George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School

105 TECH PLACE
BROOKLYN NY 11201 Map
Phone: (718) 625-6130
Website: Click here
Admissions: Selective technology programs
Principal: Janine Kieran
Neighborhood: Downtown Brooklyn
District: 13
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: CAROLETT ROUSE
Engineering
Computer Science & Technology
Visual Art & Design
Culinary Arts
Vocational

Buses: B103, B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B52, B54, B57, B61, B62, B63, B65, B67, B69

What's special:

Kids wire electrical circuits, repair computers and prepare food

The downside:

Declining enrollment

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

At George Westinghouse High School in downtown Brooklyn, students may learn to wire electrical circuits, repair computers or prepare food along with regular academic classes. Successful graduates may get jobs as union electricians, computer technicians or food service workers—and some go on to college.

Founded in 1919, Westinghouse is one of the oldest career and technical education schools in the city. It shares a building with City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture and Technology and with the middle school grades of PS 8, a popular Brooklyn Heights elementary school.

While most kids feel safe in class, some complain of fights and about one-third say they don't feel safe in bathrooms, locker rooms or halls, according to student surveys. Longtime principal Janine Kiernan said discipline has improved as a result of a school-wide "positive behavior support campaign" but acknowledged "like any high school, we still have issues." Enrollment has been declining in recent years.

Students may apply to four programs: culinary arts, multimedia internet technology, electrical installation and practice and computer repair. They may receive industry certifications and CTE (career and technical education) diplomas.

College: A popular college counselor helps students choose appropriate schools. About 35 percent of graduates go on to college, and most of those go to either CUNYs or SUNYs. The majority need to take remedial courses, according to Department of Education statistics.

Special education: The school has a resource room, self-contained classes and ICT team-teaching classes.

Admissions: Varies by program. Most require grades of 75 in core subjects. Culinary arts admits by the educational option formula designed to ensure a mix of students of different abilities. (Clara Hemphill, May 2015)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the George Westinghouse Educational Campus with one other school

Number of Students 619

Average Daily Attendance 87%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
2%

Black

  
73%

Hispanic

  
21%

White

  
3%

Free Lunch

  
78%

Special ed

  
19%

English Language Learners

  
2%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.26 2.39 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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

77% 74% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

64% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

82% 84% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

42% 41% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2015

How many students graduated within 4 years?

75% 69% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

1% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

78% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

4% 9% 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?

1%

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?

4%

Are students ready for college?

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

11% 32% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

422
424 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 495 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

49% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

394
432 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 511 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

Is the guidance counseling helpful?

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

58% 48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

50% 57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

NA NA CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners graduated within 4 years?

48% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners graduated within 6 years?

56% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

Culinary Arts

Ed. Opt.

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene provides a free curriculum online. Students in Culinary programs take fifteen lessons in order to prepare for the exam which is given off site at a testing facility. If students complete the 15 hours of instruction the school will register the students for the exam. Students who take and pass the exam will earn the Food Protection certification.

Electrical Installation and Practice

Screened

Students study residential and commercial wiring and application, solar energy and applications, energy auditing, fiber optic and network cabling, and motor controls. Industry certifications include C-TECH and OSHA.

Selection Criteria

  • English (Scores 55-100) , Math (Scores 55-100) , Science (Scores 60-100) , Social Studies (Scores 59-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 1.5-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 1.8-4.5

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

Brooklyn STEAM Center

Screened

The Brooklyn STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Center provides a CTE focus on a range of courses in four industry areas: information technology, graphics, engineering, and architecture. The program includes innovative technical training leading to certification and opportunities to earn college credit.Students will also haveopportunities to complete work-based learning sequences (e.g. internships) to provide pathways to employment and/or post-secondary credentials.

Selection Criteria

  • English (Scores 70-100) , Math (Scores 65-100) , Science (Scores 68-100) , Social Studies (Scores 68-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 2.0-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2.1-4.5

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

Multimedia Internet Technology

Screened

Students study HTML webpage programming, Javascript, image editing, motion graphics, visual design principles, advanced motion editing, mobile application development and website hosting. Industry certifications include Adobe Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and Flash.

Selection Criteria

  • English (Scores 60-100) , Math (Scores 65-100) , Science (Scores 65-100) , Social Studies (Scores 65-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 1.8-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 1.8-4.5

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

Computer Information Systems and Repair

Screened

Students develop skills in computer repair and maintenance, network design, and infrastructure support with a focus on supporting network security. Industry certifications include IC3, A+ and CISCO CCENT.

Selection Criteria

  • English (Scores 65-100) , Math (Scores 65-100) , Science (Scores 65-100) , Social Studies (Scores 65-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 1.8-4.5 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 1.8-4.5

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

Academics

AP COURSES: AP English, AP US History, AP World History

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: FIRST Robotics, Anime Club, Ballroom Dancing, Chess Team, Girl Power Group, MOUSE Squad, Martial Arts, Cheerleading Club, National Honor Society, Peer Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Poetry/Creative Writing Team, SkillsUSA, Student Government, Video Game Club, Job Readiness Workshops

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Handball, Softball, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Double Dutch, Fitness and Weight Training

Source: High school directory 2015-2016

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