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Energy Tech High School

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick for Special Ed Noteworthy
36-41 28th Street
Astoria NY 11106
Phone: 718-472-0536

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) 

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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?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

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

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
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?
66% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

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


Language Courses


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
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Long Island City (District 30)
Trains: M Line, R Line to 36th St; N Line, W Line to 36th Ave
Buses: Q101, Q102, Q66, Q69


Hope Barter
Parent Coordinator
Esi Bissah

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the building with IS 204
Metal detectors?

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