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Commack High School

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Posted June 25, 2014

I went to Commack High School all four years and loved it. The staff at the school was great, the facilities were great and made a lot of memories that I still today look back on. The education I received/they offered had to be the best on Long Island. I felt that some classes I did in High School were actually tougher than a lot of my classes in college. The one thing Commack High School was good at was preparing me for college. When I went to college, there were a lot of students that haven t come close to learning all the stuff I learned in high school which gave me a complete advantage. The high schools athletics is great as well. I recently heard they hired a D1 college lacrosse coach for the Men s lacrosse team. The parents are very involved with the sports as well as the community. They also offer drivers Ed now after school which is very convenient for a lot of the students who parents work. The guidance counselors are also very helpful as they know these 4 years are going to help you get into college. They make sure you do your college essay, applications, SAT's and provide all the information needed to get into the college of your choice.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 25, 2014

I went to Commack High School all four years and loved it. The staff at the school was great, the facilities were great and made a lot of memories that I still today look back on. The education I received/they offered had to be the best on Long Island. I felt that some classes I did in High School were actually tougher than a lot of my classes in college. The one thing Commack High School was good at was preparing me for college. When I went to college, there were a lot of students that haven t come close to learning all the stuff I learned in high school which gave me a complete advantage. The high schools athletics is great as well. I recently heard they hired a D1 college lacrosse coach for the Men s lacrosse team. The parents are very involved with the sports as well as the community. They also offer drivers Ed now after school which is very convenient for a lot of the students who parents work. The guidance counselors are also very helpful as they know these 4 years are going to help you get into college. They make sure you do your college essay, applications, SAT's and provide all the information needed to get into the college of your choice.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 8, 2013

great school, great teachers. volunteer work requirement helps with college apps and also networking and helping the community
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 22, 2012

Commack High School prepares you extremely well for higher education. Between the academic choices and extra-curricular activities there is very little room to be bored.


Posted November 26, 2011

Teachers are required to offer extra help only one day a week and it is often on the same day. When my child was a student just a couple of years ago some days you could not even find the teacher in their classroom on extra help day. Inclusion teachers grade special ed student work assignments at a very low standard so the special ed kids really do not reach their potential. I often asked the inclusion teacher to require student revision to written work but they never bothered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2011

Commack High School provides one of the most robust academic curriculums on Long Island. As an International Baccalaureate certified school, it provides a deep and broad range of offerings for its students. My children really benefited from the number of Advanced Placement programs offered across all subjects, allowing them both to receive enough credits to finish Ivy League programs a full year early. Competition and the workload at Commack have been described as intense. The school has made changes to its grading system to alleviate some of the pressures placed on top students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2011

Offers a variety of classes to suit every academic ability as well as diverse options for extracurricular activities to keep students engaged.


Posted September 20, 2010

Commack School District, outwardly appears to offer a prestigious program called IB, however, the IB program doesn't meet the needs of all students. Today, because of budget cuts and our economic environment, many programs are cut and pushed into IB. Therefore, there are many round pegs in square holes. It really skips over the average, strong student, who wants more than an average education. Many students are naturally bright and the school recognizes them and fits all their needs. However, there is also a population of good students who leave Commack and go off to college feeling unprepared.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

My experience has ben very positive. The majority of the kids are great. Parents are very involved with the students in Commack. The kids are very, very social. The experience I have had has been excellent. Very caring teachers. Also, they are very young. It is a shame with the budget cuts, especially since we pay a lot in taxes. They still have a great school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

One of the few schools on Long Island to offer the International Baccalaureate program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2009

I am a student of Commack High School and I have to say these past years have been really amazing, but due to the recent budget cuts, I may have to rethink that. Commack High School Cut many major after-school activities and Honor Societies. This blocks other students from reaching their full potential...
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2009

I'm extremely grateful for all that Commack offers-- the clubs, honor societies, wide range of electives, etc. I am not, however, impressed by Commack as a whole. To begin with, the recent budget cuts are completely absurd. Cutting out honor societies and causing non-academic departments to suffer losses, such as the art, music, and physical education departments. To many students, one or more of these departments may be just as important as their academic courses. In addition, I feel as though Commack is far too focused on high test scores and high academic achievements than on actually learning. It feels like information is just being crammed into our heads at high speeds, and then we're expected to regurgitate the information onto a test. I really feel like I have not learned much. Or, at least not as much as I'd like to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 1, 2009

Commack High School was flourishing when i attended not to long ago, but now with budget cuts, and the administration decided to eliminate all honor societies as well as the majority of the after school clubs. This being done is not allowing the students to reach their full potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2008

Commack Schools are great since I see many students getting into Ivy leauge schoold in prestigous majors and this is remarkable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2008

I really love this school. I am in all Honors Classes and the teachers are all supportful.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 17, 2006

I graduated 2.5 years ago from CHS. At the top of the academic ladder, the academics are great, but there isn't a push to really learn - only to complete the work and move on. Having taken french for 5 years in the Commack school district, I am barely proficient, and I was an IB student (4.0 GPA). Students at the other end of the spectrum fair just as well: preoccupied teachers, and very little inclusion of students with special needs into 'mainstream' academia. While special healp is necessary, no inclusion has proven to hinder acceleration as well. That being said, the principle and teachers tried to make themselves available and to know each students name. But CHS had the potential to be so much more...While many students go on to ivy league universities, there is still a lack of rigorous study.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 3, 2006

My child recently graduated from Commack High School and had a great academic experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2006

I am a graduate of CHS and I feel that I had a great education while I was a student there. The extracurricular activities rivaled that of my university and both parents and teachers were very supportive of students.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 17, 2006

Commack high school is a blue ribbon school with teachers dedicated themselves to their students. They offer many extracurricular activities and also offer special classes to special needs someone may have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

Academic programs are very available and of high standards. They offer several levels of education including AP and IB courses. FIne music, arts and sports programs. Interscholastic sports are competitive and many varieties available.
—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.

611 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

566 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%
Earth Science

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

374 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
68%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

600 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

35 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

590 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%
Global History and Geography

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

646 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%
Integrated Algebra

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

467 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

256 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%
Living Environment

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

298 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

389 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
90%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

585 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%
U.S. History and Government

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

607 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
97%
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 Students85%
Female85%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities64%
General population86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant85%

Chemistry

All Students90%
Female90%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities63%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant90%

Earth Science

All Students86%
Female83%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities61%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%

English

All Students98%
Female99%
Male97%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanic97%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities88%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%

Geometry

All Students94%
Female94%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander98%
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities76%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%

Global History and Geography

All Students94%
Female95%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities75%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%

Integrated Algebra

All Students93%
Female94%
Male91%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities72%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%

Living Environment

All Students94%
Female97%
Male93%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities37%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%

Physics

All Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities100%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Non-migrant90%

U.S. History and Government

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander101%
Hispanic97%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities94%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-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 87% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 9%
Hispanic 5% 23%
Black 1% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: 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 17%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 63%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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Commack, NY 11725
Phone: (631) 912-2108

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