Staten Island Technical High School
|Staten Island Technical High School|
|485 Clawson Street|
Staten Island, NY 10306
|Type||Public high school, Specialized, Exam secondary school|
|School board||New York City Department of Education|
|Dean||Janice Moschetta, Kevin Chester|
|Average class size||30|
|Student to teacher ratio||30:1|
|Hours in school day||6.75|
|School color(s)||Vegas Gold Black|
|Team name||MSIT Seagulls|
|Accreditation||University of the State of New York|
|Average SAT scores||2003|
|Average ACT scores||29.5|
|Newspaper||The Tech Times|
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).
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) out of 2400. The average ACT score is 29.5 out of 36.
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 was one of the schools established under New York State Law 2590 Section-G to serve the needs of gifted New York City students.
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. Electronic tablets, like iPads and Lenovo tablets, 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.
Optional electives for juniors and seniors include computer science, creative writing, film, performing arts, electronics, Advanced CAD, 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 take APEX Program 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
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. They also won the 1999 indoor 800 meter relay Borough championship. The MSIT Boy's Volleyball team won 3 consecutive PSAL city championships in 2016, 2017, and 2018. 
Tech offers several co-curricular options for physical education, including weight training, yoga and aerobics, dance, volleyball, basketball, marching band, and bowling.
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. 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.
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". and won the Autodesk Inventor Animation Award at the New York City Regional.
Tech also hosts more than forty-five clubs. These include: Junior State of America, Key Club, Model United Nations, Do Something, Chess Club, newspaper, literary magazine, Strategic Fighting Game Club, HIV/AIDS Awareness Team, Anime Club, Celtic club, Asian American Club, Christian Seekers, Jewish Club, and Muslim Students' Association. Tech also has a chapter of the National Honor Society and Tri-M, which both inducts members after a selective process in their junior year.
In popular culture
SITHS is one of the settings for the 1998 film Joe the King.
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. 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." 
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