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General Brown Junior Senior High School

Public | 7-12 | 711 students

 

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Posted June 27, 2014

This school used o be good, but now it's not good. I went there my final years of high school, and it was a different school than the one I had heard about. There are some fabulous teachers that go out of their way to help students, but some teachers do nothing in their class but talk about sports or kick kids out for no reason. Guidance did nothing to help any students but their favored few. Bullying is rampant. Paperwork could be filled out if anything was done with it, and many teachers look the other way when people get bullied in front of them. There is not a lot for advanced students because most electives have been eliminated. If at all possible, do not send a kid there if you have a choice. It's not the GB it was in the day.


Posted March 24, 2014

I graduated from General Brown and the school was great then. I had one of my children enrolled and the school was completely different than it used to be. My daughter was not given any guidance she was ignored in class and he teacher still did not know her name at the end of the school year. She also had some special education classes she was attneding and the school wanted to cancel them because tof the budget cuts. They tried to convince us that she no longer needed them. We had to move to another district and when they tested her they agreed that she did need to continue with her special ed. The children used to be the first thing on the districts mind but I think they are more concerned with their budget and community gossip.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

My School is General Brown High School 2 of my 3 children have graduated from GBHS. General Brown has a BULLYING epidemic. Everyone is aware of it. Key administrators are sweeping serious problems under the carpet and denying the extent of which the problems exist GB has some great and supportive teachers left, due to budget cuts (lost some great teachers) and they also have a few teachers that lack enthusiasm and need to retire. Unfortunately the administration staff leaves a lot to be desired. It seems as though Supporting the students and teachers is not a priority.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2013

The guidance office is horrible. The councilers do not listen to student's personal issues, there are very few good teachers who actively try to help the students, the rest send them to I.S.S and would rather forget about the student's behind than help. The only good thing about the school is sports. Plus; the budget is horrible.


Posted December 7, 2009

I am a GB Graduate and i can tell you 1st hand that while I did receive a great education there were issues with the school. The teaching staff is a fantastic group of people who want the students to succeed but also feel comfortable. The guidance counselors are there for any problem that you want to talk about and when it comes to making your schedule are very willing to help. However, the administration left a lot to be desired, not the vice principal but the current principal and superintendent often created more problems. The new rules that the principal put in place often restricted teachers and often limited them rather than aiding in their teaching us. And the superintendent really needed to think more about the students and their educations than the football field. I've since heard that the principal is getting worse. But the teachers makeup for them.


Posted December 18, 2007

my son attends GB. I feel very confident that he is treated very well by most of the staff and students. I believe he is being giving a solid education and great lessons about being a good person. My son plays in many sports, the programs are very positive and healthy. They are coached by what I see as extremely positive caring men and women. All is great here and if I believed my son was to grow up and stay here I would be satisfied. BUT, I want my son to see more and not be sheltered from life. I want him to able to go to college in a large community and not be lost. It maybe a mistake, but we may move from the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2006

The education at GB is outstanding. The superintendent is proactive, the principal involved, the teachers dedicated and the supporting staff are top notch. However, the are a few teachers and staff that give GB a bad name. Those few choose to make up rules as they go and that creates turmoil for the rest of the school. The principal should be more proactive in identifying these teachers and counsel them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2005

All six of my kids have been going to General Brown and I have one right now. The level of consitent quality teachers and balance of learning and fun has just gotten better and better through the years for all my kids. School can be a difficult place for kids these days, but I can say that General Brown does a great job of creating a good, safe, fun learning environment for my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2005

I think General Brown is a very nice school. The sports at GB are great. The parents are always involved with the student activity. The academic programs there are good. They have many different choices in classes and subjects once you get into the higher grades. they have a very wide variety of intrests.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 30, 2004

In my opinion I believe that General Brown is not all it is made out to be. Sure, there are a few very dedicated staff members that actually enjoy what they are doing but the majority have forgotten the reason that they are there; for the students. The administration most definitly needs to acknowledge that they are not doing what is just and beneficial for the students, and stop doing only what is more convenient for themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

I am a General Brown graduate. This is a great school that my children will also be attending.
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
58%
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 2013-2014 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. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. 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 36% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%
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 2013-2014 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. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. 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

Algebra II/Trigonometry

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

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
73%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%
Earth Science

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

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

16 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%
Global History and Geography

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

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%
Integrated Algebra

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

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
n/a
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

34 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
U.S. History and Government

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

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%
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 Students66%
Female66%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Not migrant66%

Chemistry

All Students87%
Female84%
Male91%
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 population87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Not migrant87%

Earth Science

All Students91%
Female86%
Male96%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%

English

All Students92%
Female89%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities45%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%

Geometry

All Students91%
Female98%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%

Global History and Geography

All Students81%
Female73%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant81%

Integrated Algebra

All Students93%
Female96%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities90%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%

Living Environment

All Students88%
Female85%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities53%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%

Physics

All Students93%
Female94%
Male93%
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 population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Not migrant93%

U.S. History and Government

All Students92%
Female88%
Male96%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities54%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Not 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 1 93% 48%
Black 1 3% 19%
Hispanic 2 2% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 1% 9%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 20%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 226%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 9%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 7%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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