By Daniel Brumer
On Monday, September 9th, students swarmed the halls. With a new and larger freshman class, Tech has increased its student population rapidly.
With 1,411 freshmen admitted this year, there are now 5,528 students enrolled. Michael Edwards, Online Administrator, was not surprised at the amount of students Tech opened its doors to this year.
“The school has the capacity for 6,500 students. On a yearly average we accept 1500-1800 incoming ninth-graders, with 1300-1500 of them selecting Tech as their home,” said Mr. Edwards.
Margaly Monelus ’14 believes that there are too many students this year. “You know it’s bad when the center section of the cafeteria becomes crowded with people trying eat… The amount of people is overwhelming.”
The cafeteria this year is filled with more staff and students. On the first day of school, prefect rooms were overcrowded, with the cafeteria used for extra room.
“It’s great that we want to give more people the opportunity to come to Tech and get a great education, but the amount of incoming freshmen is increasing every year,” said Monelus. “It’s getting pretty ridiculous.”
Libby Armon ’16 believes there are pros and cons to increasing the amount of students. “More kids should have the option for a better education, however the influx of students does make Tech less exclusive and way more crowded than it already was. I think increasing the student to teacher ratio will hurt Tech’s future because the school experience will be made less personal.”
Tech currently has a 23:1 student to teacher ratio. With a ranking of #12 for best high schools in New York by US News and World Report, Tech has continued to maintain its reputation despite the increase of students.
History teacher David Schepard said, “The school just feels big, compared to Stuyvesant which is more secluded. As for student to teacher ratio, it has been recently shown that whether the ratio is higher or lower, it’s really the education that matters. If Tech decides to bring in more students, it wont affect us. We’ll just hire more teachers.”
In bigger schools, teacher-student relationships tend to be weaker within the school community. “A teacher-student relationship is an important [one], and I can see why that is dissipating. However, Tech increasing the amount of students isn’t really our choice, more of a NYC DOE choice,” Schepard said.
It isn’t a surprise that all New York City high schools have seen an increase in students. The NYC DOE has given public schools, Tech included, larger student population quotas to reach in coming years.
In 1922, Brooklyn Technical High School had approximately 2,400 students in a warehouse. Now with over 5,500 students, Tech may just keep increasing the number of students and faculty.