High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture

Grades 9-12
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Location

94-06 104th Street
Ozone Park NY 11416
Ozone Park (District 27)
Trains: J, Z to 104th St-102nd St
Buses: Q11, Q21, Q24, Q37, Q52, Q53, Q56, Q8

Contact

Phone
718-846-6280
Principal
Lakeisha Gordon
Parent Coordinator
Kimberly Seaton

What’s Special

Hands-on projects in construction and engineering

The Downside

Very limited art, music, and foreign languages; poor subway access

Our Review

Each spring, seniors at the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture build a house in the yard behind the school. (The following fall, a new class of seniors takes it down again.) Other students make architectural plans and construct 3-D models; learn how to install energy efficient wiring; and study the principles of engineering.

For some, the school leads to unionized apprenticeships in the construction trades. For others, it offers a strong background in engineering or architecture that prepares them for a four-year college.

Opened in 2006 in a new building in Ozone Park, the school has become a popular choice for students looking for in-depth career education and hands-on projects. Almost everyone graduates on time, and about one-quarter receive the demanding Advanced Regents diploma.

Attendance is high and the school is orderly. On our visit, class changes were smooth, and students seemed happy. Students in career classes were excited about their projects and eagerly explained them.

"It's fun. It brings out your creative side," one student told us.

"There's not much to complain about here," another said.

Students apply to one of the three programs: architecture, engineering or construction trades. In 9th grade, all students in the school take an introductory course in their major, followed by two periods a day in 10th through 12th grades.

Architecture students learn drafting and design. Engineering students identify a problem and design and build an invention to solve it. Having identified their dilemma as going back to sleep after the alarm goes off, two students weighed solutions such as incorporating a snooze alarm equipped with a hand buzzer to jolt any slugabed.

In the construction program, students take a year each in electrical work, carpentry and electrical mechanical. completing their studies by erecting a house their senior year.. The school has been seeking state Career and Technical Education certification for all three programs.

The school also offers the standard complement of academic subjects, including Advanced Placement classes. All first year students take a nonfiction literacy class in addition to English. Unfortunately, the school only offers one year of Spanish and one studio art coursethe minimum graduation requirements.

The academic classes, if lacking some of the energy of the career classes, engaged most students. In 10th grade, student grappled with what constitutes genocide, while 9th graders reading the memoir "The Color of Water" discussed what effect religion had on the characters' lives.

The school has a full-time college counselor. About 95 percent of students go to college, with CUNY and other local schools the most popular choices. Another staff member works with students who want to go into a union apprenticeship program.

There has been a high rate of teacher turnover as well as friction between the administration and the faculty. Some teachers complain that Lakeisha Gordon, principal since 2010, has poor management and communication skills, according to the Learning Environment Surveys. In 2012, two teachers sued Gordon saying they were terminated unfairly. Assistant Principal Steven Wynn told us that some staff members resisted Gordons efforts to "raise the bar;" he added that the administration was meeting with teachers to try to improve communication. Gordon was on maternity leave at the time of our visit.

Special education: The school has team teaching classes and other services but no self-contained classes. The building also houses a District 75 program for students with more severe disabilities. Some of its students participate in an inclusion program that allows them to attend classes at the high school of construction trades.

Admission: Students with standardized test scores Level 2 or above and grades of at least 75 in core academic subjects may apply. Preference is given to students who attend HCAT's open house. Although the school has screened admission, the administration encourages students with fairly low middle school test scores to apply. The school is open to all New York City students, although the nearest subway is not close. (Gail Robinson, March 2013)

About the students

Enrollment
1015
Asian
31.5%
Black
9.7%
Hispanic
34.1%
White
13.3%
Other
11.4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
63%
Students with disabilities
14%
English language learners
1%
Male
67%

About the school

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
Yes
Metal detectors?
No
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
113%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
94%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
14%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
95%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
28%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
88%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
71%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
6.3
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
91%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
78%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
86%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
95%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
86%
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 Theater, Visual arts, and Media arts
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Theater (part-time) and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
73%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
58%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
74%
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?
96%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
40%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
3%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
71%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
79%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
83%
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 English language learners graduate in 4 years?
89%
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?
76%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
88%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
92%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
93%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
81%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Construction Trades & Management
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

New York State approved CTE Program that leads to national certification aligned with industry standards and a CTE-endorsed Regents diploma. Students are prepared for entry-level positions in construction trades. Interdisciplinary project-based curriculum includes electrical installation, carpentry, and mechanical construction.

Architectural Design
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

New York State approved CTE Program that leads to national certification aligned with industry standards and a CTE-endorsed Regents Diploma. Interdisciplinary project-based curriculum includes concepts such as architectural form, space, order and design and construction of residential structures, as well as skills of hand crafting, advanced AutoCAD and 3-Dimensional modeling using AutoDesk Revit.

Academy of Engineering
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

New York State approved CTE Program that leads to national certification aligned with industry standards and a CTE-endorsed Regents Diploma. Interdisciplinary project-based curriculum includes coursework in Introduction to Engineering & Design, Digital Electronics, Principles of Engineering, and Engineering Design & Development.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP English, AP Statistics, AP US History, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket

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