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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

New Dorp High School offers students the attention and support typically found in smaller schools as well as the big-school perks of expansive facilities, lots of Advanced Placement (AP) and college-level courses, a massive sports programs and many extracurricular activities.

The school’s writing program, called the Hochman Method, has become a model for the city. Key to its success is that teachers in all subjects have adopted the method, which means they use the same language and practices whether it’s a math teacher discussing how students should explain their approach to solving a problem or a history teacher critiquing essays. Since the method was introduced in 2009, students’ scores on English and history Regents exams have risen steadily and now exceed the citywide average.

This large, well-run school benefits from strong leadership and a thoughtful structure. The school is organized into programs known as SLCs (small learning communities), each with its own director, faculty, guidance counselor, school aide and theme.

The SLC design allows for a lot of staff collaboration; teachers in each SLC have a daily common period during which they meet to share ideas, develop lessons and devise plans to help individual students.

Each SLC appeals to a different range of interests: communications and media, law and JROTC, math and science, forensics, health, fine arts and drama, teaching, and business and software engineering. These programs deliver on their themes through a combination of required and elective classes, as well as theme-related activities. For instance, the Institute of Forensic Science offers hands-on learning in crime scene photography, crime writing/forensic statistics and biotechnology, a lot of it conducted in a well-equipped crime lab. Among their activities, students in The Academy of Communication and Media Arts (ACMA) film school events and create promotional media; they also created the citywide training video on safe school evacuations, according to longtime principal Deirdre DeAngelis.

The Math & Science Institute, which accepts students with good grades and test scores, has the most demanding course load. Students take several AP courses in different subjects and in the upper grades specialize in either medical science or engineering.

DeAngelis, who has been principal since 1999, consistently gets top marks from teachers on matters of trust and leadership, based on responses to the annual NYC School Survey. During her tenure she has found ways to enhance the SLCs, including partnerships and improved facilities.

With support from a local physical therapy provider, the health science SLC provides hands-on exposure to athletic training and physical therapy in an on-site, professionally equipped therapy lab. By the time they graduate, students in the Air Force JROTC program, which is headed by a certified pilot and instructor, complete all their coursework and simulator training hours required to become a licensed pilot. The culinary program, which was put on pause for a couple of years, is slated to reopen after construction is completed on a new commercial-grade teaching kitchen.

College-level courses are plentiful and are open to all students across the school. In addition to more than a dozen AP courses, there are College Now programs with College of Staten Island and Kingsborough Community College, as well as college courses for credit taught on-site through partnerships with St. John's University and SUNY Oneonta.

There’s 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 in addition to highly selective private colleges and universities.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: New Dorp 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. There are also two specialized programs: Horizon provides students who need more intensive support in small self-contained classes with the opportunity to take general-education electives and academic classes when possible; the other is for students with Asperger's syndrome and follows an inclusion model with extra support from paraprofessionals.

There is a range of dedicated classes for beginning and intermediate English language learners as well as push-in support in general-education classes by ENL (English-as-new-language) instructors.(Laura Zingmond, February 2015; updated via interview February 2018)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average


How many students graduate in 4 years?
How many students with disabilities 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 achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2022-23 School Quality Guide and 2022-23 NYC School Survey


Number of students
Citywide Average is 615


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2022-23 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?
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
From the 2022-23 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
Citywide Average is 7
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 191
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2022-23 NYC School Survey, 2022-23 School Quality Guide, 2021-22 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2023 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


AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 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?
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
From the 2020-21 and 2022-23 School Quality Guide

How many graduates who are eligible received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
This shows how well this school supports low-income students to get funding for college.
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2016-17 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought to 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

The Academy of Education and Leadership (R20A)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Students will experience a broad range of career options such as teaching, school counseling, paraprofessional services, special education, speech pathology and other educational career options. Instruction includes: Classroom management strategies, early intervention services, lesson planning, the use of technology and more. Students are enrolled in college-accredited courses through St John's University. Internships in junior and senior years. Community service, trips, and college visits.

Law Institute & AFJROTC (R20C)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Two separate, distinct programs in our smaller learning community--accepted students select either the Law Institute or AFJROTC for their chosen program. The Law program includes engaging electives in law, government, and law enforcement. Skills such as debating, research, and legal writing are emphasized. The program includes a Mock Trial team, use of school courtroom, projects on current issues, and guest speakers and internship opportunities in various law-related fields. The Air Force program focuses on physical fitness, space exploration, aerospace science, and community service. The program includes the use of flight simulators, opportunities for flight lessons, and flying drones.

Corporate Center for Business & Technology (R20E)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

A challenging program that offers business themed courses, computer science options, and focuses on real world skills that help students prepare for college and the job market. All students participate in 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.

Institute of Health Sciences (R20F)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

This is a rigorous program that prepares students for college as well as a career in the field of health care. As members of the Institute of Health Sciences, students develop academic and practical skills that will enable them to be successful lifelong learners in a diverse society. Our graduates pursue positions such as physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, and social workers, among many others. Our select senior internships focus on physical therapy, sports and injury rehabilitation, and assessing human movement. These internships allow students to build on their knowledge base of elective classes consisting of Anatomy and Physiology, Rehab Science and Medical Practice, and Psychology.

Academy of Communication and Media Arts (R20M)

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 (R20P)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

A 4-year rigorous academic program with an emphasis on the Arts. This academy offers students to take part in a Fine Arts program, a Fashion Design program, a Vocal Music program, or a NYS-approved CTE Theater program. There are beginner, intermediate and advanced courses available in each program. Platforms to showcase student talents and opportunities for internships offered. Theatre majors are eligible to receive an Arts Endorsed Diploma. Fine Arts majors are eligible to students enrolled in AP Studio Art and earn college credits. There is an on building a portfolio for college and career

Math & Science Institute (R20S)

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

New Dorp High Schools only screened program, has been in existence for over 30 years. Our STEAM program prepares motivated students to achieve success throughout high school and beyond. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Our coursework supports all students with obtaining an Advanced Regents Diploma, which readies them for acceptance into prestigious colleges and universities. Students are provided the opportunity to think critically, solve authentic problems, and hone their investigative research skills. Past alumni have gone on to pursue STEAM-related careers such as physician, pharmacist, computer scientist, graphic designer, or engineer.

Institute of Forensic Science & Criminology (R20T)

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.

New Dorp High School D75 Inclusion Program (R20U)

Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services

New Dorp High School ASD Horizon Program (R20Y)

Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program


From the 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses

Italian, Spanish

Advanced Courses

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

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, 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

Coed PSAL teams

Golf, Stunt

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Contact & Location


465 New Dorp Lane
Staten Island NY 10306

Buses: S51, S74, S76, S78, S79-SBS, S81, S86, SIM1, SIM10, SIM11, SIM1C, SIM5, SIM6, SIM7, SIM9


Principal: Seth Schoenfeld

Parent Coordinator: Donnamarie Lechillgrien


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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