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Origins High School

Grades: 9-12
3000 Avenue X
Brooklyn NY
Phone: 718-891-0037

Our Insights

What’s Special

Multi-racial school where students present portfolios of their work

The Downside

Some behavior problems

A small school with a focus on writing, research and learning to speak to an audience, Origins High School serves a multi-racial student body, including many new immigrants. Students speak 24 languages at home and may study Russian, Mandarin or Italian at school.

Opened in 2013 in the former Sheepshead Bay High School (renamed the Frank Macchiarola Educational Complex), Origins High School has quickly established a climate of trust and respect among the faculty, according to school surveys. Teachers give the founding principal, John Banks, high marks and say they would recommend the school to prospective parents.

Banks, who taught middle school English at the Academy of Arts & Letters in Fort Greene, has replicated some of that popular school’s teaching techniques. For example, students present their academic work, called “portfolios,” twice a year at roundtables attended by teachers and community members.

The school had a high suspension rate in its first years, and teachers were working on establishing “restorative practices,” that is, a system of resolving disputes and reducing behavior problems with alternatives to suspension, according to the school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan.  

The building has an outdoor field and track. Students take part in sports teams with other schools in the building, including a transfer high school, Professional Pathways High School, and two charter schools: New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities III and New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science III.

Admission: The school gives priority to students who live nearby, but in recent years it has had room for everyone who wants to apply. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, December 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

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

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

Origins High School
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Our school uses a liberal arts curriculum emphasizing the arts that allows students to experience a wide variety of courses over their four years of high school. We offer multiple electives, including three languages, 20+ arts courses in both visual and performing arts, and additional extracurricular opportunities to allow students to explore their budding interests. Five AP courses and multiple College Now opportunities support our juniors and seniors in their college preparation process.


Language Courses

French, Mandarin, Russian

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Biology, AP United States History, AP English Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Statistics, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Calculus AB


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

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

Contact & Location


Sheepshead Bay (District 22)
Trains: N/A
Buses: B31, B36, B4, B44, B44-SBS, BM3, BM4


Jolon Shields
Parent Coordinator
Yahya Haoumi

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Sheepshead Bay Educational Campus with three other schools
Metal detectors?

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