Technology and transit-related career programs
Few girls attend
As it seeks to prepare students for the New York job market as well as for college, Transit Tech has reinvented itself many times over the past decades–evolving from an aviation school to one focused on transit systems and electricity to adding technology-focused classes.
The East New York school offers three transit-related programs that, the school says, qualify student for working with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority after graduating. It also has four computer-related career programs: information technology, computer networking, computer engineering and one geared to law enforcement.
Transit Tech gives a number of Advanced Placement classes. Because students take technical classes, other offerings are somewhat limited. For example, there are no music or theater classes.
According to an educator who visited the school for the Department of Education, many classes are dominated by the teacher with students spending much of the time simply listening. Teachers responding to a Department Education survey give the school low marks, faulting their colleagues for not doing enough to improve their work, maintain discipline or try new things. An unusually high percentage of teachers would not recommend the school as a place to work. Students seemed more positive about the school, rating it about average.
A DOE report on the school found that the staff has worked to increase attendance, offering attendance plans, tutoring and other services to student who are frequently absent. The report praised the school for offering activities with partners such as New York City Transit that have boosted academic achievement and attendance.
Although students generally feel safe in the school, there have been concerns about the surrounding neighborhood, with a third of students saying they do not feel safe outside the school. The nearest subway station is a 7-minute walk.
With more than four times as many boys as girls, Transit Tech fields a number of boy’s athletic team. There are, though, a few girls teams and a co-ed cricket squad.
Special education: About a quarter of students have disabilities, and the overwhelmingly majority of them spend much of their school day in team teaching classes with a mix of special and general education students. The school has a record of admitting students with special needs to all of its career training programs.
Admissions: Transit Tech is open to all New York City residents. Students apply to the specific program they wish to attend. Some programs select students using the educational option method, which accepts students with a range of academic records, while others screen students based on their middle school records and test scores. Given the relatively low number of applicants, it seems likely that most student who apply will be admitted. The school admits some incoming 10th graders. (Gail Robinson, from DOE materials, October 2018)
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PhysicsNot offered in 2019-20
Advanced Foreign LanguageNot offered in 2019-20
AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science
AP/IB Math or Science
Programs & AdmissionsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Computer Forensic Science and Technology
Prepares students for careers in computer forensics and law enforcement. The course focuses on concepts of computers and transitions into security awareness, hacking, and mobile device and advanced computer forensics. Certificates/Industry exams-IC3, IT Fundamentals, and Cyber-Security.
Transit Industrial Electronics
Prepares students for careers in the electronics field. Students will develop knowledge of computer circuitry, micro-technology, analog and digital electronics, basic electronics, and circuit boards. Students learn about electricity basics, voltage, and current. Students are eligible for direct employment with MTA agencies including NYC Transit. Certificates/Industry Exams: Electronics Technician Association (ETA).
Transit Industrial Electrician
Prepares students for competitive, high-paying careers in residential and commercial electrical wiring systems that can be obtained right after high school. Students are provided with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to install and repair these systems. Students obtain the following valuable certificates: OSHA 10hr and SkillsUSA Construction Wiring. Students achieve employment with the NYC Transit Authority and unionized fields of employment within the electrical industry.
Transit Technician Technology
Prepares students for careers in electrical and automotive systems related to transportation, as well as industrial and commercial wiring systems. Students are trained in a state-of-the-art lab, utilizing tools and equipment aligned with the MTA's training facilities. Students work with authentic subway cars and NYC buses. Students graduate qualified for direct employment with the NYC Transit Authority. Students obtain valuable certificates, including OSHA 10hr and SkillsUSA Construction Wiring.
Prepares students for careers in computer information systems. Students will learn computer and digital literacy which includes skills such as hardware, software, Microsoft Office, internet connectivity, and network setup. Students are also exposed to principles of cyber-security. At the completion of the program, students obtain multiple industry-recognized certifications, including A+ Computer Repair and Cisco CCNA through the world-renowned Cisco Networking Academy.
Prepares students for careers in computer engineering. Students are trained on the basic concepts and functions of computers from an engineering perspective. Students acquire knowledge of motherboards, hard drives, RAM, CPU, GPU, computer peripherals, and various operating systems. Additionally, students are trained in security, preventative maintenance. Certificates/Industry exams: IC3, IT Fundamentals, and A+ Computer Repair.
Prepares students for careers in computer information systems. Students will learn digital literacy, which includes basic computer skills such as hardware and software, Microsoft Office, internet connectivity, and network setup and obtain an entry level IT help-desk position at the completion of the course. At the completion of the program students are offered multiple industry-recognized certifications. Certificates/Industry Exams: IC3, IT Fundamentals, and A+ Computer Repair.
OfferingsFrom the 2021 High School Directory
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP English Language and Composition, AP Biology, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States History, AP Environmental Science
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Softball, Volleyball
Coed PSAL teams