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

Grades: 9-14
Staff Pick
150 Albany Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11213
Phone: 718-221-1593
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Our Insights

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)

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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?
79%
77% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
89%
85% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
41%
36% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
79%
80% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
91%
81% Citywide Average

From 2015-16 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3%
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?
83%
74% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
7.0

How do students perform academically?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
77%
80% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
66%
44% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
70%
39% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
79%
66% Citywide Average

From 2017 NY State Graduation Outcomes

How many graduates earn Advanced Regents diplomas?
4%
13% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2017-18 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
592
Asian
2%
Black
84%
Hispanic
12%
White
1%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
73%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
2%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
93%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
18%
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?
67%
63% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

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.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Sports

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 the NYCDOE’s School Finder
NYC Department of Education: School Finder

Contact & Location

Location

Crown Heights (District 17)
Trains: 3 Line to Kingston Ave; A Line to Utica Ave; C Line to Kingston-Throop Aves
Buses: B15, B25, B26, B43, B44, B45, B46, B65

Contact

Principal
Rashid Davis
Parent Coordinator
CURTIS SMITH

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares the Paul Robeson Educational Campus with one other school
Metal detectors?
Yes

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