Brooklyn Technical High School

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29 FT GREENE PLACE
BROOKLYN NY 11217 Map
Phone: (718) 804-6400
Website: Click here
Admissions: exam
Principal: RANDY ASHER
Neighborhood: Fort Greene/ Clinton Hill
District:13
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: SEHRISH SALEEM
Science & Math
Wheelchair Accessible
Screened

Buses: B103, B25, B38, B41, B45, B52, B54, B57, B63, B65, B69

What's special:

The largest and most ethnically diverse specialized high school

The downside:

Not a lot of individual attention at this huge school

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

Brooklyn Technical High School, the largest school in the city and one of the most selective, has a huge array of courses ranging from digital electronics to computer-integrated design. The curriculum emphasizes the practical applications of science, and many of the classes involve hands-on projects. Students may collect water samples from the Gowanus Canal as part of an environmental science class or build a two-story house (and take it down again) in an architecture and civil engineering class conducted in an enormous two-story woodworking shop. Tech is racially and ethnically diverse. About two-thirds of the students have parents who were born outside the United States. Its enrollment has increased significantly in the past five years, and now tops 5,000.

Brooklyn Tech is housed in a gigantic yellow brick building constructed in 1932 that dwarfs the neighboring townhouses and stretches the length of a city block. The building is well kept and most classrooms are brightly lit. A hyperactive alumni organization has raised millions of dollars to upgrade the school's physical plant, and many labs have state-of-the-art facilities, such as a 3-D animation lab and an elaborate robotics lab. "If you are a very bright kid who wants to explore technology, this is the place for you," said Principal Randy Asher.

The size of the school is one of its main strengths, as well as its main drawback. The large population means many more courses can be offered, but it also means some kids get lost. Kids eat lunch in shifts of 1,000 students each, cramming into a cavernous lunchroom. There are only two full-time college counselors for a class of 1,100 seniors. Each of the guidance counselors, who also assist with admissions, has a caseload of 300 to 400 students.

Students declare a major at the end of their sophomore year and take at least two periods a day of that subject in their junior and senior years. Majors include aerospace engineering, architectural engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, electronic engineering, environmental engineering, media, mathematics, biological science and industrial design. A new law and society major and the social science research major are geared toward students who are more interested in humanities. Students say they have two to five hours of homework a night.

Tech is generally stronger in math and science than in the humanities. It has an extensive sports department with many teams, a swimming pool in the basement, and a playing field located a few blocks away.

Nearly all Tech graduates go to college. Many are admitted to schools of engineering and architecture. While some go to private colleges, a large proportion go to CUNY and SUNY schools, often because the tuition is reasonable.

Special education: Fewer than 1 percent of students receive special education services.

Admissions: Students are admitted to Brooklyn Tech according to their tests scores on the specialized high school exam administered in the autumn. In the fall, the school offers weekly tours at 8 a.m. for prospective parents. An evening open house is held in October. (Clara Hemphill May 2011)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 5458

Average Daily Attendance 96%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? No

Students at this school

Asian

  
61%

Black

  
8%

Hispanic

  
8%

White

  
20%

Free Lunch

  
64%

Special ed

  
1%

English Language Learners

  
0%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 3.80 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?

52% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

73% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

88% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

96% 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?

98% 70% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

99% 78% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

96% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

86% 12% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

98% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

1% 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?

76%

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

99%

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

99%

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?

97% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

601
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

97%

SAT math scores

674
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?

67% 45% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

89% 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?

91% 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

Science Engineering

Test

Academics

AP COURCES: Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, Computer Science A, Economics: Macro, Economics: Micro, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French Language, Government and Politics: Comparative, Government and Politics: United States, Human Geography, Italian Language and Culture, Physics B, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics, Psychology, Spanish Language, Statistics, Studio Art: 2-D Design, Studio Art: 3-D Design, United States History, World History

Online: Economics: Micro, Physics B

Language classes: Chinese (Mandarin), French, Italian, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Academic Decathalon, Amateur Radio, Animal Rights, Anime, Art, ASPIRA, Beta, BETA Honor Society, BTHSNEWS, Cheerleaders, Chess, Chinese Culture Club, Civil Air Patrol, CSI Team, Dance, Debate Team, DECA, Double Dutch, Drama, Film, Find The Cure, Future Business Leaders of America, Gospel Choir, Habitat for Humanity, Horizons Literary Magazine, Jewish, Key, Korean Student Association, Lady Dragons & Organized Chaos Step Teams, Math Team, Mentoring, Mock Trial Team, Mu Alpha Theta, Mural Painting, Muslim Student Association, National Honor Society (Arista), Opera, Paleo, Progressive Student Awareness, Radish Satirical Newspaper, Robotics Team, Salsa, Save Darfur, School Newspaper, Science Bowl, Science Olympiad, Scrabble, Seekers, SING, Spring Musical, Straight & Gay Alliance, Student Government, Student Magazines, Survey School Newspaper, Tech Internet Radio Project, US FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics, Web Design, Weight Training, World Summit, Yearbook, Young Entrepreneurs Association

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

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

Other schools sports: Cheerleading

Source: High school directory

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