High School of Economics and Finance

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Business and finance classes for all levels

The Downside

No gym

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. Its 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 schools 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 theyre 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)

About the students

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

About the school

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average


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

Is this school safe?

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

About the leadership

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

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
86% 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 2 licensed arts teacher in Visual arts (part-time) and Music

Engaging curriculum?

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

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
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% 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?
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
60% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

Economics and Finance
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

College Preparatory coursework and in-depth coursework in Business, Entrepreneurship, Economics and Finance, Advanced Placement and/or college credit bearing courses in all subject areas, curriculum partnerships with National Academy Foundation, NFTE, and Virtual Enterprise, Seminars by W!SE Institute with financial industry professionals providing seminars and internships, after-school extracurricular opportunities. Nearly 100% of our graduates attend college.


Language Courses

French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP Spanish, AP U.S. History


Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Outdoor Track

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Flag Football, Outdoor Track, Softball, Tennis

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100 Trinity Place
Manhattan NY 10006
Financial District (District 2)
Trains: 1 to Rector St; 2, 3, A, C to Fulton St-Broadway-Nassau; 4, 5 to Wall St; 6 to Brooklyn Bridge - City Hall; E to World Trade Center; J, Z to Broad St; N to South Ferry; R to Cortlandt St
Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BxM18, M103, M15, M15-SBS, M20, M22, M5, M9, QM11, QM25, QM7, QM8, X1, X10, X10B, X11, X12, X14, X15, X17, X17A, X19, X2, X27, X28, X3, X37, X38, X4, X42, X5, X7, X8, X9


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