Origins High School

Grades: 9-12

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)


School Stats


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
624 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 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



Computer Science




Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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.


From the 2021 High School Directory

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


3000 Avenue X
Brooklyn NY 11235

Trains: N/A

Buses: B31, B36, B4, B44, B44-SBS, BM3, BM4


Principal: Jolon Shields

Parent Coordinator: Yahya Haoumi


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Sheepshead Bay Educational Campus with three other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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