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Central Islip Senior High School

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Posted June 17, 2014

Overall a great school. Music department is phenomenal, but favoritism plays a huge role especially, in the Concert Choir. Stay busy with extracurricular activities and you'll be fine. Many seniors are going off to Ivy league schools. (i.e. Harvard,Yale) As long as you hang with the right crowds you'll be fine.


Posted April 27, 2014

To be completely honest this school is what you make of it. I've been to other schools on the Island and many of the things that people say make this school terrible exist in many other schools. There is a lack of motivation in this school, but that is because students are constantly being told that they are at the bottom and how bad ci is. As an AP and Honor student I take advantage of the schools opportunities. Yes there are fights but not very often. I've chosen not to take lunch to free up periods (suggest that you do the same) and bring a bagged lunch. The Ap teachers are amazing and are really dedicated, they send out reminders through text and email. The music department is phenomenal but there is favoritism so beware (and the choirs take up a lot of time, like night rehearsals once or twice a week) . If you don't have the right attitude you won't fit in. Overall, CI is a great school if you stay in the right crowd and keep yourself occupied with sports, extracurricular activities, and staying focused on school.


Posted April 12, 2014

Best School ever, I found. This year 150 students got admission in top 10 universities of the Nation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2012

It is not that bad. People who rant on CIHS obviously don't take advantage of the opportunities. Sure, the lunch isn't healthy but nobody forces you to eat it. Kids get in fights but then again, kids get in fights in any high school.Obviously if you hang out with delinquients with no ambitions then you might get in trouble. I am an AP/ Honors student and I have to say I like my honors classes better than the regents. As for the education system, there are the teachers who devote their time to education and those who are lazy. This is just something that a student has to deal with in life because it happens in college and work too. Also, our school has a lot of clubs to get involved in after school if you take the time to participate. We have a great music department as well. CIHS isn't as bad as people make it out to be.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 17, 2012

Im a senior at central islip senior high school and I cant wait to get out from this horrible school. When it rains the water leaks in and there's wet floor signs everywhere, and the cess pool over flowed 2 times this year. The lunch is discusting and not healthy at all. There's almost a fight once a week and instead of the teachers being teachers some of them are like your classmate. Girls and guys that are boyfriend and gurlfriend are always making out in the halls. So I wud not advise anyone to come to this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 16, 2009

CI is a horrible school. The education system is low and most teachers don't even teach and just sit around and don nothing. The students are out of control and there is always fights and riots and they never keep to their Curriculum.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2009

im a freshmen at CIHS and its okay. there are people who just act like animals and others who act normal. i wish we had better teachers, if u ask all the students if they have at least 2 or 3 horrible teachers i bet more then half would say yes. Ci is a great school but there needs to be a better system; more organized and run better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2008

i am a 9th grader at cihs and i love it the only reason why the school has the rep it does is because of the bone heads who don't know when to stop. every high school no matter where you go is like that i personaly think that if you want to make it out there in the real world your best chance is here it's as close to the real world as your going to get in high school
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2008

This school is terrible!! My son attended this school for the 9th grade and did not like it. He came from a school as a honor roll student, but when he got to CIHS everything seemed to go down. He has now transferred to another school and is doing wonderful! The teachers seem to have their favorites and the music department is not what it seems. There is definitely favoritism in the music dept. I had a niece who graduated from the school and other children i know who also graduated and said they would not advise anyone to have to put CIHS on their resume. The school needs a whole new makeover as far as the teachers!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2008

Miami Central is plagued with the same issues that occur at any other inner city school. There are teachers who work very hard to make sure that the students make gains. Learning and respect begins at home. If parents and teachers work together to ensure that the students learn and dicipline issues are resolved, Miami Central will be a better school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 12, 2008

If you want to do well, you will students who go to this school and want to do well go to ivy league universities but the students who dont want to do well, dont do well because of the lack of discipline at home. and for your information, the music department doesnt soak up any money at all, and i would know because i attend the board meetings/
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2008

you cannot depend on a teacher to feed you the education, the teachers here are amazing, but if your child doesnt want to achieve he wont, thus bringing the state test scores in our school down. This school has the most wonderful diversity i have ever seen. its an amazing school if your willing to do what you have to do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2007

This is not the best school in the world, I can tell you that. My son went to that school and got into a whole lot of problems. His grades terrible, and threats with all the gangs in that school. They say its the parents that make the student, but when i transfered him to catholic school he is now a straight A student and living in a stress free environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2007

the school is horrendous the teachers do care but almost one none of the students except in honors care at all There is no security people come and go as they wish despise the campus being 'closed'. Discipline is a joke the only punishment is suspension which the only use of people who fight or cut class, which makes no sense at all. Large amounts of people are repeating 9th or 10th grade. There are a large number of 5 and year students. The school has a great band but its over hyped because the music is the only good part of the school. The music program also soaks up a large amount of money. The administration is terrible with three principals in 5 years. The parents don't care except for a minority. The only good point is the teachers are good.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 6, 2007

This school can have fights sometimes, but what school doesn't. Overall it is a good school. There are low grades but that has nothing to do with the teachers. They are very good teachers and I have learned a lot from them. I get very good grades and the people that do bad can only blame themselves.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2007

this school is sub par! so what if the band is good,academics and school curriculum is what makes a school. my son attends this school and everyday there's fights! the teachers in my opinion may be nice and well trained but there are way to 'lax' and should be more dedicated to having students work harder and be more involved in their studies.this school is terrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2006

Unlike the other idiotic responses that I have heard by parents,I actually have good to say about the school,This School has to be the best Music Schools In The Country,With A Award Winning Band,And They're Choir's,Are Sinply Amazing,The Concert Choir,Has Just Came Back,From Austria,Yes Austria,They were one of three in the country to be invited.And although test scores may be relatively low,CIHS is one of the Most Improved Schools in New York State,If Parents Have So Much Negativity To State About This School,Talking About How All The Syudents Are Concerned About Fasion And Gangs,Maybe These Parents Should Check With They're Own Kids,Because I Currently Attend This School,And I Have No Problem With Anything Here,You're Children Are What Make This School,What It Is,Because The Teachers Here Are More Then Dedicated,And Although C.I.H.S May Not Be The Best,There Is Always Room For Improvement,And Its Happening.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 29, 2006

An amazing school!the staff is extremely hardworking,and the coaches amazing.All will stop at nothing to see their pupils succeed.A wide aray of extracurricular activities available,as well as an extremely articulate and high achieving honors group.Ap and honors students go on to fit,pennstate,excellent suny schools,colgate and mit.An excellent school and unique learning experience for all students!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 27, 2006

The schools academic programs are good. and the teachers or coaches are dedicated to work hard so students can learn leadership and team work. The school needs to focus more on how to prepare students to pass the regents exams. They do try to by giving students the review books but that's as far as it goes sometimes. The music is a good program . The program I like the most is the legal program ,the school has a court room set up and the classes go dressed as lawyers and judges and they go threw a whole courtroom process. Teachers and parents need to care more and be more involved and the school could do better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2006

Community residents should look at Newsday's yearly school report on Suffolk County Long Island's 62 public high schools. A quick look will show that Central Islip Senior High School is one of the bottom 5 schools in the percentage of students passing Regents English, Math, Global History, US History, and science, graduation rate, and percentage of students receiving a regents diploma. Poor education is unfair to all students.
—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.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
30%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
46%
Earth Science

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

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
49%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

350 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
80%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

57 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
61%
Global History and Geography

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

557 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
55%
Integrated Algebra

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

539 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
69%
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.

631 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
73%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
67%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

118 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%
U.S. History and Government

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

423 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
79%
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 Students29%
Female30%
Male28%
African American32%
Asian/Pacific Islander46%
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population29%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Chemistry

All Students55%
Female51%
Male63%
African American56%
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population55%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English55%
Non-migrant55%

Earth Science

All Students38%
Female32%
Male43%
African American21%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities5%
General population40%
English language learners34%
Proficient in English38%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant38%

English

All Students76%
Female81%
Male71%
African American86%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities52%
General population79%
English language learners36%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students83%
Female87%
Male81%
African American81%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%

Global History and Geography

All Students62%
Female62%
Male61%
African American56%
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities34%
General population65%
English language learners35%
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Integrated Algebra

All Students64%
Female63%
Male64%
African American67%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities30%
General population69%
English language learners43%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Living Environment

All Students64%
Female65%
Male64%
African American67%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities20%
General population68%
English language learners30%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Physics

All Students69%
Femalen/a
Male60%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students79%
Female81%
Male76%
African American81%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities34%
General population84%
English language learners60%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
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
Hispanic 2 60% 23%
Black 2 29% 19%
White 2 7% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 4% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 215%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 172%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 78%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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85 Wheeler Rd
Central Islip, NY 11722
Phone: (631) 348-5078

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