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
vocational
Principal: JANINE KIERAN
Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights/Downtown
District: 13
Grade range: 09 thru 12
Parent Coordinator: CAROLETT ROUSE

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

What's special:

Courses with real skills that lead to jobs

The downside:

Some concerns about discipline and safety

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

George Westinghouse High School in downtown Brooklyn offers classes that lead to jobs in food preparation, computer maintenance, electrical installation, and Web design. The school has gleaming science labs and lots of computers.

Unfortunately, the school’s graduation rates and attendance rates have declined in recent years. Enrollment has shrunk as new small schools have drawn students away. In 2009, City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture and Technology opened in the building. In 2012, PS 8, a popular nearby elementary school, expanded to add middle school grades in the Westinghouse building.

While most students feel safe in class, they complain of fights, and nearly one-third said they don’t feel safe in the corridors, bathrooms and locker rooms, according to the Learning Environment Survey. The school made headlines when a teacher was videotaped beating up a student. The building has metal detectors.

Students may apply to four programs: culinary arts, multimedia internet technology, electrical installation and practice, and computer repair. They may receive industry certifications and Career and Technical Education diplomas. Some tracks culminate in internships and even union jobs.

“They have real skills when they leave,” said Kathy Pelles, an official for New Visions for Public Schools, the non-profit organization that provide support to the school.

Special education: The school has resource room, self-contained classes, and Collaborative Team Teaching (CTT) classes with two teachers, one trained in special education. In recent years, the school has issued more regular diplomas for special education students (and fewer so-called IEP diplomas, which are essentially certificates of attendance.)

College admissions: A highly-trained college counselor helps students choose appropriate schools and apply for scholarships.

Admissions: Varied by program. Most require grades of 75 in core subjects. Culinary arts admits by educational option formula designed to ensure a mix of students of different abilities. (Clara Hemphill, interviews, statistics, August 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? Yes

George Westinghouse Educational Campus

Number of Students 702

Average Daily Attendance 86%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
4%

Black

  
76%

Hispanic

  
18%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
78%

Special ed

  
17%

English Language Learners

  
3%

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

29 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

46% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

88% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

74% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

85% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

37% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

67% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

73% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

61% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

2% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

70% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

8% 12% 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?

8%

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

9%

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?

11% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

412
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

56%

SAT math scores

407
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?

74% 75% 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?

14% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

18% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

56% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

88% 88% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How well does this school serve English language learners?

How many English language learners starting school in 2008 graduated within 4 years?

38% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many English language learners starting school in 2006 graduated within 6 years?

57% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Programs and Admissions

School admission priorities:

  1. Open to New York City residents

Source: High school directory

Electrical Installation and Practice

Screened

Students study circuit design and troubleshooting, residential and commercial wiring and applications, solar energy and applications, energy auditing, fiber optic and network cabling and motor controls. Industry certifications include: C-TECH, LEED and NOCTI.

Selection Criteria

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

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

Computer Information Systems and Repair

Screened

Students study basic desktop support, operating systems, internet use, customer technical support, computer repair and maintenance, network design and infrastructure support with a focus on supporting network security. Industry certifications include IC3, Strata, A+, CISCO CCENT, and Health Information Technology.

Selection Criteria

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

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 website, Photoshop, Flash and NOCTI.

Selection Criteria

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

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

Culinary Arts

Ed. Opt.

Students study culinary history, food preparation and safety, cooking, baking, food, beverage and financial management in a state-of-the-art kitchen with a classroom that can be transformed into a dining area. Industry certifications include NOCTI, ACF, Food Handler's License, and Prostart.

Academics

AP COURCES: Biology, English Literature and Composition, United States History, World History

Online: N/A

Language classes: German, Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Anime Club, Ballroom Dancing, Book Club, Chess Team, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics, Girl Power Group, Health and Wellness, Job Readiness Workshops, Martial Arts, MOUSE Squad, National Honor Society, National Society of Black Engineers, Peer Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Poetry Cafe, Poetry/Creative Writing Team, SkillsUSA, Student Government, Student Leadership Team, Video Game Club

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

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