Culinary arts instruction; paid internships
School is moving in right direction, but still has a ways to go
The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (AOHT) gives students a taste of careers in the hotel and restaurant industries. Students may learn to cook in a professionally equipped kitchen, get paid internships with industry partners and participate in a range of sports and activities.
Dr. Shirley Miller became principal in in 2016. A former assistant principal at the high performing Science, Technology and Research Early College School at Erasmus (STAR), Miller is credited with bringing positive change to AOHT. The graduation rate has increased dramatically and the school brought back culinary arts instruction, which had been eliminated a few years prior.
AOHT, which shares the Erasmus Hall Campus with other small schools, has a partnership with the National Academy Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by former Citigroup chairman Sanford Weill to help develop a workforce for various industries and to offer career paths for youth. All freshmen take a full-year course that introduces them to both culinary arts and the business end of hospitality (customer service, marketing and entrepreneurship). Students then choose a path to focus on in the upper grades.
Students study French, which “pairs well” with culinary arts according to assistant principal, Luke Fitzgibbon.
Through a partnership with St. Joseph College, students may take free courses for credit at the college or at AOHT—the latter taught by Dr. Miller. Students may also take a range of campus-wide Advanced Placement courses.
The school still has a ways to go: Attendance is below average and enrollment has declined in recent years, though Fitzgibbon said the positive changes and new culinary arts program are attracting more interest from students. While nearly all students report their teachers treat them with respect, many also report concerns of safety in the building.
The school has adopted a “restorative justice” approach to discipline that aims to minimize suspensions and promote positive behavior through conversation, reflection and corrective action. Students meet weekly in small groups called “circles” to discuss issues and resolve challenges.
“It really helps student get in touch with their peers and not just their small circle of friends,” said Fitzgibbon.
To foster camaraderie, Miller instituted a house system, similar to one used at STAR, where students are assigned to multi-grade “houses” (named after Ivy League Colleges) and participate in friendly competitions and activities with fellow students in other houses. Students report that with the house system “they have met more classmates from other grades, there are more celebrations and students treat each other with more respect,” according the school’s most recent Quality Review.
Students who are having a bad day or struggling to express themselves also get support for an art therapist who runs lunchtime sessions and oversees group projects such as designing a mural.
AOHT serves many students still learning English. Rather than pull them out of class for support, certified English-as-a-new-language (ENL) instructors work with students in their regular classes. English language learners also take a language acquisition course that focuses on foundation skills and is taught by an ENL teacher with the help of translators.
In addition to participating in campus-wide PSAL sports, students enjoy a range of AOHT-run activities including clubs, archery and ping pong.
A college counselor guides students through the application process. Free SAT prep is offered onsite and is built into the school day.
ADMISSIONS: Open to all NYC students. The school admits students according to the educational option formula designed to enroll a mix of low-, average- and high-achieving students. (Laura Zingmond, interview and web reports, August 2018)
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Faculty & Staff
CalculusNot offered in 2019-20
PhysicsNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign Language
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or ScienceNot offered in 2019-20
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Culinary Arts, Business, Hospitality, and Tourism
During 9th grade students will be exposed to one course in Culinary Arts and one in Business, Hospitality, and Tourism. Students will then select their program of interest and will follow that pathway which culminates in an Industry certified exam and a CTE endorsed diploma.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
American Sign Language, French, Spanish
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP World History: Modern, AP English Language and Composition
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Flag Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball
Coed PSAL teams
Contact & Location
911 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11226
Trains: , to Church Ave
Buses: B103, B12, B16, B35, B41, B44, B44-SBS, B49, BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4
This school shares the Erasmus Hall Educational Campus with four other schools
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Brooklyn, NY 11226
Brooklyn, NY 11226