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Dryden High School

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Posted October 25, 2013

I have been a student at Dryden central schools for 11 years. Elementary school were the best days of my life, very organized schooling system. Middle/high school.. On the other hand not so pleasant. It is the most asinine school I have ever been in. The way they handle situations is awful. In Dryden, it's all about who you are when it comes to the disaplin area. If they dislike you, you might get a day of iss, but another student that did the same exact thing might get told not to do it again, because they like them! I have been caught in that situation multiple times and it is just wrong! I would NEVER send my children here. Awful school.


Posted August 26, 2009

My two daughters graduated from Dryden recently. Dryden school district has many fine qualities including many activities and a good sports program. Unlike the larger Ithaca district, you don't have to be a superstar to participate on a sports team. Also unlike the larger Ithaca district, the safety of the students is not in question because of fights, gangs, etc. While the academic programs are more limited, if your student is motivated, they will do well. There's a good partnership with Tompkins Cortland Community College nearby with opportunities to earn significant TC3 credits during high school. There are drawbacks, but they are no different from any other semi-rural school district. Both of my girls went on to competitive colleges and are doing well there. They were well prepared.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2007

One of the worst school systems I have ever encountered. The administration is absolutely oblivious to the problems within the system and doesn't dare depart from a 'status quo' stranglehold. As a result, the students suffer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2005

I graduated from Dryden in 1999 and continue to be involved in many aspects of this school. When tragedy struck the school, we were supported and the teachers and administration continue to do so on a day to day basis. The administrators do care about this school and the students attending. I coach middle school aged girls, some of whom go to Dryden. Dryden's programs continue to expand and reach even higher levels. Please, while evaluating the quality of the extras Dryden has to offer, keep in mind that NYS has instituted extremely high Regents standards that is making the lives of our teachers much more difficult and the chances to include a more varied academic experience difficult.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 5, 2004

HS is the best performing school in the district but it has a lot of problems. Terrible superintendents for the past 12 years and board members who advance their own causes and are cheerleaders for the top contributed to the sad demise of that school district. Educational opportunities and programs for advanced students are always put on the back burner. Rampant favoritism towards certain teachers and kids is quite obvious. Dryden School cater to mediocrity and favors low end students. This school went down the drain since many people moved out and the rest simply do not care to come and expose wrongdoing. Superintendent with the majority of the board members never answer legitimate complaints, but try to compliment each other for the lousy job they are doing. The only bright star in that school is HS Principal, but he can not improve anything without the board and superintendent backup.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2003

If your child has specific concerns with depression and you want a partnership with the school to ensure success - our experience has been rather negative. The issue of teenage depression and teacher understanding needs to be explored and fully understood by teaching staff. The words some teachers use to their students in our experience has been totally inappropriate for any age level and has actually been detrimental toward my child's success. In example -- you wouldn't tell a cancer patient 'what's the matter with you? You think you're dying? Get over it.' Unfortunately this has been our experience and I have taken steps toward prevention. But there was no one who from the school end who would take the steps to mentor my child. It is rather tragic from a personal stand point.


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About these ratings

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

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
88%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%
Earth Science

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

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
85%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
81%
Global History and Geography

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

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
70%
Integrated Algebra

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

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
89%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
7%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

49 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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%
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 Students84%
Female84%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Non-migrant84%

Chemistry

All Students85%
Female82%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant85%

Earth Science

All Students76%
Female72%
Male80%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities50%
General population80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

English

All Students92%
Female95%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities33%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%

Geometry

All Students99%
Female100%
Male97%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%

Global History and Geography

All Students74%
Female75%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities37%
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Integrated Algebra

All Students80%
Female84%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities25%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Living Environment

All Students90%
Female93%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities55%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

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 Students95%
Female96%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities54%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
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 93% 48%
Black 3% 19%
Hispanic 2% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 9%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 127%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

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 14%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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  • MR. BRETT FINGLAND

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118 Freeville Rd
Dryden, NY 13053
Phone: (607) 844-8694

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