New Dorp High School
Small learning communities ensure students get attention and engaging work
Limited opportunity to switch to a different small learning community
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).
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Staten Island NY 10306
Zone for the 2017-2018 school year. Call school to confirm.
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Staten Island, NY 10306