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John Jay High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1212 students

 
 

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Posted June 18, 2013

My son is finishing up his senior year at John Jay High School in Cross River. This school has been a tremendous experience for him. When he first came to John Jay, we moved from Virginia, he was very shy and withdrawn. As he entered his Junior year you could suddenly see the change in him emerging. He started to make friends and became more outgoing. I truely believe that this is a result of the effort and provided by the staff at John Jay. My son was an IEP student and even though he was a good student with more than passing grades he need invidual attention to succeed. John Jay ent far and above in providing this to him. He is graduating with a NY State Regents diploma, something i would never even dreamed of. This is a fantastic school and i highly reccommend John Jay to all parents and gaurdians. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2012

i went to this school my freshmen year for 3 months i was an outsider from the area so i was bullied and picked on since i was not with them prior to high school. i didn't not like this school at all i was transferred to rck :) i give this school a one on teachers and students there!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 27, 2012

As a former student of Jjhs, (class of 2006), I cannot imagine having gone to another high school, I loved going to it everyday with the wonderful classmates and teachers I had that taught me how to be who I am today. With an excellent curriculumm, great staff that helped me become successful, I am so thankful that my parents moved to the district so I could benefit from the best learning experience ever!!!! Thank you to everyone who made my 4 years at this school the bestest ever!!!!!!! I hope my son will love it as much as i do when it's his turn to go!


Posted November 3, 2011

As, A student in Katonah Lewisboro and a member of the John Jay Senior High School graduating class of 2011. Looking back on my years at John Jay High School, A lot of my success to have lead me to where I am today. I definitely give a lot the teachers who I had for classes or teachers I knew through extra curriculars.the administrators etc. It is very true that John Jay has a very safe learning environment. great athletics programs. wide range of extra curricular activities. All the teachers and support staff were always understanding of their students. having a school run by people that actually care about their students goes a long way. I don't know how I would manage to be where I currently am. If it wasn't for the support of everybody who helped me, but everyone else there. I couldn't imagine myself going to High School anywhere else. Thank you John Jay for making my one and only High School experience so great and giving me reasons to believe in myself and for all positive encouragement given.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2010

My daughter has had wonderful shadowing opportunities - People Magazine, MSNBS and more. The school has provided an enormous about of support and assistance in the college selection process. I also feel that my child is safe at this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2008

I credit much of the success I had in college to my experiences at John Jay. Teachers are willing to go the extra mile for students who are willing to put in the effort. Heck, most of them go the extra mile just to help the kids who don't care about school at all! Some parents have a hard time transitioning from the middle school--where their children are essentially coddled--to the high school--where they are not. I've actually witnessed students who do not do their class reading assignments perform poorly, but then their parents call and complain about the teacher being too hard a grader! Not everyone is supposed to get an A. My art classes were also light years ahead of what other people in college had at their high schools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 22, 2008

The proof is in the pudding. I have two children in the school now and while the school is demanding both of my children are doing great. There are a ton of options for classes and after school activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2007

As a student at JJHS I can say the decision by my parents to send me to this school was probably one of the greatest decisions they have ever made. The teachers are amazing and care about their students and there are plenty of opportunities to meet with them. The class sizes are a bit large but if you can be willing to meet with the teachers at extra-help (which is attended by almost everyone) or even participate actively in class you can get just as much out of class as you would if their were 10 kids in a class. The sports and extra-curricular are amazing and the kids are friendly and the school has it's own fun traditions that create an amazing learning environment. The parents will sometimes get too involved in the school's affairs which will get annoying though but being in a district that cares is great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2007

John Jay High School/Cross River is generally an excellent institution. For the most part, the teachers are excellent and really committed to the children. Moreover, the Principal, Rich Leprine, really cares about each and every student and is a wonderful advocate for them. The school serves a community of affluent, upper middle class people who have very high expectations for their children, and, therefore, their high school. The school does not disappoint: not only are academic expectations are very high, but students are expected to excel at extracurricular activities as well. There are always a few community members who publicly lament the high expectations and resulting pressure. Personally, I think John Jay has served my children's needs very well and prepared them nicely for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2007

I attended John Jay high school and loved it. There were lots of rule, sure, but at the same time, they were pretty laid back and sometimes friendly;) Some people are not very smart, but that is canceled out by some very wonderful teachers. I loved JJ and i would recommend it to anyone. Yes, its like a private school- but we never had to wear uniforms and my parents certainly didn't pay $45,000 for tuition.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 19, 2007

As a JJHS parent who moved to this school district based on the reputatation of the schools and the high school in particular, I am very disappointed with the high school. Compared with the personal attention and almost-private-school atmosphere at the middle school and elementary schools in the same district, the high school is impersonal and rule-oriented. The grading system (numerical grades vs. letter grades) seems designed to stress the students and emphasize test-taking over education. A number of the school's teachers are excellent however grading is inconsistent with some teachers seeming to take pride in breaking students' spirit by piling on homework and grading unreasonably. Not a school that seems to care about its students, but one whose administration has its own self-interested agenda.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2007

As a student at John Jay, I am constantly impressed by the amount of voice students are given; students are actively encouraged to participate and become involved in the community. Students are encouraged to voice their opinions (even if their opinions differ from those of the administration) and prepare themselves for life in a democratic society. Students are driven and motivated, creating a positive, competitive (although still familial) learning environment. Most teachers at John Jay genuinely care about their charges and become mentors for students; again, I am HIGHLY impressed with the amount of control and voice students have at John Jay High School- this only prepares them all the better for life as active citizens of the world.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 3, 2006

I attended John Jay High and I love it! Its a great setting the kids are nice and the teachers arn't boring. There is a lot to offer at John Jay and many kids take advange of their programs. There is theature, sports, and art/tech clubs. All and All its a great school to be in.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 29, 2006

Academic programs solid, diminished a biot by classroom size and students per instructor. Special attention is nil and students who can't keep pace find there way to private schools where they can get the more personalized attention they require. John Jay is a pressure cooker with less vacation days and more homework time then it seems all other schools in Westchester. My general take is that the teachers feel like they are constantly being evaluated and that translates too inordinate pressure on the students. While it rates well and students are accomplished, some other schools in Westchester seem to surpass John Jay while still providing more normal annual vacations and days off.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2006

This is a great school full of kids with college on their mind and teachers, coaches and parents who care!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 7, 2005

I am a graduate of the Katonah-Lewisboro School District, attending from K - 12. John Jay High School has amazing teachers with great experience. They have AP classes that are available, which actually prepare you for college. The small classes sizes give the student individual attention and the teachers always make themselves available for after school help or free period help. Most student participate in sports or other after school activities such as Math Team, Photography, etc. Most parents are highly involved - they want to keep this school district in great condition with great academics with great teachers and great extracurricular activities. If you move to this area, your child or children will experience an education on many levels that are uncomparable anywhere else in the country!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 21, 2005

Horribly unattractive buildings belie a good educational environment. Lots of students pursue the arts and sports.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 1, 2005

I believe John Jay High is a great school for any level of learning for a child. There are many programs that allow students to discover new likings, or challenge themselves further. Being a student at John Jay, I've witnessed many amazing teachers, some which i have had the pleasure of learning from, who love what they do, and do it well. I have not once encountered a teacher who didn't stay after school to help a student with their struggles or concerns in class. If not known already, the John Jay sports teams are great, such as the lacrosse team who are going to state championships tomorrow, or the girls softball. Sports and after school activities are a great way to meet people and feel at place in a big school like JJ. They say JJ is one like a giant learning community, and i would agree with that 100%.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 14, 2005

This school os pretty good. The teachers are mostly nice, and if you become friends with them, they are even nicer. Some of the teachers are very boring and don't teach well. But if you get good teachers, you will do well. Also I think the math ciriculum is horrible and boring. But there are many extracircular activities you could participate in.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2005

One of the worst schools in Westchester county. NO DIVERSITY what so ever.
—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.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

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

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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

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Earth Science

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

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
92%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

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Global History and Geography

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

303 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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97%
Integrated Algebra

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

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

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Living Environment

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

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

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Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

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Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

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U.S. History and Government

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

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
96%

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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

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Chemistry

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Earth Science

All Students91%
Female91%
Male91%
African Americann/a
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Hispanic82%
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White92%
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Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities75%
General population95%
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Non-migrant91%

English

All Students95%
Female96%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander76%
Hispanic94%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities85%
General population97%
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Non-migrant95%

Geometry

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Global History and Geography

All Students94%
Female93%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities70%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%

Integrated Algebra

All Students98%
Female99%
Male96%
African Americann/a
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Hispanic93%
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White98%
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Students with disabilities88%
General population100%
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Non-migrant98%

Living Environment

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General population100%
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Physics

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U.S. History and Government

All Students97%
Female98%
Male98%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
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White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities87%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
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 88% 48%
Hispanic 1 6% 23%
Two or more races 2 3% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 2% 9%
Black 2 1% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22%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 47%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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