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City Honors School At Fosdick Masten Park

Public | 5-12 | 881 students

 
 

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Posted September 16, 2009

Wonderful teachers and students and a great learning environment. We're very fortunate to have such a great public school in Buffalo.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2009

My son goes to harvard now this school thought him well
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2009

(cont'd from below.)...is an ongoing process, not a single exam. AP is offered as well, giving students great choices. Parents are very much involved and supportive & the administration welcomes it. Extracurricular offerings are extensive, whether sports, the arts, or civic. The majority of students are highly motivated, but not cut-throat competitive, because most kids there are highly intelligent & confident. Socially, it's a diverse student body, with kids from all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds-- perhaps one of its greatest strengths--& sets it above private schools, which unfortunately can skew elitist. Honors kids grow up with a good grasp of the real world in that regard, while also sharing classrooms with the best and brightest. This fact is not lost on colleges. Honors kids are desirable students, are consistently accepted by top colleges & offered great scholarships. Principal is outstanding. New campus (Sept '10) will make it unbeatable. And it's free.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2008

This is an excellent highly competitive environment for children. Expectations from teachers, principal, parents are other students are high. Very early on-5th grade-there is a strong focus on acceleration and college entrance. Overall the students are mature and very well behaved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2008

First off, I would like to say that City Honors is a good school. The academics are strong and most of the teachers are skilled at what they teach. However, I can't say the same about the environment. While there are a few select people who are genuinely kind, the majority of people I've encountered are scornful would do anything to ruin your reputatation. Students spread nasty rumors about you and insult you constantly. Also, cheating is rampant, and some students manage to 'earn' straight A's through consistent cheating. Overall, academically good school but the hostile environment makes it less enjoyable. If your self-esteem doesn't matter to you, or if you have no morals and are willing to cheat on everything, this is the place to go. Otherwise, pay for private where you can get just as strong an education with friendlier people.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 11, 2008

I am a student of this school and overall, this is one of the best schools anyone could attend. Sure, the work is hard but it does pay off because we get to do things many schools don't get a chance to do. For example, Hillary Clinton came to our school and we get to take Chinese. Plus, our school is doing a multi-billion dollar renovation which will bring us a new building with 3 art rooms, a huge gym,and so on. The principal is great. He talks freely to the students and you can really feel comfortable around him. The teachers are great and always help you if you need help. City Honors has many extracurricular activities that include a tutoring program, many clubs, and many sports. City Honors also has 3 different orcastra's and 3 different bands. The band and orcastra also go on trips, for example, to Cleavland.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 4, 2007

In my opinion, City Honors is one of the top schools one could attend. The vast majority of the students are respectful, intelligent, hardworking, and outgoing. CHS does not live up to any of its negative stereotypes, as 'nerds', 'wimps', etc. The sports teams are also very good. I am only a freshman, and already I have noticed I receive more homework to do than my friends who are Sophomores and Juniors at other schools. There are a wide range of extracurriculars to participate in. The level of parent involvement is incredible, never before at any school (and I've attended five) I have seen so many parents engaging actively with the school. The principal, Dr. Kresse, is amazing. He is an excellent principal, an awesome guy, and participates in school events whenever possible. The building itself is also very nice. In short, City Honors is one of the best schools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 13, 2007

City Honors is a sweet school! Most of the kids that go there have a lot of respect for others, not to mention they're incredible academic skills. The volleyball team is awesome!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 4, 2006

Very good school, number 4 in the nation in public school curriculum rigor and active student body.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 2, 2006

AS an alumna of this school, I have to say that I definitely recieved a quality education. The community feel of the school and the preparation for post-secondary education is phenomenal. This is still one of the few schools in the Greater Buffalo area I would send my child to. The level of educaiton is not limited to classroom learning, but there is a high level of cultural and socioeconomic diversity within this urban school.
—Submitted by a former student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
98%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 36% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

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

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%
Earth Science

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

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
99%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

29 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%
Global History and Geography

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

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%
Integrated Algebra

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

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
97%
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.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
74%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

60 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
U.S. History and Government

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

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%
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 Students83%
Female80%
Male85%
African American74%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant83%

Chemistry

All Students90%
Female95%
Male83%
African American86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Not migrant90%

Earth Science

All Students96%
Female100%
Male92%
African American90%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities67%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%

English

All Students96%
Female100%
Male95%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%

Geometry

All Students95%
Female100%
Male89%
African American96%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%

Global History and Geography

All Students97%
Female100%
Male94%
African American97%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities80%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant97%

Integrated Algebra

All Students96%
Female99%
Male93%
African American97%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities70%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%

Living Environment

All Students97%
Female100%
Male93%
African American95%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities75%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant97%

Physics

All Students85%
Female77%
Male91%
African American71%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant85%

U.S. History and Government

All Students99%
Female100%
Male99%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities90%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant99%
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 2 66% 48%
Black 1 21% 19%
Hispanic 2 6% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 5% 9%
Two or more races 1 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 20%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 227%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 9%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 31%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 1%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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