Kids wire electrical circuits, repair computers and prepare food
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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Faculty & Staff
Advanced Foreign LanguageNot offered in 2019-20
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
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
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
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
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
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
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
Contact & Location
105 Tech Place
Brooklyn NY 11201
Trains: , , , to Borough Hall; , , , to Jay St-MetroTech; , to DeKalb Ave; to Hoyt & Schermerhorn
Buses: B103, B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B52, B54, B57, B61, B62, B63, B65, B67, B69
This school shares the George Westinghouse Educational Campus with one other school
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Brooklyn, NY 11201
Brooklyn, NY 11201