High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology

Grades 9-12
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What’s Special

Big school that feels like a small one, a software engineering program

The Downside

Large class sizes in the upper grades

Our Review

The High School for Telecommunication Arts and Technology (HSTAT) is a big school that acts like a small one. Located in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, HSTAT is a friendly and supportive place that attracts students of different abilities and backgrounds. Its also a bustling place with roughly 1300 students and a nice array of courses and activities to ensure that theres something for everyone .

Xhenete Shepard became the schools principal in January 2014. A former teacher and assistant principal at the school, Shepard took over after HSTATs longtime principal, Phil Weinberg, left to serve as the deputy chancellor for teaching and learning under Chancellor Carmen Faria at the Department of Education.

While the school delivers on its name with courses in arts, photography and computer programming, it is the human touch that students and staff say makes the school special. I was surprised by how accepting everyone is, said a student who transferred into HSTAT at the start of 11th grade. I made friends quickly here. In addition to guidance counselors, each student has an academic advisora teacher who keeps tabs on students academic scheduling and progress.

Peer support is emphasized too. Older students help out as tutors and take on the role of mentor to younger students. Seniors show freshmen around the building on the first day of school and the two grades take a field a trip together in October on the day that sophomores and juniors take the PSAT at school.

The staff is committed to helping students of all abilities reach their potentialwhether they receive special education services, take regular or honors classes or a mix of all three. For instance, a student who performs poorly in his math class often moves on to the next level, while also receiving extra support, rather than repeating coursework. As one math teacher explained, remediation doesnt work if its simply doing the same thing again, but this time louder and slower. Freshmen arriving with weak math skills take an extra class in numeracy to bolster their mental math and fluency in foundational skills. Another classmath labtargets juniors and seniors who need extra help.

In many classes we visited, teachers kept kids engaged through a mix of class-wide discussions, group work and independent work. Teachers also collaborate to develop the curriculum in each subject. In classrooms, they customize lessons to address their students strengths and weaknesses rather than rely heavily on scripted lessons and worksheets. Most 9th-grade classes are kept to roughly 28 students. In the upper grades class sizes increase to 30 to 35 students.

In English and history classes, students are expected to write a lot. In 9th grade, the emphasis is on slowing down the process to make sure students have a solid grasp of structure. You have to know the rules before you can break them, so we start with writing a good sentence and increase complexity from there, said Shepard. As part of their 10th-grade history requirement, students take a research class that lays the foundation for a big social science research project that all 12th-graders complete before graduation.

Stronger students, and those seeking greater challenges, have plenty of options. In addition to honors classes in select courses, the school offers a variety of Advanced Placement courses: English, Spanish, world history, American history, statistics, calculus, biology, physics and chemistry. Students can also take College Now courses on-site through a partnership with Kingsborough Community College. A software engineering program introduced in 2013, which will expand to a four-year sequence of courses, is popular with students.

There are plenty of elective classes, clubs and sports. Some 250 students take part in the chorus. Fashion design, drama, musical theater and dance are offered either as electives or as after-school programs.

A summer bridge program helps roughly 120 incoming 9th-graders boost their math and English skills before starting high school.

The college office is staffed with two fulltime counselors. Many graduates attend CUNY and SUNY colleges, and each year some attend private colleges including Ivy League and other highly competitive schools.

Special education: More than 250 students receive services including physical and occupational therapy, speech, counseling, integrated co-teaching (ICT) and self-contained classes. The ICT classes we visited had energetic teachers and engaged students. The school has an ASD Nest program that gives extra supports to a small group of students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASD Nest students have a dedicated period each day for support services, but otherwise are fully integrated into HSTAT classes.

Admissions: Priority to Brooklyn students or residents. Admission is based on the educational option formula that is designed to ensure a mix of low, average and high achieving students attend the school. (Laura Zingmond, October 2014 )

 

About the students

Enrollment
1263
Asian
19.2%
Black
8.1%
Hispanic
52.7%
White
16.9%
Other
3.2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
72%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
6%
Male
57%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
105%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
94%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
20%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
90%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
24%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
92%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
76%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
2.4
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
89%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
92%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
88%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
70%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
98%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
98%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Dance, Music, and Visual arts
This school has 3 licensed arts teacher in Dance, Music, and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
83%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
59%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
81%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
84%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
34%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
4%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
57%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
77%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
80%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
60%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
77%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
90%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
88%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
91%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
74%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Telecommunication Arts and Technology
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

A college preparatory institution offering a wide range of challenging academic courses. Computers are used as a tool to enhance the academic lives of our students.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Physics, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

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Location

350 67th Street
Brooklyn NY 11220
Bay Ridge (District 20)
Trains: N to 59th St; R to Bay Ridge Ave
Buses: B37, B4, B63, B64, B9, X1, X10, X10B, X11, X12, X14, X15, X17, X17A, X19, X2, X27, X28, X3, X31, X37, X38, X4, X42, X5, X7, X8, X9

Contact

Phone
718-759-3400
Principal
Xhenete Shepard
Parent Coordinator
Barbara Yarshevitz

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