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Dobbs Ferry High School

Public | 9-12 | 446 students

DFHS is an "IB World School" and offers the IB Diploma Programme.

 

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Posted May 11, 2014

The IB Program is excellent and prepares students for advance college-level work. The full IB Diploma program made my child undergo a lot of rigorous accelerated work and programs, but it benefited him to great extent and prepared him for life. The school is doing extremely well and has high national rankings. Thanks DFHS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2014

The Dobbs Ferry High School provides a wonderful opportunity for students to get ready for prestigious colleges and universities through academic rigor, diverse extracurriculars, a variety of after-school clubs and other programs. Students can benefit through the very high standard of education, which sets them apart from any high school in the country. Being a New York Sate Board school following the IB Curriculum, the school sets the perfect stage for the students, teachers and parents who understand that academic excellence is the key to the child's future successes, on the road to leadership and exceptional performance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2014

Excellent school with an exceptional IB program, that makes us go through a lot of academic rigor for sure. Although, we are under pressure to constantly and consistently perform well because of the challenging curriculum,it definitely makes us well-prepared for college-level work in adavnce My seniors got admissions in the Ivy Leagues, as well as other prestigious colleges. A very warm and friendly community, and an ever-active school program, Dobbs generates some very talented and exceptional achievers. The Science Research Program has been a great learning experience for me too. I would say, Go Dobbs!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 14, 2014

Dobbs Ferry HS does not focus on the majority of its students. However, as poor as the programming is for students with learning issues the programming for general education students without learning issues is just as poor if not worse. Dobbs ferry HS has designed its programming based on a small percentage of advanced students, about 10% of the student population at the HS. DFHS provides the 10% of advanced students with the the best teachers at the high school and do NOT allow the better teachers to teach the general population of students or children with learning issues. as the majority of students at the HS are NOT IB students enrolled in full schedule IB classes. The general population and special needs population which represent 90% of the schools population are pushed aside to focus on students that can provide the school with headlines and put feathers in the caps of a top heavy grossly OVERPAID administration whose objective is not provide the majority with quality educational programming their goal is to advance their careers and please a minority elitist parent body who provide funding through the school foundation for the top 10% ONLY!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

i love the school community. it has an amazing teaching staff. The teachers really love what they do, and make extra time to meet with the students. The kids are all really great kids and come from great families. Kids get challenged as they get to the high school because they get put into honors classes, ap coarses, or ib classes. Yes, ib is offered here, unlike most public schools. The athletic teams are all very good. Football is well known for this town. Go Eagles! They have a huge gym, a turf field, a softball field, accesible tennis coarts, soccer fields, basketball coarts, volley ball coarts, and a gorgeous golf coarse. The only thing I dislike about this school is that you are with the same kids since kindergarten. Also, another great thing is the "anti-bullying" policy. Bullying is restricted in this area, and taken care of right away.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 19, 2010

Over the past ten years has shown a very positive trajectory with increased number of IB graduates.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2009

Grew up in Dobbs Ferry and it has fantastic schools. Small classes..great ratio of teacher to students, excellent teachers, great sports teams and extra curricular activities. Small village town, very safe community.


Posted January 4, 2008

Great IB program led to wonderful college placements
—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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
81%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
91%
Earth Science

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

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
70%
Global History and Geography

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

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
76%
Integrated Algebra

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

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

24 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Living Environment

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

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
91%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

43 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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

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 Students69%
Female72%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Non-migrant69%

Chemistry

All Students85%
Female87%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant85%

Earth Science

All Students86%
Female85%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%

English

All Students89%
Female97%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities67%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%

Geometry

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%

Global History and Geography

All Students85%
Female90%
Male80%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities44%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%

Integrated Algebra

All Students76%
Female85%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities27%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%

Living Environment

All Students97%
Female97%
Male96%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities83%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%

Physics

All Students92%
Female88%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Non-migrant92%

U.S. History and Government

All Students93%
Female97%
Male91%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities75%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
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%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 13% 9%
Hispanic 1 12% 23%
Black 1 5% 19%
Two or more races 1 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 11%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Dobbs Ferry Middle School
Springhurst Elementary School
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 3% (2012)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 95% (2012)
Percentage of students going to the military 0% (2012)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 2% (2012)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 0% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation 4-Yr Colleges and Universities
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 55%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
French
German
Italian
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • US News & World Report Ranking (2012)
  • The Washington Post Ranking (2012)
  • Named NYS "Reward" School (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Electrical
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Step team
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • All languages IB Abanico
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Other
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Urdu
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • SADD
  • Step team

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
Clubs
  • Debate
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:35 am
School end time
  • 3:05 pm
School Leader's name
  • MR. JOHN FALINO
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Independent Study
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Internships
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
  • Virtual school
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • All languages IB Abanico
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Other
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Urdu
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • All programs through BOCES
  • Auto mechanics
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary
  • Electrical

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Mercy College
  • SUNY Albany
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Amnesty international
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Dance club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Forensics club
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • SADD
  • Science club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Step team
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
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College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
2 year college - 3%
4 year college - 95%
Military - 0%
Vocational - 2%
Workforce - 0%
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505 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
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Phone: (914) 693-7645

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