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Newtown High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 2516 students

 

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Posted April 17, 2014

I really like this school as a student, I am currently enrolled at Newtown High School. I have heard many people say it's a bad school, however its not so bad. The teachers at Newtown teach the same way as a teacher at someother school. I am doing great academically at this school and this school offers extra classes such as saturday academy or after schools to help prepare students for regents.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 17, 2014

I attended this school in 2013 and had so much fun. The school deserves to get this money.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 3, 2012

This School is a really great school. I enjoyed my time here and in fact i have grew to be a very responsible person because of this school pushing me in the right direction! The teachers were excellent!


Posted November 24, 2011

In perspective, the school had over 5000 students in the '90's N now it has less than 3000==> it's not so crowded. However, when there are so many people in a 1 block radius there are incidents N yet there are plenty of days with no incidents. The majority of the students have English as a second language and it takes at least 3 years to reach academic proficiency in a language. It slows graduation rate because students must pass English Regents. Dedicated students who are interested in getting education do very well here. A major problem for school reputation is lack of values. Lack of parental supervision given that many parents work all hours and some only come home one /two nights a week is a major contributor to the students below average performance. Part of the problem is that under Mr.Bloomberg's regime, one size must fit all N the school does not offer classes that would appeal to those with no academic interests. Gangs exists in the city N in the school the gangs have not taken over though surely there are gang members who attend. I have worked there for 20 years and have seen how quality of the students has diminished. DOE assigns us mostly below average students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 21, 2010

This school might have been great once upon a time, but, that is no longer the case. Sad to say, the school is crowded and a vast majority of the students are ruthless. They disrespect the teachers which makes it difficult to grasp what is being taught or said by the teachers. It can be a little overwhelming at times. If I could go back in time and re-do my high school application, I would definitely omit NHS. It needs a complete makeover consisting of new students, new teachers, new administration with the exception of maybe one hand full of people I can think of that can stay and make a difference, and new principal, definitely!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 5, 2010

I completely agree!!!! So sad when you have a school that has wonderful programs put in place so that a child can excel and yet, there is no appreciation. Simply put, some children need to get their priorities straight and I believe tht is the problem. I have visited the school many times and am saddened by what I see and what I hear and some of the staff just doesnt care or perhaps are burned out. My child who was an honors student fell victim to the lack of organization and was placed in a freshman class with kids that were rude, uncaring, haughty, to describe a few, and best one of all - not an honors class. Needless to say, I am working towards a transfer. This the worse decision we made - to apply for
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2010

this school is bad people fight there are drugs and some kids dont want to learn. many kids just are rude and disrespectfull towards everyone i wouldnt recommend it. besides it would be great if they closed this school down to prevent dangerouse people from being around normal kids.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 27, 2009

Im a sophmore at Newtown and it happens to be a pretty decent school despite what others have to say about it . There is almost no violence at this school and it is a pretty safe learning enviornment . There is probably some gang affiliation but i have yet to see this . This is new york city in almost every high school there are gang affiliated students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2009

This school is horrible.. i came from florida to think i was going to attend a decent public school, but boy was i wrong.. the teachers have no discipline, a lot of gangs,no safety, student skip anytime, and the teaching is horrible, i will never reccomend this school to anyone, move your kids to florida and they will actually learn something!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2009

This school has different ethnic groups its is easy for anyone to fit in. At this school it is all up to the student, if the student wants to acieve goals and works hard for them, the student definitely can suceed. You cant blame the school or the teachers, you can only blame the wrong students. There are many students in this school that work hard everyday and try more than their best. The point is its all up to how the child/student is willing to work at school you cant blame the school of the staff for anything. The school tries its best and so does the staff... the school want the students to suceed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2009

This school has a very racist environment and will never be able to overcome the fact that they are in a diverse community.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 11, 2008

I graduated from this high school and don't have any complaints. Most of the teachers there are very nice and are fair when it comes to grades. Yes, Newtown has a bad reputation because of fights and other problems but it depends on the student. If your not looking for trouble, you won't have any. This school has plenty of options for extracurricular activities, ranging from a school newspaper to a golf team. You'll never have trouble finding something to do after school.


Posted November 7, 2007

Excellent !! Excellent !! high school. I dont understand why people rated it so horrible and bad comments. Everyone in my family went to this high school and my kids. My kids got accepted to other schools such as Brooklyn Tech however they chose Newtown. I mean whats so good about going to brooklyn tech if you will end up in a college where other students from 'bad public schools' went to. It doesn't make sense. First of all, Newtown is an extremely diverse student body and staff which helps you get more comfortable with real life and if your getting a job in new york city you should be ready to see different faces. Second, they had and still have so many clubs, teams, shows, contests, and etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

Well this school is really nice. Peole said that this school has gangs,that is not that safe.Well for me it is safe.Only that we have to make sure that our children go trough the right pad.This school is like a big family and ther is a lot og activities going on!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2005

The school is very crowded but at the same time diverse. Slowly but surely they are making improvements.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 22, 2005

This School is Horrible, the gands are horrible, there is not enough police there. My son and the rest of his friends want to transfer. The students are horrible, rude and armed, the education is horrible, my son hasnt learned anything, I think they should close that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
39%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
59%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

294 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
41%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

757 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
69%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

24 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

333 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
45%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

685 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
54%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

921 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
57%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

695 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
67%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
50%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

352 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

973 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
55%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students41%
Female35%
Male45%
African American21%
Asian/Pacific Islander59%
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learners77%
Proficient in English30%
Not migrant41%

Chemistry

All Students40%
Female43%
Male38%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander52%
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged22%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learners45%
Proficient in English40%
Not migrant40%

Earth Science

All Students38%
Female28%
Male48%
African American13%
Asian/Pacific Islander52%
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities10%
General population41%
English language learners22%
Proficient in English45%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant38%

English

All Students47%
Female57%
Male41%
African American54%
Asian/Pacific Islander57%
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities15%
General population53%
English language learners28%
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant47%

Geometry

All Students55%
Female51%
Male57%
African American30%
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities36%
General population56%
English language learners63%
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant55%

Global History and Geography

All Students53%
Female50%
Male55%
African American56%
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities22%
General population57%
English language learners42%
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant53%

Integrated Algebra

All Students58%
Female59%
Male58%
African American54%
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities37%
General population63%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant58%

Living Environment

All Students46%
Female43%
Male49%
African American39%
Asian/Pacific Islander65%
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities19%
General population51%
English language learners38%
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant46%

Physics

All Students61%
Female63%
Male60%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%
Not migrant61%

U.S. History and Government

All Students38%
Female36%
Male38%
African American38%
Asian/Pacific Islander56%
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White31%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities15%
General population41%
English language learners25%
Proficient in English43%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant38%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "C" for the high school level.

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Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 2 60% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 25% 9%
Black 2 9% 19%
White 1 5% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 232%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 158%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 6%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 68%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Technology

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
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The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.8
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.5
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents33417%
Students154774%
Teachers8567%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • MR. JOHN FICALORA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Arts all
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Technology
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Busses - Q29, Q38, Q53, Q58, Q59, Q60, Q72, Q88. Subways - E, M, R to Grand Av - Newtown
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Sofbtall
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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48-01 90th St
Elmhurst, NY 11373
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