High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology

An Insideschools pick
An Insideschools pick for Special Education
350 67 STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11220 Map
Phone: (718) 759-3400
Website: Click here
Admissions: educational option
Principal: Xhenete Shepard
Neighborhood: Sunset Park
District:20
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: BARBARA YARSHEVITZ
Humanities & Interdisciplinary
Wheelchair Accessible

Buses: B4, B63, B64, B70, B9

What's special:

Personal touch, students of all ability levels welcomed

The downside:

Large class size

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

JANUARY 2014 UPDATEPrincipal Phil Weinberg, who served as the principal of the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology since 2001, left the school after being appointed by Chancellor Carmen Fariña to the position of deputy chancellor for teaching and learning for the Department of Education. Former Assistant Principal of Organization and Technology Xhenete Shepard became the school's Interim Acting Principal.

NOVEMBER 2011 REVIEW: Occupying a Gothic-style building in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn, the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology combines the varied offerings of a large high school with the personal attention that is a characteristic of small schools. Students are consistently engaged in their classes and the quality of teaching is high.

The renovated building has airy, brightly lit hallways with spotless floors where students pass easily from class to class. Teachers lean out of doorways here and there, keeping everything flowing with a smile and a nod. In the classes we visited, teachers sought out students who seemed hesitant or confused, offering individual attention even before they asked for help. The staff is committed to helping students of all abilities reach their potential. Whether they receive special education services or take honors classes, teachers push students to excel. Unlike some schools that offer seniors only a few courses, Telecommunication requires all students to take a full schedule every year and to take the most rigorous classes they can pass.

The school lives up to its name, offering electives such as photography (both digital and darkroom), computer graphics, and a course in JavaScript. But it is the human touch that is central to the school’s culture. Principal Philip Weinberg has been a teacher or administrator atTelecommunications since the 1980's. He sees the school as a place for students of different abilities and backgrounds to come together and grow as both individuals and as part of the school community, where they can develop the habit of being successful at tasks they have never been successful at before.

Incoming freshman are invited to attend a three-week Bridge Program that introduces them to staff, helps them become familiar with the layout of the building, and offers some basic skills on how to be successful in high school. Honors courses are first offered in the sophomore year. The delay offers a chance for all students to put their junior high school years behind them and start afresh. The sole requirement for taking honors classes are a final grade of 90 or above in the previous class.

The school offers a variety of Advanced Placement courses: English, Spanish, World History, American History, Statistics, Calculus, Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Kingsborough College Now courses are also offered, including Humanities, Criminal Justice, Psychology and Sociology. There are plenty of electives, clubs, and sports. Some 250 students take part in the chorus. Fashion design, drama, musical theater and dance are offered either as electives or as after-school programs. A downside: class size for academic classes is typically 30 to 35 students.

Special education: Teachers have high standards for special education pupils. More than 200 students receive services including physical and occupational therapy, speech, counseling, collaborative team teaching (CTT) and self-contained classes. The CTT classes we visited had energetic teachers and engaged students.

College admissions: In preparation for selecting and applying to colleges, students begin taking trips to college campuses in the freshman year. The school have two dedicated college counselors who meets with students beginning in their junior year. In addition, all juniors are assigned a college essay to write, which can be used as a basis for their final college essay. The school has a college fair every September and hosts visits from college representatives throughout the year. A college workshop for parents on navigating the application process is also offered. Seniors participate in "application day," the Friday before Thanksgiving when they are required to bring in application packets for all schools they are applying to and meet with the college advisors.  They each get a "Hooray! I applied!" sticker and they write the names of the colleges to which they applied on a large sign outside the college office. Students have been accepted to Wesleyan University, Stanford University, SUNY Binghamton, Fordham University and various CUNY colleges.

Admissions: Educational option: half of the incoming class is randomly assigned by the DOE and the other half is selected on the basis of seventh grade final report card grades, attendance, and guidance recommendations. The educational option formula is designed to ensure a mix of low- average and high achieving students. (Eliana Mascio, November 2011)

 

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 1313

Average Daily Attendance 92%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
17%

Black

  
9%

Hispanic

  
56%

White

  
17%

Free Lunch

  
80%

Special ed

  
24%

English Language Learners

  
6%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.00 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

22 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

60% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

96% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

92% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

98% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

18% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

83% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

83% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

84% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

38% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

86% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

4% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

26%

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

50%

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

55%

Are students ready for college?

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

58% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

442
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

77%

SAT math scores

484
425 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 514 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

76% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

67% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

55% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

85% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

99% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to Brooklyn students or residents
  2. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Telecommunication Arts and Technology

Ed. Opt.

A college preparatory institution offering a wide range of very challenging academic courses; computers used as a tool to enhance the academic lives of our students.

Academics

AP COURCES: Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English Language and Composition, Physics B, Spanish Language, Statistics, United States History, World History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Arista National Honors Society, LINK, Model UN, Science League, Spirit Squad, Student Government Organization; Clubs: Animal, A/V, Blueprint Leadership, Book, Culinary, Dance/Step, Debate, Explore Your City, French, Knitting, Latin, Math, Red Cross

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball & JV Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Soccer, Volleyball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Other schools sports: N/A

Source: High school directory

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