High School of Computers and Technology

An Insideschools pick
800 EAST GUN HILL ROAD
BRONX NY 10467 Map
Phone: (718) 696-3930
Website: Click here
Admissions: Attendance at open house
Principal: BRUCE ABRAMOWITZ
Neighborhood: Norwood
District:11
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: HEATHER FRANCIS
Computer Science & Technology
Vocational

Buses: BX28, BX30, BX39, BX41, BX55, BX8

What's special:

Intense, hand-on computer training that can lead to certification

The downside:

Limited art and foreign languages; over 85 percent male

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

The High School of Computers and Technology prepares students for careers in computer technology, giving students a hands-on introduction to computer programming and repair. All students follow a CTE computer certification track beginning with an Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) in 9th grade, then A+ Computer Repair in 10th, Networking+ in 11th, and an internship in 12th, where all students work 15 hours a week in computer repair at places like Staples or local high schools instead of attending traditional classes. At the end of this sequence, students take a SkillsUSA certification exam and around 98 percent pass, according to Principal Bruce Abramowitz. Additionally, the school offers specific certifications from Pearson in A+ and Network+ to selected students.

In the hands-on spirit of the school, robotics club teacher Stan Bellis and students built the school’s PA and bell system, which rings like cuckoo clocks to signal the beginning and ending of class periods. Bellis described the type of student most likely to succeed at Computers: “If they’re interested in working with their hands. They have to want to come here and want to get dirty.”

Students were respectful and engaged, silently raising their hands to contribute in class. In one English class, the teacher talked about living in Kenya, to which a student raised his hand and tied the story back to the discussion.

Teachers attribute this level of engagement to the open communication in the school. “I’ve never met somebody that could take technology and pedagogy and wrap it together. I’ve never seen anything like it!” commented English teacher Rachel Durfee about Abramowitz.

Classes run for 60 minutes. Students wear light blue collared shirts and dark blue pants. Over 85 percent of the population is male, to which boys say they’d like to see more girls, but at least some girls don’t seem to mind. “There’s not a lot of drama and no fights among the girls,” explained Nailene, a senior.

Despite the heavy focus on technology, students still make use of the school’s library, borrowing as many books as there are students. Each year, the principal, a longtime vocational educator from Alfred E. Smith High School, teaches a hands-on class where students build things like lamps and clocks. Seniors take an annual trip to Florida and several other trips occur throughout the year. A group of freshmen told us eagerly about a camping trip they were looking forward to in the spring.

Computers and Technology offers Advanced Placement History and English classes; College Now and other college classes at several local colleges, including Lehman and Monroe; and a college preparation class for seniors. After high school, most students go to college at CUNY and SUNY schools though some go to more selective schools like Cornell and Amherst.

There are no visual arts classes and only one year of Spanish language, but Abramowitz makes an effort to connect interested students to the High School for Contemporary Arts downstairs. SoBRO provides some afterschool activities in the arts and a six-week summer bridge program introduces incoming students to art and careers in technology, giving them two art credits.

The school, which opened in September 2004, in the Evander Childs High School complex, shares the gym, weight room and indoor track with Bronx Lab School and the Bronx High School for Writing and Communication Arts, often holding gym with all three schools together in one session. The whole school goes to lunch at once and shares the cafeteria with another school. Though the school itself was clean, many of the shared spaces became increasingly dirty as the day went on. Bronx Academy of Health Careers, High School for Contemporary Arts and Bronx Aerospace High School also share the building.

Afterschool, the robotics club takes center stage—students prepare for a US robotics competition, play with go-karts and created a hoverboard. A variety of other activities from free SAT prep classes to building-wide PSAL sports are also available.

Special education: There are several ICT classes. Abramowitz’s philosophy is, “If [students] are not prepared to function in mainstream classes, how can we prepare them to function in the real world?”

Admissions: Limited Unscreened. In 2011, 2517 students applied for 135 seats. (Aryn Bloodworth, November 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

Evander Childs Educational Campus

Number of Students 556

Average Daily Attendance 90%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
5%

Black

  
34%

Hispanic

  
59%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
100%

Special ed

  
23%

English Language Learners

  
10%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.70 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?

67% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

88% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

81% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

76% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

24% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

85% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

80% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

82% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

10% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

89% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

3% 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?

3%

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

11%

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

17%

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?

20% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

382
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

67%

SAT math scores

398
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?

77% 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?

78% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

79% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

97% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

90% 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. Priority to New York City residents who attend an information session
  2. Then to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

High School of Computers and Technology

Limited Unscreened

All students will complete a four year sequence of computer repair and maintenance and will be required to complete exams in Microsoft Office, A+ Computer hardware and software and Network +.

Academics

AP COURSES: English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, United States History

Online: N/A

Language classes: N/A

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Anime, Book Club, Bronx River Project, Chess, Geocaching, Internet, Journalism, Peer Mediation, Photography, Robotics, Student Council, Video Game, Web Design Team

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Cross Country, Football & JV Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming

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

Other schools sports: N/A

Source: High school directory

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