Queens Vocational and Technical High School

Grades 9-12
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What’s Special

Prepares students to be plumbers, electricians and cosmetologists

The Downside

Most graduates require remedial courses in college

Our Review

At Queens Vocational and Technical High School (QVTHS) students take a regular academic program while preparing for careers in plumbing, electrical work, computer and electronic engineering, graphic arts and cosmetology. Students may earn professional certifications that help them get good-paying jobs after graduation.

The school is housed in spacious facilities. A modern wing added in 2005 has workshops and labs fitted with state-of-the-art equipment. Students have a long day, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with 10 classes, some of them taught in three to four-period blocks.

In 2010, the Department of Education identified QVTHS as a low achieving school but chose to put in new leadership rather than close it. Melissa Burg was appointed principal in June, 2010, and has earned a good reputation among teachers, based on their responses to the schools Learning Environment Survey (LES). Students also give high marks to teachers and staff, but complain of fights and instances of bullying at the school, according to the LES. Graduation and attendance rates exceed the citywide average.

QVTHS was one of 40 city high schools participating in the Expanded Success Initiative, a program to improve college and career-readiness rates for black and Latino boys. The school received a $250,000 grant to develop strategies to improve achievement and better outcomes for its male students.

The school is organized into four academies that provide a mix of academic and Career and Technical Education (CTE) instruction. Most 9th-graders enroll in the Exploration and Discovery Program, where they rotate through introductory classes offered in all the CTE programs. Exploration and Discovery has a dedicated staff who only teach 9th grade classes, which means teachers get to know the freshman well.

Starting in 10th grade, students major in one of the upper grade CTE programs and must complete an internship in their field of study. In Entrepreneurial Studies, students may study business, cosmetology or graphic arts. Skilled Building Trades focuses on plumbing and electrical installation. Computer and Electronics Engineering and Technologies offers students training in computer repair, copper and fiber optics network cabling, and robotics.

Juniors and seniors may take classes at LaGuardia Community College and Advanced Placement classes in psychology and Spanish language. The long school days leaves little time for extracurricular activities, but motivated students may participate in sports teams and an assortment of clubs and academic teams including music, poetry, Mock Trial, robotics, Gay-Straight Alliance and Virtual Enterprise.

College: The school encourages students to go to college, though a majority work after high school graduation. Among those who do attend college, most must take remedial courses at CUNY because of low scores on Regents exams. There is a fulltime college counselor.

Special education: The school offers ICT (Collaborative Team Teaching) classes and SETTS.

Admissions. Open to students citywide. Most 9th graders enroll in the Exploration and Discovery Program, which is accepts a range of students. Screened CTE programs accept a limited number of 9th graders who meet the admissions criteria. Rising 10th graders apply directly to the screened CTE programs. (Laura Zingmond, statistics, news reports and interviews, October, 2012).

About the students

Enrollment
1544
Asian
10.3%
Black
4.6%
Hispanic
77.9%
White
6.5%
Other
0.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
81%
Students with disabilities
15%
English language learners
6%
Male
61%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
127%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
91%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
25%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
87%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
82%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
63%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
5.8
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
88%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
92%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
89%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
93%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
90%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 3 dedicated spaces for Visual and Media arts
This school has 4 licensed arts teacher in Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
86%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
54%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
80%
71% 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?
84%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
10%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
7%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
51%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
80%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
62%
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?
66%
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?
65%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
90%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
82%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
86%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
60%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Graphic Arts
Admissions Method: Audition
Program Description

Program focuses on basic theories and concepts through hands-on experience with the Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign). Students sit for the ACA certification exam in Photoshop, receive dual enrollment college courses, and complete an internship. Graphic arts program graduates receive a CTE endorsed diploma.

Pre-Engineering Electronic Technology
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Prepares students with entry-level knowledge of Engineering, offering Dual College Enrollment Courses (8 credits). Certifications: OSHA, Copper-Based, Fiber-Based Networking Systems, Smart Home Technology, and Electronics Technician Association (DC, AC & Digital Electronics). Students participate in US FIRST Robotics Club.

Exploratory: Introduction to Occupations
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description

The Ninth Grade School of Exploration & Discovery (SED), through six six-week rotations, provides students with experience in: Introduction to Business, Electrical Installation, Plumbing, Graphic Arts, Cosmetology, and Electronics.

Computer Technology and Information Systems
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Focus on preparing students to become career and college ready, with the opportunity to achieve certifications in: A+ Computer Repairs and Maintenance, CISCO Networking, Mobile App Writing, Internet, and Computing Core Certification (IC3).

Cosmetology
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

Focus on preparing students to become career and college ready, with the opportunity to achieve certifications in: A+ Computer Repairs and Maintenance, CISCO Networking, Mobile App Writing, Internet, and Computing Core Certification (IC3).

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Calculus, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP Physics

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Soccer, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

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