George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School

Grades 9-12
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What’s Special

Kids wire electrical circuits, repair computers and prepare food

The Downside

Declining enrollment

Our Review

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 workersand some go on to college.

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

While most kids feel safe in class, some complain of fights and about one-third say they don't feel safe in bathrooms, locker rooms or halls, according to student surveys. Longtime principal Janine Kiernan said discipline has improved as a result of a school-wide "positive behavior support campaign" but acknowledged "like any high school, we still have issues." Enrollment has been declining in recent years.

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 (career and technical education) diplomas.

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)

About the students

Enrollment
690
Asian
4.2%
Black
70.9%
Hispanic
21.0%
White
2.2%
Other
1.7%
Free or reduced priced lunch
77%
Students with disabilities
20%
English language learners
2%
Male
73%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the George Westinghouse Educational Campus with one other school
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
68%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
87%
85% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
41%
42% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
60%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
42%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
79%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
40%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
7.9
5.3 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
81%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
93%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
85%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
76%
73% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
96%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
74%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
84%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 dedicated space for Music
This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Music (part-time) and Theater

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
71%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
49%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
69%
71% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

How many students graduate in 4 years?
81%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
1%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
4%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
8%
32% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
33%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
59%
63% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many students say that students with disabilities are included in all activities?
55%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
90%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
92%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
92%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
64%
60% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

Multimedia Internet Technology
Admissions Method: Screened
Program Description

In the first year of the program, all students take AP Computer Science Principles. In following years, students study programming languages including HTML and JavaScript, mobile application development, and website hosting. Industry professionals, in collaboration with Script ED, work with students to develop their skills and prepare them for worksite trips and internships. Students are expected to participate in work-based learning activities including job shadowing and internships.

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: Screened
Program Description

Students learn of the electrical industry, including residential and commercial wiring and motor controls. 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

The Brooklyn STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Center 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 work-based learning activities including job shadowing and internships.

Computer Information Systems and Repair
Admissions Method: Screened
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.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Computer Science, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP U.S. History, AP World History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

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

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Handball, Softball, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Double Dutch

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Location

105 Tech Place
Brooklyn NY 11201
Downtown Brooklyn (District 13)
Trains: 2, 3, 4, 5 to Court St-Borough Hall; A, C, F, R to Jay St-MetroTech; B, Q to DeKalb Ave; G to Hoyt & Schermerhorn
Buses: B103, B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B52, B54, B57, B61, B62, B63, B65, B67, B69

Contact

Phone
718-625-6130
Principal
Joey Arzuaga
Parent Coordinator
Carolett Rouse

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