High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology

Grades 9-12
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What’s Special

Big school that feels like a small one, a software engineering program

The Downside

Large class sizes in the upper grades

Our Review

Every morning, Principal Philip Weinberg and a few assistant principals head out of the gothic-style building housing the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology and hit the street, stationing themselves in bodega and candy-store doorways along the block between the subway and the school. For students who arrive on time, it\'s a warm welcome; for stragglers, a gently persuasive deterrent to lingering. This personal, human approach is emblematic of Weinberg\'s leadership: meet students where they are, respect them as people, and hold them to high, but realistic, standards of behavior.

Telecommunications successfully straddles the divide between large, urban institution and small, intimate school. With about 1,200 students, it\'s big enough to offer plenty of challenging Advanced Placement courses and technology electives (if rather few fine-art options), along with clubs, athletic teams (many very strong), and activities to engage students after school. But the school is also small enough that kids can get to know their teachers well and easily build relationships with faculty and administrators.

The school lives up to its name as a technology-rich environment, with multiple computer labs, a television studio, photography labs, and online access in the library and in every classroom. Notably, teachers can post homework assignments, grades, class handouts, and other communications online, for easy studentand parentaccess. But in another delicate balance, technology doesn\'t overshadow inquiry and exploration in the classroom. On the day we visited, one English class discussed the concepts of sacrifice and \"karma,\" based on its reading of a fable from The Mahabharata, an ancient Sanskrit epic poem. A group of sophomores studied Web development, html coding, and Java (required for all students), and in an AP English class, students in tight, small groups were happily arguing the merits of Christopher Marlowe\'s Doctor Faustus, supported by Aristotle\'s Poetics. In other classes, teaching was fairly traditional, with teachers at the chalkboard and students seated at desks in neat rows. Some rooms were surprisingly barren of books and student work, while others showcased projects, exams, and student writing.

Because many teachers are both young and relatively new to the school, teacher prep periods are used for common planning. All 9th-grade teachers meet regularly with one other and with administrators. The incoming class is divided into two groups with five teachers each; teachers plan together, teach together, and confer easily and often about student progress; and kids have a chance to get to know each other within a fairly small, but not claustrophobic, peer group.

Weinberg has been part of Telecommunications since the 1980s, as a teacher, tennis coach, and administrator, and is well-known to the local community in Sunset Park. His enthusiasm is irrepressible and contagious. Families in Park Slope and other Brooklyn neighborhoods seek out the school as well, as a less-intense alternative to Brooklyn\'s handful of well-regarded but huge high schools. As a result, Weinberg says, the school receives \"many thousands\" of applications for about 300 9th-grade seats each year.

The renovated school building is pristine and spacious. When class periods change, teachers and administrators watch noisy but orderly hallways for iPods, cell phones, and other off-limits electronics. Girls in scanty tops are strongly cajoled to cover up, and even offered extra layers if their clothes are too skimpy. Because the upstairs cafeteria is small, the school has six lunch sessions, beginning in midmorning. Kids say they don\'t love the foodsome opt for double periods of math and skip lunchbut seem content to chat and read.

College: Students meet with college counselors in their junior year, and teachers play an active role in recruiting kids to their alma maters, including Smith, Wellesley, Columbia, Oberlin, the University of Wisconsin, and Weinberg\'s alma mater, Swarthmore. Other students have gone on to Yale, the University of Chicago, Amherst, and SUNY campuses.

English as a Second Language: ESL support is available for the many students who come from Latino, Chinese, Russian or other immigrant homes.

Special education: There are 12 \"collaborative team teaching\" (CTT) classes, where two educators teach a class mixing children with special needs and general education students. Special-needs students are strongly encouraged to achieve; we saw a lively Math B class where a few students received extra help. The vibrant teaching engaged all the kids, and it was impossible to distinguish between the general education and the special-needs students. Weinberg says that developing an \"exemplary\" CTT program at Telecommunications is one of his goals.

After school: The school offers numerous academic, social, and athletic opportunities. Teams practice in the school\'s gym or on borrowed fields because the school doesn\'t have its own.

Admissions: The school admits students under the Ed Opt formula designed to ensure a mix of high, average and low-achieving students. (This school is featured in NYC\'s Best Public High Schools: A Parent\'s Guide. Helen Zelon, November 2005)

About the students

Enrollment
1263
Asian
19.2%
Black
8.1%
Hispanic
52.7%
White
16.9%
Other
3.2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
72%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
6%
Male
57%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
113%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
94%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
20%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
90%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
11%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
92%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
75%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
2.4
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
68%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
86%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
70%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
93%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
91%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 5 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, Theater, Visual arts, and an Auditorium
This school has 3 licensed arts teachers in Dance, Music, and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
82%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
56%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
80%
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?
84%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
34%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
4%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
57%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
77%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
80%
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?
60%
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?
69%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
87%
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?
95%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
74%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Telecommunication Arts and Technology
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

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

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP English, AP Physics, AP Statistics, AP US History, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

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