What are Majors and how does the Major system work?
Majors are a set of selective courses given to students during their last 2 years at Tech in a specific topic or discipline. These courses are in addition to those they would normally take to receive a New York City diploma.
Once placed, students are NOT allowed to change majors.
How many Majors are there?
There are currently 19 majors at Tech.
How does the selection process work?
What is the Power Index (PI) and why is it important?
The Power Index (PI) is a number comprised of a student's current average plus the average in certain academic areas. This number, usually around 300 or 400 (maximum) is used to rank each student. The Power Index (PI) is important because it allows Tech to rank students based on their proficiency in courses relevant to the particular Major they are interested in. The higher a student's PI, the better their chance of earning a seat in that Major. This means students who excel during the first 2 years at Brooklyn Tech are rewarded by giving them first choice of Majors. To earn a higher Power Index, students may choose to enroll in Honors or Advanced Placement courses in 9th and 10th grade since those courses are weighted. The weighted grade is used for Power Index calculations. This becomes very important for highly competitive majors.
How are courses weighted?
Honors courses are weighted at 1.05 and Advanced Placement courses are weighted at 1.10 (on transcripts). A 90 earned in an Honors course will show as a 90 on the report card and transcript but will be averaged into the Cumulative Grade Point Average as a 94.5. (90 x 1.05 = 94.5). A 90 earned in an Advanced Placement course will show as a 90 on the report card and transcript but will be averaged into the Cumulative Grade Point Average as a 99. (90 x 1.10 = 99). In addition to major selection, weighted averages are used for determination of awards, admissions to the National Honor Society, and college processing.