Energy Tech High School

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed Noteworthy

Our Insights

What’s Special

Free two year college degree; engineering focus

The Downside

Too soon to tell

Energy Tech High School is a safe and orderly school that prepares students to work at electric and gas companies.  Students may stay for six years and earn two years of free college credit. Some go on to study engineering at a four-year college.

On field trips, students get to see workers fitting pipes in the field or monitoring gas outputs. They explore computer electronics and analyze electrical circuits. They enjoy trying on hard hats and hearing stories about how energy technicians respond to a crisis, like restoring the electricity in a community after a hurricane, assistant principal Beth Antonelli said. Students may have internships with an electric company, learning how to read and install meters or conduct customer service calls.

Founded in 2013, the school has quickly established an excellent track record with all students, including those with special needs. All students take 90 minutes each of English and math their freshmen year—the equivalent of two years—to give them a solid academic foundation.

Housed in a building shared with IS 204, Energy Tech has science and engineering labs, a campus-style lounge for early college students and a maker space. Students have access to a laser cutter, 3D printers, a drill press and a variety of other tools and machinery. A robotics team meets after school.

Energy Tech is affiliated with LaGuardia Community College. Children may take college courses as early as 10th grade in the school’s own lecture hall or on the LaGuardia campus about a mile away. Students receive MetroCards for travel.

Energy Tech has industry connections to the electric and gas companies Con Edison and National Grid. Company mentors visit at least once a month.

Principal Hope Barter is a respected leader. An overwhelming majority of teachers approve of her management skills. She graduated from Cornell University, where she earned a B.A. with distinction. She earned her master’s degree at Lehman College, and an advanced certificate in school and district leadership through Hunter College. She was a founding teacher at York Early College Academy, a 6-12th grade school that offers college level courses for advanced students.

Barter and her staff work hard to stay connected to families. They host monthly coffee hours, send weekly e-mail blasts and maintain an informative website, in addition to special events for families.

Barter told Schoolbook she welcomes and hoped to attract girls to the school because she believes women are underrepresented in the fields of science and technology. “I think one of the major barriers to getting more young women in the field is students being able to visualize what the work looks like and to connect and to see how they might be successful in that kind of a model,” she said. However, the school has not attracted as many females as males; three-quarters of the school population is male.

About 50 percent of the students stay all six years; some who left after four years have gone on to competitive four-year engineering programs at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, (five students received hefty scholarships there), Rochester Institute of Technology, Worchester Polytechnic Institute and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Special education: Children are mostly served in ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes that mix several children with disabilities into general classes with two teachers, one trained in special education. “We really believe in the ICT model and invest resources to support that model,” Antonelli said, adding that the school supplements with small group work, tutoring and catch-up time in the 90 minute classes if a child did not grasp a concept.

Admissions: Educational option. The school seeks a range of low-, middle- and high-performing students. Preference to Queens residents. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and interview, September 2018) 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
90%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
59%
Average daily attendance
 
93%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
18%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

527
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
79%
Students with disabilities
 
17%
Multilingual learners
 
5%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
90%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
87%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
30%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
30%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
90%
7.1
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
120
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
73%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

 
1%

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

 
12%

Advanced Foreign Language

 
11%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Math or Science

 
40%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 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?
 
81%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
79%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
31%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Energy Tech High School

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Students take rigorous STEM coursework in preparation for college-level math, science, and engineering courses as early as 10th grade through a partner college. Students declare an electrical or mechanical concentration by the end of 12th grade, in preparation for intensive study and internship opportunities in 12th-14th grades. Pathways focus on engineering and technology careers in the energy/utility industry, with varied opportunities for field trips, job shadowing, industry mentoring, etc.

Energy Tech High School D75 Inclusion Program

Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science A, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP English Language and Composition, AP United States History, AP Environmental Science

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Handball

Girls PSAL teams

Cross Country

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

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Contact & Location

Location

36-41 28th Street
Astoria NY 11106

Trains: M Line, R Line to 36th St; N Line, W Line to 36th Ave

Buses: Q101, Q102, Q66, Q69


Contact

Principal: Hope Barter

Parent Coordinator: Esi Bissah

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the building with IS 204

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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