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School Profile

The School

Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) is a 28-time national award-winning, comprehensive high school serving 3,300 students in grades 9-12. Located on a 55+ acre campus in Wayne, NJ, the school receives students from all municipalities in Passaic County. Over 350 faculty members deliver the curriculum of 200 courses and career areas.

A student can:
  • Earn 30 college credits in high school
  • Gain both on-campus and on-the-job experience in 30 different careers
  • Join one of PCTI’s 14 popular programs of study
  • Take part in dozens of community service projects
  • Enjoy the excitement of the winning PCTI athletic program in more than two dozen sports – hundreds of young adults learning, first hand, about sportsmanship and teamwork
  • Compete in academic, artistic, and vocational forums for state and national honors
  • Benefit through the PCTI Wellness "PCTI Recharged," "We Can Make A Difference," and "Attitude is Everything" campaigns

Awards and Achievements

The following highlights a number of recent PCTI honors…
  • More than $750,000 in grants, scholarships, and financial aid was awarded to 2014 graduates
  • An athletic powerhouse with eight state championships and many legendary accomplishments, among boys’ and girls’ teams
  • More than 200 students of the graduating class of 2014 received local, state, and national honors for superior academic, career, & athletic achievements
  • Prestigious scholarship awards from colleges/universities, business and civic organizations
  • National, state, and local recognition for extraordinary patriotic and extensive community service
  • More than thirty-six student organizations help the needy and strengthen civic responsibility

Career Programs

Students can apply to:

  • Academy of Criminal Justice
  • Academy of Finance
  • Academy of Medical Arts
  • Academy of Information Technology
  • School of Automotive Technology
  • School of Applied Technology
  • School of Business Careers
  • School of Communication Arts
  • School of Construction Technology
  • School of Cosmetology
  • School of Culinary Arts
  • School of Engineering Technology (Project Lead the Way)
  • School of Education/Human Services
  • School of Performing Arts

Careers Majors include: Accounting, Advertising Art & Design, Video Production, Automotive Technology, Carpentry, Child Development, Computer Science, Cosmetology/Manicuring, Criminal Justice/Public Safety, Culinary Arts, Drafting/CAD, Early Childhood/Education, Electrical, Electronics, Engineering, Finance, Graphic Arts, Human Services, HVAC/Refrigeration, Manufacturing, Marketing, Medical/Health Care, Office Administration, Performing Arts, Plumbing/Heating, Welding, and a host of other important careers

Graduation Requirements

In order to qualify for a PCTI diploma, a student must earn a total of 160 credits which include the following:

English   20 credits
Mathematics   15 credits
Social Studies   15 credits
Physical Education/Health   20 credits
Science   15 credits
Electives*   15 credits
World Language   5 credits
Visual and Performing Arts   5 credits
Career Exploration/Development   5 credits
Vocational Shop   45 credits

Electives will include 2.5 credits in Personal Financial Literacy beginning with the graduating Class of 2014.

Each student is required to complete 3 years of Technical/Vocational training of which 15 credits must be successfully earned in grade 12.

Extracurricular Programs

There are over 50 athletic and co-curricular programs offered to students at PCTI. The high school participates in the Northern Hills Conference and has won state, county, and league championships in numerous sports from football to chess, volleyball to track and wrestling. Among the 3,200 students, most participate in one or more of 36 student organizations including Marching, Concert and Jazz Bands, Peer Leadership, Gifted / Talented, as well as service clubs in Business, Finance, and Health.

Post-Secondary Placement

Graduates of PCTI traditionally attend four-year colleges and universities in the Northeast, two-year institutions in the county and state, as well as a wide variety of technical and career schools. PCTI maintains a local and statewide reputation of excellence.

Summary list of schools PCTI 2013 graduates are attending:

  • Art Institute of Philadelphia
  • Bergen Community College
  • Berkeley College of Business
  • Colgate University
  • Culinary Institute of America
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
  • John Jay School of Criminal Justice
  • Johnson & Wales
  • Lincoln Technical Institute
  • Monmouth University
  • Montclair State University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
  • New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
  • New York University (NYU)
  • Penn State University
  • Ramapo College
  • Richard Stockton College
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Rutgers University
  • St. John’s University
  • Saint Peter’s College
  • Seton Hall University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • SUNY Syracuse University
  • The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)
  • University of Connecticut
  • Ursinus
  • Villanova University
  • William Paterson University

Counseling Department

Fourteen full-time, on-site counselors are assigned to PCTI students by their chosen career areas. Counselor assignments are made for all students entering at grade 9 and those having special education needs in all grades, 9-12.



Post High School Plans

  Four-year University /College   81%
  Business/Technical Schools   2%
  Military Service   3%
  Work   14%
  Grading System    
  Grade Numeric G.P.A
  A+ 98-100 4.2
  A 92-97 4.0
  A- 90-91 3.8
  B+ 88-89 3.5
  B 82-87 3.0
  B- 80-81 2.8
  C+ 78-79 2.5
  C 72-77 2.0
  C- 70-71 1.8
  D+ 68-69 1.5
  D 65-67 1.0
  F 0-64 0.0
  I= Incomplete  
  M= Medical Excuse  
  NC= No Credit  
  E= Excellent  
  S= Satisfactory  
  N= Needs Improvement  
  U= Unsatisfactory  
  Principal's Honor Roll    
  A or B in all courses & minumum of 3.8 GPA
  Honor Roll    
  A or B in all courses