Queens Technical High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

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.


Admissions: The Exploratory program has Educational Option admissions, meaning the school seeks a range of low-, middle- and high-performing students. The pre-engineering, cosmetology and computer technology programs accept a limited number of students who meet admissions criteria. The graphic arts program requires an audition. All programs are open to students citywide. (Melanie Quiroz, web reports and DOE data, November 2018)



School Stats


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 achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey


Number of students
644 Citywide Average


Low-income students
Students with disabilities
Multilingual learners
From the 2020-21 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?
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
7 Citywide Average
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?
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



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 2019-20 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?
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
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?
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
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

Graphic Arts

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

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

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

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).


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 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses


Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP World History: Modern, AP Physics 1, AP Human Geography, AP Psychology, AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States History, AP Calculus AB

Boys PSAL teams

Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Handball, Soccer, Wrestling

Girls PSAL teams

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

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

NYC Department of Education: MySchools

Contact & Location


37-02 47th Avenue
Long Island City NY 11101

Trains: 7 Line to 40th St-Lowery St

Buses: B24, Q32, Q39, Q60, Q67


Principal: Melissa Burg


Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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