The High School for Enterprise, Business and Technology

Grades 9-12

Location

850 Grand Street
Brooklyn NY 11211
Williamsburg (District 14)
Trains: L to Grand St
Buses: B24, B43, B48, B60, Q54, Q59

Contact

Phone
718-387-2800
Principal
Holger Carrillo
Parent Coordinator

What’s Special

Honors and CTE program; strong arts

The Downside

School working to improve its college readiness rate

Our Review

The High School for Enterprise, Business and Technology, a midsized school in the old Eastern District High School building in Williamsburg, offers a safe, congenial environment and does a good job of graduating its students in four years. Now, administrators say, they need to do a better job at helping students make a successful transition to four year colleges.

Students apply to one of three programs. Gateway: Mathematics and Science Institute for Pre-College Instruction is an honors program for students with strong middle school grades. In 9th and 10th grade, Gateway students remain largely apart from other EBT students.

There are two certified Career and Technical Education programs: Business and Finance, which focuses on the hospitality and travel industry, and Computer Science/Networking, which enables student to get CISCO certification. One student told us at the 2012 high school fair that she will graduate from EBT with three CISCO certificates. She plans to stay in the technical field, although she said, "When I first came to the school I wasn't interested in computers at all."

Not all students in the career programs seek the CTE certificate. Many, instead, take advantage of EBT's' strong arts offerings, which include an instrumental music program shared with the two other schools in the building, dance and visual art.

Bolstered by a grant from Mayor Bloomberg's Young Men's Initiative, EBT has increased efforts to boost its college readiness rate and help graduates stay in college. A class for 9th graders is aimed at helping them address the challenges of high school, there is additional tutoring and Saturday classes for struggling students and college visits for 9th graders. The idea, assistant principal Mitchell Schrager says, is to prepare students "so they're able to function and succeed in a four-year university."

Many EBT graduates go on to two-year and four-year CUNY and SUNY schools, with a few attending private colleges. The school has a dedicated college counselor.

EBT shares the Grand Street Educational Campus with the School for Legal Studies and the Progress High School for Professional Careers and is the highest performing of the three. They collaborate on sports teams, performance groups and other after school activities. A student who plays in the band said the schools get along well. "It's a happy environment," he said.

Teachers and students say the school is safe and orderly, according to the Learning Environment Survey. Students wear uniforms and frequently work together on group projects, as the photo at right (taken from the school's website) shows.

Special education: Students with IEPs are in team teaching classes.

Admission: EBT is open to all New York City. Those applying to the Gateway (honors) program must have grades of at least 85 in core middle school subjects and scores of 3 or 4 on the state reading and math tests. Students for the computer science and the business and finance program are chosen through the Educational Option method designed to ensure a mix of high and low-performing students. (Gail Robinson, November 2012 Interviews & web reports)

About the students

Enrollment
934
Asian
3.3%
Black
34.6%
Hispanic
58.1%
White
2.3%
Other
1.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
72%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
10%
Male
68%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Grand Street Educational Campus with two other schools
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
112%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
87%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
35%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
63%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
43%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
73%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
45%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.8
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
53%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
59%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
51%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
77%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
95%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
68%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
64%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 6 dedicated spaces for Music and Visual arts
This school has 5 licensed arts teacher in Music (part-time), Music, and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
71%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
49%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
72%
71% 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?
83%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
3%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
10%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
24%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
81%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
76%
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 English language learners graduate in 4 years?
65%
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?
53%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
83%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
95%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
85%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
57%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Computer Science/Networking
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

Challenging program which integrates programming, Internet research, systems analysis, and specialized Cisco Networks curriculum leading to the Certified Network Engineer Certification.

Business & Finance
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

College and career preparatory program for careers related to the business and finance sectors. The curriculum is developed by the National Academy Foundation (NAF) and receives support from corporate partners.

Gateway: Mathematics and Science Institute for Pre-College Education
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

A challenging academic program that prepares students for majors in scientific studies at competitive universities; offers Honors, AP and CUNY College Now courses.

Music Major
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

The High School for Enterprise, Business and Technology offers a music major with a 10-credit sequence of courses, plus additional classes that meet in small groups. This sequence fulfills the requirements for the Advanced Regents Diploma.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP English, AP Music Theory, AP Statistics, AP US History, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Football, Handball, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Golf

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