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Ward Melville Senior High School

Public | 10-12 | 1848 students

 

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Posted May 1, 2014

The school inrollment is incorrect .there is 30 people to a classroom.if your in the school between classes ,I can't believe how crowed it is . My kids have gone and still are going and they all turning out good I have two pharasist and a school teacher so far..and I have three more going. Setauket is a very safe neighborhood..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2014

Ward Melville provides an excellent education as well as so many great programs for the students. They have a wide variety of class offerings and really helps guide students to prominent universities following graduation.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 26, 2013

Most of the teachers are not very engaged in their job, relying on the students from "rich" backgrounds to keep up the reputation. Administration is very stubborn, uninterested, and unhelpful. On the flip side, still a relatively strong school academically, with success in many major academic competitions. The students are very self-motivated and competitive, though not in a cutthroat sort of way. Unfortunately, more and more is getting cut with each year, and many formerly wonderful programs (i.e. InSTAR, some sports teams) are steadily declining in quality.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 11, 2012

Needs better administration; opportunity is provided by the expensive taxes of the district, of which they are not allocating in the right places. Teachers encourage preying on your self - esteem issues with grades and their concern is only limited the few students that do well in class. Also, class sizes are pretty large (30) and bound to increase as they never seem to have enough money for anything.


Posted June 8, 2010

I am moving to the area from out of state and not sure who has the best school to go to Rocky Pointe ,Miller Place ,Mt Sinai,Smithtown or Three Village and out of all those schools it seems Three Village offers the best choices for students anyone who can help on this problem please comment thanks !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

I taught Biology at Ward Melville for thirty one years. It has always been an innovative school offering courses for all levels of ability. Many interesting electives are available for students to get a look at the kinds of opportunities possible for them after they graduate.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 10, 2009

My daughter just graducated. I am very proud of what the Three Village Central School District offered my child. She excelled and developed academically,socially,and most of all prepared her well for college to have a successful future. Thank you again..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2008

Those of you who attend this school and belittle it have no idea as to how many more opportunities you have had by virtue of being in this school district. Having been raised in a blue collar district where we had to fight for programs, I appreciate all that the 3Vs and WMHS has had to offer for my children. There is a degree of friendly competition amongst my oldest's fellow students which made them strive to work even harder. There have been some wonderful teachers who truly care about their students and have a passion for the subject they teach. There have been some who are less than stellar; but one has to ask how much is the teacher vs. the subject matter vs. the group of students in a particular class? I wish I had 1/2 the opportunities WMHS students have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2008

Like all High schools Ward melville has its ups and downs. And i dont think the parents can say they think they're kids teachers are bad. All the teachers employed in three village are amazing and care so extremly much about their students, but thats not enough. tudents have to make an effort to, to get the best possible relationship with there teachers. Ward Melville is an amazing school, and fowl language and cliques are in any school. it just happens to show a little more in the three village schools because of the 'rich' family backrounds
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 15, 2008

There was definitely a distinction between honors students and non. If you were an honors/ AP student, you were pushed to do multiple AP courses. The AP courses are pretty good; there are 22 offered and I'd say well over half are excellent, although a few are complete jokes. However, being an AP student, there was definitely a difference in relationship between the school and students at different levels. At the AP level, teachers were very concentrated on pushing information and us memorizing; however boring and tedious and traditional, though, it was effective and most students at this level received very high AP test scores. Overall, if your student wants to go to a good college, WMHS does get them in. It won't be a good time, though, very cliquey and crowded, but academically strong.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 4, 2008

I find that Ward Meville has readily prepared me for college. My moto in life is -- what you put into it, is what you get out of it. I DO feel that Ward Melville H.S. has 'left the mediocre student' in the dark about higher education. Being a strong student-athlete at Ward Meville, I had no knowledge of an AP course (as rudimentary as that may sound). I think that it is NOT the school that pushes the student to be the best that they can be, but it is the over bearing parenting that pushes the child to be at the top of their studies. Although this review may seem as if I am bashing the system, I am simply stating that the validity of the current reviews of Ward Melville should be taken with a grain of salt and the voice of an experienced athlete should be heard.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 29, 2007

I find that all the critcism and the compliments are very accurate. Also one of the most pompous attitude high schools.Ward Melville caters to the above average student rather than below or average student. they have very competive AP classes and only a handful of honor classes. Circulia is revolving more around standarized exams. Teachers teach towards an exam and not the student or subject matter. Gives way too much work. If you want to get an A in the class you will only have room to do one of the many extracicular activites.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2007

Some of the previous reviews were just ridiculous. Who cares if the kids dress like the 'dreggs of society,' or smoke, or whatever. I looked like a dirty punk, and ended up at the University of Pennsylvania (thats the ivy league one, not penn state). That was part of the beauty of this school - I had the chance to do whatever I want in my life, with all the course offerings. The teachers actually cared about the students, as long as the student wanted to learn. But if they didn't, since they were given freedom, they would not disturb the students that Did want to learn. That is so important in education - it is impossible to teach somebody who is unwilling to learn. This did not cause any problems - I felt totally safe in school, although a little more freedom might augment this.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 19, 2005

Excellent teachers, electives offered, college courses offered, A/P courses offered, excellent sports programs/coaches.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 29, 2005

This is the stereotypical high school. Providing an excellent education as well as an infinite number of other programs, those who come out of Ward Melville are bound to do great things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2005

Pays too much attention to the over achevers and not to the average student
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 5, 2005

School has a very large student body, so if your child isn't very independant, he or she might get 'lost in the shuffle'. The school does offer a wide array of programs, sport options, ect. But in general tends to cater more towards the smarter students. Nice facilities, and many good teachers and staff members. Because the student body is so large, there are many different types of students there, which can be good or bad I guess.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 17, 2005

Large school offering almost unlimited opportunity with 22 AP classes, languages including latin and mandarin, and scores of clubs and sports. Intelligent middle class/upper middle class student body. Students can be very competitive at the honors level. Dedicated teachers. Great school for high achievers, average students can be overlooked.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2005

As a parent who attended the school as well as my children, the school was well rounded, offered parent envolvement and alot of extra curricular activities. There is a large diversity within the students and teachers and there was always some one there to offer assistance when it was needed for both myself and my children. The school has high acedemic standards that need to be met by our children today in order to succeed in today's work place.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 1, 2005

We moved here from another state and I have to say that I am extreemly disappointed with this school. It doesn't at all live up to it's reputation, it's not even close. The administration and teachers are more interested in the numbers they get from the regents exams than they are in teaching. Bottom line, they teach to the test and not to the students. Security is a joke. Students smoke on school grounds as the securtiy guard drives by in his offical car, the police are call to the school far too frequently, and school policies are not inforced at all. The dress code is horrific and students look like the dregs of society instead of students prepared to learn. The language is so bad that we had to buy our child a MP3 player to take to school so he could drown out the fowl language. Enter at your own risk!
—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.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
50%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

513 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%
Earth Science

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

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English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

588 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

22 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

520 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%
Global History and Geography

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

630 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%
Integrated Algebra

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

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
82%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

81 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%
Living Environment

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

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

356 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

303 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%
U.S. History and Government

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

582 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%
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 Students92%
Female94%
Male91%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities84%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Not migrant92%

Chemistry

All Students96%
Female95%
Male96%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander98%
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities83%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Not migrant96%

Earth Science

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
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

English

All Students97%
Female98%
Male95%
African American93%
Asian/Pacific Islander96%
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities74%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant97%

Geometry

All Students98%
Female99%
Male98%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities90%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%

Global History and Geography

All Students96%
Female94%
Male97%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities70%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%

Integrated Algebra

All Students70%
Female75%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities58%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant70%

Living Environment

All Students94%
Female95%
Male93%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities70%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%

Physics

All Students87%
Female86%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander98%
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Not migrant87%

U.S. History and Government

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African American93%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities96%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
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 85% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 8% 9%
Hispanic 2 5% 23%
Black 2 2% 19%
Two or more races 2 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 20%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15%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 66%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 Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(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)
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Special education / special needs

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
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab
Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. ALAN BAUM

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(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)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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380 Old Town Rd
East Setauket, NY 11733
Phone: (631) 730-4900

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