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The School

Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) is a national award-winning, comprehensive career and technical high school serving over 3,800 students. Located on a 55+ acre campus in Wayne, NJ, the school accepts students from all municipalities in Passaic County. Over 375 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,” “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” “We Are” and “PCT & I” campaigns

Awards and Achievements

The following highlights a number of recent PCTI honors…
  • Numerous grants, scholarships, financial aid, and merit awards granted to 2018 graduates from community, school, business and post-secondary institutions.
  • An athletic powerhouse, PCTI has won eighteen 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 500 students of the 2018 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, 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 & civic responsibility, enhance special interests and inspire school unity and 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

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 Information Technology
  • Academy of Health & Medical Sciences
  • School of Applied Engineering
  • School of Automotive 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 Performing Arts
  • STEM Academy

Majors include: Advertising Art & Design, Automotive Technology, Business, Carpentry, Computer Science, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice/Public Safety, Culinary Arts, Drafting/CAD, Education & Child Development, Electrical, Electronics, Engineering, Finance, Graphic Design, Health/Medical Arts, HVAC/Refrigeration, Manufacturing Technology, Office Assisting, Performing Arts: Theater, Dance, Instrumental & Vocal, Plumbing/Heating, Video Production, Welding, STEM Biomedical and Life Science, STEM Computer Science, STEM Engineering and a host of other important career paths.

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   85%
  Employment   8%
  Apprenticeships/Business/Technical Schools   4%
  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

Fourteen 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 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 Engineering J. Gallagher/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 J. Gallagher/K. Najem
Academy of Health & Medical Sciences C. Nolan / L. Vacca
STEM S. Abdelhadi

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
  • 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
  • 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 of 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
  • Virgina Commonwealth University
  • Virgina Military Institute
  • Virginia State University
  • Virginia Union University

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