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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. (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

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
79%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
67%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
62%
Average daily attendance
 
86%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
36%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
82%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
87%
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

3118
Number of students
Citywide Average is 615

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
77%
Students with disabilities
 
18%
Multilingual learners
 
18%
From the 2022-23 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?
 
77%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
47%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
32%
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
 
94%
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?
 
96%
1.1
Years of principal experience at this school
Citywide Average is 7
182
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 157

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
87%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

 
2%

Computer Science

 
19%

Physics

 
7%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
15%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
24%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
12%

Music

 
40%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 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?
 
53%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
63%
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
 
69%
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
64%
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by Visit Understanding FAFSA for help with the FAFSA and financial aid.
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Medical Professions & Health Careers (K28A)

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 (K28B)

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 (K28C)

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 (K28D)

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 (K28H)

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 (K28M)

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 (K28U)

Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services

Zoned (K28Z)

Admissions Method: Zoned Guarantee

Program Description:

Comprehensive academic program.

Offerings

From the 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses

Arabic, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese Language and Culture, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Human Geography, AP Italian Language and Culture, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics 1, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art - Drawing, AP United States Government and Politics, AP United States History, AP World History: Modern, Arts (College Course [Credited]), Chemistry (Advanced Science), Econ/Gov (College Course [Credited]), ELA (College Course [Credited]), Other (College Course [Credited]), Physics (Advanced Science), Science (College Course [Credited]), Social Studies (College Course [Credited]), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)

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

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Contact & Location

Location

1601 80 Street
Brooklyn NY 11214

Trains: D Line to 79th St

Buses: B1, B4, B8


Contact

Principal: Svetlana Litvin

Parent Coordinator: Natalie Tang

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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