Gloucester County Institute of Technology

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Gloucester County Institute of Technology
Gcit.jpg
Location
1360 Tanyard Road
Sewell, NJ 08080

Information
Type Vocational technical public high school
School district Gloucester County Vocational-Technical School District
Principal Jamie Dundee
Faculty 88.5 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1,205 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 13.62:1[1]
Color(s)      Blue
     Silver
Athletics conference Tri-County Conference
Team name Cheetahs
Publication Cheetah News
Website

The Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT) is a four-year vocational technical public high school located in the Sewell section of Mantua Township in Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Gloucester County Vocational-Technical School District. GCIT currently offers nine full-time programs. Students must apply and be selected to attend GCIT. GCIT currently accepts approximately 350 students per year. Acceptance is based on grades from 7th and 8th grade, state standardized test scores, attendance, and a shadow visit.

As of the 2011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,205 students and 88.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.62:1. There were 138 students (11.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 81 (6.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

Schooldigger.com ranked GCIT the 85th out of 396 public high schools statewide in its 2012 rankings (an increase of 31 positions from the 2011 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (89.3%) and language arts literacy (99.3%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[2]

Programs[edit]

Academy of Allied Health and Medical Science

Academy of Finance and Business Management

Academy of Information Technology/Digital Communications

Academy of Engineering

School of Performing Arts (Dance and Drama)

School of Culinary Arts

School of Transportation Technology

School of Construction Technology

School of Cosmetology

Specialized Programs Offered[edit]

Shared-time Law Enforcement

Shared-time Fire Service

STEP (Senior Transition to Employment Program)

Youth One Stop GED Program

Adult Programs Offered[edit]

Adult High School

Air Conditioning & Refrigeration/EPA Certification

Automotive Technology

Baking & Pastry Arts

Collision Technology

Cosmetology

Culinary Arts

Electrical Theory

Marine Engine Maintenance

Plumbing

Rough Framing

Welding

Academics[edit]

For the 2010-2011 school year, GCIT began offering Honors classes for all students, and mandated them for all Academy students. All Career-Technical students have the option to take College Prep (CP) courses or Honors.

GCIT offers many world-language courses. Currently, GCIT offers courses in Spanish, Latin, Italian, and French. Two years of a language are required to graduate, but four levels are offered with an independent study option available.

GCIT offers several electives and students can also choose from Rowan College at Gloucester County courses instead of taking high school electives to receive dual credit. The tuition for these courses is paid for by the district, but students are responsible for books. GCIT currently offers Personal Finance (state graduation requirement beginning with the class of 2013), General Psychology, Principles of Sociology, Calculus I, and English 101 to students in their junior and senior years, on the GCIT campus.[citation needed]

GCIT also offers extracurricular clubs like in most high schools from French club to robotics club. Club list: GCIT Clubs

GCIT follows the National Academy Foundation's cooperative learning initiative, where teachers focus on group discussions, projects, and research papers.

APA research paper[edit]

All students in College Prep (CP) and Honors classes at GCIT must complete an APA research paper (although teachers may vary the format at their discretion).[citation needed] To assist students, GCIT staff members provide a free APA manual that students can download. This manual is available on GCIT's website or by the following link. GCIT's APA Manual (2004)

Athletics[edit]

GCIT is one of the member schools in the Tri-County Conference, which is composed of schools grades 9-12 and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[3] With 982 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as South Jersey, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 772 to 1,082 students in that grade range.[4] The Cheetah is the name of all GCIT's sporting teams.

GCIT's varsity softball team successfully defended the NJTAC state tournament title in 2007 by defeating Sussex County Technical School, 22-1.[5] In addition, GCIT's boy soccer team has made the New Jersey state playoffs for two consecutive years.

GCIT's boy's baseball team has had back-to-back state championships.

Boys Teams Girls Teams Co-Ed Teams
Varsity and JV Soccer Varsity and JV Soccer Cross Country: Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls
Varsity and JV Volleyball Varsity and JV Volleyball Bowling: Varsity and JV Boys, Varsity and JV Girls, and Varsity Co-Ed
Varsity and JV Tennis Varsity Tennis Swimming: Varsity Boys, Varsity Girls, and Varsity Co-Ed
Varsity, JV, and FR Basketball Varsity, JV, and FR Basketball Cheerleading: Varsity Boys, Varsity Girls, and Varsity Co-Ed
Varsity and JV Baseball Varsity, JV, and FR Softball Golf: Varsity Boys, Varsity Girls, and Varsity Co-Ed
Varsity Diving Varsity Diving
Varsity and JV Field Hockey

GCIT is the only high school on the east coast that has an Olympic-sized swimming pool.[citation needed] GCIT also has a fitness room with equipment including free weights and treadmills. GCIT currently allows the public to pay a membership fee and use the pool and fitness rooms at set times, while students gain free, unlimited access.

GCIT currently offers many sports but does not offer football, which is common in vocational schools. Currently, students who want to play football or a sport GCIT does not offer are permitted to play on their home district's team.

Community involvement and services[edit]

GCIT is heavily involved in the community and provides services to the public.

Community[edit]

GCIT offers several services to the public. For example, the School of Cosmetology offers salon services, the School of Culinary Arts offers a catering menu and takes orders for the bakery. The School of Transportation offers services for Live Work. The Fitness Center and Pool is open for the Gloucester County residents/members.

GCIT is also involved in many community projects. GCIT participates in the City of Hope Walk, Style-A-Thon, Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk, Love Our Vets, etc. In addition, the HOSA club does an annual blood drive for the American Red Cross.

School Based Youth Services[edit]

School Based Youth Services (SBYS) offers free counseling for teenagers between the ages of 13-19 who lives in Gloucester County. They also provide counseling for their family members. SBYS is open from 8 AM to 8 PM on Mondays to Thursdays and 8 AM to 3 PM on Fridays.

SBYS is trained to counsel over a wide variety of topics such as drugs, stress, depression, sexual orrientation, family problems, and more. SBYS also organizes recreational activities for the students of GCIT.

Youth One Stop GED Program[edit]

The Youth One Stop GED Program provides GED test preparation to out-of-school teens in Gloucester County. They work with teens between the ages of 16-21. They also allow students to go on recreational trips, community services, etc. The One Stop Youth Center is open from 8 AM to 4 PM Mondays to Thursdays. The One Stop Youth Center provides a monetary reward each week for meeting their educational and attendance objectives.

School newspaper[edit]

GCIT runs an online school newspaper. The title of the newspaper is Cheetah News.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Data for Gloucester County Institute of Technology, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 19, 2014.
  2. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2012-2013, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 17, 2014.
  3. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2014.
  4. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for South Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed November 19, 2014.
  5. ^ Staff. "Irish end year with a victory", Courier-Post, May 24, 2007. Accessed September 24, 2012. "Vocational Tournament: Kristi Maronski went 3-for-5 with five RBIs as Gloucester County Institute of Technology defeated Sussex Tech 22-1 to win the tournament."

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°47′18″N 75°07′22″W / 39.7884°N 75.1228°W / 39.7884; -75.1228