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Information Technology High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 917 students

 

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Posted June 7, 2014

I have read most of the reviews and most are total lies. This school in my opinion is a good school. Teachers are caring and make you feel welcoming. They care about their students education and take it very seriously. They give after school help and when you're getting closer to important exams they give Saturday school for extra tutoring. At the beginning of the school year, most of the teachers let you know that people attending the school aren't always very considering. Yes, phones and electronics have been stolen like most schools. Teachers always let you know that students do steal electronics or other things at times. That's the reason why you should always keep your things close to you or in your locker. They warn you about these kind of things, so you should know better and be more considerate about your stuff. There's 3 very fun technology academics, many sports and clubs. Overall, this school is a very good school.


Posted May 15, 2014

To be honest the school is not bad it's the students. When I attended info tech it was a great experience perhaps all the good teachers have left.


Posted May 11, 2014

Worst school ever. Teachers honestly don't care about the students. They just want high ratings so they stay hired. The kids spend a whole year making a website. Website making IS NOT HARD. You can teach yourself how to do it in SIX MONTHS. Kids are welcomed to skip class, no one will stop them. How? I don't know. This is probably the worst school I've ever seen. Security is a joke. You can wander into the school ignoring security. Did anyone see the NEWS ARTICLE ABOUT THIS!? It's awesome. Reporters walked in and wandered around for almost HALF AN HOUR no questions asked. Do you want your kids coming to this? What if it was a person with a gun? This school is so bad, I've heard teachers tell students they get extra credit if they go on sites and give the school a good review.


Posted December 25, 2011

I LIKE THIS SCHOOL BUT THE ONLY THING THAT THEY NEED TO IMPROVE IS HOW TO KEEP THE KID ON A GOOD BEHAVE BECAUSE MANY GOOD KID WANT TO PAY ATTENTION IN CLASSROOM AND THE OTHER KIDS START MAKING NOISE AND THEY DO NOT LET OTHER DO
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2011

The deans at this school have absolutely no idea how to properly run a school. There is no permanently set principal, "random scanning" restricts students whom bring their cell phones to school as a means of communication with their parents, constantly changing policies, and the investment of plasma screen TVs pushed out possibilities for new textbooks and the promised laptops for each student. No one at this school, with the exception of some staff, knows what they are doing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 2, 2010

I have a brother who is a freshman in this school and i have not heard of a school that have the investments of getting a 55-65 inch flat screen tv for the entrance of the school but do not have the investments for installing security cameras in the school hallways. They dont have the investments for having security guards or deans to walk and patrol the hallways to make sure there is no wrong doing. As I mentioned above, my brother started in this school in September of this year and already he has had two cell phones and a psp go(used for music for when he travels, he doesnt live in the LIC area)stlen from him. The only thing the deans can say was that they cant do much of anything but investigate..where I have not heard from the school AT ALL about the issue. I feel they raise thieves in that school. This school wasted their fundings on unecessary things. They can have a big screen tv, really nice interior offices for deans and such but cant install security cameras in the hallways that would protect their students


Posted November 20, 2010

The school is at the edge of destruction. It currently has no full time principle and is no different from any other school that is NOT about technology. They keep changing things around, so it's hard to know what's going on and what's not. The rules are never enforced and they never just stick to one idea. The staff and board keep treating the school as if it was a bad school, trying to enforce detention and a uniform policy. I say that if a school isn't bad, don't treat it like a bad school. Because if you treat a school like it's a bad school, then eventually it'll become one.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2010

It's funny how the majority of the reviews were posted in 9/09 and are submitted as 'Parent Reviews' but were clearly written by teens. This school has taken a major decline since the Principal Casella took office. You cannot get her on the phone and she routinely cancels student organized events such as blood drives and socials. The school has completely and utterly lost focus of what it was meant to be: a vocational school for Information Technology. I've been told by staff that no one knows how they want to formulate Information Technology into the curriculum, if at all. Meetings have been held where the essence of 'Information Technology' would be that the students would be able to access their grades and assignments online. This teaches them nothing about Information Technology nor does it prepare them for the field as it was meant to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2009

fantastic staff fantastic students fantastic assistant principals and an awesome principal
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 16, 2009

best football team, coaches and teachers in the world
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

a small school which makes it great to get along with everyone, as well as the teachers. The teachers will generally will stay after classes are over just to personally tutor if you ask. Our school is caring and extremely fun with many exotic and quirky people.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2009

well honestly the school is great. as a result of its size, pretty much everyone knows everyone. The teachers are helpful and there when needed. They get along with the students quite well. Overall, its an awesome school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

It's the best school ever. the teachers are awesome and we have all this cool technology classes that we take.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

It is very loud and active
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 28, 2009

They have one heck of a fencing team. Not to mention, the people there are fun and super intellectual.


Posted September 28, 2009

We have laptops. Thats all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

Everyone knows each other, and school spirit is really high in esteem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

Because the school is relatively small and new, this allows for students to shine through and have a personal connection with instructors/teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 28, 2009

we have working comuter labs and an awsome dance/ cheerleading team woot HDC!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

Epicenter of media production right before entering Manhattan. New school, with alumni already at Ivy Leagues such as Brown and Cornell. This new year we are beginning a community service project for Long Island City.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
50%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
60%
Earth Science

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

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
43%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

339 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
65%
Global History and Geography

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

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
58%
Integrated Algebra

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

372 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
62%
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.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
68%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
87%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

133 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%
U.S. History and Government

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

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
76%
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 Students37%
Female47%
Male31%
African American42%
Asian/Pacific Islander33%
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English37%
Non-migrant37%

Chemistry

All Students33%
Female38%
Male30%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander25%
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant33%

Earth Science

All Students48%
Female37%
Male52%
African American46%
Asian/Pacific Islander53%
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population51%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English51%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%

English

All Students76%
Female79%
Male75%
African American81%
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities49%
General population80%
English language learners32%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%

Geometry

All Students56%
Female54%
Male58%
African American44%
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population56%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%

Global History and Geography

All Students46%
Female45%
Male46%
African American31%
Asian/Pacific Islander69%
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities26%
General population50%
English language learners36%
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%

Integrated Algebra

All Students72%
Female71%
Male73%
African American52%
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities60%
General population75%
English language learners85%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%

Living Environment

All Students68%
Female59%
Male71%
African American52%
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities47%
General population71%
English language learners59%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%

Physics

All Students67%
Femalen/a
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Non-migrant67%

U.S. History and Government

All Students65%
Female56%
Male71%
African American68%
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities50%
General population68%
English language learners13%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
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
Hispanic 56% 23%
Black 18% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 9%
White 9% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 110%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 280%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 42%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 2%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology

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

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
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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

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

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
6.7
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

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

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This school
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
6.9
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.8
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
7.9
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.3
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents27532%
Students73484%
Teachers5496%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. JOSEPH REED

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Technology
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

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Busses - B62, Q100, Q101, Q102, Q103, Q32, Q39, Q66, Q67, Q69. Subways - F to 21st St - Queensbridge; 7, E, G, M to Court Square - 23rd St; R to Queens Plaza; N, Q to Queensboro Plaza
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Sofbtall
  • Track
  • Volleyball
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