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Cortland Junior Senior High School

Public | 7-12 | 1202 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted July 4, 2014

I am a 2007 alumni from Cortland Jr. Sr. High School, and during my time there I was blessed with the opportunity to pursue any and all subjects that interested me. I enrolled in several honors classes (English DOES have an entrance exam, and the rest have quarterly cut scores, so you DO have to maintain academic excellence in order to complete the year!) that were challenging and extremely rewarding. I agree that those who seek to learn and really engage in their studies will get the most out of their education at CHS. For those students, the teachers will ALWAYS go above and beyond to provide challenges and opportunities for growth. The faculty and curriculum gave me the challenges I needed to be successful as an undergraduate student, and I am still reaping the benefits of my Research and Writing elective as I complete my masters degree. I have taught in two states, in rich and poor areas, and I am stunned by the quality of education available in a district that, financially, should be struggling a whole lot more than it does. Cortland has a lot going for it, for those willing to seek the its challenges!


Posted June 21, 2014

I went to Cortland high school and graduated in 2001. I have worked professionally as a actor in movies, commercials, as well as directed films and plays. I have lived in Seattle Washington, Albany New York, Brooklyn New York, Los Angeles California and Hollywood, and currently live five minutes from the Pacific ocean in Orange Co. California. The fact is, kids, you get out what you put in. Cortland is a great place to grow up, and if you like it there very much I'm sure it's a wonderful place to live. I prefer the sunshine. I do feel as though I have had a professional advantage in the workplace. This is because of the hard work ethic that I was raised with. My grandparents were all farmers, and they taught us that if you wanted a good yield you had to work real good. People complain without looking actually assessing something's value--what something actually has to offer. For example our television opportunities at Cortland high are unparalleled in our region. There many colleges that do not have the quality of equipment that Cortland High has. But what will you do with it? Are you the kind of person will make something happen? Or do you just let things happen to you?


Posted June 15, 2013

The person below me. Shame on you! So what a student wants to challenge themselves! Maybe the person who recommended it thought it would do them some good! I was Special Ed for a year but still took honors classes and excelled over most of my classmates. Besides that Cortland truly is a terrible school.


Posted March 7, 2011

A large percentage of my classmates are very disrespectful of other students AND teachers/administrators. This behavior is tolerated, and no disciplinary action is taken. Not only are there no entrance exams for honors classes, but learning disabled students are being encouraged to enroll.


Posted September 16, 2009

wonderful teachers and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2009

This school has an AMAZING television production program. I've worked with the video club a bit and can't believe all the equipment I've been able to use and the people I've been able to meet. If you want to work in television this is the high school to go to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 16, 2005

This school is splendid. It has great academic reviews and a nice atmosphere. I am glad my child attends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2005

There is a wide varity of music classes, sports, and many different kinds of art classes. Being in my freshmen year I have personally experianced all of them and I give'm all a thumbs up.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 3, 2005

This is an amazing public school. Because Cortland is the county seat the school is blessed with top rate academic programs and extracurricular activities. This school is far better than the private schools in the area and parent involvement is encouraged.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
63%
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 2012-2013 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. 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 33% in 2013.

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
87%
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 2012-2013 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. 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

All Students33%
Female31%
Male35%
African American17%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White35%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities5%
General population37%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English33%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Math

All Students9%
Female7%
Male11%
African American0%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White10%
Economically disadvantaged4%
Not economically disadvantaged14%
Students with disabilities0%
General population10%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English9%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/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 2012-2013 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. 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.

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

English Language Arts

All Students32%
Female37%
Male29%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White34%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities4%
General population37%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English32%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant32%

Math

All Students15%
Female10%
Male19%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White16%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilities0%
General population17%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English15%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant15%

Science

All Students82%
Female80%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities52%
General population87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

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

Algebra II/Trigonometry

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

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
78%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
88%
Earth Science

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

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
88%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

15 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%
Global History and Geography

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

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
60%
Integrated Algebra

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

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%
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.

222 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
67%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

70 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.

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%
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 Students91%
Female91%
Male93%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant91%

Chemistry

All Students94%
Female94%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Non-migrant94%

Earth Science

All Students89%
Female88%
Male91%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

English

All Students85%
Female89%
Male80%
African American60%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities35%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students98%
Female96%
Male98%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%

Global History and Geography

All Students71%
Female68%
Male75%
African American75%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities35%
General population76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Integrated Algebra

All Students88%
Female87%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities38%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Living Environment

All Students84%
Female81%
Male87%
African American50%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities37%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%

Physics

All Students91%
Female96%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant91%

U.S. History and Government

All Students92%
Female93%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities55%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
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 1 90% 48%
Black 1 6% 19%
Hispanic 2 3% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 142%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 4%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 13%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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8 Valley View Dr
Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: (607) 758-4100

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