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Brooklyn Technical High School

Public | 9-12 | 5323 students

 

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Posted January 6, 2014

Tech is a school for kids who are outgoing, inquisitive, and confident. (Brains, of course, are a prerequisite.) My daughter came to Tech after 10 years an elite private school. She loved her old school, but was ready was ready to jump into the deep end and meet kids from different backgrounds. My daughter has successfully learned to navigate a completely new landscape of challenges in just one semester. She has many friends-both locally and across the city. The key for her, as it is for many at Tech, is to find your niche (in her case a team, but it can be a club, student government, the play, etc.) and then your chance to meet new kids expands exponentially. Another key to success is for the parent and student to be fearless advocates: Nobody reached out to us in the summer regarding music options, but I determined who headed the Jazz Band at Tech, reached out to him, and made sure he and my daughter conversed in August so that she would be placed in Jazz Band on day 1. This year the Parent-Teacher Association has spearheaded greater outreach and fund-raising, and the trajectory of the school is surely on the rise. My daughter's 1st choice - and a happy one for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2014

if you want your child be "lost" for life take him/her to brooklyn tech. I had my child excellent in gifted and talented programs, once joined Brookyn tech my child learned all bad habitats you wont wish for anybody. schol does not care and does not give a heck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2013

I attended BTHS from 2005-2009 and I definitely do not regret choosing Tech. It's the place where you want to send your kid if you want them to both learn both academics and street smarts. To me, it was a great school with some quirky characteristics and great teachers. For example, the cafeteria is on the 7th floor, so students have to walk up there everyday for lunch. I didn't appreciate that until I entered college, didn't change my diet, but still gained 10% of my overall weight because I was taking the elevator everyday instead of walking up stairs. I never had a bad teacher at Tech. All of mine were pretty good. Some were easy-going and some were tough, but they all taught well. I learned a lot from them. No one babies you. I never had a grade I thought was truly unfair. There's no class that's a free 90+. Even gym class requires effort. Yes, it is possible to fail gym class... It should be up to the student to push themselves to work harder. You need to earn those grades! It's true that large class sizes can be difficult to deal with, but you know, a college chemistry class can have over 200 students alone. Think of it as prepping them for college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2013

I attended BTHS 34 years ago; my son attends now. It was a rigorous schedule then as it is now and was concerned how my son would adapt to it. It is taking some time for him, coming from a small elementary and middle school where teachers were very informal. Regardless of the rigor he is loving it and I am confident he wil succeed. From my personal experience BTHS continues to be an elite NYC public HS. It has trained me through school and work and helped me persevere when challenged in college or in my profession. It continues to be there for me through a strong alumni assocition. Hopefully I can give back to BTHS as much as I have received.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2012

Attended Tech when there were 6000 students. Same great school now with the student population again growing towards that number thanks to a great principal and great teachers. If you can pass the entrance exam, you should be attending Tech! I played sports and did many other activities while at Tech!


Posted June 6, 2012

Among the greatest public high schools in America. A model for teaching Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM).


Posted May 24, 2012

I agree with the comments by this parent. My son attends this school, and have absolutely very little interpersonal relationships or outside activities. The school is huge and enrollment is increasing every year. The class size is strictly on book learning and extremely overwhelm with the workload. There is no way to maintain a decent average and unless you are a A+ student, you can forget about getting into a decent college. The competition is extremely fierce. My son regrets going to this school and I feel the same way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2012

This school is way too big so forget about personal attention, tho the school tries to address these issues, but so many can get lost in the shuffle. The DOE needs to stop increasing the class size every year. Unless you are a solid 92 and above with good boards forget about getting into a decent college. The competition for those colleges is really tough esp coming out of Tech.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2012

I am currently attending Brooklyn Technical High School and I advise parents to encourage your children to attend it if they are accepted. I'll admit, it was hard to get used to at first coming from a 600 student middle school to a high school with more than double that just in its freshman class, but it's so worth it. I love Tech and, although some of the teachers are tough and there is some bias towards certain groups of people depending on the teacher, the experience there is great. I'm so happy that I chose to go. If you do end up going, don't beat yourself up if your average goes down; it's a much different (and tougher) learning environment. In middle school, I had a 98 average and, right now, I'm sticking at a 94. However, in the coming years, I (just as you will) will be able to attend AP classes that will substantially help your average if you do well in them (A 100 in an AP class counts as a 110 towards your average). Once again, I highly encourage people who make it in to Tech, to attend it because it's a truly genuine high school experience.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 8, 2012

I"m the parent of an 8th grader who will be attending high school in September. He has bee accepted to Brooklyn Tech and the honors program at Fort Hamilton HS. While Brooklyn Tech is a great school, he's a little concerned about the work load and the enginneering courses. He's not sure what he wants to major in and realized he must choose a major during his junior year at Brooklyn Tech. As a parent, I would like him to have a well rounded HS experience. While my main concern is that he receive a good education and goes to a safe school, I wouldn't want him to feel overwhelmed with so much school work. Do any of the students on this site feel you don't have much time for a social life? Must you work extremely hard to keep a good average? Please advice!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2011

strong class ,safty school and excellent teacher depend on your student work hard or not. I really trust special High school .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2011

Great school that prepared students for the future! Have an interest? BTHS have a program/class that matches!


Posted June 29, 2011

I went to Brooklyn Tech years ago. The school building itself was not very appealing and the surronding neighborhood left much to be desired. All of my classes were honors/AP so I can only speak for the teachers that taught those classes. Almost all of them were pretty good. I got a few bad apples but that is to be expected. Overall though, I was well prepared for college. One other thing, there were a large number of students in my graduating class. That didn't leave much time for guidance counselors to set up one on one meetings to discuss students' futures. I recommned parents get involed early and often.


Posted June 22, 2011

My niece currently attends Brooklyn Tech and loves the school. The school offers many advance placement classes and a wide variety of majors for the students to choose from that one may not necessarily find at other schools. It has many extra curricular activities (school clubs, sports teams, etc.) that students can participate in. The teachers are dedicated and have a vested interest in their students.


Posted June 21, 2011

I didn't appreciate Tech until I was a freshman in college and found myself in math and science classes with juniors and seniors. If I had only known what a great education I was receiving when I attended Tech I would have worked harder, cared more and made an effort to be more social.


Posted June 9, 2011

It was a great school in the late 1960 I when i was when i was there. I am active in alumni events and the school is still great, the area has gone from being a combat zone to a zuppie haven. If you can get into the school by all means go


Posted June 4, 2011

I respectfully disagreed that the school do not notify parent of student missing school days, I have been receiving phone call from school the same day my child was absent, even on the day she was actually in school taking AP test of which she arrived school too early to be scanned in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2011

sorry but this school hides suspensions of students and does not report incidents of anything that will look negative to this school. nor do they notify parents when a child has missed over 100 days of school nor did they call it in as an educational neglect case. if they really cared about students, they would file a report like every other school does after 20 missed days of school which is the 90% cutoff rate required to graduate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2011

i like tech. it has bright and well-behaved students. teachers love the subject they teach and actually remembers the names of students. if you manage to get into this school, pick it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 7, 2010

I attended Brooklyn Technical High School from 2005-2009. Overall I enjoyed it. Although I had some undesirable encounters, I did not let that prevent me from enjoying my high school years. I simply remained close to my friends. Brooklyn Tech doesn't only teach academic concepts but also concepts about life and one thing I learned from attending BTHS is that no matter where you go there are bad people and good people. :)
—Submitted by a student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

1442 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

1362 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

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English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

1444 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

2011

 
 
100%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

184 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

1450 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

1357 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
100%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

373 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

24 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

1135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

1427 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

805 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

1278 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students92%
Female95%
Male90%
African American85%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial94%
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities70%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant92%

Chemistry

All Students94%
Female96%
Male91%
African American89%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic92%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant94%

Earth Science

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

English

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities100%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%

Geometry

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
African American96%
Asian/Pacific Islander99%
Hispanic99%
Multiracial100%
Native American100%
White99%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant99%

Global History and Geography

All Students100%
Female99%
Male100%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islander99%
Hispanic99%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%

Integrated Algebra

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities100%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%

Living Environment

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities100%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%

Physics

All Students91%
Female91%
Male92%
African American89%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanic91%
Multiracial94%
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities80%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Not migrant91%

U.S. History and Government

All Students100%
Female99%
Male100%
African American99%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities100%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "B" for the high school level.

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Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 60% 9%
White 2 21% 48%
Black 2 10% 19%
Hispanic 1 8% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 20%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 172%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 64%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
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The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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This school
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
6.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
6.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
6.9
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.8
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents181735%
Students491391%
Teachers23789%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
School Leader's name
  • MR. RANDY ASHER

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Busses - B103, B25, B38, B41, B45, B52, B54, B57, B63, B65, B69. Subways - D, N to Atlantic Av-Barclays Center-4th Av; B, Q, R to DeKalb Av; G to Fulton St; A to Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts; C to Lafayette Av; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Nevins St
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Sofbtall
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
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29 Ft Greene Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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