The High School for Enterprise, Business and Technology
Honors and CTE program; strong arts
School working to improve its college readiness rate
The High School for Enterprise, Business and Technology, a midsized school in the old Eastern District High School building in Williamsburg, offers a safe, congenial environment and does a good job of graduating its students in four years. Now, administrators say, they need to do a better job at helping students make a successful transition to four year colleges.
Students apply to one of three programs. Gateway: Mathematics and Science Institute for Pre-College Instruction is an honors program for students with strong middle school grades. In 9th and 10th grade, Gateway students remain largely apart from other EBT students.
There are two certified Career and Technical Education programs: Business and Finance, which focuses on the hospitality and travel industry, and Computer Science/Networking, which enables student to get CISCO certification. One student told us at the 2012 high school fair that she will graduate from EBT with three CISCO certificates. She plans to stay in the technical field, although she said, "When I first came to the school I wasn't interested in computers at all."
Not all students in the career programs seek the CTE certificate. Many, instead, take advantage of EBT's' strong arts offerings, which include an instrumental music program shared with the two other schools in the building, dance and visual art.
Bolstered by a grant from Mayor Bloomberg's Young Men's Initiative, EBT has increased efforts to boost its college readiness rate and help graduates stay in college. A class for 9th graders is aimed at helping them address the challenges of high school, there is additional tutoring and Saturday classes for struggling students and college visits for 9th graders. The idea, assistant principal Mitchell Schrager says, is to prepare students "so they're able to function and succeed in a four-year university."
Many EBT graduates go on to two-year and four-year CUNY and SUNY schools, with a few attending private colleges. The school has a dedicated college counselor.
EBT shares the Grand Street Educational Campus with the School for Legal Studies and the Progress High School for Professional Careers and is the highest performing of the three. They collaborate on sports teams, performance groups and other after school activities. A student who plays in the band said the schools get along well. "It's a happy environment," he said.
Teachers and students say the school is safe and orderly, according to the Learning Environment Survey. Students wear uniforms and frequently work together on group projects, as the photo at right (taken from the school's website) shows.
Special education: Students with IEPs are in team teaching classes.
Admission: EBT is open to all New York City. Those applying to the Gateway (honors) program must have grades of at least 85 in core middle school subjects and scores of 3 or 4 on the state reading and math tests. Students for the computer science and the business and finance program are chosen through the Educational Option method designed to ensure a mix of high and low-performing students. (Gail Robinson, November 2012 Interviews & web reports)
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Challenging program which integrates programming, Internet research, systems analysis, and specialized Cisco Networks curriculum leading to the Certified Network Engineer Certification.
College and career preparatory program for careers related to the business and finance sectors. The curriculum is developed by the National Academy Foundation (NAF) and receives support from corporate partners.
A challenging academic program that prepares students for majors in scientific studies at competitive universities; offers Honors, AP, and CUNY College Now courses.
Music major with a 10-credit sequence of courses, plus additional classes that meet in small groups. This sequence fulfills the requirements for the Advanced Regents Diploma.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History, AP World History
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Handball, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball
Coed PSAL teams
Brooklyn NY 11211