Specialized education is no stranger to the NYC educational platform, but there is a group of public schools in NYC that have tightly focused curriculum for students. The NYC Specialized schools consist of Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Technical, which we have discussed here, and High School of American Studies, Queens High School for the Sciences and High School for Math, Engineering and Science, which we have discussed here.
The last specialized schools to discuss are Brooklyn Latin and Staten Island Tech.
Location: 325 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Founded in 2006, The Brooklyn Latin School has a strong focus on the humanities and classics. All students are required to take four years of English, History, Latin and a modern foreign language and all classes regularly hold Socratic Seminars. This is where students lead roundtable question-and-answer discussions. In addition, all students take part in declamation, public speaking, exercises.
There is a focus on classical studies with all students expected to receive a grounding in literary and historical traditions before graduating. Latin instruction begins during the first year of instruction and continues throughout.
Staten Island Technical High School
Location: 485 Clawson Street Staten Island, NY 10306
Staten Island Technical High School actually began in 1982. It was an annex of Ralph R. McKee Vocational-Technical High School, located in the New Dorp neighborhood of Staten Island. Staten Island Tech was made an independent high school by the New York City Board of Education in May 1988.
There is an abundance of Advanced Placement classes offered in many areas:
Science AP classes are available in Chemistry, Biology and Physics. History AP classes are offered in U.S. Government and Politics, U.S. History and World History. Language AP classes are offered in English Language and Composition as well as Literature and Russian Language and Culture. Their College Now courses include business, statistics, and sociology with optional electives for Junior and Senior students that include creative writing, Forensics, and Biotechnology.