Automotive High School

Grades 9-12

What’s Special

Certification in auto repair

The Downside

Low attendance, poor graduation rate

Our Review

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)

About the students

Enrollment
337
Asian
3.6%
Black
49.0%
Hispanic
42.4%
White
3.0%
Other
2.1%
Free or reduced priced lunch
85%
Students with disabilities
31%
English language learners
10%
Male
95%

About the school

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Automotive High School Campus with one other school
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
Yes
How crowded? (Full is 100%)
39%
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Attendance

Average daily attendance
81%
87% Citywide Average
How many students are chronically absent?
51%
37% Citywide Average

Is this school safe?

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
77%
77% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
49%
37% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
80%
85% Citywide Average
How many students say most students treat each other with respect?
45%
57% Citywide Average

About the leadership

Years of principal experience at this school
0.9
5.8 Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
92%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal has a clear vision for this school?
80%
85% Citywide Average
How many teachers trust the principal?
88%
80% Citywide Average

About the teachers

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
44%
74% Citywide Average
Teacher attendance
97%
97% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
77%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers think the staff collaborate to make this school run effectively?
92%
86% Citywide Average
Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Arts offerings

This school has 1 licensed art teacher in Dance (part-time), Music (part-time), Theater (part-time), Visual arts (part-time), and Music

Engaging curriculum?

How many students say this school offers enough programs, classes and activities to keep them interested?
78%
72% Citywide Average
How many students say they are challenged in most or all of their classes?
47%
54% Citywide Average
How many students say the programs, classes and activities here encourage them to develop talent outside academics?
76%
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?
72%
77% Citywide Average
How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
0%
11% Citywide Average
How many students drop out?
25%
10% Citywide Average

Are students prepared for college?

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
23%
36% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
28%
37% Citywide Average
How many graduate and enter college within 18 months?
20%
60% 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?
67%
66% 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?
54%
68% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
88%
87% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
76%
91% Citywide Average
How many parents of students with disabilities say they are satisfied with the IEP development process at this school?
82%
90% Citywide Average
How many special ed students graduate in 4 years?
43%
59% Citywide Average
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data

Programs and Admissions

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

This Academy educates and prepares students for career opportunities in the automobile repair, collision, tuning, diagnosis, and other areas in this expanding industry. This rigorous 4-year sequence requires students to complete 1000 hours of work in the areas of engine performance, electronics, brakes, and transmissions. Students engage in industry-based assessments, competitions, Work Based Learning, and internships opportunities with our business partners. Successful completion of the program results in CTE Certification and ASE/NATEF entry-level certification allowing most students the opportunity to work if they chose to 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 educates and prepares students for career opportunities in programming, database, administration, 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 by the time they graduate. Extracurricular opportunities include Robotics and SkillsUSA where they can continue to develop their skills.

Academics

Language Courses

Italian

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP U.S. History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

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

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Location

50 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11222
Greenpoint (District 14)
Trains: G to Nassau Ave; L to Bedford Ave
Buses: B32, B43, B48, B62

Contact

Phone
718-218-9301
Principal
Kevin Bryant
Parent Coordinator
Amir Femi

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