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Newcomers High School

Public | 9-12 | 925 students

 

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Posted Tuesday, August 26, 2014

School very unorganized, teachers and staff really rude and disrespectful. They treat kinds like animals just because they are new immigrants which is a very sad thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2014

Best school of this state of NY. As a former student i can say that for the first time in years, i was finally enjoying school and wanted to learn. the diversity is amazing and you don't hear trouble like the typical American schools. Very friendly and encouraging teachers and administrators and staffs.


Posted December 29, 2012

A sterling school which always encourages students to go for the best.The teachers are courteous and always wish you good luck.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 12, 2010

Im proud parent one of their students:) he is senior,apllied in to three colleges-he got in to all of them:) Many thanks to great teachers and all of coworkers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2009

best high school in ny for immigrants.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 21, 2009

one of New York's great strengths is the education and success of immigrants. Newcomers is unique and special shool where motivated young immigrants can excel and thrive. The teachers are the most dedicated, creative and committed professionals. I am proud to vote for this most exceptional school. I am a counselor and I have worked with this excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

Newcomers is a school of students from all over the world who learn to live together. I learn so much from the students every day. They are committed, caring and eager to improve.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 20, 2009

My school,i like it, it has most respected teachers and nice student. it sure is america's best high school ever.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2009

I love the diversity of its student body and the dedication of its teachers.


Posted August 21, 2008

I have 2 daughters, 17 and 19 who are both starting their senior year. It has been a great school for them both. They came 2 years ago from Ecuador with limited English, now they are fluent. They are working on their SATs. It is nice to have a special school just for kids new to the country.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
54%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
n/a
Earth Science

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

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
79%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

473 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
64%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
53%
Global History and Geography

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

381 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
58%
Integrated Algebra

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

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
87%
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.

301 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
87%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

84 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
U.S. History and Government

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

287 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
79%
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 Students60%
Female61%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander69%
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population60%
English language learners58%
Proficient in English65%
Non-migrant60%

Chemistry

All Students67%
Female61%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander74%
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population67%
English language learners59%
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant67%

Earth Science

All Students66%
Female70%
Male61%
African American34%
Asian/Pacific Islander65%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population66%
English language learners64%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%

English

All Students52%
Female55%
Male49%
African American73%
Asian/Pacific Islander51%
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population52%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant52%

Geometry

All Students88%
Female88%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population88%
English language learners86%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%

Global History and Geography

All Students53%
Female54%
Male53%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander56%
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population53%
English language learners51%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%

Integrated Algebra

All Students85%
Female85%
Male85%
African American96%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population85%
English language learners83%
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%

Living Environment

All Students92%
Female90%
Male93%
African American67%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population92%
English language learners91%
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%

Physics

All Students89%
Female76%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population89%
English language learners87%
Proficient in English92%
Non-migrant89%

U.S. History and Government

All Students67%
Female69%
Male65%
African American46%
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population67%
English language learners66%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%
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 "A" for the high school level.

About the tests


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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 48% 9%
Hispanic 2 44% 23%
Black 1 6% 19%
White 1 3% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 293%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 186%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

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

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 70%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • 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
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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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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Based on 1160 responses

This school provides ... 1

A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

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

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school provides information about the school's educational goals and offers appropriate feedback on each student's learning outcome.

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This school
7.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
5.7
 

City average

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

This score measures how engaged parents, students and teachers feel they are in an active and vibrant partnership to promote student learning.

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This school
7.2
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures how well parents, students and teachers feel that the school develops rigorous and meaningful academic goals that encourage students to do their best.

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This school
7.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents28233%
Students83391%
Teachers4574%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. ORLANDO SARMIENTO

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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  • Humanities
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • 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

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Busses - B62, Q100, Q101, Q102, Q103, Q32, Q39, Q60, Q66, Q67, Q69. Subways - F to 21st St - Queensbridge; G to Court Square - 23rd St; E, M, R to Queens Plaza; 7, N, Q to Queensboro Plaza
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
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28-01 41st Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
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Phone: (718) 937-6005

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