Transit Tech Career and Technical Education High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Technology and transit-related career programs

The Downside

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)

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
86%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
62%
Average daily attendance
 
80%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
51%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
79%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
86%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

815
Number of students
624 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
76%
Students with disabilities
 
31%
Multilingual learners
 
6%
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?
 
86%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
32%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
18%
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?
 
77%
8.0
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
127
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?
 
82%
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

 
3%

Computer Science

 
16%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
20%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
24%

Music

 
34%
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?
 
67%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
93%
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
33%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
47%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2014 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 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

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

Program Description:

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

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

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.

Computer Networking

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

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.

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.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

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

Cricket

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

1 Wells Street
Brooklyn NY 11208

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

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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