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Deer Park High School

Public | 9-12 | 1357 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted May 20, 2014

I SEE SOME PEOPLE BLAME PARENT PARTICIPATION.ALOT OF DO PARENTS WORK,YOU MAY NOT SEE THEM AT PTA;S HOWEVER PARENT PARTICIPATION STARTS .HOMIE..I CAN SAY THAT IN THE 50 YRS PLUS ,PARENTS HAVE BEEN TOTALLY ACTIVE. AS FOR THE PERSON THAT WROTE ATHLETICS GOOD BE BETTER.WELL DP HAS PUT OUT PROFESSIONAL ATHLETICS.ITS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT THAT GOES FOR THE STUDENT AND THE PARENTS.DP ALSO HAS HAS ALOT OF STUDENTS GO TO IVORY LEAGUE SCHOOLS NOT BECAUSE OF HOW MUCH THE FAMILY HAD AND WHO THEY KNOW ,BECAUSE DP MADE IT POSS. FOR THOSE THAT WERE TRULY DESERVING OF THAT EDUCATION.DP IS A GREAT TOWN AND SCHOOLS TO GO WITH IT.ONE MORE MENTION,FOR THE STUDENT THAT SAID LOW INCOME,DO YOU HAVE A CLUE WHAT LOW INCOME IS???


Posted May 20, 2014

The arts program in this district is amazing. Students can get involved with chorus, band, orchestra, musical theatre, fine arts, fashion, etc. The teachers are wonderful throughout the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2013

I am a student attending Deer Park High School. I moved from one of the best school districts in Long Island : Half Hollow High School East . Coming from there I soon found out that there was an intense rivalry. I made lots of friends quickly. Which was a plus. But you also get judged very quickly. I'm an A+ student and in all honesty I have to say I never started having problems until I started going to this school. They offer great classes & academic activities to participate in, but they fail to keep fighting and bullying under control. Drug use is definitely average in this school. I knew people in 8th grade using weed or other substances daily. Drinking too. This school IS a good school. But this school can also be a TERRIBLE school if you're child gets influenced easily and has a hard time focusing. The bad path is very clear while becoming successful takes more effort.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2013

I graduated from DPHS back in 2007 and believe it is a great school district. I think a lot of is what you make of it, if you re willing to put the time and effort in the teachers will go the extra mile for you. I graduated in the top 20% of my class, graduated from a university with my bachelors degree in Finance in just 3 years and moved on to work at one of the leading insurance firms in the world. DPHS was my starting foundation for all of this. You can t go to a school and expect to come out very well educated without putting effort into things yourself. DPHS offers a wide range of class choices as well as multiple advanced courses.


Posted January 18, 2012

I am a 1979 graduate who attended a top university and also two top tier conservatories. DP schools provided me with an excellent academic foundation, especially in science, math, music, and extracurricular activities. All of this helped me become a well-rounded and well-spoken graduate and I am always pleased to be able to say the same about my fellow graduates, many of whom I simply run into on Facebook. DP has always been a low-to-middle class blue collar town. That does not mean that a good education is hard to get. My parents were motivated to make sure I took advantage of the many diverse offerings DP schools offered. You can lead some to water but you can't make them drink. Parents, if you want your kids to succeed, you MUST be involved in their lives.


Posted January 17, 2012

I grew up in Deer Park back in the 70's and went to DPHS. It was GREAT place to go to school. It saddens me to hear some of the comments as to how it has gone down.


Posted July 13, 2010

The school counselors are great to work with and I especially like working with Cory Black. I'm a very busy parent with long work hours. I rely on Cory Black on getting a progress report on my son's performance.


Posted June 21, 2010

Deer Park High school was a wonderful place to learn. When I graduated in 2004, I could confidently say that most of the faculty is actively involved with student organizations and work to develop relationships with their students. The music department, while lacking in participation, has wonderful directors.


Posted November 1, 2007

My 2 children received a great education in Deer Park schools. The teachers are wonderful, administration is professional and motivated. This school district is poised to do great things in the near future. The BOE is moving things along nicely and is very supportive of the staff and students. The parental involvement could be better. Everyone should show their support at school meetings, PTA meetings and BOE meetings!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2007

All 3 of my children went to DPHS. Graduated with honors and went on to attend excellent colleges. The staff and administration at DPHS are caring and professional. True, parental involvement is lacking in some cases, but not all. I am glad my children succeeded in a diverse atmosphere. There is an education to be had in Deer Park.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2007

Just a step above ghetto. Drugs rampant. Poor grammar. When parents do participate it is at the game and the profanity is classless.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 4, 2006

this is a good school but lacks great leadership. Has the potential to be one of the best because the athletic and academic talent is there but they have been unsuccessful un achieving that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2006

This is a great school. A good one, in fact.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 30, 2006

geared toward the average to below average student. No gifted/talented/enrichment classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

DPHS is an average middle class school in a blue collar community.Very little parent involvement.At times the school seems to make it difficult for a student to achieve academic excellence. There guidance dept is average. Each counselor has alot of students.Guidance dept seem to promote community college and state schools.Its a burden to them when a student applies to top tier schools. They dont always send the correct and accurate information to colleges and universities in the college application process.There is not enough college planning.The principal is overwhelmed. The people in the attendance dept is rude to the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2005

This high school offers a wide variety of interesting electives which enables students to become enriched in many subject areas. The teachers relate very well to the student population and the guidance counselors and social workers are available to students throughout the day. Also, they are involved in day to day school activities which is so important. This school offers a wide variety of sports and extracurricular activities from student council government to subject area clubs. This school uses advanced technology, houses a complete library and an indoor swimming pool. Overall, the atmosphere is warm, friendly, and professional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2005

The school is truly trying very hard to provide a quality education for its students, however, the parent population need to get onboard. There is very little parental support, many of the parents seem to have low, or even worse, no expectatins for their children. There are some fantastic students and families in the community, but there is also a significant amount of apathy. The district needs a strong outreach and parental education program to reach the apathetic population. It's not the school's fault, many of the parents just don't seem to care much. Try parenting your children, I do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

Academic quality at Deer Park High is average among faculty, but below average among students. In a predominantly 'blue collar' town not much emphasis is placed by parents on children to pursue academic excellence. As a result your child in a honors class is not really seeing honors calibre competition from peers. Availability of programs is sufficient except where art is concerned. With more and more students required to have remedial classes, enrollment in art is woefully low. AIS has become more important than lunch period in many cases! The level of parent involvement is shockingly low! There is perfect correlation between poor performance in school and lack of high expectations by parents. This district would do well to invest in educating its parents to follow through with their vital role in the education process. Parents must support the high standards of academic achievement that educators set for students.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

248 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
63%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
62%
Earth Science

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

341 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

365 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

18 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

338 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
86%
Global History and Geography

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

397 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%
Integrated Algebra

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

301 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

53 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Living Environment

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

284 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
66%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

147 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%
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

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%
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 Students75%
Female79%
Male72%
African American61%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant75%

Chemistry

All Students62%
Female62%
Male61%
African American59%
Asian/Pacific Islander74%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant62%

Earth Science

All Students75%
Female67%
Male81%
African American48%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities33%
General population79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant75%

English

All Students89%
Female92%
Male86%
African American80%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities63%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant89%

Geometry

All Students73%
Female71%
Male75%
African American62%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities67%
General population73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant73%

Global History and Geography

All Students82%
Female79%
Male82%
African American73%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities49%
General population87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%

Integrated Algebra

All Students81%
Female81%
Male83%
African American76%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities52%
General population87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant81%

Living Environment

All Students85%
Female86%
Male85%
African American83%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities65%
General population90%
English language learners58%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%

Physics

All Students71%
Female66%
Male74%
African American69%
Asian/Pacific Islander86%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Not migrant71%

U.S. History and Government

All Students91%
Female89%
Male92%
African American88%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities65%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
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 58% 48%
Black 1 17% 19%
Hispanic 1 14% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 9% 9%
Two or more races 1 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 123%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 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 61%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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1 Falcon Pl
Deer Park, NY 11729
Phone: (631) 274-4100

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