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George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School

Grades: 9-12
105 Tech Place
Brooklyn NY
Phone: 718-625-6130

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)    

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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 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
33%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
79%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
49%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
57%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
44%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
2%
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
62%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
1.9

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
92%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
49%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
57%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
54%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
753
Asian
4%
Black
68%
Hispanic
25%
White
2%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
79%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
4%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
88%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
37%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
78%
66% Citywide Average


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

Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 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

Academics

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

Sports

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
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Contact & Location

Location

Downtown Brooklyn (District 13)
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
Carolett Rouse

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the George Westinghouse Educational Campus with one other school
Metal detectors?
Yes

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