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Academy of Hospitality and Tourism

Grades: 9-12
911 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn NY
Phone: 718-564-2580

Our Insights

What’s Special

Culinary arts instruction; paid internships

The Downside

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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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?
76%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
90%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
42%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
82%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
81%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
4%
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?
60%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
3.4

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
91%
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?
59%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
55%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
244
Asian
2%
Black
75%
Hispanic
20%
White
4%
Other
0%
Free or reduced priced lunch
89%
Students with disabilities
24%
English language learners
16%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
84%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38%
38% Citywide Average


For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Culinary Arts, Business, Hospitality, and Tourism
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

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.

Academics

Language Courses

American Sign Language, French, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP World History: Modern, AP English Language and Composition

Sports

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

Cricket, Stunt

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

Flatbush (District 17)
Trains: B Line, Q Line to Church Ave
Buses: B103, B12, B16, B35, B41, B44, B44-SBS, B49, BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4

Contact

Principal
Shirley Miller
Parent Coordinator
Philomela Belisle

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Erasmus Hall Educational Campus with four other schools
Metal detectors?
Yes

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