Brooklyn Technical High School

Grades: 9-12
Staff Pick
29 Ft Greene Place
Brooklyn NY 11217
Phone: 718-804-6400

Our Insights

What’s Special

Challenging academics and lots of high tech, hands-on learning

The Downside

Hard to receive individual attention in the sea of 5,000 students

Brooklyn Tech has achieved the rare feat of remaining true to its original goal of forming "a more technically literate workforce," while staying up-to-date with the latest technology and skills. The largest of the city's specialized high schools, Tech offers an exciting environment for students who like to design, build and work with their hands.

Integral to the school's mission is the belief that students enjoy learning more when they can touch, feel and do things. This is evident in classes across all subject areas, but most obvious in the workshops and labs of the 18 technical or scientific "majors." On a typical day you may find aerospace engineering majors practicing on flight simulators, law and society majors conducting a forensic analysis of hairs left at a "crime scene," and architectural and engineering majors building two-story house inside a classroom.

The first-floor hallways are lined with an alumni Hall of Fame, reminding students of the school's lauded history and high expectation of success, though Tech lacks the sense of pressure and competition that pervades the some of the other specialized and highly competitive high schools in the city.

Students all start off together in two core technology classes--design and drafting for production and digital electronics, which teaches them to work together using industry-standard practices such as drafting software, reading blueprints, wiring their computer "bread boards," and printing prototypes on one of the school's many 3-D printers. These two courses are meant to introduce kids to the problem-solving and design skills they will need in any college major or career they pursue.

In the spring of their sophomore year, students rank all of the 19 majors according to preference, and those with the highest grade point average are given first choice. Majors require a sequence of four to eight courses that students must complete over two years in addition to fulfilling graduation requirements in math, English language arts and social studies. Tech is generally stronger in math and science than in the humanities.

Some majors are more demanding than others and none can be changed once assigned. Social science research, for example, requires a sequence of six Advanced Placement (AP) courses over two years. Other majors, like software engineering, allow more flexibility because there are fewer required courses. The wide array of AP course offerings are open to all students, as are the school's many music, dance and drama electives.

Some classrooms are just as they were when the building opened; others have been recently renovated, like the mock courtroom, complete with a judge's booth, jury benches and portraits of Supreme Court justices on the wall.

The school, founded in 1922, moved in 1933 to its current campus adjacent to Fort Greene Park. The massive building has wide hallways, several elevators and many huge classrooms renovated to keep up with new technological demands. The 3,000-seat theater is one of the largest in the city, and is used for school plays as well as public events. Students in the "Stageworks" club manage the lighting, sound and sets for events.

There are many sports teams and well over 100 extracurricular activities, including drama, salsa dancing, quilting, photography and a robotics team which has won national championships.  Students design, manufacture using heavy-duty equipment and build their robots in-house, not relying on corporate partners as most school teams do. At a school full of budding engineers, though, it is hard to make the cut amongst the hundreds of applications for a spot on this 28-member team. A robust alumni network actively supports the school.

David Newman, a former assistant principal at the school, was named principal in 2017. He replaced longtime principal, Randy Asher who left to oversee the Department of Education's efforts to reduce the number of teachers in the Absent Teacher Reserve (ATR) pool.

Tech has over 20 guidance counselors who work with individuals or small groups at key transition points, like freshmen year and during the college admissions process. Still, at this biggest of all city high schools, it's hard to provide individual attention to each student.

About one-third of graduates go to private or out-of-state colleges and many attend CUNY and SUNY schools, including the highly competitive Macaulay Honors College.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Fewer than 1 percent of students receive special education services.

ADMISSIONS: Students take the SHSAT (Specialized High School Admissions Test) in the fall of their 8th- or 9th-grade year and are admitted solely based on their test scores. Ninth and 10th grades are the only two entry points. (Nicole Mader, March 2015; updated  August 2018)


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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2019-20 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79% Citywide Average

From 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Brooklyn Technical High School
Admissions Method: Test
Program Description:

Admission to this Specialized High School is based solely on the score obtained on the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). Students should speak to their school counselors in the Fall to register for the SHSAT.


Language Courses

French, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Computer Science A, AP Macroeconomics, AP Computer Science Principles, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Environmental Science, AP Statistics, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP Human Geography, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP 2-D Art and Design, AP Psychology, AP English Language and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Chinese Language and Culture, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Calculus AB, AP Seminar, AP Chemistry, AP World History: Modern, AP Research, AP European History, AP United States History, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP Biology, AP Calculus BC


Boys PSAL teams

Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Golf, Handball, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket, Golf, Stunt

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Fort Greene (District 13)
Trains: 2 Line, 3 Line, 4 Line, 5 Line to Nevins St; A Line to Hoyt & Schermerhorn; B Line, Q Line, R Line to DeKalb Ave; C Line to Lafayette Ave; D Line, N Line to Atlantic Ave; G Line to Fulton St
Buses: B103, B25, B26, B37, B38, B41, B45, B52, B54, B62, B63, B65, B67, B69


David Newman
Parent Coordinator
Elmer Anderson

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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