School Profile

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…
  • More than $750,000 in grants, scholarships, and financial aid was awarded to 2016 graduates
  • An athletic powerhouse, PCTI has won sixteen state championships and achieved many other legendary accomplishments – which includes our recent 2015 Football State Championship win!
  • More than 200 students of the graduating class of 2016 received local, state, and national honors for superior academic, career, & athletic achievements
  • Prestigious awards include the bronze rating from US News & World Report, as well and being named the top W!SE (Working in Support of Education) financially literate high school in the nation!
  • National, state, and local recognition for extraordinary patriotic and extensive community service
  • Forty-two student organizations strengthen the qualities of community & civil responsibility, enhance special interests, and inspire school unity & spirit
  • PCTI students won first place in the national NASA HUNCH Culinary Challenge! Their entrée will be enjoyed by astronauts on the International Space Station

Graduation Requirements

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

English   20 credits
Mathematics   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
Career Exploration & CTE Program   55 credits

*Included in the Vocational Studies. Each student is required to complete three years of Technical/Vocational training of which 15 credits must be successfully earned in grade 12. Pupils must satisfactorily complete no less than thirty credits in one occupational area of specialization.

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 S. Abdelhadi / K. Najem
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.

  • Alabama A&M University
  • American International College
  • American University
  • Artistic Academy
  • Austin Peay State University
  • Automotive Training Center
  • Bergen Community College
  • Berkeley College
  • Bloomfield College
  • Brookdale Community College
  • Caldwell University
  • Centenary College
  • Chestnut Hill College
  • City University of New York
  • County College of Morris
  • Delaware State University
  • Devry University
  • Dominican College
  • Drew University
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • Empire Beauty School
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Felician University
  • Fordham University
  • Fortis Institute
  • Gallaudet University
  • Grove City College
  • Hillsborough Community College
  • Hobart Institute of Welding Technology
  • Holy Family University
  • Hudson County Community College
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the CUNY
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Kean University
  • La Salle University
  • Lafayette College
  • Lincoln Technical Institute
  • Lincoln University
  • Long Island University
  • Lynn University
  • Mercy College
  • Monmouth University
  • Monroe College
  • Montclair State University
  • Mount Saint Mary College
  • Muhlenberg College
  • New Jersey City University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Ohio Technical College
  • Onondaga Community College
  • Pace University
  • Passaic County Community College
  • Pepperdine University
  • Pillar College
  • Pratt Institute
  • Radford University
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Rasmussen College
  • Rider University
  • Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers University
  • Saint Peter’s University
  • School of Visual Arts
  • Seton Hall University
  • Simmons College
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Stevenson University
  • Stockton University
  • Stony Brook University
  • Sussex County Community College
  • Swarthmore College
  • The College of New Jersey
  • The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art
  • The Culinary Institute of America
  • The University of Tampa
  • The University of the Arts
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Army
  • United States Coast Guard
  • United States Marines
  • United States Navy
  • Universal Technical Institute
  • University at Buffalo
  • Wagner College
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Wesley College
  • William Paterson University of New Jersey
  • The State University of New York
  • University of California
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Hartford
  • University of Maine
  • University of Miami
  • University of New Haven
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Utica College
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Virginia State University
  • Virginia Union University