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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. (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

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
95%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
89%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
100%
Average daily attendance
 
82%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
53%
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 achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
87%
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

562
Number of students
Citywide Average is 599

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
83%
Students with disabilities
 
28%
Multilingual learners
 
4%
From the 2022-23 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?
 
79%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
49%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
30%
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?
 
72%
5.1
Years of principal experience at this school
Citywide Average is 7
108
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 157

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
78%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

 
51%

Physics

 
17%

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
19%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
8%

Music

 
38%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 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?
 
95%
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
 
71%
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
49%
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Computer Science (K70C)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

The Computer Science program provides multiple opportunities for students to master the technical skills needed to build, create, maintain, and debug computer programs being utilized in the professional and personal space through hands-on, project based learning experiences that are required by the tech industry. Through rigorous instructional practices, students are prepared for worldwide industry credentials that may lead to advanced standing or college credit at postsecondary institutions, and entry-level employment opportunities in the CS/IT community. All students study programming languages including HTML, JavaScript, JQuery, Python and use their skills to develop games, mobile, and web applications. Industry partners work with students to develop their skills and prepare them for internships or career and college opportunities. Students are also expected to pass the industry recognized Certiport IT Specialist exam.

Culinary Arts (K70D)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

The Culinary Arts program offers students academic and hands-on learning experiences that prepare our students to be career ready for the foodservice industry or for further study in colleges and culinary schools. Students begin by learning about the use and maintenance of culinary equipment and tools, the fundamentals of kitchen safety and sanitation, recipe use, and basic knife skills and cooking techniques. Students move to learning more in-depth skills in the area of safety and sanitation to prepare for the NYC Department of Health Food Protection Certification. They also learn more sophisticated cooking and baking skills in order to plan, prepare, and present a meal or dessert to judges. In their senior year students participate in a Cafe Project that requires the planning, preparing, testing, and running of cafe menu items to be sold to school staff. They also take the NOCTI Prep Cook Certification Exam. Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) partners with our school and provides various career and scholarship opportunities.

Electrical Installation Technology (K70E)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

The Electrical Installation and Practice program leads students through the various skills and tasks needed by electrical professionals to be successful for the current and developing electrical field. Students begin their studies by learning about residential electrical installations including hand tool and power tool usage, safe use of ladders, diagram drawings and reading and interpreting blueprints. Students will then progress to learning how to use the National Electrical Code (NEC), which provides the minimum installation requirements for device boxes, raceways and fittings, conductors and cables. Students are introduced to 120 volt systems, and class projects include residential wiring tasks like installing switches and power outlets, sizing and installing service equipment, and safe and proper electrical tester usage. Finally, students explore alternating current and are introduced to motor theory and application. The NEC is used to study grounding and bonding, circuit breakers and fuses, and pull and junction boxes. Class projects include motor control circuits, conduit bending, circuit breaker and fuse sizing, and 3 wire control systems. Students in the Electrical program have the opportunity to receive NCCER and OSHA certifications, both of which are nationally recognized building trades organizations.

Brooklyn STEAM Center (K70H)

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

IT Support and Cybersecurity (K70I)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

In the IT Support pathway, students will develop the skills needed to become a marketable professional that top companies that use Information Technology services will want to hire. Through hands-on experiences, students will learn how to use technical resources in real-world scenarios. Students begin their study by focusing on IT fundamentals including both Microsoft and Linux operating systems and products, popular software, computer hardware and peripherals and basic internet and network connectivity. They then proceed to learn how to assemble, support, connect, secure, and troubleshoot the most common end-user devices (PCs, laptops, web servers, printers, scanners, etc.). Finally, they learn various aspects of networking and cybersecurity including using devices such as switches and routers, troubleshooting network problems related to connectivity or security, protecting sensitive data contained in a network, and how to monitor and secure hybrid environments, such as mobile devices, cloud based devices and IoT devices (Amazon Alexa, Google Home Voice, Apple Watch, Smart TVs).

George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education D75 Inclusion Program (K70U)

Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services

Offerings

From the 2024 High School Directory

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States History, AP World History: Modern, Chemistry (Advanced Science), Physics (Advanced Science)

Boys PSAL teams

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

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

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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 - Borough Hall; B Line, Q Line to DeKalb Av; G Line to Hoyt & Schermerhorn; J Line, Z Line to High St

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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