At a Glance

2,974 students in grades 9-12
5% of students are English Language Learners
57% of students are low-income
21% of students qualify for special needs services

This large urban high school of 3,080 students, which is in a working class community in Staten Island, was designated as “failing” in 2006. Implementation of the Hochman Method at New Dorp rolled out between 2008 and 2011. The method’s role in New Dorp’s turnaround was the subject of a feature in The Atlantic (October 2012). The article reported the following successes:

  • The student body’s passing rate for the New York State English Language Regents rose from 67% to 89% and the pass rate on the state’s Global History Exam rose from 64% to 75%.
  • The number of students enrolling in college-level courses rose from 148 to 412, a 178% increase.
  • The graduation rate rose from 64% to 79%.