W. H. Maxwell Career and Technical Education High School

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Fashion and vision technology courses, popular principal

The Downside

Poor attendance and low graduation rate

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 technologythat 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)

About the students

Enrollment
465
Asian
2.6%
Black
68.4%
Hispanic
28.0%
White
0.2%
Other
0.9%
Free or reduced priced lunch
91%
Students with disabilities
29%
English language learners
7%
Male
29%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
52%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
75%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
56%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
80%
76% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
25%
18% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
81%
84% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
39%
56% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
7.8
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
88%
77% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
92%
83% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
80%
78% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
98%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
77%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
90%
84% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 6 dedicated spaces for Music, Visual arts, an Auditorium, and a Film Studio
This school has 2 licensed arts teachers in Music and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
72%
71% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
44%
49% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
68%
70% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
66%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
3%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
15%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
25%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
18%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
37%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many former English language learners score 3-4 on the State ELA exam?
0%
0% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
78%
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
77%
64% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
91%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
95%
90% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
93%
89% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
53%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Design Technology
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

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.

Medical Careers
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

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.

Beauty Science & Technology
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

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

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP English

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

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