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W. H. Maxwell Career and Technical Education High School

Grades: 9-12
145 Pennsylvania Avenue
Brooklyn NY
Phone: 718-345-9100

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)



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

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
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?
76% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school

How do students perform academically?

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

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

Who does this school serve?

From 2019-20 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2018-19 School Quality Guide

How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
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?
66% Citywide Average
How many English language learners graduate in 4 years?
68% Citywide Average

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.


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


East New York (District 19)
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


Jocelyn Badette
Parent Coordinator
Karen Scott

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school shares a building with East New York Family Academy.
Metal detectors?

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