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What’s Special

Kids design video games and learn to fix computers

The Downside

While most students graduate on time, few students earn Advanced Regents diplomas

It sounds like a teenager’s dream: Spend your school days designing video games, then get a job fixing computers or coding web pages. That’s the promise of the Academy for Innovative Technology, one of five small schools on the Franklin K. Lane campus near the Cypress Hill Cemetery on the Brooklyn-Queens border.

Ninth graders take mini-classes in five fields: web design, video game design, computer repair, robotics and graphic design. In grades 10 to 12, they concentrate on one field. Some have paid summer internships.  When they graduate, they may receive Career and Technical Education certificates that lead to entry level jobs in the industry.

Students also have a regular academic classes in English, a foreign language (Spanish), history, math and science.

The school is safe and students, teachers and administrators trust one another, according to school surveys.

The school is 83 percent male and nearly one-quarter of students receive special education services, according to the Comprehensive Education Plan.

Although many students arrive with weak academic skills, about three-quarters graduate on time. Advanced Placement courses are offered for top students. However, only a few graduates earn a demanding Advanced Regents diploma and most must take remedial classes if they go to college. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, June 2018)  

 

 

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School Stats

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

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
91%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
90%
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
 
73%
Average daily attendance
 
84%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
46%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
88%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
100%
From the 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

407
Number of students
Citywide Average is 599

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
80%
Students with disabilities
 
23%
Multilingual learners
 
7%
From the 2022-23 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?
 
88%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
44%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
33%
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?
 
83%
5.1
Years of principal experience at this school
Citywide Average is 7
142
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 157

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
81%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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

 
6%

Computer Science

 
99%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
29%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
18%

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2021-22 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?
 
42%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
64%
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
 
55%
From the 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
66%
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Academy of Innovative Technology (L51A)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Ninth graders are programmed for 45 days in each of our CTE pathways in order to explore which program interests them the most before selecting one CTE program at the end of grade 9. Thereafter, students will be enrolled in their CTE pathway for the following three years in order to meet the graduation requirements for a CTE-endorsed diploma and industry certification.

Offerings

From the 2024 High School Directory

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Computer Science A, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States Government and Politics, AP United States History, Chemistry (Advanced Science)

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Volleyball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Coed PSAL teams

Cricket, Golf

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location

Location

999 Jamaica Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11208

Trains: J Line, Z Line to Elderts Lane-75th St

Buses: B13, Q56


Contact

Principal: Meghan Drysdale

Parent Coordinator: Eduardo Martinez

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the Franklin K. Lane Educational Campus with four other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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