George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School

105 JOHNSON STREET
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, 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

George Westinghouse Educational Campus

Number of Students 634

Average Daily Attendance 85%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
3%

Black

  
74%

Hispanic

  
20%

White

  
2%

Free Lunch

  
83%

Special ed

  
18%

English Language Learners

  
2%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.28 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

29 25 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

43% 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?

65% 82% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

66% 77% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

37% 38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2014

How many students graduated within 4 years?

79% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

74% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many students graduated within 4 years?

66% 65% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

4% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many students graduated within 6 years?

75% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many graduates dropped out within 4 years?

9% 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?

2%

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

14%

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

9%

Are students ready for college?

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

10% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

410
418 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 497 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

46% 63% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT math scores

411
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?

76% 76% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Special ed & ELL

How well does this school serve students with disabilities?

How many special ed students graduated within 4 years?

29% 47% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many special ed students graduated within 6 years?

22% 54% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

56% 68% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

88% 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. Open to New York City residents

Source: High school directory 2014-2015

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 (75-100) , Math (75-100) , Science (75-100) , Social Studies (75-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2-4

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

Culinary Arts

Ed. Opt.

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene provides a free curriculum online. Students in Culinary programs take the 15 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 (75-100) , Math (75-100) , Science (75-100) , Social Studies (75-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2-4

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

Computer Information Systems and Repair

Screened

Students develop skills in comptuer 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 (75-100) , Math (75-100) , Science (75-100) , Social Studies (75-100)
  • Math Levels: Levels 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: Levels 2-4

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

Academics

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

Source: High school directory 2014-2015

Sports/Clubs

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

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Golf, Handball, Soccer

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Handball, Softball, Volleyball

Other schools sports: Double Dutch, Fitness and Weight Training

Source: High school directory 2014-2015

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