

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: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

An interdisciplinary program combining business and technology courses with a real hands-on working experience. The curriculum includes courses such as Computer Applications, MOS Certification, Visual Basics, and Entrepreneurship -all directed towards completing professional and academic certifications.

New Utrecht High School D75 Inclusion Program
Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services
Admissions Method: Zoned Guarantee
Program Description:

Comprehensive academic program.


Language Courses

Arabic, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Macroeconomics, AP United States History, AP Drawing, AP Physics 1, AP Environmental Science, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Biology, AP Psychology, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Human Geography, AP Statistics, AP World History: Modern, AP Computer Science A, AP Chinese Language and Culture, AP Calculus AB, AP Microeconomics, AP Italian Language and Culture, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Calculus BC, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Chemistry


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

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

Contact & Location


Bensonhurst (District 20)
Trains: D Line to 79th St
Buses: B1, B4, B64, B8, X28, X38


Maureen Goldfarb
Parent Coordinator
Natalie Tang

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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