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Transit Tech Career and Technical Education High School

Grades: 9-12
1 Wells Street
Brooklyn NY 11208
Phone: 718-647-5204

Our Insights

What’s Special

Technology and transit-related career programs

The Downside

Declining enrollment

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. The technology focus was intended to turn things around at Transit Tech, which has seen its enrollment fall dramatically over the past decade, partly, school officials have said, due to competition from other themed high schools.

The effort does not seem to have been entirely successful. Enrollment has continued to fall, and all the programs have empty seats.

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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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
65%
75% Citywide Average
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
69%
86% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
62%
37% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
69%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
69%
80% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
3%
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
90%
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
5.9

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students graduate in 4 years?
71%
82% Citywide Average
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
42%
48% Citywide Average
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
54%
41% Citywide Average
How many graduates stay enrolled in college for at least 3 semesters?
47%
67% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
676
Asian
5%
Black
59%
Hispanic
30%
White
2%
Other
4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
75%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
6%

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
80%
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
45%
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
57%
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
59%
68% Citywide Average


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Programs & Admissions

From the 2020 High School Directory

Computer Forensic Science and Technology
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

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
Admissions Method: Screened
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English (55-100), Math (60-100), Science (55-100), Social Studies (55-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (1.9-4.5), Math (1.8-4.5)
Program Description:

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
Admissions Method: Screened
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English (55-100), Math (65-100), Science (55-100), Social Studies (55-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (1.9-4.5), Math (1.7-4.5)
Program Description:

Prepares students for Green careers in residential and commercial electrical wiring systems. Students are provided with theoretical and practical knowledge, necessary to install and repair these systems. Certificates/Industry exams-OSHA 10hr, Skills USA Construction Wiring & C-Tech Energy Management. Students are eligible for direct employment with MTA agencies including NYC Transit.

Transit Technician Technology
Admissions Method: Screened
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English (60-100), Math (61-100), Science (55-100), Social Studies (55-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (1.8-4.5), Math (1.7-4.5)
Program Description:

Prepares students for careers in electrical and mechanical systems related to transportation and industrial and commercial wiring systems. Students are trained in a state-of-the-art lab, utilizing tools and equipment that are aligned with the MTA's training facility. Students are eligible for direct employment with MTA agencies including NYC Transit. Certificates/Industry Exams: OSHA 10hr and SkillsUSA Construction Wiring.

Computer Networking
Admissions Method: Screened
Requirements:
  • Attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Course Grades: English (55-100), Math (65-100), Science (55-100), Social Studies (55-100)
  • Standardized Test Scores: English Language Arts (1.6-4.5), Math (1.6-4.5)
Program Description:

Prepares students for careers in computers and wired and wireless networks. The program focuses on building, maintaining and troubleshooting computers, mobile devices, printers, and networks. Certificates/Industry exams: IC3, IT Fundamentals, A+ Computer Repair and C-Tech Copper & Fiber.

Computer Engineering
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

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.

Information Technology
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

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.

Academics

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP Biology, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History

Sports

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Indoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

East New York (District 19)
Trains: A Line, C Line to Euclid Ave; J Line, Z Line to Norwood Ave
Buses: B13, B14, Q24, Q7, Q8

Contact

Principal
Marlon Bynum
Parent Coordinator
Janice Jones

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?
Yes

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