Staten Island Technical High School
Staten Island Technical High School(SITHS) is the only specialized high school located in Staten Island. SITHS has earned a reputation as a specialized high school that balances the intensity of an elite STEM education with the need for calm in the student body. Students report having standard homework loads of 2-3 hours a night, but emphasize their lack of stress compared to their peers at other specialized high schools. When students arrive at SITHS, they receive a laptop for personal school use. This commitment to technology in the classroom can be seen in nearly every classroom, where education technology is integrated into most lessons. SITHS requires three years of Russian language instruction and four years of engineering, offering engineering courses in a wide range of topics from audio/visual engineering to more traditional mechanical engineering.
- Enrollment 1331
- College Matriculation 91.1%
- Graduation rate 100%
AP, College, and Professional Classes
Staten Island Tech offers 18 Advanced Placement(AP) classes, with all students taking a minimum of two classes and many taking many more. Like many of the other newer specialized high schools, Staten Island Tech also has a partnership with a university–in this case Kingsborough College– that permits its students to take college level courses. Furthermore, SITHS places a priority on giving its students skills that can be applied to the workplace. All students take either an introduction to robotics or AutoCad class before accessing more classes in the Work-Based/Work-Exploration program.
For most students applying to Staten Island Technical High School, the school’s location is its greatest asset. Located in a residential neighborhood, the school is often significantly closer to home for residents of Staten Island than any of the other city-wide magnet schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, or the Bronx. However, while the school is often the first choice of students in Staten Island, students from Brooklyn and Manhattan are increasingly looking to SITHS as an alternative to the larger, and sometimes more seemingly competative, Brooklyn Tech or Stuyvesant. To access SITHS from Brooklyn, students often take private shuttles or public transit to the express bus in Bay Ridge, at which point there is a mere 35 minute transportation time.