Aviation High School (Long Island City, New York)

Aviation High School (Long Island City, New York)

Infobox School
name=Q610: Aviation Career & Technical High School

principal=Eileen B.Taylor
enrollment = 1,863 (as of 2005-06)
faculty = 104.0 (on FTE basis)
ratio = 17.9
motto="We are not just a school, we are a career!"
type= Public high school
grades= 9-12
location=45-30 36th Street
Queens, New York 11101

Aviation High School, officially known as "Q610: Aviation Career and Technical High School,"Fact|date=May 2008 is a taxpayer-supported public high school owned and operated by the New York City Department of Education. It is located in Long Island City, which is a largely industrial neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. The school accepts students selectively. Eileen B. Taylor has been Principal of Aviation High School since 1991.

As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,863 students and 104.0 classroom teachers (on a FTE basis, for a student-teacher ratio of 17.9. [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_detail.asp?Search=1&DistrictID=3404710&ID=340471000380 Aviation Career And Technical High School] , National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 4, 2007.]

Educational emphasis

Aviation High School is certified by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the training of Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs). Students who successfully complete the school's rigorous technical programs are allowed to take their FAA certification examinations without further qualification.

In order to achieve this, students at the school spend about third of every day in "shop," technology related classes that concentrate on every aspect of an aircraft's structure, systems, and components, as well as more general aviation subjects such as aerodynamics and Federal Aviation Regulations. These specialized classes are taught by FAA-certificated AMTs, many of whom are themselves alumni of the school.

In addition to aviation-related subjects, Aviation High School also provides a full academic curriculum to its approximately 1,900 students, who come from all five boroughs of New York City. The school has consistently enjoyed excellent attendance rates (averaging 90 percent) and a high graduation rate (also approximately 90 percent). About 80 percent of graduates go on to college, many studying aeronautics, engineering, or other technology-related subjects. As freshmen in this high school, they wear aprons during shop for less rigorous work. From Sophomores to Seniors, they wear coveralls. It is full body coverage to protect from oil, paint and other corrosive and messy materials. Aviation High school, starting on March 20th, 2007, will be the only school in NYC DOE to have a fully automated lunch system.

Facilities and Physical Plant

The school's present main campus, which was completed in 1958, occupies an entire city block at the intersection of Queens Boulevard and 36th Street. The six-story school building houses academic classrooms, specialized shop classrooms, and a hangar where seniors (12th-year students) apply the skills they have learned to the maintenance of retired aircraft, many of which were donated by the U.S. military. In October 2000, the school also opened an extension campus at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Prior to the completion of the Queens Boulevard campus, the school had been located in Manhattan and had been known as the Manhattan High School for Aviation Trades.

Almost 30% of Aviation High School's teachers are former alumni.

Famous alumni

*Michael Bentt, former WBO World Heavyweight Champion and actor went to Aviation H.S. for three years prior to dropping out when selected for the U.S National Boxing Team.
*Whitey Ford attended and graduated from Aviation High School when it was located in Manhattan. [ [http://www.queenstribune.com/guides/2005_TheyCameFromQueens/sports/people.htm "They Came from Queens"] , "Queens Tribune". Accessed November 4, 2007. "He once lived in Little Neck and attended Aviation High School."]


External links

* [http://aviationhs.net Aviation High School's Official Page]
* [http://schools.nyc.gov/SchoolPortals/24/Q610/default.htm Aviation High School's School DOE Web Portal]
* [http://www.insideschools.org/fs/school_profile.php?id=1101 Inside Schools profile of Aviation High School]
* [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_detail.asp?Search=1&DistrictID=3404710&ID=340471000380 Aviation Career And Technical High School] , National Center for Education Statistics

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