Staten Island Technical High School

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Staten Island Technical High School
StatenIslandTech logo.png
485 Clawson Street
Staten Island, NY 10306
United States
Coordinates 40°34′4.54″N 74°6′55.18″W / 40.5679278°N 74.1153278°W / 40.5679278; -74.1153278Coordinates: 40°34′4.54″N 74°6′55.18″W / 40.5679278°N 74.1153278°W / 40.5679278; -74.1153278
Type Public high school, Specialized, Exam secondary school
Established 1988
Status Open
School board New York City Department of Education
School district 31
Superintendent Aimee Horowitz
School number R605
CEEB code 335401
Dean Janice Moschetta, Kevin Chester
Principal Mark Erlenwein
Staff 72
Grades 912
Enrollment 1562
Average class size 30
Student to teacher ratio 30:1
Language English
Hours in school day 6.75
Classrooms 55
School color(s)      Vegas Gold      Black
Nickname Tech
Team name MSIT Seagulls
Accreditation University of the State of New York
Average SAT scores 2003[1]
Average ACT scores 29.5[1]
Newspaper The Tech Times
Yearbook Epoch
Budget $6,604,263[2]

Staten Island Technical High School, commonly called Staten Island Tech or SITHS, was founded in 1988. Located in Staten Island, New York City, the school is operated by the New York City Department of Education. In 2005, Staten Island Tech became the only Specialized High School in Staten Island. It consistently ranks among the best schools in New York City in graduation rate, Regents test scores, and attendance. In 2012, SITHS was ranked #1 on the New York Post's list of the city's best high schools, #77 in the nation on U.S. News & World Report's list of Best High Schools, and #23 on their list of the nation's top schools in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).[3]

Admission to SITHS is competitive and is determined through an applicant's score on the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test. The school's average SAT score is 2003 (649 CR, 700 M, 654 W). The average ACT score is 29.5[4]

Graduates from SITHS matriculate to selective colleges such as Duke University, the Ivy League schools, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University, University of Chicago, The Cooper Union, Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, Boston College, University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University in rates higher than those of surrounding schools.


SITHS is a highly competitive New York City public high school, established in 1988, providing a demanding and challenging college preparatory curriculum emphasizing mathematics, science, computers, engineering, humanities and athletics. Facilities include state-of-the-art science, engineering and computer laboratories. As of September 2005, SITHS is designated as having a Specialized High School status. SITHS, along with The Bronx High School of Science, Brooklyn Technical High School, High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College, High School of American Studies at Lehman College, Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, and Stuyvesant High School were established under New York State Law 2590 Section-G to serve the needs of gifted New York City students.[5]

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Housed in the former New Dorp High School, SITHS was originally the engineering program from Ralph McKee Vocational and Technical High School. John DePalma was the Assistant Principal assigned to bring the engineering program to the New Dorp campus so that the building would not be abandoned or used for other purposes. Through DePalma's leadership, teachers Alan Bailey, Irv Berson, and others made unauthorized renovations to the building, creating laboratory space for the engineering classes.

In 1987, the program was nearly shuttered because of a lack of enrollment. Nicholas M. Bilotti was named the Program Director as DePalma retired. Bilotti began a program of increasing enrollment, changing the course away from a strict engineering program, and targeting female students. His renovation of DePalma's foundation is the base that Tech lives on today.


The curriculum at SITHS is purely college preparatory, focusing on science and engineering. iPads are mostly integrated into classroom instruction to enhance lessons. The mandatory engineering classes taken by students include Intro Into TV And Movie Production, AutoCAD, electronics, and Lego Robotics. Students can also choose from eighteen Advanced Placement courses offered at the school. Science AP classes are AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Psychology, AP Physics B, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, and AP Environmental Science. History AP classes are AP US Government and Politics, AP Macroeconomics, AP US History, and AP World History. Language AP classes are AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature, AP Russian Language and Culture. Math AP classes are AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, and AP Statistics. There is also AP Studio Art. Optional electives for junior and senior students include computer science, creative writing, film, performing arts, electronics, and forensic science. In addition, the school operates CollegeNow, a program run by Kingsborough Community College. CollegeNow courses offered include business, statistics, communications, and sociology. The school previously offered classes in Cisco networking and technical drawing, but were cut due to budget limitations. Russian is the only language class until senior year that may be taken, due to a demand of Russian engineers when the school opened. Seniors may choose to taken apex classes, where they can learn Spanish and Chinese.

Students with exceptional performance in the sciences at SITHS can join the school's Science Engineering Research Program (SERP). Students remain in this program until their senior year or until they quit. Throughout their high school career, they participate in various competitions including the Intel Talent Search, NYCSEF (New York City Science and Engineering Fair), ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair), NYC Urban Barcode Project, and the Quality of Life competition.

Athletics and extracurricular activities[edit]


SITHS's sports program operates in partnership with McKee High School, and their shared teams are known as the MSIT Seagulls. The MSIT teams play various sports including football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, fencing, swimming, and track. The MSIT Football team won the 2010 and 2011 PSAL Cup Championship. MSIT's Boys' Track team made multiple cross-country state appearances from 1996 to 2000, and again from 2006 to 2010.[citation needed]

Tech offers several co-curricular options for physical education, including weight training, yoga and aerobics, dance, volleyball, basketball, and bowling.[6]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

SITHS maintains an active theater program, including productions such as SING! and a spring musical. The theater program is directed by drama teacher Heather Brown in coordination with the school's Tech Crew, a group of students tasked with maintaining the theater and operating sound and lighting for the school's auditorium.[7] In 2011, the school installed a new television studio that will work closely with the Tech Crew and provide a different aspect of technical operations.[8]

SITHS's robotics team is a fairly developed team. The team competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition as Team 375, or "The Robotic Plague", and regularly manages to advance into the semi-finals. In the 2006 season, they were the Regional Winners. In addition, they won the Chairman's award for their robot, the "Rambo".[9][10] and won the Autodesk Inventor Animation Award at the New York City Regional.

Tech also hosts more than forty-five clubs.[11] These include: Junior State of America, Key Club, Model United Nations, Do Something, Chess Club, newspaper, literary magazine, HIV/AIDS Awareness Team, Anime Club, Celtic club, Asian American Club, Christian Seekers, Jewish Club, and Muslim Students' Association.[12] Tech also has a chapter of the National Honor Society which inducts members after a selective process in their junior year.[13]

In popular culture[edit]

SITHS is one of the settings for the 1998 film Joe the King.

SITHS was mentioned during the introduction to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.[14]

Tech appears in a recurring Saturday Night Live clip, in which curators from the Staten Island Zoo air "documentaries" about animals, sent to them by students.[15][16]

The school's 2012 SING! winner was announced by Saturday Night Live cast member Andy Samberg, who recorded a short clip to reveal the winner.[citation needed] The school's 2013 SING! winner was announced by singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, who similarly recorded a short clip to reveal the winner. The school's 2014 SING! winner was supposed to be announced by the Impractical Jokers, with another short clip, but was never played due to technical difficulties.

Retired teacher Daniel Jost is the father of Colin Jost, most notable for being head writer for "Saturday Night Live" and for his role in the well known skit "Weekend Update." [17]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ "FY10 School Budget Overview". New York City Department of Education. May 20, 2009. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Staten Island Technical High School in STATEN ISLAND, NY - Best High Schools - US News". Archived from the original on 8 March 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "2015 - 2016 SCHOOL PROFILE Staten Island Technical High School : School Profile 2012-13" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 1, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2016. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Staten Island Technical High School, R605, Borough of Staten Island , Zip Code 10306". Retrieved 2016-03-08. 
  7. ^ "About Us - Tech Crew". Staten Island Technical High School Technical Crew. Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ Padnani, Amy (September 6, 2010). "As summer ends, changes come to Staten Island schools". Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Team 375: The Robotic Plague - 2006 Season History". Retrieved November 27, 2007. 
  10. ^ Richardson, Clem (January 25, 2008). "State Island 'Robotics' group goes for LEGO League Championship". New York Daily News. Retrieved January 25, 2008. 
  11. ^ "List of Staten Island Technical High School's Clubs". Archived from the original on February 10, 2008. Retrieved November 27, 2007. 
  12. ^ "Example Domain". Retrieved 2016-03-08. 
  13. ^ [2]
  14. ^ "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah - Series | Comedy Central Official Site |". 2016-02-09. Retrieved 2016-03-08. 
  15. ^ "Saturday Night Live: Giraffes (Season 34 Episode 7)". Retrieved November 17, 2008. 
  16. ^ "Saturday Night Live: Sloths (Season 32, Episode 13)". Retrieved November 17, 2008. 
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