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Walter Panas High School

Public | PK, 9-12 | 1028 students

 

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Posted May 3, 2014

My school has a great staff. Honestly, some of the best teachers on earth are in this school. However, the rules and actions of the administrators are not reflective of the philosophies of the students or the teachers. Often cruel and, sadly, usual punishments are used to "discipline" students. For instance, a punishment for students who choose not to attend a class is that they must sit in a room the next day, often alone, and with nothing to do. this inhibits a student's ability to learn while at school, and is quite the ironic punishment for not attending class. "you didn't go to one class, so now you cant go to any for a day." This type of "disciplining" does no good for the student, and is outright sickening. The only perk is that it discourages actions such as skipping class, but the students who want to skip class will do it anyways. No child left behind? I think not. No child left behind, as long as you do what we say is more like it.


Posted March 27, 2012

I am a student in Walter Panas High School, and I feel that while this school may be safe and give students a good environment, it is not academically challenging. School spirit is important, so is self-confidance, but they won't get you into a good college, and they won't help much in the real world.


Posted February 25, 2009

I am a student in the 9th grade. Walter Panas has great clubs and has a educational circulum for all students. The teachers are nice and help is available if you need it. The environment is a very positive one and it is stressed that everyone is important in the school. I think the scholl has a lot to offer. Principal has been in the school for a number of years and have heard nothing but nice things.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 14, 2009

I am a parent and also attended Walter Panas High School. I think the school environment, teaching and support staff to be excellent!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2007

One son graduated 2 years ago, and another this year. Both both loved WPHS and their experiences there. There are many AP classes to challange those students up to the task, in English, Math, Social Studies, Sciences, etc. The teachers are for the most part wonderful educators and really help the students reach their potential. The counselors are terrific, helping both of my sons into their first choice colleges. The environment is friendly, safe and welcoming. My middle school daughter can't wait to attend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2007

I graduated Panas in 2000. The school was not academically challenging, not did it foster academic excellence. When I entered college, I felt woefully unprepared when compared to my colleagues from other schools. They spoke of classic English literature that I had never head of, let alone read. Obviously, things may have changed in 7 years. However, my experience there was highlighted by a few wonderful teachers. Other than that, I felt that the students really brought down the quality of the educational environment. Perhaps now that Putnam Vally is longer in the Panas district, things have improved.


Posted June 10, 2007

Panas is a school that i feel safe attending. Everyone has great school spirit, and school for me is actually fun.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 31, 2005

Walter Panas is a great high school. They have a wonderful variety of academic programs, great teachers, very involved staff. There are really strong extracurricular programs including band, sports, fitness, art and drama, etc. They have a really nice program for student interested in a career in Early Childhood Education, and the school actually houses and preschool program where the students get hands-on experience working with the kids. The parents of the students are also very involved. The school provides a very safe, friendly environment in which to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2004

Walter Panas High School always had a 'bad reputation' in the district. That may have been years ago. I am proud to say that my son attends WPHS and my daughter will be coming in next year. We are amazed by the level of parent-teacher interaction, the pre-college programs and awareness regarding college, etc. The kids are wholesome, friendly, comfortable with who they are. I fee that this school is less 'pretentious' than some neighboring schools. The principal, assistant principals and staff (counselors) are very perceptive, willing to assist the parents and the 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.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
75%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%
Earth Science

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

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
82%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%
Global History and Geography

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

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%
Integrated Algebra

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

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

57 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Living Environment

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

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
90%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

123 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%
U.S. History and Government

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

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
96%
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 Students87%
Female92%
Male83%
African American87%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant87%

Chemistry

All Students89%
Female92%
Male88%
African American94%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant89%

Earth Science

All Students79%
Female75%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities69%
General population82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%

English

All Students94%
Female96%
Male92%
African American96%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities76%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%

Geometry

All Students97%
Female99%
Male94%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic95%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities100%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%

Global History and Geography

All Students88%
Female84%
Male92%
African American78%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities78%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%

Integrated Algebra

All Students95%
Female94%
Male95%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic97%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities80%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%

Living Environment

All Students93%
Female95%
Male91%
African American91%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities80%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
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 populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students92%
Female92%
Male92%
African American86%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities72%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
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 67% 48%
Hispanic 2 19% 23%
Black 2 10% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 4% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 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 12%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 115%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 6%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 46%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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300 Croton Ave
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
Phone: (914) 739-2823

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