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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. (Melanie Quiroz, web reports and DOE data, November 2018)



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School Stats

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


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 achieve the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2022-23 School Quality Guide and 2022-23 NYC School Survey


Number of students
Citywide Average is 615


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2022-23 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?
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
From the 2022-23 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
Citywide Average is 7
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
Citywide Average is 191
How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2022-23 NYC School Survey, 2022-23 School Quality Guide, 2021-22 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2023 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 2021-22 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?
How many students who have graduated from this high school stay in college for at least 3 semesters?
From the 2020-21 and 2022-23 School Quality Guide

How many graduates who are eligible received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
This shows how well this school supports low-income students to get funding for college.
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2016-17 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
From the 2022-23 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought to you by Visit Understanding FAFSA for help with the FAFSA and financial aid.
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Design Technology (K68A)

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 (K68C)

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 (K68J)

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 2024 High School Directory

Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP United States History, Calculus (Advanced Math), Chemistry (Advanced Science), ELA (College Course [Credited]), Math (College Course [Uncredited]), Other (College Course [Uncredited])

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball, Outdoor Track

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Softball, Volleyball

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

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Contact & Location


145 Pennsylvania Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11207

Trains: A Line, C Line to Liberty Av; J Line to Alabama Av; L Line to Atlantic Av

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


Principal: John Rullan

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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