Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH)

Grades: 9-12
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What’s Special

Two free years of college; internships at IBM

The Downside

Lopsided boy-girl ratio; only a few art classes offered

Students at Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech) may earn two years of college credit in addition to a high school diploma. Students choose from two majors: electromechanical engineering or computer information systems. Graduates are equipped to find work in the information technology (IT) industry or continue to work toward their bachelor’s degree. Unlike many other early college programs, this school admits students of all academic abilities. P-Tech is designed to be six years, however some students accelerate through the program, earning a high school diploma and an associate's degree in just four years.

The school was founded in 2011 as a partnership with IBM and the NYC College of Technology at the City University of New York. Students take college classes on the P-Tech campus and at City Tech. Each student is paired with a mentor from IBM or a different corporation, and the school helps organize paid internships for students, many at IBM.

P-Tech was designed to bridge the gap between what high schools typically teach and what industry needs. “There isn’t a greater problem standing in the way of U.S. competitiveness than closing the skills gap, and this gets right at that core problem,” an IBM executive told CBS News. In a climate where so many young men of color are unemployed, schools like P-Tech truly “save lives,” says founding principal Rashid Davis. P-Tech has drawn national attention—President Barack Obama visited in 2014 and called it “outstanding.” P-Tech has become a model for similar schools across the country.

The school day runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. According to the school's website, teachers draw not only on guidance from faculty at City Tech but also on information provided by human resources at IBM that indicate what skills are crucial for changing job markets.

The majority of classes have more than one teacher. In addition, the school offers supports such as tutoring, Saturday Academy for SAT/PSAT prep, academic and career planning, and small advisory groups led by faculty mentors.

The school has only a few art classes, and the only foreign language courses are in Spanish.

Just a handful of cohorts have completed the program, as the school is still fairly new. Specifically, as of 2017, 81 P-Tech students had been awarded associate's degrees, 81 had completed paid internships at IBM and 11 graduates had landed jobs at IBM since the school’s opening in 2011, the Daily News reports.

Housed in the Paul Robeson Educational Campus, the school shares the space with the Academy for Health Careers. Boys outnumber girls about 74 percent to 26 percent.

After school, students may take part in the building’s shared PSAL sports teams. There are a limited number of clubs, including robotics, student government and computer club. Additionally, P-Tech offers a handful of support groups for students, like “Real Talk, Real Men" and "Sista Talk,” according to the school’s website.

ADMISSIONS: Open to all NYC students. Priority to Brooklyn residents. (Katharine Safter, web reports and phone interview, July 2018)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
78%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
56%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
40%
Average daily attendance
 
80%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
50%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

545
Number of students
624 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
68%
Students with disabilities
 
17%
Multilingual learners
 
2%
From the 2020-21 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?
 
93%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
24%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
15%
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?
 
81%
10.2
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
177
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
90%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2020-21 School Quality Guide, 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

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
17%

Physics

 
34%

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 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?
 
65%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
66%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
18%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Pathways in Technology Early College High School

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

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.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Tennis

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

150 Albany Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11213

Trains: 3 Line to Kingston Ave; A Line to Utica Ave; C Line to Kingston-Throop

Buses: B15, B25, B26, B43, B44, B45, B46, B65


Contact

Principal: Rashid Davis

Parent Coordinator: Curtis Smith

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Paul Robeson Educational Campus with one other school

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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