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High School of Economics and Finance

Grades: 9-12
Noteworthy
100 Trinity Place
Manhattan NY 10006
Phone: 212-346-0708
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Business and finance classes

The Downside

Ten-story building presents challenges; no regular-sized gymnasium

Just blocks from Wall Street, the High School of Economics and Finance offers children the chance to draw up a business plan, study accounting and meet professionals in the field. Students commute to the school from all over the city. Most children graduate on time and go on to college.

The summer before school begins, 9th-graders participate in a four-week summer program run by Moody’s, an investment company at the World Trade Center, and earn a high school credit in the process, according to the school website.

Throughout the year, students wear business casual clothes on Wednesdays to hear industry professionals speak on topics such as the role of the Federal Reserve Bank, public speaking or the importance of global markets. The Theatre Arts and Dance Alliance also runs Wednesday workshops.

The school's longtime partnerships add heft to the finance and economics theme. In addition to the W!SE Institute, which organizes the Wednesday workshops, NAF (formerly the National Academy Foundation) designs lessons that boost financial literacy and college readiness. In Virtual Enterprises International (VEI), teens are “employees” who develop a business plan, set up a website, pay wages and taxes, and trade with other VEI schools worldwide.

Economics and Finance accommodates students with a range of abilities. Teens follow math lessons at their own pace; they watch 20 minute video lessons at home, which they may pause or repeat, then they practice skills in the classroom, indpendently or in small groups, a strategy called the “flipped classroom.” The school adopted this method after “teaching and learning” was flagged as an area of concern on the city’s 2016 quality review. Principal Michael Stanzione says he has seen more consistency across classrooms and children more interested in their classwork with this approach.

All students take four years of math and science. Seniors write a 10-page research paper that they present to a panel of staff. About 100 students take college-level courses. Two courses, economics and communication, are conveniently offered within the high school building.

The school location and building present some challenges. Economics and Finance draws children from all over the city, and this impacts attendance, Stanzione says. The 10-story building has classrooms on floors 2 through 7 and a small gym in the basement. Teens don’t always relish walking flights of stairs, and teachers don’t like policing the elevators. “It becomes an issue,” the principal says. Deans and administrators are posted in the hallways during class changes. Students are allowed to use the elevators before 8:30 a.m., after school, and with a teacher escort if they have a class change that takes a lot of time. 

Ninth-graders take part in small advisory groups with a teacher to give them extra support. Juniors who have an average above 8O and all seniors may go out for lunch. Students may join PSAL sports or join a number of clubs after school.

Ninety-eight percent of graduates go on to two- and four-year colleges, including CUNY and SUNY schools. A few are accepted to highly competitive colleges, says assistant principal Matthew Willie, such as Columbia, the University of Michigan, Baruch, and Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.  

ADMISSIONS: Educational option, based on a formula designed to admit a mix of low-, average- and high-achieving students. The school serves students from all five boroughs, mainly Manhattan and Brooklyn. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interviews, February 2018)    

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
63%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
40%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
73%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
64%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
1%
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
71%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
12.0

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
90%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
73%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
49%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
81%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
741
Asian
22%
Black
24%
Hispanic
44%
White
8%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
76%
Students with disabilities
19%
English language learners
6%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
90%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
23%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
77%
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
74%
68% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

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

College Preparatory coursework and in-depth coursework in Business, Entrepreneurship, Economics and Finance, AP 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.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP European History, AP U.S. History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Outdoor Track

Girls PSAL teams

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

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
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Contact & Location

Location

Financial District (District 2)
Trains: 1 Line to Rector St; 2 Line, 3 Line, A Line, C Line, J Line, Z Line to Fulton St; 4 Line, 5 Line to Wall St; 6 Line to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall; E Line to World Trade Center; R Line, W Line to Cortlandt St
Buses: M103, M15, M15-SBS, M20, M22, M55, M9

Contact

Principal
Michael Stanzione
Parent Coordinator
Carmen Bitar

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
No

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