|High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology
350 67th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11220
Grade levels: 9-12
Graduation rate: 64%
Class size: 21-34
Ethnicity: 16% W, 17% B, 59% H, 8% A
Average SATs: Verbal, 427; math, 436
Free lunch: 43%
|Located in the quiet, residential
neighborhood of Bay Ridge, overlooking the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and
New York Harbor, Telecommunication is housed in a Gothic-style brick building,
complete with turrets and towers. Inside the stately entrance, the atmosphere
is far more modern. While retaining some of the architectural charm and
detail of the original building, Telecommunication is fully loaded with
The school has a television studio with three cameras and sophisticated
editing systems, five computer labs, and Internet access in every classroom.
In addition, there is a mobile computer lab -- a cart with twenty laptops
equipped with antennas used for research in humanities classes and for
science labs. It's the only high school in the city to have its own Web
server (every student learns HTML), and there is a course dedicated to
creating and maintaining the school's Website: www.hstat.org.
Many staff development days have been devoted to how to do interdisciplinary
work, especially in English and social studies, and how to use Websites
in a classroom. English honors students created a Web page to show off
what the class had learned about author Toni Morrison and her novel Song
of Solomon. Students were asked to write two original essays, one
discussing the importance of names in the novel and the second exploring
a theme of their own choosing. They also provided online photographs and
a biography about the author and links to relevant sites.
Some schools build their reputation by attracting high-achieving kids.
Telecommunication is building its reputation by attracting first-rate
teachers. Instead of being assigned according to seniority, as is the
norm in New York City public schools, prospective teachers are interviewed
by the staff and asked to teach a demonstration class.
"This is a school that combines a hardworking faculty with academics,
athletics, and the arts," says sophomore Vanessa Poggioli. "If you're
not doing well in a subject, there will be a resource; if you want to
start a club, they'll help."