Lots of sports and a wide range of course offerings
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)
Safety & Vibe
Faculty & Staff
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Medical Professions & Health Careers
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Comprehensive academic program.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
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