Business Technology Early College High School (BTECH)

Grades: 9-12
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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)

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
98%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
92%
Average daily attendance
 
89%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
36%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
91%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
91%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

548
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
73%
Students with disabilities
 
14%
Multilingual learners
 
3%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
1%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
95%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
19%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
14%
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?
 
100%
4.5
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
138
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?
 
94%
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

 
62%

Physics

 
6%

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
8%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
45%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
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?
 
75%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
90%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
42%
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

Business Technology Early College High School BTECH

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

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.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP English Language and Composition, AP Computer Science Principles

Boys PSAL teams

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

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, 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

230-17 Hillside Avenue
Queens Village NY 11427

Trains: N/A

Buses: Q1, Q27, Q43, Q46, Q88, QM36, QM6, X68


Contact

Principal: Patrice Henry

Parent Coordinator: Brittney Russell

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with Martin Van Buren HS

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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