High School of Economics and Finance

100 TRINITY PLACE
MANHATTAN NY 10006 Map
Phone: (212) 346-0708
Website: Click here
Admissions: educational option
Principal: Michael Stanzione
Neighborhood: Lower Manhattan
District: 2
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: Carmen Bitar
Business
Wheelchair Accessible

Buses: M103, M15, M15-SBS, M20, M22, M5, M9, S1115

What's special:

Business and finance classes for all levels

The downside:

No gym; limited math and science

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Just blocks from Wall Street, the High School of Economics and Finance offers students the chance to draw up a business plan, study accounting and take part in both paid and unpaid internships at a range of companies and not-for-profit organizations. The school, housed in a 10-story office building, also teaches soft skills like how to shake hands and write a resume. It’s a safe, orderly school where most kids graduate on time and go on to college.

“I love being in the city and the staff is great,” a 9th grader from Brooklyn told us. “Learning business is a major plus. I love getting up and coming here.” There is a pleasant rapport among students and teachers. For example, we saw a physics class where kids laughed amiably as the teacher held up shoes to demonstrate friction, saying you want ridges on rain boots but not on dancing shoes. One drawback: although the school emphasizes preparation for college, student may only take a fourth year of math or science, not both.

Students must wear business casual clothes on Wednesday when industry professionals offer seminars to help students understand topics ranging from the role of the Federal Reserve Bank to the importance of global markets. The Theatre Arts and Dance Alliance also runs Wednesday workshops.

Professional experience is a big part of the school’s mission. Students are strongly encouraged to complete 80 hours of community service and 120 hours of an unpaid internship. Seniors with an average of above 75 are assigned to paid internships. Internships may be in law, financial services, accounting or in a community organization.

The school accommodates students with a range of abilities. Students who struggle with reading and math may take ecology and pre-algebra before taking Living Environment and algebra. “The great thing about this is that they can still get into Advanced Placement classes,” said Heather Page, assistant principal for math and science. “I have an AP student right now who took ecology.”

Ninth graders who passed the algebra Regents in 8th grade may take an honors course that offers a semester of algebra 2 and one of physics. Students may take college courses at Baruch and Hunter. Principal Michael Stanzione said 20 percent of students graduated in 2011 with more than three college credits. “I am not preparing kids for work,” he said. “I am here to make sure they’re getting into college.” All seniors write a 10-page research paper that they present to a panel of staff. The school also has a Virtual Enterprise program, a student-led business that trades with other schools world-wide.

The school building's architecture might be its biggest problem. Its 10 stories are connected by elevators, but students may use them only before 8:30 a.m. and after school. There is no gym. Physical education classes take place in the basement and consist of rigorous calisthenics routines.

Juniors who have an average above 85 and seniors may go out for lunch. Afterschool, students can play PSAL sports or join a number of clubs, including Science Olympiad and Euro Challenge. The Moody Summer Institute introduces incoming 9th graders to high school and financial topics.

Special education: Core subjects are taught in self-contained and ICT classes and nearly all students are mainstreamed for electives and gym.

Admissions: Educational option, based on a formula designed to ensure a mix of low-average and high achieving students. The school serves students from all five boroughs, mainly Manhattan and Brooklyn. (Aryn Bloodworth, November 2011)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 767

Average Daily Attendance 88%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
24%

Black

  
22%

Hispanic

  
46%

White

  
7%

Free Lunch

  
78%

Special ed

  
15%

English Language Learners

  
8%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.59 2.40 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

31 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

65% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

92% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

88% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

95% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

31% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2014

How many students graduated within 4 years?

82% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

86% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

75% 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

10% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

87% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

13% 10% 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?

23%

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

17%

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

36%

Are students ready for college?

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

53% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

451
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

78% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

486
426 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 513 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

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

75% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

50% 47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

70% 54% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

88% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

91% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

37% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Economics and Finance

Ed. Opt.

In-depth coursework in Economics and Finance, Advanced Placement and college courses, Weill Institute with financial industry professionals providing seminars and internships, after-school and Saturday academic and extracurricular opportunities.

Academics

AP COURSES: Biology, Calculus AB, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, Spanish Language and Culture, United States History

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Art, Music, Arts & Dance Festival and Talent Show, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Career Day, Chess, Drama, Euro Challenge, Fashion Show, Fed Challenge, Gay/Straight Alliance, Literary Magazine, National Honor Society, SPARK Youth Leadership, Student Government, Tutoring, Yearbook, Young Professionals Mentoring Program (YPMP), Model UN, Global Glimpse, Islands of Tolerance, Community Service Interest Club, Theater Arts, Stock Market Game

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Softball, Tennis

Other schools sports: Dance, Fitness, Soccer, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Yoga

Source: High school directory

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