William E. Grady Career and Technical Education High School

Grades: 9-12

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) 

 

 

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
72%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
52%
Average daily attendance
 
72%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
57%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
100%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
90%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

511
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
86%
Students with disabilities
 
37%
Multilingual learners
 
11%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
2%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
100%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
14%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
9%
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?
 
100%
7.8
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
113
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?
 
87%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 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

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
21%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
54%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
10%

Music

 
18%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 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?
 
28%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
56%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
51%
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?
 
23%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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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

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

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

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Contact & Location

Location

25 Brighton 4th Road
Brooklyn NY 11235

Trains: B Line, Q Line to Brighton Beach

Buses: B1, B36, B4, B68, BM3


Contact

Principal: Tarah Montalbano

Parent Coordinator: Stacy Matone

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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