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What’s Special

Students earn certifications in computer systems and graphic design

The Downside

Attendance is a work-in-progress

Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School has two academies: Chelsea technical/Cisco and graphic design. The school offers hands-on training in computer networking and repair, graphic design, photography, web design, and more. Most students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll in college without remedial help, and all earn professional certifications that help them find jobs. 

Academics & Instruction: Teachers highlight reading skills, using close reading—looking at texts slowly and carefully, like with a magnifying glass—to understand meaning and how words fit together. Students also develop their debating and discussion skills by learning specific rules for effective communication.

The school offers six Advanced Placement (college-level) courses. Students can earn college credit while still in high school. Advanced math and science courses include algebra II, calculus, chemistry and physics. In their junior and senior year, students are dismissed early from school for paid employment and internship opportunities. 

Culture & Environment: A group of students and leaders help advise the administrative team about needed changes from a variety of perspectives. Every two weeks students take part in community building circles by grade level. Using the restorative justice model, they focus on repairing harm and building understanding by involving all parties in a fair and respectful process. The majority of the students report that they feel safe in school on the NYC School Survey. 

Themes & Programs: The school offers three Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs: CISCO Networking, Computer Systems & Telecommunications, and Graphic Design. Each program includes three certification exams for students to earn credentials for job opportunities directly after high school. Short videos on the school website give good overviews of each pathway.

In fully-equipped labs, students practice a variety of skills ranging from cybersecurity and wireless communication to graphic design, photography, and web design. In graphic design, students might study design elements in the work of Harlem Renaissance artist Romare Bearden, or color theory in Kehinde Wiley's work, the artist who did a portrait of Barack Obama. 

Students explore careers through apprenticeships at places like Chase Bank, Amazon, the Drawing Center, Magic Box Production, or in their former elementary school. The high school hosts visitors, such as the costume designer from Big Apple Circus, who shared how the costume and circus poster designers had to work together to convey a cohesive message.  

Building & Facilities: Chelsea CTE shares a century old building with NYC iSchool. Although the building does not have a gym, it has a weight room. PSAL sports teams are campus-wide. Students are allowed off campus for lunch (if they keep their grades up), but the neighborhood has few affordable food options. 

College & Career: All students take a career and college readiness courses from grades 9 through 12. The school hosts two career and college fairs annually and two career days. It has a fulltime career/college advisor. (Lydie Raschka, web reports and questionnaire responses, February 2024)






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School Stats

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Average daily attendance
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2022-23 School Quality Guide and 2022-23 NYC School Survey


Number of students
Citywide Average is 615


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
From the 2022-23 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
Citywide Average is 7
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 191
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2022-23 NYC School Survey, 2022-23 School Quality Guide, 2021-22 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2023 Guidance Counselor Report, and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more



Computer Science




Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
From the 2020-21 and 2022-23 School Quality Guide

How many graduates who are eligible received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
This shows how well this school supports low-income students to get funding for college.
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2016-17 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought to you by Visit Understanding FAFSA for help with the FAFSA and financial aid.
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Chelsea Technical Academy/Cisco (M67B)

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

Program exposes students to hands-on learning experiences whereby students configure network routers and switches to secure, expand, and optimize data networks in various organizational settings. All students have the opportunity to earn a number of professional certifications.

Graphic Design (M67E)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Program exposes students to hands-on learning experiences in the design of professional publications, photo imagery and retouching, layout media, and the design of multimedia web pages. Students use the Adobe Creative Suite of application software, and have opportunities to earn a number of professional certifications.

Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School D75 Inclusion Program (M67U)

Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services


From the 2024 High School Directory

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Calculus AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Psychology, AP United States History, Chemistry (Advanced Science), Comp Sci/Math Tech (College Course [Credited]), Other (College Course [Credited]), Physics (Advanced Science)

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Softball

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Contact & Location


131 Avenue Of The Americas
Manhattan NY 10013

Trains: 1 Line to Canal St; 6 Line, J Line, Q Line, Z Line to Canal St (UL); B Line, D Line, F Line, M Line to Broadway-Lafayette St; C Line, E Line to Spring St; N Line, R Line to Prince St

Buses: BxM18, M1, M11, M20, M21, M55, SIM1, SIM1C, SIM33, SIM33C, SIM34, SIM3C, SIM4C, SIM7, SIM9, X27, X28


Principal: Jaivelle Reed

Parent Coordinator: Claudia Maxwell


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with NYC iSchool

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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