Queens Vocational and Technical High School

37-02 47 AVENUE
QUEENS NY 11101 Map
Phone: (718) 937-3010
Website: Click here
Admissions: Citywide
Principal: Melissa Burg
Neighborhood: Astoria/ LI City
District: 24
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: MIRIAM BAEZ
Engineering
Computer Science & Technology
Visual Art & Design
Business
Cosmetology
Vocational
Citywide

Buses: B24, Q32, Q39, Q60, Q67

What's special:

Prepares students to be plumbers, electricians and cosmetologists

The downside:

Most graduates require remedial courses in college

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

At Queens Vocational and Technical High School (QVTHS) students take a regular academic program while preparing for careers in plumbing, electrical work, computer and electronic engineering, graphic arts and cosmetology. Students may earn professional certifications that help them get good-paying jobs after graduation.

The school is housed in spacious facilities. A modern wing added in 2005 has workshops and labs fitted with state-of-the-art equipment. Students have a long day, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with 10 classes, some of them taught in three to four-period blocks.

In 2010, the Department of Education identified QVTHS as a low achieving school but chose to put in new leadership rather than close it. Melissa Burg was appointed principal in June, 2010, and has earned a good reputation among teachers, based on their responses to the school’s Learning Environment Survey (LES). Students also give high marks to teachers and staff, but complain of fights and instances of bullying at the school, according to the LES. Graduation and attendance rates exceed the citywide average.

QVTHS was one of 40 city high schools participating in the Expanded Success Initiative, a program to improve college and career-readiness rates for black and Latino boys. The school received a $250,000 grant to develop strategies to improve achievement and better outcomes for its male students.

The school is organized into four academies that provide a mix of academic and Career and Technical Education (CTE) instruction. Most 9th-graders enroll in the Exploration and Discovery Program, where they rotate through introductory classes offered in all the CTE programs. Exploration and Discovery has a dedicated staff who only teach 9th grade classes, which means teachers get to know the freshman well.

Starting in 10th grade, students major in one of the upper grade CTE programs and must complete an internship in their field of study. In Entrepreneurial Studies, students may study business, cosmetology or graphic arts. Skilled Building Trades focuses on plumbing and electrical installation. Computer and Electronics Engineering and Technologies offers students training in computer repair, copper and fiber optics network cabling, and robotics.

Juniors and seniors may take classes at LaGuardia Community College and Advanced Placement classes in psychology and Spanish language. The long school days leaves little time for extracurricular activities, but motivated students may participate in sports teams and an assortment of clubs and academic teams including music, poetry, Mock Trial, robotics, Gay-Straight Alliance and Virtual Enterprise.

College: The school encourages students to go to college, though a majority work after high school graduation. Among those who do attend college, most must take remedial courses at CUNY because of low scores on Regents exams. There is a fulltime college counselor.

Special education: The school offers ICT (Collaborative Team Teaching) classes and SETTS.

Admissions. Open to students citywide. Most 9th graders enroll in the Exploration and Discovery Program, which is accepts a range of students.   Screened CTE programs accept a limited number of 9th graders who meet the admissions criteria. Rising 10th graders apply directly to the screened CTE programs.  (Laura Zingmond, statistics, news reports and interviews, October, 2012).

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 1514

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
10%

Black

  
6%

Hispanic

  
76%

White

  
8%

Free Lunch

  
85%

Special ed

  
13%

English Language Learners

  
5%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.00 2.80 CITYWIDE AVERAGE


1 = Far below grade level 2 = Below grade level 3 = At grade level 4 = Above grade level

Safety & vibe

ARE CLASSES BIG?

Number of students in an average english class

30 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

54% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

84% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

How many students say they feel safe in hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?

82% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained in the school?

84% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

23% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many students graduated within 4 years?

80% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

86% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

74% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

7% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

80% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

9% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

College prep

Does this school offer a college preparatory curriculum?

How many students took an AP or IB class and scored at least a "3" on the AP exam or a "4" on the IB exam?

1%

How Many Students took a College Course and Got a "C" or Higher?

48%

How many students passed a Regents exam for algebra 2, physics or chemistry?

22%

Are students ready for college?

How many students graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

29% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

419
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

63% 62% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

446
425 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 514 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

How many students say that this school provides helpful counseling on college or job-seeking?

59% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

46% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

58% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students with disabilities spend most of the day with non-disabled peers?

68% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many teachers say students with disabilities are included in all activities?

97% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Careers in Business

Screened

Program provides students an opportunity to earn a CTE Endorsed Diploma in Entrepreneurship/Virtual Enterprise. The three year 18 credit business sequence includes courses in MOS Computer Applications, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Digital Marketing, Business Ethics/Etiquette, Finance/Taxation/Business Law. Other requirements include internships, job shadowing, and college credits from LGCC, BMCC, and Career Pathways with Queensborough Community College. Industry Certifications include Microsoft Office, QuickboApproveds, NOCTI Accounting, Virtual Enterprise and , W!se Financial Literacy Certifications

Selection Criteria

  • English (75-100) , Math (75-100) , Science (75-100) , Social Studies (75-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Graphic Arts

Audition

Program focuses on basic theories and concepts through hands on experience with the Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign). Students sit for the ACA certification exam in Photoshop, receive dual enrollment college courses and complete an internship. Graphic arts program completers receive a CTE endorsed diploma.

School of Skilled Building Trades

Screened

Prepares students for Construction 2000, union opportunities leading to licensing exam eligibility. Students choose between Electrical Installation or Plumbing Design and Technology majors. These programs provide practical skills needed in industry.

Selection Criteria

  • English (75-100) , Math (75-100) , Science (75-100) , Social Studies (75-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Pre-Engineering Electronic Technology

Screened

Prepare students with entry-level knowledge of Engineering, Dual College Enrollment Courses (8credits). Certifications Obtained: OSHA, Copper-Based, Fiber-Based Networking Systems, Smart Home Technology and Electronics Technician Association (DC, AC & Digital Electronics). Students participate in US First Robotics Club

Selection Criteria

  • English (75-100) , Math (75-100) , Science (75-100) , Social Studies (75-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Exploratory: Introduction to Occupations

Ed. Opt.

The 9th Grade School of Exploration & Discovery (SED), through six 6-week rotations , provides students with experience in: Introduction to Business, Electrical Installation, Plumbing, Graphic Arts, Cosmetology and Electronics.

Computer Technology and Information Systems

Screened

Focus on preparing students to become career and college ready, with the opportunity to achieve certifications in: A+ Computer Repairs and Maintenance, CISCO Networking, Mobile App Writing, Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) and OSHA Construction

Selection Criteria

  • English (80-100) , Math (80-100) , Science (80-100) , Social Studies (80-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 3-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 3-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Cosmetology

Screened

Cosmetology/Salon Management Program provides students with marketable skills to become licensed Cosmetologists. Students prepare for State licensure (NOCTI Certification) with opportunities for internships, in-house and industry professional advanced training. College credits earned through LaGuardia Community and Bryant & Stratton College

Selection Criteria

  • English (75-100) , Math (75-100) , Science (75-100) , Social Studies (75-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2-4

There may be additional selection criteria, see the High School Directory for more information

Academics

AP COURSES: European History, Human Geography, Physics B, Psychology, Spanish Language and Culture

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Cheerleading, Chess, Creative Arts Group, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Leadership, Lincoln-Douglas Debate Team, Literary Magazine, Mock Trial Team, MOUSE Squad, Peer Mediation/Conflict Resolution, PM School, Poetry, Presidential Honor Society, Robotics, SAT Prep, SkillsUSA, SPARK, Student Government, Virtual Enterprise, Vocational Voice School Newspaper, Yearbook Committee

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball & JV Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Soccer, Softball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Softball, Volleyball

Other schools sports: After-school Fitness Club

Source: High school directory

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