High School of Arts and Technology

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Kids run their own mock businesses.

The Downside

Very high suspension rate.

Our Review

The vision: A nurturing place for kids who haven't been successful in middle school.

The reality: In addition to a regular academic program, students learn skills like Photoshop in classes in art and technology. Seniors take a class in "virtual enterprise," in which they create and run their own make-believe business. The school is housed in the Martin Luther King Educational Complex and students make take part in campus-wide sports teams.

Most students enter 9th grade with poor academic skills. Teachers use various techniques to engage them: In one class, the teacher read aloud from Living up the Street, Gary Soto's autobiographical story about growing up as a Mexican-American in California.

In another, the teacher showed the movie "Dr. Zhivago" as an introduction to the Russian Revolution. Despite these efforts, attendance is poor and kids seem disengaged. We saw some heads on desks in class.

Discipline is an issue. There were more than 250 suspensions in the 2010-11 school year. Teachers say expectations are low and the administration is ineffective, according to the Learning Environment Survey.

Annie Geiger, who has been principal since the school was founded in 2002, says she has a challenging population of students, including about 100 who receive special education services. She has welcomed The Door, a social services agency, to set up a drop-out prevention program in the school. A teacher and a social worker staff a special office to try to get at the root of children's academic and social problems, providing them everything from tutoring to counseling.

Special education: About 30 students are assigned to self-contained special education classrooms and another 70 receive special education student support services (SETSS).

College admissions: About half of graduates go on to college, most to 2-year CUNY colleges, Geiger says.

Admissions: Educational option, a formula designed to ensure a mix of students of different abilities. (Clara Hemphill, January 2012)

About the students

Enrollment
542
Asian
3.5%
Black
36.7%
Hispanic
56.1%
White
2.4%
Other
1.3%
Free or reduced priced lunch
93%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
10%
Male
66%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus with four other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
77%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
81%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
56%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
27%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
31%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
73%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
28%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
13.9
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
29%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
42%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
34%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
82%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
94%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
33%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
40%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Visual arts
This school has 3 licensed arts teachers in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
44%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
30%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
45%
70% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
67%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
2%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
11%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
8%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
10%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
52%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
0% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
52%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
57%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
92%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
100%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
94%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
50%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Arts & Technology
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Arts and Technology Infusion Program is an Interdisciplinary program with courses in visual arts (all media), computer literacy, graphic arts and media technology.

Digital Media
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

An interactive program to explore the world of technology through a sequence of challenging courses. Courses include Computer Applications, Web Design, Graphic Arts/Digital Photography, Digital Music Production, Cartooning and Animation.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, AP US History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Flag Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

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