Transit Tech Career and Technical Education High School

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1 WELLS STREET
BROOKLYN NY 11208 Map
Phone: (718) 647-5204
Admissions: educational option/selective
Principal: MARLON BYNUM
Neighborhood: East New York
District:19
Grade range: 9-12
Parent Coordinator: JANICE JONES
Engineering
Computer Science & Technology
Wheelchair Accessible
Vocational

Buses: B13, B14, Q24, Q7, Q8

What's special:

Students prepare for a wide variety of jobs at the Metropolitan Transit Authority after graduation

The downside:

Those in the computer science track may want to learn more programming languages

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

At Transit Tech, students learn to repair and maintain subway trains, take apart electrical motors and fix computers. It's a good school for students who may want to start a career at the Transit Authority without going to college first.

Even in a weak economy, said one teacher, "there's not enough qualified people coming out." In its effort to fill that need, Transit Tech offers a partnership with the MTA, teachers who seem excited about the program and impressive equipment. The centerpiece is the railcar lab, a two-story space said by some to be the city's largest classroom. In it, two subway cars sit about six feet off the floor, enabling students to work on them. The school also has computers -- although no Macs -- for students to practice repairing and about 30 electrical education trainers.

Students explore the six technical options in the 9th and 10th grades and then select one at the end of their sophomore year. They concentrate for the next two years, taking a triple shop period in their senior year to prepare for the comprehensive exam in their area of specialization. They must fulfill the other state requirements for a diploma as well.

While geared toward employment, school staff say the program engages even students who don't plan to make a career of their track. It helps them connect the classroom and the outside world, for example using trigonometry to figure out angles for pipes

And the equipment, including those subways cars, is a selling point. "The kids get excited. It's a total motivation," the teacher said. "Every day I look forward to coming to school," one boy told us.

Several seniors said they saw value in learning a marketable skill whether or not they plan to use it. "I wasn't confused when I came here," said one who is looking at other possibilities for his future. "Given the way the economy is going, this is a great backup plan."

That said, Transit Tech has limited course offerings in other areas, providing basic academic and several AP classes but few arts offerings and only one language (Spanish). Some of the academic classes can seem elementary when compared with the technical classes. While shop classes can have no more than 28 kids, other classes are packed.

The graduation rate is substantially higher than the city average -- an accomplishment given that Transit Tech attracts many male students with low test scores.

The school has a college office but the counselor must divide her time between college counseling and other guidance work. Teachers provide career help for students seeking jobs. Of the students who go to college, a large number attend two-year or technical schools.

Transit Tech has a metal detector and surveillance cameras. Because of that, an assistant principal, said, "the kids don't have a chance to do anything" in the building. Outside the door, though, students have complained of feeling unsafe in the school's East New York neighborhood, prompting the police to add patrols. The elimination of a bus line that went by the school has heightened the concern.

The location and the school's emphasis contribute to a lopsided ratio of boys to girls, although the school says it seeks to attract female students.

Transit Tech has 19 teams. The gym recently got a renovation including new bleachers and a scoreboard.

Special education: Some 200 students receive special ed services in self-contained and team teaching classes and resource rooms from 15 special ed teachers.

All shop areas are open to special ed students although students with physical disabilities may not be eligible for employment in some areas. The school tries to mix special education and general education kids in the small groups that are the basis of many shop classes. "We've had above average success with that," assistant principal Paul Tropiano said. "They feed off each other." The graduation rate for special ed students, though, remains fairly low.

Admissions: The school has seen its applications decline in recent years. Admission to most programs is screened. (Gail Robinson, April 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 1167

Average Daily Attendance 88%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
6%

Black

  
66%

Hispanic

  
26%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
72%

Special ed

  
20%

English Language Learners

  
4%

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

26 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

43% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

75% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

59% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

80% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

29% 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?

91% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

71% 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?

85% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

13% 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?

3%

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

6%

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?

18% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

396
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

68%

SAT math scores

413
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?

65% 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?

41% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

40% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

64% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

90% 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

Computer Engineering

Ed. Opt.

A+ Computer Repair technology. Learn basic concepts & functions of computer from an engineering perspective. Acquire knowledge of motherboards, hard drives and various operating systems. Completion of program leads to IC3 & CompTIA A+ certification.

Information Technology

Limited Unscreened

Basic internet & computer core training; troubleshooting various hardware & software applications. Learn skills in Microsoft Office, PC technology, networking, and security. Completion of program leads to IC3, MOS & Cisco IT Essential certification.

Transit Industrial Electrician

Screened

Focus on science of “troubleshooting”. Prepare to install and repair industrial, commercial, and residential circuitry. Train in programmable logic controls.

Selection Criteria

  • English (70-100) , Math (70-100) , Science (70-100) , Social Studies (70-100)
  • 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 Networking

Screened

Basic to advanced level network & cabling course. Skills include installation, repair, maintenance & troubleshooting of wired & wireless network infrastructure; coaxial networking, cables, routers, switches & access points. Completion of program leads to IC3 & CompTIA N+ certification.

Selection Criteria

  • English (70-100) , Math (70-100) , Science (70-100) , Social Studies (70-100)
  • Math Levels: 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 2-4

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

Transit Technician Technology

Screened

Sequence includes electrical and mechanical systems related to transportation and industrial and commercial wiring systems. Hydraulics, pneumatics, and small engine repair are integral components of the sequence.

Selection Criteria

  • English (70-100) , Math (70-100) , Science (70-100) , Social Studies (70-100)
  • Math Levels: 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 2-4

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

Transit Electronics Technology and Networking

Screened

Develop knowledge of computer circuitry, micro-technology, analog and digital electronics, basic electronics and circuit boards. Learn about basic electricity, voltage and current.

Selection Criteria

  • English (70-100) , Math (70-100) , Science (70-100) , Social Studies (70-100)
  • Math Levels: 2-4 ; English Language Arts Levels: 2-4

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

Academics

AP COURCES: Calculus AB, Computer Science A, English Language and Composition, United States History, World History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Band, Cheerleading, Chess, Chorus, Community Service, Computers, Conflict Resolution, Consultative Council, Dance, Debate, Drama, Honor Society, Leadership, Math, Newspaper, Peer Mediation, Shakespeare Festival, SkillsUSA, Steppers, Student Council, Student Mentoring, Transit Club, Yearbook

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball

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

Other schools sports: N/A

Source: High school directory

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