Aviation Career & Technical Education High School

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Aviation High School
45-30 36th Street
Queens, New York 11101
Type Public high school (Specialized/Non-SHSAT)
Motto "Where Dreams Take Flight!"
Established 1936
Principal Steven R. Jackson
Faculty 116.0 FTEs[1]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,173 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 18.7:1[1]
Color(s) Green and Yellow
Mascot The Flyers ~ Captain Eagle
Newspaper "The Log"
Yearbook "Solo"

Aviation High School, official name Aviation Career & Technical Education High School (24Q610),[2] is public high school owned and operated by the New York City Department of Education. Formerly known as the Manhattan School of Aviation Trades (SAT), Aviation High School has operated since 1936. It has received many accolades and awards, receiving seven A ratings while the NYC Report Card was in use, it was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a Best High School in the Bronze Category, and it receives great support and praise from the many airlines and aviation industry community members of the New York City metropolitan area.

It is located in the Long Island City neighborhood of the New York City borough of Queens. The school accepts students selectively from all five boroughs according to the NYC screened school process. The main focus of the school is to train Federal Aviation Administration licensed Airframe and Powerplant technicians who are well-grounded in rigorous academic coursework, enabling graduates to go directly to work in the aviation maintenance industry, enroll in colleges, universities or the military. The mission of Aviation High School, as stated on their website,[3] is:

"The mission of Aviation High School is to provide our students with a high quality rigorous academic and technical program that will prepare them to meet the educational challenges of the 21st century and a career in aerospace.

In order to ensure the success of our students, Aviation High School's team of staff, parents, students and industry partners will develop in them a belief that they cannot only meet, but exceed, the required standards of academic excellence in Regents and FAA curricula.

In this nurturing educational environment, they will be able to demonstrate their ability to do analytical and critical thinking as well as effectively communicate with others."

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,173 students and 116.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 18.7:1. There were 1,033 students (47.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 59 (2.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1] The school had a graduation rate of 93% for the 2015-2016 school year.[4]

Aviation High School has a storied history of success and is an integral part of the American aviation industry. Aviation High School graduates work throughout the aviation industry in such roles as aviation maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, pilots, Federal Aviation Administration inspectors, politicians, managers, engineers, educators, and many other fields. The students of Aviation High School receive a complete program of hands-on aviation maintenance training and New York State academic coursework providing students with many post-high school options upon graduation.

Educational Emphasis[edit]

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 three to four periods 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.

After School Activities[edit]

  1. Science Leadership and Robotics
  2. National Honor Society
  3. Student Government & Leadership
  4. Pegasus Society
  5. Color Guard Drill Team
  6. Skills USA
  7. Muslim Student Association
  8. Christian Club
  9. Mural Club
  10. Journalism Club
  11. Photography and Arts club
  12. Aviation Bhangra Team
  13. Health Corps
  14. Computer Technology Club
  15. Key Club
  16. Remote Control Club
  17. Anime and Comic Book Club
  18. Yearbook

Facilities and Physical Plant[edit]

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 seven-story school building houses academic classrooms, specialized shop classrooms, and a hangar where most seniors apply the skills they have obtained 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 referred to as "the Annex".

AHS JROTC marchers

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 of Aviation Trades.

Almost 55% of Aviation High School's teachers are alumni.

School Property[edit]

Aviation High School is one of the largest high schools in the city of New York. The school occupies a whole block right next to the 7 train and Queens Blvd. It is composed of seven floors, a hangar with multiple general aviation and World War II aircraft, a gymnasium, a cafeteria, and a dedicated JROTC area. The school is divided into two parts, the main part where most administration offices and academic classrooms are located, while a separate wing is dedicated to shop classes that runs from the ground floor up to the sixth. An elevator and escalator also runs throughout the seven floors of the building.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • 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.
  • Greg Boyer, former United States men's national water polo team member, 1988 Summer Olympics silver medalist, and 1998 inductee to USA Water Polo Hall of Fame.
  • Whitey Ford attended and graduated from Aviation High School when it was located in Manhattan. The School was officially Named Manhattan High School of Aviation Trades. There were two buildings, one on East 63rd Street in Manhattan and the other one block away on East 64th Street.[5]
  • Frank Gustave Zarb, an American businessman and former Republican politician. He is perhaps best known as the chairman of the NASDAQ stock exchange during the dot-com boom of the late 1990s. He is also known for his role as the "Energy Czar" under President Gerald Ford during the 1970s energy crisis.


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Aviation Career And Technical High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  2. ^ "Aviation Career & Technical Education High School". New York City Department of Education. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ aviationhs.net http://www.aviationhs.net/school_mission_statement.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ NYC School Performance Dashboard https://schoolqualityreports.nyc/reports/dashboard.html#dbn=24Q610&report_type=HS&view=City.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "They Came from Queens". Queens Tribune. 2005. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2012. He once lived in Little Neck and attended Aviation High School. 

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Coordinates: 40°44′35″N 73°55′47″W / 40.74306°N 73.92972°W / 40.74306; -73.92972