Academy of Hospitality and Tourism

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)

 

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
84%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
85%
Average daily attendance
 
82%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
46%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
81%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
80%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

277
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
94%
Students with disabilities
 
28%
Multilingual learners
 
13%
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?
 
91%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
26%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
21%
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?
 
81%
5.5
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
244
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?
 
61%
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

 
9%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
2%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
28%

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Music

 
12%
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?
 
55%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
85%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
40%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 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.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

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

Cricket, Stunt

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

911 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11226

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: Kenya Dryden Kemp

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Erasmus Hall Educational Campus with four other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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