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What’s Special

Certification in auto repair

The Downside

Students say discipline is unfair; teachers don’t trust one another

Automotive High School has had its shares of struggles over the years, but one thing has stayed solid: students can get certified to be mechanics through a hands-on auto repair program. They may also learn computer programming or digital design.

Automotive has seen modest improvements in the past decade despite a revolving door of principals, high teacher turnover, and a student enrollment that declined from nearly 1,000 in 2010 to barely 300 in 2019. Attendance, while still poor, is on the upswing, and the graduation rate, once very low, is now close to the citywide average.

The school still has a ways to go toward improving its tone and culture. Although safety has improved in recent years, more than one-third of students say discipline is unfair and fewer than half of the teachers say they trust one another, according to school surveys.

Some 90 percent of the students are male. Most enter with weak academic skills. About 15 percent are over-aged and one-third have disabilities. (Clara Hemphill, DOE statistics, December 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?
 
81%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
56%
Average daily attendance
 
86%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
33%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
82%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
88%
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

372
Number of students
Citywide Average is 599

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
88%
Students with disabilities
 
34%
Multilingual learners
 
8%
From the 2022-23 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
1%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
94%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
26%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
20%
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?
 
91%
4.1
Years of principal experience at this school
Citywide Average is 7
95
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?
 
97%
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

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
4%

Physics

 
28%

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
52%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
16%

Music

 
39%
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?
 
33%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
76%
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
 
65%
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?
 
6%
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Academy of Business and Entrepreneurship (K60B)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

The Business and Entrepreneurship Academy teaches students how to prepare and execute a comprehensive strategy for launching a new venture. The best way to understand the entrepreneurial process is to take a hands-on, experiential approach. In this major, students will interact extensively with the business community both inside and outside the classroom and produce a plan that is both defensible to potential investors and actionable in the real world. Our well-rounded curriculum includes business management, finance, accounting, marketing and entrepreneurship. These courses are designed to strengthen leadership, problem solving, organization, and management skills. Each course of study provides an in-depth analysis of business, financial and corporate trends and strategies in the marketplace. Whether students decide to go on to pursue a higher education or to start a career, they will have a comprehensive understanding of the business and financial systems that governs our society.

Academy of Automotive Specialists (K60J)

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 (K60N)

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 Computer Science/Software Engineering (K60R)

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.

Offerings

From the 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art - 2D, AP United States History, Chemistry (Advanced Science), Physics (Advanced Science), World Languages (Advanced World Languages)

Boys PSAL teams

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

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

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Contact & Location

Location

50 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11222

Trains: G Line to Nassau Av; L Line to Bedford Av

Buses: B32, B43, B48, B62


Contact

Principal: Neil Harris

Parent Coordinator: Amir Femi

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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