October 20, 2015
This is my seventh year as a Brooklyn Tech parent (2 kids). I gave 5 stars but really wanted 4 1/2—very good, not great. To the parent who says that staff don't want to be there, maybe that's true for some, but not for the majority of teachers, imo. As for the sexual predator, unfortunately they're everywhere, even at ritzy private schools that cost over 30k/yr, and the best defense would seem to be good communication with our children. My kids have had some excellent and inspiring teachers, many very good ones, and only a couple of bad experiences. The course options are terrific, with the opportunity to advance to higher level and AP classes in every subject, and the history, English, and language classes are very strong. The sports offerings range from all the usual to golf, bowling and fencing. The students are a nice, enthusiastic, often geeky. You'll see them working on robots, architectural models, debating in the courtroom, analyzing a crime scene, or fund-raising for their club or charity. The day is jam packed, with no art or electives to break up the academics in the 9th & 10th grades (except music for good musicians). It's hard, but not outrageously so—my kids never worked past midnight, and anything over 3 hours an evening is bad planning or too many screens. The major system, which I didn't buy into at first, is great, and groups kids of similar interests in exciting classes. My only problems with the school are a few unbending rules and ridiculous policies. Some say it looks like a prison, and often it feels that it's run like one. It's almost impossible for a student to get a schedule changed, but the administration will change it on students without even telling them. Nobody gets to go out for lunch, not even seniors, and the kids are often treated with distrust as though they are potential delinquents, rather than with the consideration and maturity that's expected of them. Oh, and PE is factored in as a number grade in the GPA, but science lab is pass/fail—go figure. AP LOTE is so hard that most kids drop language rather than do it. However, overall, as a free NYC public school, it's an amazing education, and the sheer size and diversity is an education in itself.
For potential students—be very careful with doing regents or proficiency exams in 8th grade, because that bumps you up to a much harder class, or to an AP in junior year.
- submitted by a parent