The NYC high school system always seems pretty confusing, given all the numbers, as well as the vocationally-oriented magnet schools, like Stage Lighting High School and Automotive High School (a few blocks away from my house -- their team name is the Pistons). Anyway, cool article in the Village Voice about a girl attending Aviation High School, the one I've always been most curious about:
The Aviation school day, though earthbound, is novel. First-year students spend their afternoons in the school's academic wing, where they sit in chair desks in classrooms decorated with educational posters and flags, studying traditional subjects: history, math, English, and chemistry. But they begin the day in the shop wing, which is filled with the sounds of drilling, riveting, welding, shaving, sawing, and—loudest and most pervasive of all—banging on metal.
Umm, awesome? Why do I get the impression that students who leave that school might've actually learned something? When my wife wakes up, I may have to inform her that if she insists on one day raising children in this Gomorrah-by-the-Hudson (kidding!), then I insist that's where our kids go.
Here's their website to learn more.
More: This part of the article is cool too:
"If you're sitting down, it means you're not working," says one current Aviation senior. "They treat you like you're working for them and they teach you the hard realities of life really fast."