Gloucester County Institute of Technology

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Gloucester County Institute of Technology
Location
1360 Tanyard Road
Sewell, NJ 08084

Information
TypeVocational public high school
School districtGloucester County Vocational-Technical School District
PrincipalGina Mateka
Faculty81.5 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades9 - 12
Enrollment1,136 (as of 2010-11)[1]
Student to teacher ratio13.94:1[1]
Color(s)     Blue
     Silver
Athletics conferenceTri-County Conference
Team nameCheetahs
PublicationCheetah on the Spot
Website
 
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Gloucester County Institute of Technology
Location
1360 Tanyard Road
Sewell, NJ 08084

Information
TypeVocational public high school
School districtGloucester County Vocational-Technical School District
PrincipalGina Mateka
Faculty81.5 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades9 - 12
Enrollment1,136 (as of 2010-11)[1]
Student to teacher ratio13.94:1[1]
Color(s)     Blue
     Silver
Athletics conferenceTri-County Conference
Team nameCheetahs
PublicationCheetah on the Spot
Website

The Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT) is a four-year vocational public high school in Sewell, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Gloucester County Vocational-Technical School District. GCIT is in a transition period currently from a part-time high school to a full-time high school. GCIT currently offers eight full-time academies, two part-time academies and four academies geared for Special Education. Students must apply and get selected to go into GCIT. GCIT currently picks the top 26 in each academy based from grades in the 7th and 8th grade, state standardized test scores, and attendance.

As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,136 students and 81.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.94:1. There were 136 students (12.0% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 63 (5.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 141st out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 31 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (83.4%) and language arts literacy (94.8%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[2]

Academic[edit]

Full-time academies[edit]

There are several full-time academies and school that are offered in GCIT to incoming freshmen. GCIT has recently redone its list of offered Academies. The list of the academies offered before the 2007-2008 school year and academies offered for the 2007-08 school year is listed below.

Academies as of 2007Academies before 2007
Academy of Allied Health and Medical ScienceAcademy of Allied Health and Medical Science
Academy of Finance and Business ManagementAcademy of Business and Information Technology
Academy of IT & Digital communicationsSchool of Performing Arts (Dance)
School of Performing Arts (Dance and Drama)Southern New Jersey Academy of Performing Arts (Drama)
School of Culinary ArtsSchool of Culinary Arts
School of Transportation TechnologySchool of Transportation Technology
School of Construction TechnologySchool of Construction Technology
CosmetologyCosmetology

The last four academies are considered career-technical academies while the first four academies are academy programs. In addition, each academy would accept 26 students per class for the 2007-08 school year. Before this school year, 25 kids were accepted per academy.

Starting with the 2011-2012 school year, an Engineering Academy will be introduced.

Other academies[edit]

However, unlike the full-time academies, part-time academies are offered towards seniors only who are not a part of the other full-time academies at GCIT. GCIT also offers academies for Special Education. Those academies are listed below (as of 2007)

Part-Time AcademiesSpecial Education Academies
Law EnforcementAutomotive Services
Fire SafetyBuilding Maintenance
Commercial Food
Graphics Technology

GCIT also offers courses for adults in the night hours.

Academics[edit]

For the 2010-2011 school year, GCIT will begin offering Honors classes for all Academy students. All Career-Technical students will also be bumped up to College Prep (CP) courses.

GCIT offers many world-language courses. Currently, GCIT offers courses in Spanish, Latin, Italian, and French. Two years of a language are required to graduate, but four levels of Spanish, Latin, and Italian and three levels of French are offered at GCIT.

GCIT offers several electives but the majority of the electives are taken only at the senior year. Students can also choose from 5 Gloucester County College courses instead of taking an elective. The tuition for these courses will be paid by the district, but students are responsible for books and other expenses. GCIT currently offers College Personal Finance (which is now a graduation requirement beginning with the class of 2013), General Psychology, Principles of Sociology, College Calculus I, and English Composition 101 to students in their junior and senior years.[citation needed]

GCIT also offers extracurricular clubs like in most high schools. The difference is that GCIT does not have connections to provide after-school busing like most schools, so clubs occur during the day. On Wednesday, all periods are shortened to provide 1 hour for students to go to a club. GCIT offers a variety of clubs from crocheting club to fitness club, from French club to robotics club. There's bound to be one that interests every student. Check out the club list here: GCIT Clubs

GCIT takes more of an oral approach to teaching. Homework, tests, and written "busy" work are uncommon. Instead, teachers focus on group discussions, projects, and research papers.

APA research paper[edit]

All students in College Prep (CP) and Honors classes at GCIT must complete an APA research paper for each class (although teachers may vary the format at their discretion).[citation needed] To assist students in creating APA research papers, GCIT Staff wrote an APA manual that students can download. This manual is available on GCIT's website or by the following link. GCIT's APA Manual (2004)

Athletics[edit]

GCIT is one of the member schools in the Tri-County Conference, which is composed of schools whose enrollments vary greatly for grades 9-12 and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[3]

The Cheetahs is the current name of all GCIT's sporting teams. Although many of the teams are relatively new, some have had great success. GCIT's varsity softball team successfully defended the NJTAC state tournament title in 2007 by defeating Sussex County Technical School, 22-1.[4] In addition, GCIT's boy soccer team made the New Jersey state playoffs for two consecutive years.

GCIT offers many sporting teams to its full-time academy, a list of those teams is provided below.

Boys TeamsGirls TeamsCo-Ed Teams
Varsity and JV SoccerVarsity and JV SoccerCross Country: Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls
Varsity and JV VolleyballVarsity and JV VolleyballBowling: Varsity and JV Boys, Varsity and JV Girls, and Varsity Co-Ed
Varsity and JV TennisVarsity TennisSwimming: Varsity Boys, Varsity Girls, and Varsity Co-Ed
Varsity, JV, and FR BasketballVarsity, JV, and FR BasketballCheerleading: Varsity Boys, Varsity Girls, and Varsity Co-Ed
Varsity and JV BaseballVarsity, JV, and FR SoftballGolf: Varsity Boys, Varsity Girls, and Varsity Co-Ed
Varsity DivingVarsity Diving
Varsity and JV Field Hockey

GCIT is the only school on the east coast that has an Olympic sized swimming pool. GCIT also has a fitness room with many equipment including free weights and treadmills. GCIT currently lets the public pay a membership fee and use the pool and fitness rooms at certain times.

GCIT currently offers many sports but however, it does not offer football. However, a football field is part of a considered expansion to the school in the future. Currently, students who want to play football or a sport GCIT does not offer is permitted to play in their home district's team. However, GCIT is adding new sports to their Athletics department as more students enroll into GCIT.

Community involvement and services[edit]

GCIT is heavily involved into the community and provides services to the public.

Community[edit]

GCIT offers several services to the public. For example, the Cosmetology academy offers a salon while the Culinary Arts academy provides a bakery.

In addition, GCIT has the Bankbridge Career Center offered towards GCIT Students. Students attending Bankbridge school operate this center. However, the Bankbridge Career Center is actually a Wawa. The Bankbridge Career Center offers just about everything found in a normal Wawa besides carbonated beverages since it is illegal to sell carbonated beverages in a school during school hours in the state of New Jersey.

GCIT is also involved in many community projects and charities. GCIT often participates in fundraising during Hurricane Katrina, the March of Dimes, Autism Speaks, etc. In addition, the HOSA club does an annual blood drive for the American Red Cross.

School Based Youth Services[edit]

School Based Youth Services (SBYS) offers free counseling for teenagers between the ages of 13-19 who lives in Gloucester County. They also provide counseling for their family members as well. SBYS is open from 8 AM to 8 PM on Mondays to Thursdays and 8 AM to 3 PM on Fridays

SBYS is trained to counsel over a wide variety of topics such as drugs, stress, depression, sexual orrientation, family problems, and more. SBYS also organizes recreational activities for the students of GCIT.

One Stop Youth Center[edit]

The One Stop Youth Center (OSYC) provides GED test preparation to out-of-school teens in Gloucester County. They work with teens between the ages of 16-21. They also allow students to go on recreational trips, community services, etc. The One Stop Youth Center is open from 8 AM to 4 PM Mondays to Thursdays. The One Stop Youth Center provides a monetary reward each week for meeting their educational and attendance objectives.

Administration[edit]

GCIT and Bankbridge (a school for the disabled) are both joined into the Gloucester County Special Services School District. The GCSSSD is number 1 in the state for the lowest administrative costs per student. This permits each district to share the same administrative team to save money. The GCSSSD schools is now third out of 21 vocational schools in New Jersey in terms of cost per student.

Recent changes[edit]

GCIT is an evolving school with many new events taking place. As the school grew in amount of incoming students, the school also grew physically and in services being provided. GCIT is one of the top schools in the area and should be a standard for all learning centers in the country.

Expansion[edit]

GCIT recently passed a $10 million expansion project. This expansion calls for a 30,630-square-foot (2,846 m2) connecting wing to connect the two current separate wings. This would create about 2 science rooms, 13 classrooms, group instruction rooms, and 2 shops. (Auto/Diesel shop and Auto paint shop). This expansion project also involves the construction of a cosmetology lab and the movement of a marine lab to another location of the building.

On February 12, 2008 the groundbreaking ceremony for this expansion project was conducted. This expansion is due to for opening fall 2010.

School newspaper[edit]

Cheetah on the Spot's Banner

For the first time since 2001, GCIT just started a student run school newspaper for the school year of 2006-2007. The title of the newspaper changed from The Big Picture to Cheetah on the Spot, which is available in color and can be downloaded from the Internet.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Data for Gloucester Co Inst Tech, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 8, 2012.
  2. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 5, 2012.
  3. ^ League Memberships – 2012-2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 24, 2012.
  4. ^ Staff. "Irish end year with a victory", Courier-Post, May 24, 2007. Accessed September 24, 2012. "Vocational Tournament: Kristi Maronski went 3-for-5 with five RBIs as Gloucester County Institute of Technology defeated Sussex Tech 22-1 to win the tournament."
  5. ^ Cheetah on the Spot

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°47′18″N 75°07′22″W / 39.7884°N 75.1228°W / 39.7884; -75.1228