George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Kids wire electrical circuits, repair computers and prepare food

The Downside

Lots of students miss more than one month of school

At George Westinghouse High School in downtown Brooklyn, students may learn to wire electrical circuits, repair computers or prepare food along with regular academic classes. Successful graduates may get jobs as union electricians, computer technicians or food service workers. Some go on to college.

Founded in 1919, Westinghouse is one of the oldest career and technical education (CTE) schools in the city. It shares a building with City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture and Technology and the middle school grades of PS 8, a popular Brooklyn Heights elementary school.

Students may apply to four programs: culinary arts, multimedia internet technology, electrical installation and practice, and computer repair. They may receive industry certifications and CTE diplomas.

Longtime assistant principal Joe Arzuaga was named principal in 2017. Enrollment is increasing after a period of decline, and more students say they feel safe in the hallways than they did a few years ago, according to school surveys. However, some teachers complain about discipline, and a large proportion of students miss more than one month of school, according to city data.

COLLEGE: A popular college counselor helps students choose appropriate schools. About 35 percent of graduates go on to college, and most of those go to either CUNYs or SUNYs. The majority need to take remedial courses, according to Department of Education statistics.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has a resource room, self-contained classes and ICT team-teaching classes.

ADMISSIONS: Varies by program. Most require grades of 75 in core subjects. Culinary arts admits by the educational option formula, designed to ensure a mix of students of different abilities. (Clara Hemphill, May 2015; updated April 2018)    

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
91%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
81%
Average daily attendance
 
84%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
36%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
84%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
87%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

643
Number of students
624 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
82%
Students with disabilities
 
24%
Multilingual learners
 
4%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
2%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
92%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
29%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
15%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
95%
4.0
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
108
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
77%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 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

Calculus

 
3%

Computer Science

 
35%

Physics

 
27%

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
46%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
7%

Music

 
62%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
68%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
91%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
52%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
50%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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

Computer Science

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

All students study programming languages including HTML, JavaScript, JQuery, Python and Scratch to develop mobile and database applications. Industry partners work with students to develop their skills and prepare them for internship, career and college opportunities. Students are expected to participate in work-based learning activities including job shadowing, school trips and internships. Students are also expected to pass the industry recognized HTML5 certification exam.

Culinary Arts

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Students learn all aspects of the culinary industry, including various food preparation techniques, safety, and sanitation. All students must take the NYC Department of Health Food Handler's course/exam and the NOCTI performance and written assessment. Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) partners with our school and provides various career and scholarship opportunities. Students are expected to participate in work-based learning activities including job shadowing and internships.

Electrical Installation and Practice

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Students learn of the electrical industry, including residential and commercial wiring, motor controls and sustainable technology such as solar. All students must earn certification by NCCER upon graduation. They are also required to take a ten-hour certification exam by OSHA. We partner with MTA, the Building Trades Council (Local 3), and TWU Local 100. Students are expected to participate in work-based learning activities including job shadowing and internships.

Brooklyn STEAM Center

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) provides a CTE focus on a range of courses including: culinary, information technology, graphics, engineering, and architecture. The program includes innovative technical training leading to certification and opportunities to earn college credit. Students are expected to participate in our ninth grade summer program as well as Saturday classes for program acceleration

Computer Systems Support

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Students learn all aspects of computer repair and maintenance, network design, and infrastructure support. All students are required to take industry certifications that may include A+ and CISCO CCENT/CCNA. We partner with NBC Studios, Division of Instructional Technology, ASI, and CISCO. Students are expected to participate in work-based learning activities including job shadowing and internships.

George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education D75 Inclusion Program

Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Human Geography, AP World History: Modern, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Handball, Softball, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

105 Tech Place
Brooklyn NY 11201

Trains: 2 Line, 3 Line, 4 Line, 5 Line to Borough Hall; A Line, C Line, F Line, R Line to Jay St-MetroTech; B Line, Q Line to DeKalb Ave; G Line to Hoyt & Schermerhorn

Buses: B103, B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B52, B54, B57, B61, B62, B63, B65, B67, B69


Contact

Principal: Joey Arzuaga

Parent Coordinator: Carolette Murray Rouse

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the George Westinghouse Educational Campus with one other school

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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