Williamsburg High School of Art and Technology

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Four-year computer science program; students get lots of attention and support

The Downside

Shared space in older facilities, though the school occupies its own dedicated section of the building.

The Williamsburg High School of Arts and Technology (WHSAT) is a small, nurturing place that offers lots of student support, thoughtful instruction and a four-year sequence in computer science. Students may earn college credit by taking courses at Medgar Evers College and Long Island University. The school has a partnership with St. Nicks Alliance, which provides comprehensive services for students and their families.  

Formerly known as the Green School, WHSAT is gaining momentum under the leadership of Principal Cara Tait who oversaw the school’s transition to a technology theme. The school’s overall graduation and college readiness rates are climbing steadily. Notably, the graduation rate for English language learners already exceeds the citywide average.

Though students enter via one of three programs: computer science, liberal arts or bilingual Spanish, in practice all students benefit from an array of computer science and technology offerings and there is some opportunity to change programs. During our visit, students were thoroughly engaged in the tech classes whether it was an introductory lesson to html code, learning some advance programming techniques or working on some computer graphics.

Teachers also weave art into academic lessons. For instance in an Algebra 2 class, students use digital design software to create colorful patterns that help them visualize numerical functions.

Students in the computer science and technology program take an array courses in that cover programming and graphic design. Those not taking the full computer science sequence still participate in technology classes and programs such as ScriptEd, where they learn web development and related skills from professionals who work in the tech industry. Some technology and programming courses are taught in Spanish to ensure English language learners do not miss out.

There also some elective courses such as studio art, photography and creative movement.  

Students arrive with a broad range of skill levels and teachers are adept and crafting lessons that cater to diverse needs in the classroom. They develop lessons together and assist their colleagues in classrooms so they can work with students in small groups to ensure everyone tackles assignments at the appropriate pace and level.

In all subjects, teachers use a “mastery-based” approach to instruction. Rather than getting a traditional numerical grade on a test or assignment, students are given feedback on a range of skills they’re required to learn that year. The idea is that students get multiple chances to learn skills and they get full credit for each one they master, whether they do so in October or January.

St. Nicks Alliance has a strong presence in the school. A massive community room is staffed with social workers, social work interns from local colleges and a youth advocate. In addition to providing counseling services, St Nicks Alliance runs English classes for parents and family members, coordinates housing assistance for families in need and runs summer programs for students.

WHSAT shares the old IS 49 building, including its gym, cafeteria and outdoor playground, with Lyons Community School and Brooklyn Latin. Students from all three schools may participate in campus-wide sports.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Teachers in all subjects work plan lessons in teams that include special education and English-as-new-language instructors that make sure students with special needs are supported. There are ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes and dedicated bilingual instruction courses as well.

ADMISSIONS: The liberal arts program admits students according to the educational option formula, which aims for a mix of low-, middle- and high-performing students. The transitional bilingual program has screened language admissions for Spanish speakers. The computer science program accepts students who meet admissions criteria. (Laura Zingmond, October 2018)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
95%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
94%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
93%
Average daily attendance
 
91%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
31%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
83%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
83%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

385
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
81%
Students with disabilities
 
24%
Multilingual learners
 
12%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
94%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
7%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
3%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
100%
9.6
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
109
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
83%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
47%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
35%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
31%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
27%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
35%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
42%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Digital Media and Web Design

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Introduction to design and coding for the web. Students have opportunities for paid internships, instruction directly from industry professionals and access to college level coursework.

Liberal Arts and Technology

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

This screened program offers web, digital media and college-credit bearing coursework. 9th grade students learn video game engineering and web design in addition to the traditional liberal arts. Students continue their computer science classes and take college-level courses. Upperclassmen can continue their CS training at tech company offices such as Google, Major League Baseball and Disney. Students also participate in internships facilitated by our partner St. Nicks Alliance.

Spanish Bilingual Computer Science and Technology

Admissions Method: Screened: Language

Program Description:

Students develop English and Spanish language skills through courses taught by native speakers and a technology-based interdisciplinary program emphasizing bilingual speaking and writing.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Psychology, AP Environmental Science, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Biology, AP English Language and Composition, AP Statistics

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Volleyball

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

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Contact & Location

Location

223 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11206

Trains: G Line to Broadway; L Line to Grand St; J Line, M Line, Z Line to Lorimer St

Buses: B24, B43, B46, B48, B60, Q54, Q59


Contact

Principal: Cara Tait

Parent Coordinator: Angela Rodriguez

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Lyons Community School and the Brooklyn Latin School

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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