• Dear Parents,


    It is my pleasure to serve as the principal of Newcomers High School. Our school mission is to provide new immigrant students with an instructional program that emphasizes the development of English language proficiency as well as helping our students and parents with the adaptation process to a new school system, a new city, and a new country.

    Newcomers High School is a school of excellence, which has received a "Well Developed" in the Quality Review by the New York City Department of Education for the past five years. This distinction is a tribute to the high caliber of our academic program as well as to our support services to students.

    As the principal of Newcomers High School, I have a commitment to work with parents, students, and the school staff in order to strengthen our community and achieve the mission of our school. To this effect I invite you to be partners in this effort of sustaining our school's excellence while also identifying areas of growth and improvement. The vision we share is that through collaboration we will address the challenges and engage in share decisions to meet the academic and developmental needs of our students. To participate in this effort you can:

    • Attend our monthly Parents' Association meetings to stay well informed of all our programs, plans, and to present and discuss your concerns. 
    • Become a member of the School Leadership Team. This committee is essential in identifying school needs, formulating action plans, and advising the principal on critical decisions.
    • Attend school wide events such as our Parent-Teacher Conferences, Multicultural Festival, International Food Festival, Awards and Honor Society Ceremonies.
    • Volunteer to chaperone students on school trips.
    • Complete parents' surveys.
    • Participate in school walk through for the Quality Review, and Internal Review.

    Our students are required to meet New York State graduation requirements, and face the challenge of passing the English Regents examination two years after arriving in our school. The process of learning a new language requires time to develop proficiency, and some of our students need more time to meet this standard.


    In closing, I invite you to become active in school life, and support our school by continuing to send your children to Newcomers High School, a school of excellence for immigrant students.




    Orlando Sarmiento


    Email: 30Q555@schools.nyc.gov 

    Phone: 718-937-6005, ext. 444

Last Modified on October 21, 2016