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Automotive High School

Grades: 9-12
50 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11222
Phone: 718-218-9301

Our Insights

What’s Special

Certification in auto repair

The Downside

Low attendance, poor graduation rate

Automotive High School has been through some turmoil in the past few years, but one thing has stayed solid: students can get certified to be mechanics through a hands-on auto repair program. A new principal has also helped to improve school safety, although there is still work to be done.

In addition to its well-established auto repair program, the school offers a pre-engineering program and an automotive business theme in which students learn computer repair and can get certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist.

The school has added several Advanced Placement classes in an effort to better prepare students for college. There are also now small learning communities and advisories for all first year students, who stay together throughout high school. School leaders hope this will help students connect to one another and to an adult in the building.

Indeed, the vast majority of students on the 2011-12 Learning Environment Survey said that their teachers expect them to continue their education after high school and that school staff is helpeful.

Still, there is clearly friction between school leaders and teachers. About 40 percent of teachers say the principal is not an effective manager, and a similar number don't trust her. A majority of teachers would not recommend the school to parents.

This conflict can't have been helped by the politics that have swirled around the school recently. In 2011, the school was named a "transformation school," eligible for hundreds of thousands of federal dollars. But in 2012, the Education Department announced it would close Automotive under the federal "turnaround" program. Under federal rules, the school would have changed its name and replaced half its staff. However, a court ordered the DOE not to carry out the turnaround plan and the school remained open. The teachers who had been dismissed then returned to the building.

School support staff say that the number of serious safety problems have dropped significantly under Principal Caterina Lafergola, who arrived in 2011. She hired an assistant principal in charge of security and has "established a personal connection with the kids," who are mostly boys, says a staff member at New Visions for Public Schools, which provides support to the school. Counseling in Schools also provides extra help.

But there are still concerns. Students on the 2011-12 Learning Environment Survey reported fighting and gang activity, and about a third of them said they didn't feel safe in hallways and locker rooms. Teachers said school safety agents were not respectful, but staff and students report that there is someone who works to resolve conflicts at the school.

School support staff are optimistic that the school's new leadership will push past the political turmoil and achieve the school's goal of combining an excellent automotive program with academic classes that prepare kids for college. (Meredith Kolodner, October 2012)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2017-18 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
77% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
36% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
81% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
80% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
44% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
39% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
66% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
13% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
63% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

Academy of Automotive Specialists
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This rigorous 4-year sequence requires students to complete 1000 hours of work in engine performance, electronics, brakes, and transmissions for career opportunities in the automobile repair, tuning, diagnosis, and other areas. Students engage in industry-based assessments, competitions, and Work Based Learning opportunities with our business partners. Completion of the program results in CTE Certification and ASE/NATEF entry-level certification allowing the opportunity to work upon graduation.

Academy of Arts and Media
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This Academy prepares students for cutting-edge careers in experiential design and digital media. We teach an integrated approach based on four fundamentals: design thinking, visual communication, technology, and user experience. Students in the academy are strategic thinkers, producers, and technologists poised to lead innovation on a global level.

Academy of Software Engineering
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This Academy prepares students for opportunities in programming, web design, robotics, and other areas in the expanding digital workplace. This rigorous curriculum includes computer-aided design using Project Lead The Way (PLTW) curriculum and hands-on application culminating in prototype development. Students complete a minimum of four math courses and a three-year engineering sequence. Extracurricular opportunities include Robotics and SkillsUSA where they can continue to develop their skills.


Language Courses

Italian, Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP U.S. History


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Handball, Soccer, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on the NYCDOE’s School Finder
NYC Department of Education: School Finder

Contact & Location


Greenpoint (District 14)
Trains: G Line to Nassau Ave; L Line to Bedford Ave
Buses: B32, B43, B48, B62


Neil Harris
Parent Coordinator
Amir Femi

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares the Automotive High School Campus with one other school
Metal detectors?

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