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The School

Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) is a national award winning, comprehensive career and technical high school serving over 3,400 students. Located on a 55+ acre campus in Wayne, NJ, the school accepts 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 PCTI’s exciting athletic program. Through more than two dozen sports, young adults learn the true value of sportsmanship and teamwork
  • Compete in academic, artistic, and vocational forums for state and national honors
  • Benefit through the PCTI “It Starts with One,” “Like No Place Else,” and “Can’t Stop the Feeling” campaigns

Awards and Achievements

The following highlights a number of recent PCTI honors…
  • Numerous grants, scholarships, financial aid and merit awards granted to 2017 graduates from community, school, business and post-secondary institutions.
  • An athletic powerhouse, PCTI has won sixteen state championships and achieved many other legendary accomplishments – which include our Football State Championship, Wrestling State Championship, Winter Cheerleading Co-ed Varsity State Championship and many other County and Big North Conference Liberty Division Championships!
  • More than 400 students of the 2017 graduating class received local, state and national honors for superior academic, career and athletic achievements.
  • Numerous prestigious awards including: First place in the national NASA HUNCH Culinary Challenge – PCTI’s winning entrée was enjoyed by astronauts on the International Space Station; First place in WISE (Working in Support of Education) Financial Literacy Competition in large high school division and top ten overall in nation; Seven-time bronze rating from US News & World Report.
  • National Awards: School of Communication Arts garnered two esteemed 2017 National Awards: Advance CTE “Excellence in Education Award” for Graphic Arts; and the “Gracie Award” in Video Production.
  • Forty-two student organizations strengthen the qualities of community & civil responsibility, enhance special interests and inspire school unity & spirit!
  • National, state and local recognition for extraordinary patriotic and extensive community service.

Graduation Requirements

In order to qualify for a PCTI diploma, a student must earn a total of 167.5 credits which include the following:

Language Arts   20 credits
Math (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2)   15 credits
Social Studies   15 credits
Physical Education   15 credits
Health Education   5 credits
World Language   5 credits
Science   15 credits
Electives   15 credits
Financial Literacy   2.5 credits
Visual and Performing Arts   5 credits
CTE Program/Career Exploration   55 credits

*Included in the vocational studies. Each student is required to complete four years of Technical/Vocational training of which 17.5 credits must be successfully earned in grade 12.

Career and Technical Educational 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 Education/Human Services
  • School of Engineering Technology (Project Lead the Way)
  • School of Performing Arts

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, Landscape Design, Manufacturing, Marketing, Medical/Health Care, Office Administration, Performing Arts, Plumbing/Heating, Welding, and a host of other important careers.

Extracurricular Programs

There are over 50 athletic and co-curricular programs offered to students at PCTI. The high school participates in the Big North Conference and has won state, county, and league championships in numerous sports from football to basketball, volleyball to track and wrestling. Among the 3,400 students, most participate in one or more of 42 student organizations including: Marching, Concert and Jazz Bands, LEAP (Leaders Emerging Among Peers), Gifted/Talented, as well as service clubs in Business, Finance, and Health.


Post High School Plans

  4yr/2yr University/College   86%
  Employment   8%
  Apprenticeships/Business/Technical Schools   3%
  Military Service   3%
  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


School Counseling Department

Thirteen full-time and on-site school counselors are assigned to PCTI students by their chosen vocational area.

Vocational Area Counselor
School of Cosmetology C. Nolan / L. Vacca
School of Pre-Engineering M. Orejas
School of Automotive Technology M. Orejas
School of Education & Human Services D. Lewis / B. Hannigan
Academy of Finance L. Cregar / M. LoBue
School of Culinary Arts S. Pinto / R. Watley
School of Applied Technology S. Abdelhadi / K. Najem
School of Performing Arts A. Pudup / N. Christian
Academy of Information Technology D. Lewis / B. Hannigan
School of Construction Technology A. Pudup / N. Christian
School of Service Careers S. Pinto / R. Watley
School of Business L. Cregar / M. LoBue
School of Communication Arts S. Abdelhadi / K. Najem
Academy of Medical Arts C. Nolan / L. Vacca

Post-Secondary Placement

Graduates of PCTI traditionally attend four-year or two-year colleges and universities, a wide variety of technical and career schools or enlist in the United States Armed Forces.

  • Alfred University
  • American International College
  • Artistic Academy
  • Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
  • Bergen Community College
  • Bergen Community College (accounting)
  • Berkeley College
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Bloomfield College
  • Boston University
  • Brigham Young University
  • Brown University
  • Caldwell University
  • Centenary University
  • Central Christian College of Kansas
  • College of Mount Saint Vincent
  • College of Saint Elizabeth
  • County College of Morris
  • Delaware State University
  • Devry University
  • Dominican College
  • Drew University
  • Drexel University
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • Eastwick College
  • Essex County College
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Felician University
  • Fort Valley State University
  • Fortis Institute in Wayne
  • George Mason University
  • Georgian Court University
  • Green Mountain College
  • Harvard University
  • Hillsborough Community College
  • Howard University
  • Hudson County Community College
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the CUNY
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Kean University
  • Kutztown University
  • Liberty University
  • Lincoln Technical Institute
  • Lincoln University
  • Long Island University
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • Miami Dade College
  • Monmouth University
  • Monroe College
  • Montclair State University
  • Morgan State University
  • New Jersey City University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • Norfolk State University
  • Nyack College
  • Ohio Technical College
  • Pace University
  • Passaic County Community College
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Rockland Community College
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  • Rutgers University-Newark
  • Saint Peter’s University
  • Salve Regina University
  • San Diego State University
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • School of Visual Arts
  • Seton Hall University
  • Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
  • St. John’s University
  • State College of Florida - Bradenton
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Stockton University
  • Temple University
  • Teterboro School of Aeronautics
  • The College of New Jersey
  • The Culinary Institute of America
  • The Ohio State University
  • The University of Tampa
  • The University of the Arts
  • United States Naval Academy
  • Universal Technical Institute
  • University of Bridgeport
  • University of East London
  • University of New Haven
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Valley Forge
  • US Air Force
  • US Army Military Police
  • US Army National Guard
  • US Army National Guard Medic
  • US Marine Corps
  • US Navy Hospital Corpsman
  • Utica College
  • Valencia College
  • Villanova University
  • Virginia Union University
  • Wake Technical Community
  • College
  • Wilkes University
  • William Paterson University of New Jersey
  • Wingate University

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