W. H. Maxwell Career and Technical Education High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

CTE programs in Fashion, Cosmetology and Health

The Downside

Poor attendance

W. H. Maxwell Career and Technical High School aims to give students the skills they need to get jobs after high school in fields such as fashion, hairdressing, or vision technology, that is, making prescription eyeglasses. The small school serves a large special needs population and has twice as many girls as boys.

Students are exposed to the industries they study through visits and trade shows and receive professional certificates that may help them get jobs when they graduate.

Students may receive pay or school credit for completing internships in their fields.

Graduation rates have been on the rise in recent years. However, many students enter the school with weak academic skills, and not many students are prepared for college when they graduate. Attendance is poor.

Although the school has dealt with safety concerns in the past, the majority of students report feeling safe in the building. Teachers also generally feel order is maintained in the building, according to results of the NYC School Survey.

Admissions: Educational option. The school seeks a range of low-, middle- and high-performing students. In recent years, the school has had room for every student who applies. (Melanie Quiroz, web reports and DOE data, November 2018)



School Stats


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


Number of students
624 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

How many students were suspended?
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
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?
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


Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20


Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science


AP/IB Math or Science



Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
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?
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
For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Design Technology

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Come design your future at Maxwell. Choose fashion or graphics/advertising to explore your creativity and build your design concepts through the tools of the trade and technology. Build your very own portfolio of through a wide array of mediums.

Medical Careers

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Students in this program will explore the Vision Technology curriculum. Prerequisite classes teach students the basic concepts in anatomy and physiology and health occupations. Students in Vision Technology learn the anatomy of the eye and how to read prescriptions, culminating in the actual creation of functional eyewear.

Beauty Science & Technology

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

This program trains students to gravitate towards a career in the salon/spa industry. Upon completion of training, students will be eligible to take the New York State Board Licensing Examination in Nail Technology, Natural Hair Care and Appearance Enhancement, which covers all areas of Cosmetology. While in training, students have an opportunity to practice their skills on clients in the community, work-based experiences and in school.


From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP United States History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science

Boys PSAL teams


Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


145 Pennsylvania Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11207

Trains: A Line to Broadway Junction; C Line to Liberty Ave; J Line to Alabama Ave; L Line to Atlantic Ave

Buses: B12, B14, B20, B25, B83, Q24, Q56


Principal: Jocelyn Badette

Parent Coordinator: Karen Scott


Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares a building with East New York Family Academy.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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