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Amherst Central High School

Public | 9-12 | 828 students

 
 

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Posted November 9, 2011

My daughter graduated in 2010 and my son will graduate this year, 2012. Criticisms listed in these reviews about immense peer pressure for drinking, sex and drugs as well as parental tolerance for these things. Ultimately what your children do comes down to how YOU raise them to withstand this pressure. We chose this district for its diversity of culture as well as economics. My daughter has excelled in college and my son is a National Merit semifinalist. They were able to try different sports and have a wonderful music education not afforded elsewhere. WE have been blessed with a great education here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2010

Because for the first time in my life I was given the honor to have both my boys,9 and 12 graders, attend the same school,while the youngest has a special need. I feel BLESSED, that was our central reasoning for moving bac. to New York. Thank You. God bless. YM
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

The focus on curriculum programs that all result in our kids graduating already steps ahead in their chosen interests!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2008

The Amherst Central School District provides a superb education. My husband and I educated all four of our sons within the district. They were offered advanced placement courses and were well prepared for a rigorous college curriculum. Our children went on to have careers in the following areas: banking, chemical patent law, journalism and mechanical engineering. We would give the school district a five star rating and recommend it highly to any family with college bound students in their family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2006

This is a great school. They have awesome teachers and a great cirriculum. They're test scores are always high and they have a lot of control of students and the activities. It's a great place to send your kids!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 31, 2005

School is very accessable and my child, who is currently in 12th grade loves the atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2005

As a student at Amherst Central, I can say that it offers many opportunities to students, from academic courses to extracurricular activities. Anyone can be sure to get the best education from the well-qualified teachers who strive to provide a friendly, teaching atmosphere. The honors and AP classes allow students to challenge themselves while receiving a valuable learning experience. Students are also highly encouraged to join outside activities, be it sports or drama. I am sincerely proud to say that I will have graduated from this high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 5, 2005

When I attended Amherst it was a great school. Diverse student population consisting of people from all social classes, ethnicity's, and income levels. Every graduating class had multiple students receiving prestigious scholarships/awards. Extracurricular activities are abound so thre should be something for every student there be it art, theater, sports or even chess club. Amherst boasts one of the best lacrosse programs in New York State and has the best football program out of the Amherst/Williamsville schools. The best part of Amherst it the teaching staff however. When I attended Amherst I had several teachers every year that really brough material to life and inspired me to actually learn. Amherst is a great school and there is a reason it has been ranked in the top high schools in the country several years running.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 2, 2005

As a student of Amherst Central High School, I strongly agree that this school is a very decent school. I enjoy the atmosphere that the students and teachers give off. It's a very good learning atmosphere as well as an athletic atmosphere too. Our school is well known for its athletes. Many of them have gone on to college after having gotten a full scholarship due to academics to play for their choosen sport. Teachers are friendly, the rest of the staff is friendly, and the students are all friendly. It seems like a big family. After having left Amherst a few times, I always came back here. Its a school that i didn't want to leave because I knew what I could achieve here.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 2, 2005

As a parent of 3 children who have attended Amherst, I think previous reviews, positive and negative, are accurate. As the student wrote, there is enormous peer pressure around sex and alcohol, and significant pressure around drugs. While the school has a role to play, the community is tolerant of these issues overall. This makes it difficult if the student or family principles vary. Academic excellence is highly valued and the pressure of the curriculum enhancement is difficult even for above average students. There is a wide variety of extracurriculars and opportunity for academic extras (Model UN, etc). Overall the staff is caring but under the same stressors the students have to manage. Some teachers are great some are absolutely awful. In summary, the focus is more on the student's product than on the student. All 3 of our kids have been disliked Amherst.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2004

My son is going to graduate in 2005. Amherst has been a wonderful place for him. It has very caring and interested teachers and guidance counselors. The teachers come early and leave late to give extra help to students. My son's teachers were so helpful and understanding when he got very ill and missed class. Amherst high school gives students a chance to excell with many AP and honor courses. We moved to the Snyder area so we could raise my son in the Amherst School District.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2004

Being a current student at this school, I would strongly suggest that if your child is social, athletic, musical, and talented academically, they will accel in this school. If your child is easily influenced by their peers, I strongly suggest reconsidering this school as an option. The drug problem and harassment that goes on at the Amherst Schools is beyond believable. I am transferring out of Amherst this year as a result of not having the above average motivation, grades, athletic ability, and musical talent, which seem to me as a requirement in this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2003

Favoritism is really prevelant and principal contributes to the problem. My first child has done very well since graduating AHS. My second child did extremely well after leaving AMS in her junior year to attend Kenmore East HS nearby. We paid for out of district charges to ger her out of the Columbine breeding ground at AHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

This is a great school as long as your child 'fits the mold'. Teachers and administration are not at all willing to go out of their way to help students that are slower learners or are not motivated. If your child is well behaved or a good student, they'll do fine. If they need more, they'll never get the help they need at Amherst. They should spend more time trying to involve kids that have trouble joining.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2003

All four of my children graduated from amherst highschool. The classes that were offered to my sons were above and beyond the average newyork state school, and the majority of teachers had a good background and were well educated enough to be a professor at their subject. There was also minimal violence at the school. Only problem I noticed was very little school spirit and teachers did not prepare students for the harshness that could be faced in the 'real world'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

My first child graduated from this school and was well-prepared to college. My second child is finishing high school. I do believe my second child will probably do well in college as well. Biggest drawback is that favoritism is prevalent. But all in all, it's a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
69%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

40 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
99%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

89 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
91%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students76%
Female79%
Male72%
African American50%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant76%

Chemistry

All Students88%
Female88%
Male89%
African American79%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Non-migrant88%

Earth Science

All Students94%
Female92%
Male95%
African American92%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%

English

All Students96%
Female99%
Male91%
African American82%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities73%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%

Geometry

All Students100%
Female99%
Male100%
African American95%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%

Global History and Geography

All Students93%
Female94%
Male91%
African American82%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities57%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%

Integrated Algebra

All Students93%
Female95%
Male91%
African American89%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities87%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%

Living Environment

All Students94%
Female94%
Male95%
African American85%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities83%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%

Physics

All Students91%
Female88%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant91%

U.S. History and Government

All Students98%
Female99%
Male96%
African American98%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities92%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 48%
Black 16% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 9%
Hispanic 2% 23%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 11%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 225%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 1%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 14%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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4301 Main St
Amherst, NY 14226
Phone: (716) 362-8100

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