High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture

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94-06 104TH STREET
QUEENS NY 11416 Map
Phone: (718) 846-6280
Website: Click here
Admissions: Selective; review of grades & attendance
Principal: Lakeisha Gordon
Neighborhood: Ozone Park
District:27
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: AUDREY GRAVES
Engineering
Architecture
Vocational

Buses: Q11, Q24, Q37, Q53, Q56, Q8

What's special:

Hands-on projects in construction and engineering

The downside:

Very limited art, music, and foreign languages; poor subway access

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Each spring, seniors at the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture build a house in the yard behind the school. (The following fall, a new class of seniors takes it down again.) Other students make architectural plans and construct 3-D models; learn how to install energy efficient wiring; and study the principles of engineering.

For some, the school leads to unionized apprenticeships in the construction trades. For others, it offers a strong background in engineering or architecture that prepares them for a four-year college.

Opened in 2006 in a new building in Ozone Park, the school has become a popular choice for students looking for in-depth career education and hands-on projects. Almost everyone graduates on time, and about one-quarter receive the demanding Advanced Regents diploma.

Attendance is high and the school is orderly. On our visit, class changes were smooth, and students seemed happy. Students in career classes were excited about their projects and eagerly explained them.

"It's fun. It brings out your creative side," one student told us.

"There's not much to complain about here," another said.

Students apply to one of the three programs: architecture, engineering or construction trades. In 9th grade, all students in the school take an introductory course in their major, followed by two periods a day in 10th through 12th grades.

Architecture students learn drafting and design. Engineering students identify a problem and design and build an invention to solve it. Having identified their dilemma as going back to sleep after the alarm goes off, two students weighed solutions such as incorporating a snooze alarm equipped with a hand buzzer to jolt any slugabed.

In the construction program, students take a year each in electrical work, carpentry and electrical mechanical. completing their studies by erecting a house their senior year.. The school has been seeking state Career and Technical Education certification for all three programs.

The school also offers the standard complement of academic subjects, including Advanced Placement classes. All first year students take a nonfiction literacy class in addition to English. Unfortunately, the school only offers one year of Spanish and one studio art course—the minimum graduation requirements.

The academic classes, if lacking some of the energy of the career classes, engaged most students. In 10th grade, student grappled with what constitutes genocide, while 9th graders reading the memoir "The Color of Water" discussed what effect religion had on the characters' lives.

The school has a full-time college counselor. About 95 percent of students go to college, with CUNY and other local schools the most popular choices. Another staff member works with students who want to go into a union apprenticeship program.

There has been a high rate of teacher turnover as well as friction between the administration and the faculty. Some teachers complain that Lakeisha Gordon, principal since 2010, has poor management and communication skills, according to the Learning Environment Surveys. In 2012, two teachers sued Gordon saying they were terminated unfairly. Assistant Principal Steven Wynn told us that some staff members resisted Gordon’s efforts to "raise the bar;" he added that the administration was meeting with teachers to try to improve communication. Gordon was on maternity leave at the time of our visit.

Special education: The school has team teaching classes and other services but no self-contained classes. The building also houses a District 75 program for students with more severe disabilities. Some of its students participate in an inclusion program that allows them to attend classes at the high school of construction trades.

Admission: Students with standardized test scores Level 2 or above and grades of at least 75 in core academic subjects may apply. Preference is given to students who attend HCAT's open house. Although the school has screened admission, the administration encourages students with fairly low middle school test scores to apply. The school is open to all New York City students, although the nearest subway is not close. (Gail Robinson, March 2013)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 946

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Uniforms? Yes

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
35%

Black

  
11%

Hispanic

  
39%

White

  
12%

Free Lunch

  
67%

Special ed

  
10%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.30 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

26 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

51% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

66% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

81% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

95% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

17% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

98% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

100% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

96% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen earned an advanced regents diploma within 4 years?

23% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

94% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

3% 12% 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?

7%

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

14%

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

46%

Are students ready for college?

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?

53% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

452
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2009 freshmen graduated in four years and enrolled in college?

87%

SAT math scores

498
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?

74% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

89% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

73% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Construction Trades & Management

Screened

Integrated program that leads to national certification aligned with industry standards. Students are prepared for entry-level positions in construction trades and management. Curriculum includes Electrical Installation, Carpentry and Mechanical Construction.

Selection Criteria

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

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

Architectural Design

Screened

Principles of Architecture including form, space and order; drafting fundamentals including hand drafting, advanced AutoCAD and 3-Dimensional modeling using AutoDesk Revit; design and construction of residential structures.

Selection Criteria

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

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

Academy of Engineering

Screened

Project Lead the Way Engineering, which includes courses such as Introduction to Engineering & Design, Digital Electronics, Civil Engineering & Architecture, Principles of Engineering and Engineering Design & Development, among others.

Selection Criteria

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

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

Academics

AP COURCES: Biology, Calculus AB, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Statistics, United States History, World History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Better Earth, Anime Manga, Architecture, Art, Chess, Community Service, SkillsUSA, Construction Challenge, Field Trips, Job Shadowing, Internships, Mentors, Music, National Honor Society, Philosophy, Portfolio Development, Robotics, Student Government, Yearbook

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball & JV Baseball, Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country, Indoor Track

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country, Indoor Track, JV Softball, Softball, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Intramural Basketball

Source: High school directory

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