Staten Island Technical High School

An Insideschools pick
485 CLAWSON STREET
STATEN ISLAND NY 10306 Map
Phone: (718) 667-3222
Website: Click here
Admissions: exam
Principal: Mark Erlenwein
Neighborhood: South Shore
District:31
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: BARBARA MALENFANT
Engineering
Wheelchair Accessible
Screened

Buses: S57, S74, S76, S78, S79-SBS

What's special:

Instruction in Russian;rigorous college prep

The downside:

May be too competitive for some; Russian is only language offered

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

One of New York City's eight specialized exam high schools, Staten Island Tech accepts students based on their score on the Specialized High School Admissions Test. The school boasts 100 percent graduation rate, the highest in the city, and an attendance rate not far behind. Tech is a school full of motivated, high achievers who study an interesting array of courses, including four years of technology and Russian, the only language offered. The school was founded in 1988 and became a specialized school in 2005.

Students at Staten Island Tech take a lot of pride in their school, citing high rankings on national assessments. While not the pressure cooker that Stuyvesant and Bronx Science are reputed to be, Staten Island Tech kids do feel competition. Students may take Advanced Placement classes as early as the second semester of ninth grade (AP Global) and with averages of 90 percent or higher, may be eligible to enroll in an AP class in tenth grade. By 11th grade, most students take two or more AP classes, including AP Russian, which is offered mainly to native speakers. Students say they have, on average, 2 to 3 hours of homework a night, with weekend projects, papers, and studying.

Advanced Placement courses include calculus, advanced calculus, macro-economics, and physics. Students complain that getting into the school's 13 AP classes is too difficult – space is allotted based on a student's grade point average.

Tech's art requirement is fulfilled in technology and engineering classes, beginning with a required course in drafting and continuing with a sequence of engineering courses, including CAD, computer-aided drawing. The school has beefed up its more traditional art courses and also offers symphonic band, orchestra and dance.

We sensed old-fashioned school spirit at Staten Island Tech where school trophies abound. Students say the school is a close-knit community, with few cliques. Many Tech graduates work as teachers and administrators at the school. Sharing sports teams with McKee has allowed Tech to have an athletic program usually found only at large high schools. In a rarity for a school of its size, sports, especially for girls, are strong. Students say the combined teams lead to new friendships as well.

Virtually all Staten Island Tech graduates go on to four-year colleges. Of the juniors and seniors we spoke with, college plans included engineering and tech-focused schools like the Stevens Institute of Technology and the Rochester Institute of Technology, NYC-based programs like Cooper Union, Sophie Davis, McCauley Honors and NYU, and well-regarded public and private four-year colleges and universities.

Special education: Only 1 percent of students receive special education services.

Admissions: Specialized high school exam, which is given in October to 8th and 9th graders. Most students come from Staten Island, with a handful from Brooklyn. An open house is held in October. (Pamela Wheaton, October 2005, updated by Helen Zelon at high school fair, October 2011)

InsideStats

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 1235

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
36%

Black

  
1%

Hispanic

  
5%

White

  
57%

Free Lunch

  
31%

Special ed

  
1%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.90 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

33 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

81% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

98% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

99% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

100% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

7% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

100% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

100% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

100% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

96% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

100% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

0% 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?

87%

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

75%

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

100%

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?

100% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

643
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

100%

SAT math scores

690
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?

94% 76% 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?

NA 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

100% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

98% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

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

40% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

58% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open to New York City residents who take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT)

Source: High school directory

Engineering

Test

Electrical and mechanical engineering sequences; courses include: technical drawing, computer software and programming, engineering survey, AutoCAD, electronics, Cisco networking, Web Design and Robotics.

Academics

AP COURSES: Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science A, Economics: Macro, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Government and Politics: United States, Physics B, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics, Psychology, Russian Language and Culture, Statistics, Studio Art: 2-D Design, Studio Art: 3-D Design, United States History, World History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Russian

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Dance, Drama, Literary Magazine (Trope), Ensembles, National Honor Society, Orchestra, Parent Leadership Academy, Peer Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Publication (Tech Times), Showcase, SING, Spring Musical, Student Government, Symphonic Band; more than 70 clubs activities and special events

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball & JV Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball & JV Volleyball

Other schools sports: N/A

Source: High school directory

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