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William E. Grady Career and Technical Education High School

Grades: 9-12
25 Brighton 4th Road
Brooklyn NY 11235
Phone: 718-332-5000

Our Insights

What’s Special

Vocational programs in well-equipped shops

The Downside

Metal detectors; attendance could be better

William E. Grady High School teaches students the fundamentals of automotive repair, carpentry, plumbing, cooking, or computer repair along with traditional academic courses. State-of-the-art auto shops hoist cars up on hydraulic lifts. In a professional kitchen young cooks don chef’s whites and prepare meals that are served in the faculty dining room.

The school has a challenging population, drawn from more than 100 middle schools throughout Brooklyn and beyond. One-third has special needs, about 40 percent miss at least a month of school per year, and more than two-thirds are older than the typical high school student. Almost all are performing below grade level when they arrive. 

Grady offers different ways to be successful in life beyond college. It issues state-certified vocational courses in air conditioning and refrigeration, computer repair, automotive repair, carpentry, electrical installation, media and dramatic arts, plumbing, heating and culinary arts. The school works with some 18 different trade unions, many of which have programs that encourage companies to hire Grady graduates. 

Principal Tarah Montalbano, formerly assistant principal of English, took the helm in 2013 and she and her staff have worked to stabilize enrollment and improve order and discipline. Most children say they feel safe; teachers overwhelmingly recommend the school and say Montalbano is an effective leader, according to school surveys. 

Montalbano is working to improve instruction and raise academic expectations, according to the CEP (comprehensive educational plan). Grady’s four-year graduation rate is approaching the citywide average, even though few graduates are ready for college-level work. 

A refreshingly current school website shows photos of teens building stage sets for a local elementary school, on an overnight trip to Philadelphia visiting colleges, and hoisting a second-place trophy at a NY Regional robotics competition. 

High-achievers may take at least three Advanced Placement courses, and one college English class in partnership with Medgar Evers College.

In addition to shop classes, the Grady campus features a large gym, weight room, dance room and a basement studio where TV and film production are taught. The school offers a number of after-school programs, including a variety of varsity sports. The campus, located adjacent to busy Shore Parkway, features a turf-coated football field. On the downside, metal detectors greet students at the main entrance. 

The school is located four long blocks from the Brighton Beach stop on the B and Q subways.

Admissions: Grady is open to all New York City residents and follows the educational option formula, designed to ensure a mix of low, average and high performing kids. (Lydie Raschka, web reports, October 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 2019-20 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

From 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2019-20 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 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Free or reduced priced lunch
Students with disabilities
English language learners

From 2019-20 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
38% Citywide Average

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2019-20 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

Culinary Arts
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

State certified three-year sequence in the culinary arts. Internships available for eligible students. All students must take industry exams for certification.

Information Technology
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

State certified program in A+ Computer Repair and Networking. Students learn computer maintenance, operating systems, and troubleshooting. Internships available for eligible students. All students take the IC3 and A+ exams for certification. Students are prepared for college and industry positions.

Health Career Profession
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

This program explores the knowledge of the role, function, legal limitations, qualities, personal habit and obligations that are important to provide quality care to residents in long term facilities. The types, purposes and organizational structures of health care facilities that employ nurse aides. It also examines the role of a nurse aide and the functions of a nurse aide. The program requires a theory class and a 104 hour clinical internship.

Automotive Technology
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Three-year NATEF and state-certified sequence; work on live vehicles. Courses: Steering & Suspension, Brakes, Electricity/Electronics, and Engine Performance. Must take industry exams for certification. Internships available for eligible students.

Construction Technology Academy
Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.
Program Description:

Students complete a state certified three-year sequence including electrical installation, plumbing, and carpentry. Students must take industry exams for certification. Internships and union opportunities are available for eligible students. Students are prepared for college and industry positions.

William E. Grady Career and Technical Education High D75 Inclusion Program
Admissions Method: D75 Special Education Inclusive Services
William E. Grady Career and Technical Education High School ACES 15:1 Program
Admissions Method: ASD/ACES Program


Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition, AP United States History, AP Biology, AP Computer Science Principles


Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Rugby, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Softball, Volleyball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools
NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


Brighton Beach (District 21)
Trains: B Line, Q Line to Brighton Beach
Buses: B1, B36, B4, B68, BM3


Tarah Montalbano
Parent Coordinator
Stacy Matone

Other Details

Shared campus?
This school is in its own building.
Metal detectors?

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