City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology

Grades: 9-12
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Chance to earn two years of college credit for free

The Downside

Turnover in leadership

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.

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" trains using 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 the 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. Staff decided to revamp the curriculum so students would have four years of high school and two years of college, similar to P-Tech, another Brooklyn career and technical education school. City Poly is 80 percent male.

There has been some turnover in leadership. Yusuf Muhammad, who became principal in 2013, left in 2016 and was replaced by Judie Hartmann. Hartmann left in February 2018, replaced by Lisa Ostom as interim acting principal.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: The school offers ICT team-teaching and self-contained classes.

ADMISSIONS: The school has no admissions requirements. (Clara Hemphill, May 2015; updated April 2018)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
94%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
77%
Average daily attendance
 
93%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
17%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

465
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
72%
Students with disabilities
 
19%
Multilingual learners
 
3%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
1%
How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
 
64%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
78%
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?
 
32%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
83%
2.2
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
103
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
67%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 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

 
7%

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

 
10%

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
14%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
7%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 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?
 
64%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
52%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
47%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture and Technology

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

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

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP Calculus AB, AP United States History

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

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-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: April Mckoy

Parent Coordinator: David Sanford

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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