Queens Vocational and Technical High School
Prepares students to be plumbers, electricians and cosmetologists
Most graduates require remedial courses in college
At Queens Vocational and Technical High School (QVTHS) students take a regular academic program while preparing for careers in plumbing, electrical work, computer and electronic engineering, graphic arts and cosmetology. Students may earn professional certifications that help them get good-paying jobs after graduation.
The school is housed in spacious facilities. A modern wing added in 2005 has workshops and labs fitted with state-of-the-art equipment. Students have a long day, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with 10 classes, some of them taught in three to four-period blocks.
In 2010, the Department of Education identified QVTHS as a low achieving school but chose to put in new leadership rather than close it. Melissa Burg was appointed principal in June, 2010, and has earned a good reputation among teachers, based on their responses to the schools Learning Environment Survey (LES). Students also give high marks to teachers and staff, but complain of fights and instances of bullying at the school, according to the LES. Graduation and attendance rates exceed the citywide average.
QVTHS was one of 40 city high schools participating in the Expanded Success Initiative, a program to improve college and career-readiness rates for black and Latino boys. The school received a $250,000 grant to develop strategies to improve achievement and better outcomes for its male students.
The school is organized into four academies that provide a mix of academic and Career and Technical Education (CTE) instruction. Most 9th-graders enroll in the Exploration and Discovery Program, where they rotate through introductory classes offered in all the CTE programs. Exploration and Discovery has a dedicated staff who only teach 9th grade classes, which means teachers get to know the freshman well.
Starting in 10th grade, students major in one of the upper grade CTE programs and must complete an internship in their field of study. In Entrepreneurial Studies, students may study business, cosmetology or graphic arts. Skilled Building Trades focuses on plumbing and electrical installation. Computer and Electronics Engineering and Technologies offers students training in computer repair, copper and fiber optics network cabling, and robotics.
Juniors and seniors may take classes at LaGuardia Community College and Advanced Placement classes in psychology and Spanish language. The long school days leaves little time for extracurricular activities, but motivated students may participate in sports teams and an assortment of clubs and academic teams including music, poetry, Mock Trial, robotics, Gay-Straight Alliance and Virtual Enterprise.
College: The school encourages students to go to college, though a majority work after high school graduation. Among those who do attend college, most must take remedial courses at CUNY because of low scores on Regents exams. There is a fulltime college counselor.
Special education: The school offers ICT (Collaborative Team Teaching) classes and SETTS.
Admissions. Open to students citywide. Most 9th graders enroll in the Exploration and Discovery Program, which is accepts a range of students. Screened CTE programs accept a limited number of 9th graders who meet the admissions criteria. Rising 10th graders apply directly to the screened CTE programs. (Laura Zingmond, statistics, news reports and interviews, October, 2012).
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Program focuses on basic theories and concepts through hands-on experience with the Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign). Students sit for the ACA certification exam in Photoshop, receive dual enrollment college courses, and complete an internship. Graphic arts program graduates receive a CTE endorsed diploma.
Prepares students with entry-level knowledge of Engineering, offering Dual College Enrollment Courses (8 credits). Certifications: OSHA, Copper-Based, Fiber-Based Networking Systems, Smart Home Technology, and Electronics Technician Association (DC, AC & Digital Electronics). Students participate in US FIRST Robotics Club.
The Ninth Grade School of Exploration & Discovery (SED), through six six-week rotations, provides students with experience in: Introduction to Business, Electrical Installation, Plumbing, Graphic Arts, Cosmetology, and Electronics.
Focus on preparing students to become career and college ready, with the opportunity to achieve certifications in: A+ Computer Repairs and Maintenance, CISCO Networking, Mobile App Writing, Internet, and Computing Core Certification (IC3).
Cosmetology/Salon Management program provides students with marketable skills to become licensed Cosmetologists. Students prepare for State licensure (NOCTI Certification) with opportunities for internships, in-house, and advanced industry training. College credits earned through LGCC and Bryant & Stratton College.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses
AP Art History, AP Calculus AB, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP Physics, AP Psychology
Boys PSAL teams
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Soccer, Wrestling
Girls PSAL teams
Basketball, Bowling, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball
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