Saunders Trades and Technical High School was the first public trades school in New York State, opening in 1909. For over 100 years, the school has been committed to combined vocational and academic instruction that provides graduating students with skills for employment and an academic preparation for college.
The school is organized into four groups that operate as smaller learning communities: 9th grade, Technical Sciences, Occupational Sciences, and Vocational Sciences. Ninth grade students are taught by core area teachers using interdisciplinary instruction and flexible scheduling to ensure a firm academic foundation. In addition, an exploratory program during the first semester of 9th grade facilitates the transition to high school and develops strong study skills and a disciplined work ethic. For the following three high school years, students choose to major in one of 13 technical, vocational, or occupational programs while continuing to be enrolled in Regents and college preparatory courses.