Gloucester County Institute of Technology

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Gloucester County Institute of Technology
Gcit.jpg
Location
1360 Tanyard Road
Sewell, NJ 08084

Information
Type Vocational public high school
School district Gloucester County Vocational-Technical School District
Principal Gina Mateka
Faculty 81.5 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1,136 (as of 2010-11)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 13.94:1[1]
Color(s)      Blue
     Silver
Athletics conference Tri-County Conference
Team name Cheetahs
Publication Cheetah on the Spot
Website

The Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT) is a four-year vocational public high school in Sewell, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Gloucester County Vocational-Technical School District. GCIT currently offers eight full-time academies, two part-time academies and four academies geared for Special Education. Students must apply and be selected to attend GCIT. GCIT currently chooses the top 25 students in each academy based from grades in the 7th and 8th grade, state standardized test scores, and attendance, with the exceptions of the Allied Health and Engineering departments, which are allotted 50 seats each due to demand.

As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,136 students and 81.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.94:1. There were 136 students (12.0% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 63 (5.5% 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]

Academic[edit]

Full-time academies[edit]

There are several full-time academies and school that are offered in GCIT to incoming freshmen.

Academies as of 2007 Academies before 2007
Academy of Allied Health and Medical Science Academy of Allied Health and Medical Science
Academy of Finance and Business Management Academy of Business and Information Technology
Academy of IT & Digital communications School of Performing Arts (Dance)
School of Performing Arts (Dance and Drama) Southern New Jersey Academy of Performing Arts (Drama)
School of Culinary Arts School of Culinary Arts
School of Transportation Technology School of Transportation Technology
School of Construction Technology School of Construction Technology
Cosmetology Cosmetology

Starting with the 2011-2012 school year, an Engineering Academy was introduced.

Other academies[edit]

Part-time academies are offered towards seniors only who are part of the other full-time academies at GCIT, as well as those from area high schools. GCIT also offers academies for Special Education. Those academies are listed below (as of 2007)

Part-Time Academies Special Education Academies
Law Enforcement Automotive Services
Fire Science Building Maintenance
Commercial Food
Graphics Technology

GCIT also offers courses for adults in the night hours.

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 are required to take College Prep (CP) courses or higher.

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 Gloucester County College 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]

The Cheetah is the current name of all GCIT's sporting teams. Although many of the teams are relatively new, some have had great success. GCIT's varsity softball team successfully defended the NJTAC state tournament title in 2007 by defeating Sussex County Technical School, 22-1.[4] 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.

GCIT recently hired a full-time, professional coach for their rising girl's soccer team.

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. 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 Cosmetology academy offers a salon while the Culinary Arts academy provides a bakery.

In addition, GCIT has the Bankbridge Career Center offered towards GCIT Students. Students attending Bankbridge school operate this center. However, the Bankbridge Career Center is actually a Wawa. The Bankbridge Career Center offers just about everything found in a normal Wawa besides carbonated beverages since it is illegal to sell carbonated beverages in a school during school hours in the state of New Jersey.

GCIT is also involved in many community projects. GCIT participates in the March of Dimes, Autism Speaks, 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.

One Stop Youth Center[edit]

The One Stop Youth Center (OSYC) 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.

Administration[edit]

GCIT and Bankbridge (a school for the disabled) are both joined into the Gloucester County Special Services School District. The GCSSSD is number 1 in the state for the lowest administrative costs per student. This permits each district to share the same administrative team to save money. The GCSSSD schools is now third out of 21 vocational schools in New Jersey in terms of cost per student.

Expansion[edit]

GCIT recently passed a $10 million expansion project which called for a 30,630-square-foot (2,846 m2) connecting wing to connect the two current separate wings to create 2 science labs, 13 classrooms, group instruction rooms, and 2 shops. (Auto/Diesel shop and Auto paint shop). This expansion project also involved the construction of a cosmetology lab.

On February 12, 2008 the groundbreaking ceremony for this expansion project was conducted.

The expansion was unveiled in the fall of 2010.

School newspaper[edit]

Cheetah on the Spot's Banner

GCIT runs an online school newspaper. The title of the newspaper changed from The Big Picture to Cheetah on the Spot in 2006.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Data for Gloucester Co Inst Tech, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 8, 2012.
  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 – 2012-2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 24, 2012.
  4. ^ 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."
  5. ^ Cheetah on the Spot

External links[edit]

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