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What’s Special

Prepares students for careers in cosmetology, technical trades, graphic design and engineering

The Downside

Long school days

At Queens Vocational and Technical High School, students may specialize in visual arts, pre-engineering, computer technology, cosmetology or take part in an exploratory program through the many majors available. Most of the programs offer certifications and licenses, so students are ready for employment after graduation.


The different majors at this large career and technical education school are meant to provide students with hands-on experience through coursework and internships.


In 9th grade, students in the Exploratory program rotate through all the majors and take introductory courses in business, plumbing design, cosmetology, advertising and design, and computer science. Students applying directly to the graphic arts, computer technology and cosmetology programs should be aware that those programs are screened, and it is recommended that all applicants apply to the Exploratory program, as there will be the opportunity to specialize in the upper grades.


Although the focus is on technical training for employment, the school in recent years has done a better job preparing students for college. Students may take college courses at LaGuardia Community College and Queensborough Community College.


Students also generally feel that the school community is inclusive of students with disabilities, according to NYC School Survey results. Students with disabilities also graduate from this school at well above the citywide average.


The school is housed in a spacious building with state-of-the-art equipment, workshops and labs. The building has high speed wireless access to support the many engineering and technology based classes. The school day can be long, with periods before 8 am and some after 4 pm.


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



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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
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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 2021-22 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 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 2020-21 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 157

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2021-22 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 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



Computer Science




Advanced Foreign Language


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 2021-22 School Quality Guide
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 you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2024 High School Directory

Graphic Arts (Q68B)

Admissions Method: Audition

Program Description:

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.

Pre-Engineering Electronic Technology (Q68L)

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

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.

Exploratory: Introduction to Occupations (Q68M)

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Through six six-week rotations, this program provides students with experience in: Introduction to Barbering, Business, Electrical Installation, Plumbing, Graphic Arts, Cosmetology, and Electronics.

Computer Technology and Information Systems (Q68N)

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

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 (Q68O)

Admissions Method: Screened

Program Description:

This 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.


From the 2024 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Courses

Algebra II (Advanced Math), Algebra II (College Course [Credited]), AP Calculus AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Physics 1, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Statistics, AP United States History, AP World History: Modern, Biology (College Course [Credited]), Chemistry (Advanced Science), Econ/Gov (College Course [Credited]), ELA (College Course [Credited]), Physics (Advanced Science), Social Studies (College Course [Credited])

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Soccer

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Bowling, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

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

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Contact & Location


37-02 47 Avenue
Queens NY 11101

Trains: 7 Line to Lowery St-40th St

Buses: B24, Q32, Q39, Q60, Q67


Principal: Louis Garcia


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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