Brooklyn Tech creates student schedules based on course needs to fulfill New York City and New York State graduation requirements. One of the distinguishing characteristics of Brooklyn Tech is the unique course sequence required of our students that extends beyond the minimal requirements set forth by the NYS and NYC Departments of Education.
One of our core tenets states that a Technite (a Brooklyn Tech graduate) will have a "good understanding of fundamental principles in science, technology, engineering & mathematics."
Consistent since our founding in 1922, the use of a "major" system at Brooklyn Tech provides an opportunity for the students to be deeply immersed in a specific area of study. Tech students must make every attempt to successfully complete a major course sequence as outlined for their cohort year.
At Brooklyn Tech, these concepts translate into practice as a requirement that all students take and pass Design & Drafting for Production in 9th grade as well as Principles of Computer Science in 10th grade. For those students who do not earn the course credit, they will be programmed to repeat the course at the first available opportunity.
Parents and students who choose to attend Brooklyn Tech have accepted the seat with the understanding that the requirements at Tech exceed those set forth by regulatory agencies and students will not have the option to take a "lighter" load by dropping these courses nor may they "drop" the major.
Student schedule needs are programmed into the student scheduling system and the course seats are filled randomly based on need. Start times for classes are randomly chosen when the scheduling system places the students in specific classes. Tech will not accommodate requests to change start time except in the most extraordinary circumstances. Participation in extracurricular activities, employment, and child care for younger siblings are not extraordinary circumstances. In addition, just as the faculty cannot choose the students in their classes, the students will not be approved for a schedule correction to change instructors.