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The Williamsburg High School of Art and Technology

Grades: 9-12
223 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11206
Phone: 718-599-1207

Our Insights

What’s Special

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

The Downside

Attendance needs to improve

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.

One downside: Many students are chronically absent, missing more than 18 days of school each year.

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)

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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?
70%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
93%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
30%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
82%
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?
83%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
7.5

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
31%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
28%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
39%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
302
Asian
3%
Black
23%
Hispanic
68%
White
5%
Other
1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
78%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
24%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
85%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
48%
38% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

This school offers Transitional Bilingual Education in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
81%
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

Digital Media and Web Design
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: Average
  • Standardized Test Scores: Average
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
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: Average (68-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: Average (1.9-4.5)
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.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science

Sports

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
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

Williamsburg (District 14)
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

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Lyons Community School and the Brooklyn Latin School
Metal detectors?
No

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