Ralph R. McKee CTE High School

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Ralph R. McKee CTE High School
Ralph R Mckee CTE High School Logo.png
290 Saint Marks Place
Region 7
Staten Island, New York, Richmond 10301
United States
Coordinates 40°38′34″N 74°4′46″W / 40.64278°N 74.07944°W / 40.64278; -74.07944Coordinates: 40°38′34″N 74°4′46″W / 40.64278°N 74.07944°W / 40.64278; -74.07944
Type Public high school, Career & Technical Education School
Status Open
School board New York City Department of Education
School district 31
Superintendent Anthony Lodico
School number R600
CEEB code 335375
Dean Michael Scotti, Gerard Hatton, Linda Boster, Rusell Agius
Principal Sharon Henry[1]
Staff 62
Grades 9–12 & SE
Enrollment 675
Average class size 28
Student to teacher ratio 1:14
Language English
Hours in school day 6.25
Classrooms 44
School color(s)      Gold      Green
Mascot Seagull
Nickname McKee
Team name MSIT Seagulls
Newspaper McKee Times
Yearbook Sentinel
Budget $5,861,019[2]
Information Phone: (718) 420-2600
Fax: (718) 981-8776

Ralph R. McKee Career & Technical Education High School, commonly called McKee or Ralph McKee High School, is located in Staten Island, New York City at 290 Saint Marks Place. The main entrance is located on Belmont Place. The school is operated by the New York City Department of Education. Ralph McKee is the only Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school on Staten Island. It offers a range of CTE (shop) sequences: Automotive Technology, Construction Technology, Cosmetology, Graphic Arts, Information Technology, and Pre-Engineering. The school opened in 1920, named after Ralph R Mckee. McKee attended Princeton University class of 1887 and was a politician active expanding education in NYC. McKee was also acting Borough President of Staten Island and held many high offices in NYC government.


The curriculum at Ralph R. McKee High School is set up so that all students may take their chosen CTE sequence, while earning a regular or advanced regents high school diploma. Each student is required to take the same classes as the average high school student, with the exception in which the foreign language requirement is only 2 credits (One full year instead of three). This is because each student has their shop class for two consecutive periods each day for their sophomore, junior and senior year. In addition the school operates College Now,[3] a program run by Kingsborough Community College. College Now courses offered include general science, college planning, and sociology. On top of that, McKee is partnered with the College of Staten Island (CSI) in regards to their College Now programs,[4][5] which take place in the late evening or summer months.

Italian is the only foreign language offered. Students can be placed in an honors program or the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program.[6][7]

As of 2012, McKee now offers AP courses in the subject of English Literature and Composition, Government and Politics: United States, United States History and Biology.

CTE Shop Classes[edit]

The six shops; Automotive Service Center Specialist, CAD/Mechanical Technology, Commercial Art/Graphic Design, Construction Trades and Management, Electrical Engineering, and Information Technologies, are all pre-approved programs by the Department of Education and related industries. Each program has their own certification to be obtained by taking a test in their senior year.

CTE Program Curriculum
Automotive Service Center Specialist Students will train under the guidance of an A.S.E certified instructor based on NATEF/ASE standards. Areas covered will be NYS auto inspection; Engine Performance, Auto Electronics, and Air Conditioning.
CAD/Mechanical Technology Designed for students who excel in math and science. This academic and technically challenging program leads to a New York State Regents diploma, NOCTI Certification, and preparation for engineering colleges.
Commercial Art/Graphic Design Students will be prepared for careers in commercial arts and graphic communication. Work is done using industry standard materials in a multi-functional lab.
Construction Trades and Management Students learn mechanical and electrical principles, preparation and fabrication of infrastructures and building, construction technology, woodworking and cabinetry. After 3 years and 900 hours, students are prepared for entry level positions in construction and carpentry unions.
Cosmetology/Salon Management Prepares students to provide the services of hairstylists, skin care, hair removal, makeup application. Students study sterilization techniques, chemistry and epidemiology. After 3 years and 1,000 hours of training, students take the state licensing examination. (As of 2013, applicants for this program are no longer accepted.)
Information Technology Academy Students will become proficient in computer maintenance and repair along with computer networking technologies. Students will be prepared to take the CompTIA A+ and Cisco CCENT/CCNA.
Electrical Engineering Focuses on low voltage systems, residential wiring, motor and motor controls. It is a program that leads to national certification aligned with industry standards.


Additionally, based on industry and DOE standards, a student graduating from McKee High School may be eligible for a Technical Endorsement seal on their diploma, which is equivalent to work experience of 2 years related to their CTE sequence.

Athletics and extracurricular activities[edit]

McKee High School's sports program operates in partnership with Staten Island Technical High School, and their shared teams are known as the MSIT Seagulls. The MSIT teams play various sports including football, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, fencing, swimming, and track. The MSIT Football team won the 2010 PSAL Cup Championship, defeating the Petrides School, as well as the 2011 PSAL Cup Championship.

McKee is also a regular competitor in the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics competition, placing/winning multiple times throughout the years. Most notably the year 2006 in which McKee High School won on the World level, and this year, 2012, in which they placed at regionals. Further accomplishments of the Robo-wizards are located here and their very own website robowizards.org

Also Ralph McKee High School has joined a CTE school exclusive organization known as SkillsUSA, in which students training in a Career/Technical field can put their classroom experience to the test competing against other students on the city, state, national and even world level.

Exterior of school from Saint Marks Place

A complete list of McKee's activities/opportunities/sports to their students:

Categories Activities/Clubs
Leadership & Support Student Government, Conflict Resolution, Peer Mediation
Academic National Honor Society, Cranial Crunch
Artistic Black Box Theater; Jazz and Rock Ensembles, McKee Times (Newspaper), Sentinel (Yearbook)
Clubs Anime/Manga Club, Robo-Wizards (Robotics), HAI Program, McKee After 3, Dance/Step, Graphic Arts, SkillsUSA, Girls Empowerment @ McKee Striving for Success, MOUSE Squad, Young Men Empowerment
Trade Related McKee Advertising Design Enterprise (MADE), MOUSE Squad, SkillsUSA
PSAL Teams Sports
Boys Baseball & JV Baseball, Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls Basketball & JV Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Handball, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball & JV Volleyball
Coed Fencing
School Sports Adaptive Physical Education and Cheerleading

Alumni and former Teachers of Mckee....... Frank McCourt teacher at Mckee won a Pulitzer Prize


Staten Island and Its People: A History, 1609-1929 Charles William Leng, William Thompson Davis - 1930 - Ever since coming to Staten Island to reside, Ralph R. McKee has evinced a keen interest in the affairs of its local government and in civic and educational movements. Through his efforts, particularly on behalf of education, he has been both . Minutes of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment. New York (N.Y.). Board of Estimate and Apportionment - 1920 - ...Ralph R. McKee, Acting President, Borough of Richmond. ... 2), the Board adopted resolutions serving notice upon the Staten Island Midland Railway Company