W. H. Maxwell Career and Technical Education High School

145 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE
BROOKLYN NY 11207 Map
Phone: (718) 345-9100
Website: Click here
Admissions: Educational option by vocational program
Wheelchair accessible
vocational
Principal: JOCELYN BADETTE
Neighborhood: East New York
District: 19
Grade range: 09 thru 12
Parent Coordinator: KAREN SCOTT

Buses: B12, B14, B20, B25, B83, Q24, Q56

What's special:

Fashion and vision technology courses, popular principal

The downside:

Poor attendance and low graduation rate

InsideSchools Review

Our review:

W. H. Maxwell Career and Technical High School aims to give students the skills they need to get jobs after high school in fields such as fashion, hairdressing, broadcasting, medical billing or vision technology—that is, making prescription eye glasses. The small school serves a large special needs population and has twice as many girls as boys.

Maxwell has gone through some turmoil in recent years: the Department of Education twice threatened to close it for poor performance, once in 2009 and again in 2012, then changed its mind after staff argued persuasively that the school was improving. While the attendance and graduation rates are poor, the school does a good job with students who struggled in middle school, DOE statistics show. The DOE awarded the school an “A” on its progress report, reflecting students’ gains in performance.

Teachers are extremely hard-working and Jocelyn Badette, principal since 2008, is popular with students, according to a DOE report called a quality review. “Students resoundingly laud the selfless principal whom they say is ‘magnificent’ and ‘always keeps you on point’ and the tireless staff,” the quality review said.

Students in the vision technology program learn vision screening, the anatomy and physiology of the eye, and how to craft lenses, often fabricating new and replacement lenses for students and teachers.

In the fashion design program, students learn to make patterns with computers and create garments with professional sewing machines.

The school also has programs in cosmetology, health professions and communications.

Sports teams include boys' and girls' volleyball, basketball, softball, and tennis.

A clean, bright new building (annexed to the original campus) has ample space for classes and labs. Academic classes are for the most part traditionally structured, with desks in rows, and the teacher up front. The school uses metal detectors to scan students when they enter the building; Students we spoke with didn't object to the scanners, but said long lines at the start of the school day make some kids late for class.

College admissions: While not everyone graduates, some students have been admitted to the Fashion Institute of Technology, Howard University, Penn State and Syracuse, teachers told us.

Special education: About a quarter of Maxwell students have special needs. Some are placed in team-teaching classes with general education students and two teachers. Others are in self-contained classes. The building is wheelchair accessible.

 Admissions: Educational option. Students should apply to the particular program that interests them. (Helen Zelon, November 2008, Clara Hemphill, updated with news reports and DOE statistics September 2012)

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At a glance

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building

Number of Students 463

Average Daily Attendance 78%

Uniforms? No

Metal detectors? Yes

Students at this school

Asian

  
1%

Black

  
68%

Hispanic

  
30%

White

  
1%

Free Lunch

  
88%

Special ed

  
33%

English Language Learners

  
8%

INCOMING STUDENTS' PROFICIENCY: 2.40 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

24 24 CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO STUDENTS LIKE THE TEACHERS?

How many students say their teachers inspire them to learn?

58% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

DO TEACHERS LIKE THE PRINCIPAL?

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?

98% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

IS THIS SCHOOL SAFE?

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

81% 83% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

 
 

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

93% 80% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

HOW IS
ATTENDANCE?

How Many Students are Chronically Absent?

50% 34% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Who graduates

Class of 2013

How many 2009 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

65% 66% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2007 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

62% 75% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

Previous Years

How many 2008 freshmen graduated within 4 years?

66% 64% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

1% 11% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2006 freshmen graduated within 6 years?

60% 73% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

How many 2008 freshmen dropped out within 4 years?

17% 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?

0%

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

3%

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

4%

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?

4% 27% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

SAT reading scores

336
414 CITYWIDE AVERAGE 496 NATIONWIDE AVERAGE

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

36%

SAT math scores

321
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?

84% 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?

44% 44% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

41% 53% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

40% 79% CITYWIDE AVERAGE

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

93% 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

Design Technology

Ed. Opt.

Fashion Design Engineering and Graphic/Media Arts - come design your future at Maxwell! Choose fashion, graphic or broadcasting to explore your creativity and build your design concepts through the tools of the trade and technology. Build your very own portfolio of digital and video design projects.

Beauty Science & Technology

Ed. Opt.

A comprehensive program that prepares students for college and the New York State licensing examination in cosmetology and nail technology.

Medical Careers

Ed. Opt.

Students in Medical Careers will explore health career options and medical science curriculum. Students will learn basic concepts in optical skills, medical terminology, measuring vital signs, prevention treatments and rehabilitation of sports related injuries. College is another option open to graduates from this program.

Academics

AP COURCES: English Literature and Composition, United States History

Online: N/A

Language classes: Spanish

Source: High school directory

Sports/Clubs

EXTRACURRICULAR: Leadership & Support: Skills, USA, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), Peer Mediation/Conflict Resolution, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, National Thespian Society, Student Government Association, Teen Summit, Brooklyn Student Activity Council, Male & Female Mentoring, Young Men's Leadership, Young Women's Leadership and Teen Talk; Artistic: Photography, Advertising Design, Art, and Music; Clubs: Yearbook, Math, Martial Arts, Parenting, Cosmetology, and Fashion

BOYS PSAL SPORTS: Baseball & JV Baseball, Basketball

GIRLS PSAL SPORTS: Basketball, Softball, Volleyball

Other schools sports: N/A

Source: High school directory

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