City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology

Grades 9-12
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What’s Special

Chance to earn two years of college creditfor free

The Downside

Curriculum is still evolving

Our Review

Part of the city's effort to rethink vocational education, City Polytechnic offers students the chance to earn a high school diploma and an associate's college degree in six years. Students may study civil engineering, construction management and architecture at New York City College of Technology, the CUNY school just down the street.

Yusuf Muhammad, who became principal in 2013, works hard to build a sense of community. Students go on a "team-building retreat" to Frost Valley, a YMCA camp upstate. There are pizza parties and ice cream socials as prizes for good attendance. Muhammad seems to know every student and more than a few parents by name. He has encouraged teachers to lecture less, to give more group work and to organize more class discussions. With small classes and tutoring on Saturdays, students get lots of extra help.

"If kids feel loved, discipline problems decrease," said Muhammad, formerly a social studies teacher and acting principal at Benjamin Banneker Academy. He is a native of Bedford-Stuyvesant and a graduate of New Leaders for New Schools.

Muhammad suspends far fewer students than his predecessor, and, while his approach has angered some teachers, others say the climate of the school has improved. "The change has been tremendous," said physics teacher Henry Arias. "Students are proud to come to City Poly."

City Poly shares a building with Westinghouse High School and the middle school grades of PS 8, an elementary school in Brooklyn Heights. There is a campus-wide talent and fashion show, as well as shared sports teams. The schools share the cafeteria and gym. Students must pass through metal detectors.

We saw some hands-on projects on our visit. In an applied physics class, students discussed kinetic energy and acceleration after a trip to an amusement park where they rode a roller coaster. They made model "maglev" trainsusing the force of magnetism to move their cardboard train cars along a track. Engineering students took notes on traffic hazards on a street corner outside the school; they planned to give recommendations to city's Vision Zero project to decrease pedestrian injuries and fatalities. Students interested in architecture take CAD (computer-aided drafting).

Founded in 2009 in the George Westinghouse High School building, City Poly was originally designed as a five-year program in which students would complete their high school requirements in three years, then take college courses. The accelerated program didn't work for everyone, especially for the many students who began 9th grade with poor academic skills. At the time of our visit, staff were revamping the curriculum so students would have four years of high school and two years for college, similar to P-Tech, another Brooklyn career and technical education school.

COLLEGE: In addition to attending the two-year NYC College of Technology, some students go on to four-year colleges. We met a girl who was admitted to Penn State.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school has seven special education teachers. It offers ICT team-teaching and self-contained classes.

ADMISSIONS: Priority goes to students who attend an open house. (Clara Hemphill, May 2015)

About the students

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

About the school

Shared campus?
This school shares the George Westinghouse Educational Campus with one other school
Uniforms required?
Metal detectors?
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average


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

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
77% Citywide Average

About the leadership

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

About the teachers

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

Arts offerings

This school has 2 licensed arts teacher in Dance (part-time), Music (part-time), Theater (part-time), Visual arts (part-time), Music, and Visual arts
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

How many graduate?

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

Are students prepared for college?

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

How does this school serve English Language Learners?

How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
65% Citywide Average

How does this school serve students with disabilities?

This school offers self-contained classes
This school offers team teaching (ICT)
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
60% Citywide Average
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Programs and Admissions

City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
Admissions Method: Limited Unscreened
Program Description

Students may take up to six years to complete their high school program which includes earning an Associate degree (or up to two years of college credit) and participating in internships.


Language Courses



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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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


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