New Dorp High School

Grades 9-12
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What’s Special

Small learning communities ensure students get attention and engaging work

The Downside

Limited opportunity to switch to a different small learning community

Our Review

New Dorp High School is a large, well-run school that benefits from strong leadership and a thoughtful structure. The school is organized into eight programs known as SLCs (small learning communities), each with its own director, faculty, guidance counselor and theme. The SLC design allows for students to get a level of attention and support typically found in smaller schools while still enjoying big school perks such as expansive facilities, a nice selection of advanced- and college-level courses, a large sports program and lots of clubs and extracurricular activities.

Each SLC appeals to a different range of interestscommunications and media, law and JROTC, math and science, forensics, health and culinary arts, fine arts and drama, teaching, and business and software engineeringand each one delivers on its theme through dedicated elective classes and activities. For instance, The Institute of Forensic Science, the most popular of the SLCs, offers hands-on learning through forensic science, crime scene photography, crime writing/forensic statistics and biotechnology classes. In English, students read a murder mystery that ties into their forensic studies. Forensics also hosts a school-wide murder mystery. Students investigate clues to identify the perpetrator who is then tried for the crime by The Law Institute, another SLC.

The Math & Science Institute, which accepts students with good grades and test scores, has the most demanding course load. Students typically take several Advanced Placement courses in different subjects in addition to classes exclusive to this SLC, such as science research and medical issues.

School videos capturing school life, including one set to Taylor Swifts Shake-it-Off, are created by students in yet another SLC, The Academy of Communication and Media Arts.

Principal Deirdre DeAngelis has sought out partnerships to support the SLCs and expand their options. Through a partnership with a local physical therapy business, the health science and culinary arts SLC provides hands-on exposure to athletic training and physical therapy in an onsite, professionally equipped therapy lab. Software engineering was added to the options available in the business-themed SLC, which is also home to the award-winning Virtual Enterprise program where students perform all tasks related to running a mock business. The math and science SLC also offers instruction in software engineering. An Air Force JROTC program, where some students get flight training, expands the options for students in the Law Institute.

We observed a mix of teaching styles, but most teachers weave in a lot of time for student-to-student and class-wide discussions; we saw many instances of students sitting at desks arranged in small groups or in U-shaped configurations to foster more face-to-face conversations.

Writing is emphasized in all subjects to an impressive degree, owing to the school-wide adoption of the Hochman Method, which breaks down the writing process into specific strategies such as proper use of transition words to connect ideas and outlining an essay before writing a complete draft. Ask yourself which detail should go right before the conclusion, a global history teacher said to her students working on an essay. You want to end on the most powerful detail.

This really helps kids learn to read better, write better and speak better, said DeAngelis who became principal in 1999. Since rolling out the Hochman Method in 2009, students scores on English and history Regents exams have risen steadily and far exceed the citywide average.

There are more than a dozen Advanced Placement courses open to qualifying students in any of the SLCs. New Dorp students may earn college credits via College Now programs with College of Staten Island and Kingsborough Community College. College courses for credit are also offered onsite at New Dorp through a program with St. Johns University.

COLLEGE: Theres a dedicated college office, and guidance counselors visit English classes to walk juniors through the college admissions process. Graduating students go on to CUNY and SUNY schools as well as highly selective private colleges and universities

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school works hard to integrate special-needs students with general-education students, and involve students of all abilities in classes and after-school activities. There are a range of services and supports, including self-contained and ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes. The school has an ASD Nest program that gives extra supports to a small group of students with an autism spectrum disorder.

ADMISSIONS: Priority admission to students in schools zone if they apply to the Zoned program. The Math & Science Institute accepts students with good attendance, level 3 or 4 scores on standardized tests and grades of at least 85 in core subjects. Admission to all other programs is based on the educational option formula that is designed to ensure a mix of low, average and high-achieving students. Students who change their minds about the SLC they choose may apply to switch to another one at the end of 9th grade. (Laura Zingmond, February 2015).

About the students

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

About the school

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average


Average daily attendance
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 7 dedicated spaces for Music, Theater, Visual arts, and Media arts
This school has 7 licensed arts teacher in Dance, Music, Theater and Visual arts

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Future Teachers' Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

This is a teacher preparatory program that encompasses Life Cycles, where the student learns about intellectual growth of young children; Teaching Methodology, where the student learns about classroom management and lesson planning; Technology in the Classroom; and Child Development, which is college-credited through Saint John's University. A student-teaching internship is required in the senior year, where the students work in classrooms in local schools.

Law Institute & AFJROTC
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

The Law Institute provides students with rigorous electives in law and history. Skills such as public speaking, research, and legal writing are emphasized. The program includes Moot Court and Mock Trial teams, use of the school's courtroom, and internship opportunities. AFJROTC focuses on Air Force values such as community service, physical fitness and knowledge of space exploration, aerospace, and flight. The program includes opportunities for flight training, drone piloting, and certification.

Corporate Center for Business & Technology
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

A challenging program that exposes students to two strands: the Virtual Enterprise (VE) program, a NYS-Approved CTE sequence, a global business simulation that offers students a competitive edge through project-based, collaborative learning and the development of 21st century skills in entrepreneurship, global business, communication, and personal finance; and the Software Engineering Pilot (SEP) Program, which exposes students to topics such as computer programming, robotics, and web design.

Institute of Health Sciences
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

This is a rigorous program that will prepare students for college as well as a career in the health care profession. As a member of the Institute of Health Sciences, students will develop academic and practical skills that will enable them to be successful learners in a diverse society. Some of the potential careers may include athletic training and physical therapy. Senior internships will focus on physical therapy, sports rehabilitation and assessing human movement.

Academy of Communication and Media Arts
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

In this Digital Media-approved CTE program, students explore and utilize various forms of media such as graphic illustration, video production, journalism, and web design. With a major focus on hands-on instruction, this program prepares students for relevant college majors with exposure to careers in all areas of media. Students have opportunities to participate in internships in the media industry.

Academy of Fine and Dramatic Arts
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

This is a four-year academic program with a strong emphasis on the arts. Students select from fine arts, performing arts, fashion design, instrumental music, and vocal music as a major focus throughout their four years. Each area of interest contains beginner, intermediate and advanced courses of study, platforms to showcase their talents and opportunities for internships in the arts. Students will follow a rigorous academic program while building a portfolio for college and career expectations.

Math & Science Institute
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

This STEM program incorporates Pre-Professional Honors Program and Advanced Placement courses which help students master critical thinking, problem solving and independent investigative research skills so that they are ready for colleges and a variety of careers in medical science, computer science, robotics, mathematics and engineering. In addition, students will participate in leadership development, internships, regional and national competitions, professional conferences, and field trips.

Institute of Forensic Science
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

This program provides students with rigorous coursework, internships, and experiences to prepare them for college. Students will learn to process a crime scene, analyze evidence, examine the criminal justice system, and apply principles of criminal psychology. Courses will expose students to skills needed to begin forensic science related careers, but will also provide a breadth of knowledge with wide-ranging applications in many college and career pathways.

Admissions Method: Zoned Guarantee
Program Description

program at New Dorp High School, you will be contacted and required to select a seat in one of the SLC's based on seat availability.


Language Courses

Italian, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Psychology, AP Studio Art: Drawing, AP U.S. History, AP World History


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams

Golf, Stunt

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465 New Dorp Lane
Staten Island NY 10306
Mid-Island (District 31)
Trains: N/A
Buses: S57, S74, S76, S78, S79-SBS, S86, X1, X2, X3, X4, X5, X7, X8, X9


Deirdre Deangelis Dales
Parent Coordinator
Donnamarie Lechillgrien

Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.

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