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Business Technology Early College High School (BTECH)

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick
230-17 Hillside Avenue
Queens Village NY 11427
Phone: 718-217-3613

Our Insights

What’s Special

Students may graduate with a high school diploma and an associate's college degree

The Downside

The school is showing promise, but it is still too soon to tell

Business Technology Early College High School (BTECH) is a six-year CTE (career and technical education) school serving grades 9 to 14. It is designed to permit students to graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate's degree earned by taking free classes at Queensborough Community College (QCC). Students learn career-ready skills such as computer programming and information technology, and get hands-on job training through internships and apprenticeships. BTECH opened in 2014 with a 9th grade and graduates its first class in 2020.

The school is off to a strong start. After four years at the school, BTECH students are achieving college readiness skills at a rate that’s well above the citywide average.

BTECH was developed in partnership with SAP, a multinational corporation that develops business management software. Each student is matched with an SAP mentor. SAP also helped develop the business curriculum, supplies students with laptop computers and provides apprenticeship opportunities for qualifying students.

Students may participate in business-themed competitions through the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

In the lower grades students take introductory-level courses that focus on the fundamentals of business design and computer coding. In the upper grades students take courses such as macroeconomics, technical math, calculus and CIS (computer information systems) and IIT (information internet technology), either onsite or at QCC. 

The college curriculum starts in earnest in 12th grade, when students may take multiple courses at QCC. Younger students gain some exposure by taking QCC courses in speech (10th grade) and English composition (11th grade). The school also offers several Advanced Placement courses including computer science.

The school uses restorative justice practices that minimizes suspensions and promotes positive behavior through conversation, reflection and corrective action. Students also participate in small group advisories. Instead of traditional parent-teacher conferences, students run the conference reviewing their progress with their teacher and parents.

The school is housed on the third floor of the Martin Van Buren High School. The two schools share the library and auditorium and field many joint sports teams. B-TECH students may also participate in student-run clubs.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes. In addition to leading their academic conference, students with special needs participate in student led IEP conferences in collaboration with IncludeNYC, a non-profit organization that advocates for students with disabilities.

ADMISSIONS: Priority to Queens students. Admissions is based on the educational option formula, which aims to enroll a mix of low-, average- and high-achieving students. (Laura Zingmond, web reports, November 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?
93%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
89%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
29%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
89%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
93%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
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?
68%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
2.4

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
94%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
66%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
70%
41% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
519
Asian
25%
Black
43%
Hispanic
19%
White
6%
Other
7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
66%
Students with disabilities
13%
English language learners
4%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
41%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
94%
66% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Business Technology Early College High School BTECH
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Requirements:
  • Geographic Proximity
Program Description:

Students have the opportunity to earn their High School Diploma in four years with earned college credit. BTECH is a 9-14 school model, offering students an opportunity to earn free college credit through Queensborough Community College towards an applied Associate degree. Students qualify to attend QCC through coursework and college readiness prerequisites. Additionally, students are offered early career opportunities through various internships.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Environmental Science, AP U.S. History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket

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

Contact & Location

Location

Bellerose (District 26)
Trains: N/A
Buses: Q1, Q27, Q43, Q46, Q88

Contact

Principal
Patrice Henry
Parent Coordinator
Brittney Russell

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the building with Martin Van Buren HS
Metal detectors?
No

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