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Thomas A Edison Career And Technical High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 2300 students

We are best known for Industry shop certifications.

 
 
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Posted October 1, 2009

This school gives students a chance to experience their choice of field to see whether they would want to continue to pursue it or not when they enter college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 30, 2009

My school offers great programs, great clubs and extracurricular activites, and has great teachers. The students are very determined and ambitious. We learn a lot each day in every class especially our shop classes. The students have great opportunities and great benefits for the future. We strive to advance ourselves and become interested in our future career plans. Nevertheless, our school is a well-rounded vocation high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

i love it because of the shop classes especially the auto shops and also the teachers are fun and you can talk with some of them about stuff for hours
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

The best thing about Thomas Edison is the selection of shop classes. These classes give kids hands on work related to the field of work they are interested in pursuing. Many times kids question the relevancy of the work they do in other classes to their future. However everyone acknowledges the importance of their shop class, and the experience it gives us for real world application.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 28, 2008

I am part of the graduating class of 08. Coming to Edison was the greatest thing i have ever done for myself. I was part of the A+ computer repair program, i excelled in that field and was allowed to join 'MOUSE squad' a program that allows kids, a select few to work and earn money during their school week. I managed to graduate with top honors in that field get my certification and to top it all off i became and SVA teacher/intern. This school opened up a tremendous amount of opportunities for me. And hey im making 45,000 straight out of high school. The school has many extremely great shop class which are up to date and on par with technology. The teachers are just amazing. The environment simply the greatest. I just hope kids can take advantage of all the opportunities like i did. Go Class of 08
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 31, 2007

The school has so many outstanding shop classes. That enhance the academic studies. Students have a rare opportunity to build on their future. It is a shame that so many are not taking the blessing offered. Their parents need to encourage them and demand that they see it as a stepping stone for their lives. This is a good school. Keep the scanning going. Its for the students well being.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2007

I think this is a pretty good school. The school is pretty much a school that prepares you for college while in high school, so with that in mind college will be pretty easy since we'll probably be learning about college in high school. So all in all this school is pretty awesome come on by!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 19, 2006

This is perhaps one of the worst school in new york city. The programs are great, but the students abuse their privledges. The teachers are great, however. It's time that there is some type of standardized test to get in this school, so only deserving students can hve access to this great, yet gone wrong school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2006

I love the fact that they have so many technical programs.My child was in the computer repair program and right out of high school was earning double the amount of his age...anytime a person makes double their age, you know thats a good job.The staff is very helping, and the teachers are extremely dedicated.There is some violence, but nothing to extreme..i definetly don't regret my three children graduating from that high school.ITS AMAZING!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2006

excellent programs, few extracuricular activities, parent involment low
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 28, 2006

excellent programs, low in art and music, decent extra activities, low parent involment
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 15, 2005

THis school is a wonderful place. The population is a good mix of different ethnicities and backgrounds that children will face in the real world. The teachers are experienced and the education is practical for today's society. Parents are encouraged to be involved in all aspects of student activity. There are many arts and sports are available and attainable for those with an interest in scholarships and the like.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2005

very good school. no violence whatsoever. highly educated kids go there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 14, 2004

Great school. Very diverse. No violence whatsoever! Everyone in all grades knows eachother & gets along, unlike highschools on TV. Bad thing is that rules is too strict. No cell-phones, detention if late to class or school, signing in and out of bathrooms, library restictions, destination passes, calls home if ever absent or late, etc. Hard to pass in math & science classes, cause of hard curriculum, but I made it through. All in all, a very loving enviroment - just as long as you are on the good side of the deans! The food is great, and building is cleaner than a hotel lobby. Great neighborhood also. I recommend only serious students to attend, they deserve it, and will love it! Also kids: don't let anyone break your heart, it will interfere with your schoolwork! My best years were freshman, and senior (so hang in there, it's worth it!) Good Luck!
—Submitted by a former 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.

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
67%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
71%
Earth Science

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

341 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
54%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

570 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

454 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
75%
Global History and Geography

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

628 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
73%
Integrated Algebra

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

397 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
72%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

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

520 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
50%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

59 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
U.S. History and Government

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

545 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
93%
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 Students81%
Female83%
Male81%
African American62%
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Not migrant81%

Chemistry

All Students83%
Female81%
Male84%
African American90%
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant83%

Earth Science

All Students79%
Female73%
Male82%
African American77%
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities46%
General population81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%

English

All Students86%
Female94%
Male82%
African American81%
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
Native American80%
White95%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities46%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%

Geometry

All Students90%
Female95%
Male89%
African American81%
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
Native American91%
White95%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities67%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant90%

Global History and Geography

All Students80%
Female87%
Male76%
African American64%
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
Native American82%
White84%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities24%
General population86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%

Integrated Algebra

All Students82%
Female85%
Male82%
African American70%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities56%
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%

Living Environment

All Students86%
Female92%
Male83%
African American74%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native American91%
White78%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities50%
General population92%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%

Physics

All Students73%
Female66%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander72%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant73%

U.S. History and Government

All Students87%
Female92%
Male84%
African American83%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities34%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
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 "A" for the high school level.

About the tests


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 51% 9%
Black 1 24% 19%
Hispanic 1 21% 23%
White 2 3% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 171%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Colleges most students attend after graduation Hunter College (CUNY)
New York University
Queens College (CUNY)
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 1%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 73%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 1%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff Arabic languages
Chinese (Cantonese)
Italian
Korean
Chinese (Mandarin)
Russian
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Gold Medal SkillsUSA National Champion (CISCO) (2011)
  • Automotive GYNADA Competition 1st and 2nd Place (2011)
  • York College CUNY Science & Math Expo 1st Place Physics, Biology, Behavioral Sciences (2011)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Medical
  • Technology

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

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

Health & athletics

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Medical
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
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The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

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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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Based on 3209 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
7.8
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.8
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

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

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This school
8.0
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
7.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
7.7
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
7.0
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

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This school
8.1
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents103049%
Students206394%
Teachers116100%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. MOSES OJEDA
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (718) 658-0365

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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

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  • Arts (all)
  • Arts all
  • Engineering
  • Medical
  • Technology
  • Vocational education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Transportation options
  • Busses - Q1, Q17, Q2, Q25, Q30, Q43, Q46, Q65, Q76. Subways - F to 169th St
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cricket
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Sofbtall
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
More from this school
  • Parents Association offers many workshops for parents.
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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Hunter College (CUNY)
New York University
Queens College (CUNY)
College preparation / awareness offered
Community college courses
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165-65 84th Ave
Jamaica, NY 11432
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