Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School

An Insideschools pick
165-65 84 AVENUE
QUEENS NY 11432 Map
Phone: (718) 297-6580
Website: Click here
Admissions: screened/ed opt
Principal: Moses Ojeda
Neighborhood: Jamaica Hills
District: 28
Grade range: 9-12
Health Professions
Engineering
Computer Science & Technology
Visual Art & Design
Vocational
Screened

Buses: Q1, Q17, Q2, Q25, Q3, Q30, Q31, Q34, Q36, Q43, Q46, Q65, Q76, Q77, QM1, QM5, QM6, QM7, QM8, X68

What's special:

Students learn a trade and enjoy a well-rounded high school experience

The downside:

Limited electives classes

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Thomas A. Edison High School sets the gold standard for Career and Technical Education (CTE). Unlike the newer crop of small CTE schools that focus on a particular theme, Thomas Edison offers 11 CTE tracks spread across seven themed programs: visual art and design, information technologies, computer aided design (CAD), electrical installation, automotive, robotics/STEM and medical careers. All students major in a trade but also enjoy a well-rounded high school experience that includes solid academics and lots of activities and sports teams.

There is a pleasant and old-fashioned quality to this school. Safety officers greet visitors with a cheery smile; many teachers, especially in CTE classes, have worked in the school for years. Principal Moses Ojeda, a graduate of the school, is also a longtime staff member, having worked as a teacher and then assistant principal before heading the school starting in August 2012.

Students seem particularly engaged in the shop and lab classes, where they can be found working under the hood of a car, designing a newsletter, testing new commands for a robot or extracting DNA from a banana. Most shop classes take place in spacious rooms with desks on one end and lab tables, computers, or heavy-duty equipment on the other. Students hone their mechanic skills in the school's fully functioning, state-licensed garage where they service well over 100 cars per year. Students on the MOUSE Squad are on-call for in-house computer assistance. Seniors in graphic arts produce all the school's printing needs with the aide of a commercial grade digital printer. They produce materials for outside organizations and area schools; some get internships with the Center for Arts Education.

There’s a biotechnology lab for students studying pharmaceuticals, an electrical wiring shop, robotics labs and multiple rooms filled with computers to accommodate the many technology-based CTE classes.

Students can earn industry certifications such as Adobe software (web design and graphic communications), CISCO networking, A+ computer maintenance (information technologies), AutoCAD and multiple certifications in automotive maintenance and repair.

Academic classes are more traditional with desks in rows and teachers up front, but there are variations, especially in English and history classes where group work is becoming more of the norm. A big push to improve students’ writing is evident throughout the school. For instance in algebra, students write about careers in mathematics and the kinds of courses one needs to succeed, such as trigonometry for electricians, and advanced topics including calculus and finite math for architects. In an automotive class, students research and write lengthy essays on topics such as the difference between rack and pinion vs. parallelogram steering systems. Teachers often ask students to present their work to the class.

Model UN is a popular activity that draws students from all programs. Ojeda says the program, which seniors take as a class for credit, exposes students to experiences they otherwise would not try. During a practice session for an upcoming competition, students role-played delegates from various nations as they debated international policy. Off in the corner a mother sat quietly observing her son, an automotive student, debate Sharia law as a delegate from a Middle East nation. “He begged me to come watch him,” said the mother who had just completed her night shift at work. “I’m so impressed. He really enjoys this and is learning so much.”

Honors and Advanced Placement classes are offered in some subjects. Spanish is the only foreign language taught.

There are few elective classes mainly because students’ schedules are packed with academic and shop classes. Students can participate in PSAL sports as well a nice range of clubs and student organizations.

The school’s graduation, college attendance and college readiness rates are well above the citywide average. Many students attend 2- and 4-year CUNY colleges, and some attend SUNY and private schools. A fulltime college counselor, along with guidance counselors and several teachers guide students through the college admissions process.

Special education: Special education students may apply to any program. There are a range of services and supports, including self-contained and ICT (integrated co-teaching) classes. An alternative assessment program teaches life skills and academic subjects to special needs students who are unable to take a traditional academic load because of severe disabilities. They learn basic skills for independent living in the school’s “apartment,” a room equipped with a full kitchen, washer and dryer and a bathroom with a shower.

Admissions: Electrical Installation Technologies accepts students based on the educational option formula that is designed to ensure a mix of low, average and high-achieving students. All the other programs admit students based on grades, test scores and attendance record. (Laura Zingmond, November, 2014).

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Number of Students 2132

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
46%

Black

  
21%

Hispanic

  
23%

White

  
4%

Free Lunch

  
77%

Special ed

  
12%

English Language Learners

  
1%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.91 2.39 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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

89% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

77% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

84% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

18% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

89% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

46% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

89% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

2% 9% 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?

15%

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

38%

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

54%

Are students ready for college?

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

63% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

473
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

74% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

514
432 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 511 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

50% 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

54% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

Visual Arts

Screened

Prepares students for careers in one of the following areas: Graphic Arts, Commercial Art, or Web Design. Training in use of Adobe design software which allows students to pursue digital media, drawing, painting, digital photography, or web design as an area of focus.

Selection Criteria

  • English (Scores 77-100) , Math (Scores 75-100) , Science (Scores 75-100) , Social Studies (Scores 75-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 2.0-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2.0-4.5

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

Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Screened

This program prepares students to enter the field of architecture, construction and engineering (ACE). Students learn drafting fundamental and advanced features of AutoCAD and 3-D modeling using Revit Architecture software.

Selection Criteria

  • English (Scores 75-100) , Math (Scores 75-100) , Science (Scores 75-100) , Social Studies (Scores 75-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 2.3-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2.2-4.5

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

Robotics/STEM

Screened

Focus is centered on students first learning basic robot building instructions, programming, and movement then working with sensors and more complex robot behaviors. Projects incorporate STEM concepts.

Selection Criteria

  • English (Scores 76-100) , Math (Scores 80-100) , Science (Scores 80-100) , Social Studies (Scores 82-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 2.3-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2.1-4.5

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

Electrical Installation Technologies

Ed. Opt.

Focuses on low voltage systems, residential wiring, motors, and motor controls. Students are also OSHA (Occupation Safety and Health Administration) certified.

Information Technologies

Screened

Prepares students for careers in CISCO Networking, focused on building and securing wired and wireless networks. Information Technology Specialist program focuses on building, maintaining, and troubleshooting computers, mobile devices, and printers. Computer Forensics focuses on concepts of computers and transitions into security awareness, hacking, and mobile device and advanced computer forensics.

Selection Criteria

  • English (Scores 75-100) , Math (Scores 75-100) , Science (Scores 75-100) , Social Studies (Scores 75-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 2.1-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2.0-4.5

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

Automotive Technologies

Screened

Focuses on National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) in the approved areas of Automotive and Collision/Refinishing. Automotive: Auto Electric, Brakes, Engine Performance, Steering and Suspension. Collision/Refinishing: painting and refinishing, Non-Structural Damage Analysis, Repair Standards and Competencies.

Selection Criteria

  • English (Scores 70-100) , Math (Scores 70-100) , Science (Scores 70-100) , Social Studies (Scores 70-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 2.0-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 1.9-4.5

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

Medical Careers

Screened

Prepares students for careers in the Medical Assisting and Biotechnology professions. Medical Assisting focuses on the administrative duties and clinical skills required in a health care center. Biotechnology prepares students to work in a laboratory through simulation and lab settings.

Selection Criteria

  • English (Scores 81-100) , Math (Scores 80-100) , Science (Scores 85-100) , Social Studies (Scores 82-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 2.7-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2.5-4.5

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

Academics

AP COURSES: AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP English, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP US Government and Politics, AP US History, AP World History

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Culture, Automotive, Cheer, Chess, Chorus, Computer, Dance, Debate, Debate, DriversŒÍ Ed, Edison Spirit, Environment, Fitness, Glamour Gals, Guitar, Karate, Leadership, Magazine, Math Team, National Honor Society, New York State Science Honor Society, Leadership Council, Newspaper, Peer Tutoring, Peer Helpers, Peer Mediation and Negotiation, Physics, Robotics Team, SkillsUSA, Sound and Stage, Step, Student Council, Teens at Service, Poetry, Video/Film, Women in Tech, Yearbook, Yoga

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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