Pathways In Technology Early College High School (P-Tech)

An Insideschools pick
150 ALBANY AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11213 Map
Phone: (718) 221-1593
Website: Click here
Admissions: Brooklyn priority
Principal: Rashid Davis
Neighborhood: Crown Heights
District: 17
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: Karen Young
Computer Science & Technology
Vocational

Buses: B15, B25, B26, B43, B44, B45, B46, B65

What's special:

Students will graduate with an associates degree & an “in” at IBM

The downside:

Very limited arts; lopsided male/female ratio; long day not for everyone

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Students at Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech) may earn two years of college credit in addition to a high school diploma. Some graduate with a free associate's degree in four years; others may stay up to six years. Students choose from two majors: introduction to computer programming and electromagnetic engineering.

This Career and Technical Education school, housed in the Paul Robeson Educational Campus,  is designed to prepare students for entry-level technology jobs, such as answering customer's questions.

Developed in partnership with CUNY and the IBM Corporation, P-Tech offers a long day (8:35 a.m. to 4:06 p.m.), a Saturday Academy, and a mandatory Summer Bridge program for new students. IBM offers mentors for students and has promised P-Tech graduates preferential hiring upon graduation.

"The industry connection is very important," said Principal Rashid Davis, who founded the school in 2011. "The beauty is having the conversation about hiring and the skills we need to fine tune." Davis, formerly principal of Bronx Engineering and Technical Academy (BETA), is committed to ensuring black males, who make up three-quarters of the student body, graduate from both high school and college. 

Most classes have two or three teachers, so students get plenty of individual attention. Students are strongly encouraged to stay after school for tutoring. Many attend summer enrichment classes, such as one in geometry, to give them a head start on their Regents exams.

Students take double periods of English, math, history and technology so they can complete their high school requirements as quickly as possible and go on to college level classes. The expectation is that every student will be in calculus by year four. 

As early as 10th grade, students may take classes taught by professors from CUNY New York City Technical College, who come to P-Tech. They behaved maturely in a college speech class we visited. Students presented Power Point presentations and their classmates who clapped and gave constructive criticism. One speech made the case that students should not have to list their ethnicity when taking standardized exams, charging that if black and Hispanic students are consistently being singled out as lower-performing this could affect their confidence.  We also saw a lively physics lesson about motion and force, taught by a former circus clown, in which students used a whisk broom to move a bowling bowl.

The school's focus is clearly on technology. While there are lots of laptops--even in English classes--there are no textbooks and not a lot of books of any kind. An American History class made do with photocopied documents and a Barron's guide to the Regents exam. The humanities classes we visited seemed to be tightly geared to preparation for Regents exams, an effort that seems to be paying off. In the school's first year, 72 percent of the students passed the English Regents, usually taken in junior year; 42 percent scored above a 75, high enough to avoid taking remedial courses at college.

P-Tech offers no foreign language classes and only an introductory art class (although it does offer computer graphics and computer assisted design). "We're not a comprehensive high school. We're not trying to do it all," said Davis.

Students don't wear uniforms and there is a casual air in the classrooms. We saw students with bottled drinks perched on their desks, feet up on chairs and one girl was even sucking on a lollipop. "You have to pick your battles," said Davis, noting that he wasn't on hand to supervise them on the college campus where older students take classes.

Davis began a peer mediation program when suspensions increased in the school's second year, mostly for fighting. "We're not going to look like a juvenile detention center," he said.

Parent and students' initial safety concerns about the building's location, across the street from the Albany Houses, have been alleviated, said a parent. High attendance is "a strong indication that parents and students got over that fear that this is a crime-ridden neighborhood. Once families come and see the routine, they feel safe," said Davis.

The physical plant is worn. Walls need paint; desks are scuffed; water fountains don't work and bathrooms are locked. On the positive side, student has a locker. The three schools in the building share a library, cafeteria, and combined gym and auditorium. About a fifth of students participate in building-wide sports teams but the only after school clubs are robotics and a MOUSE squad.

Special education:  Students with special need are integrated in all classrooms. Because all classes have two or three teachers, there is little stigma in being in a team-teaching class, Davis said.

Admissions: Priority is given to Brooklyn students who attend an information session or fair. (Pamela Wheaton, December 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Paul Robeson Educational Campus

Number of Students 330

Average Daily Attendance 93%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
4%

Black

  
85%

Hispanic

  
11%

White

  
0%

Free Lunch

  
76%

Special ed

  
16%

English Language Learners

  
3%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.38 2.40 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

18 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

59% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

63% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

83% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

39% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

17% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many students graduated within 4 years?

NA 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

NA 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

NA 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

NA 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

NA 10% 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?

NA

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

NA

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

NA

Are students ready for college?

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

NA 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

NA
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

NA
426 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 513 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

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

70% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

NA 47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

NA 54% 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?

89% 89% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

37% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Priority to Brooklyn students or residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to New York City residents who attend an information session
  3. Then to Brooklyn students or residents
  4. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Pathways in Technology Early College High School

Limited Unscreened

Academics

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: National Honor Society, National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball & JV Baseball, Bowling, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track

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

Other schools sports: Cheerleading, Step Team

Source: High school directory

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