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Alexander Hamilton High School

Public | 7-12 | 395 students

 

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Posted August 23, 2013

My school is the best! It the most amazing staff, people, and facilities even if they aren't as big as some other schools. No matter what anyone else says I love Alexander High School and everyone that is a part of it!!!


Posted August 22, 2013

This school has made some significant changes over the last few years. It has become a school to be proud of. My honor student is taking some very challenging classes. All the teachers I have encountered seem to be enthusiastic about teaching and push the students. Hamilton is moving in the right direction. The principal can proudly take the credit for a job well done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

More is being done now for the children and their future than at any time in the recent past!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2013

The changes to AHHS over the past 4 years have been amazing. I have 2 children in the school and they are treated with care and compassion. The teachers are passionate and willing to go the extra mile. This is a huge change. The new principal is amazing and stands at the gate each morning greeting students and parents. The graduation rate has increased to 90%. I am so happy with the new direction the school has taken.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2012

This was a great school but changes made since my youngest has been attending it has killed a great program. The teachers complain that administrators are making it difficult to provide a quality education and they shouldn't be talking about the problems to the students. The big problem is that reports show that the district reportedly spends a lot more money per student than even Scarsdale, but Elmsford the high school's report card is shameful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

I think given the size of this school the academic performance should be much better. The teachers make the difference and from what my child has experienced the teachers are not challenging the students and preparing them adequately. It is unfortunate it appears if some of the teachers really do not care whether or not the students sink or swim. The current pricipal seems to be trying. An overhaul of the teachers would be a good place to begin to make a difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2010

I am currently attending AHHS and I've been in the school district since the kindergarten. AHHS doesn't compare to many other high schools. Many programs have been cut and academics are failing. Teachers seem very little to care about the students. shore we have a great ratio of students to teachers, but what does that doesn't matter if you don't have teachers who really care about the students. I've been told many times by teachers that they could care less about lesson and they are just there for a paycheck. no student wants to hear something like that coming from a teacher, at least I don't. AHHS needs more programs activities, sports, and classes for the students. we offer much less than other schools do causing many parents to pull their children out of the school by 8th grade. AHHS needs to make big changes because the school is going down
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 11, 2010

This school is horrible. I been here for 4 years, and there is no programs or extracurricular activites at this school. I do not recommand anyone to come to this school, because it is very disappointing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 10, 2009

im starting 9th grade this year and the school is good but the students made you feel unsafe in the hallways and afterschool
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 12, 2009

Really bad school, Horrible administration, small, old, not enough classes, horrible school lunch, I couldn't take this school and had to take my child out of it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2007

My daughter feels that there is not enough extracurriculum. I feel that trips are to expensive. In the White Plains district they alway raised money so we don't have to pay alot of money for trips. I think that there is not enough communication between the counselor with the parents. The current principle is very good. My child had a problem in the school and he handled it very well. He was able to help us. My daughter plays the violin but they don't have a violin teacher there, so she is missing on that. Also the food in the cafeteria is awful. They served french fries every day. Not too much healthy stuff in the cafeteria. I pray to God that everything goes well but it just that we feel that something is missing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2007

I love Hamilton high school! I enjoy the school's friendly and warm atmosphere distributed by all of the school's faculty. Speaking of the faculty, I would like to stress the fact that our principal will be greatly missed! He has done a lot for Hamilton and always has the good for the school in his best interest. He is a fine disciplinarian and is respectful of all his faculty and students. One of his unique qualties is that he greets all his students by their first name everyday. It's hard to come by a principal now a days that knows every students name and is willing to say hello to them in passing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 18, 2007

First, Thank god we are getting a new principal for the high school! It is long over due. We need a neutral leader who's first priority is the kids and then his friendship with the staff. Now all we need is a new asst principal and we will be half way there.The communication with some teachers are poor and needs improvement. You have a handful of teachers who really go above and beyond but they are outweighed by the others and their poor leadership (principal & asst principal). We need a better variety of activities for our children also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2007

I have two children in this school district, one in high school and one in elementary, and really love it. There are all kinds of afterschool activities and programs to get involved in. The high school has some nice advanced classes and teachers who really enjoy what they do. I love the fact that my children are exposed to all different cultures. The elementary principal is great. You can tell he loves kids, but can be strict when he needs to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2006

Hamilton is a wonderful school that celebrates each child's individual skills. The honors programs and small class sizes are a real plus. Quite a few new teachers who are energized and passionate about their subject matter. Excellent communication with parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2006

Hamilton HS is a good school that could be better. More AP classes are in order. The primary and elementry schools in Elmsford are excellent. When children reach HS they should be pushed and challenged. The teachers are generally very good, and the honors courses are great. The honors classes should be opened to more children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2005

This small school has a pretty good student to faculty ratio for a public school. Some of the older teachers (who were really amazing) have retired and the new crop are an energetic bunch.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 2, 2005

this school is great. its a small school and you get to know everybody. kids have fun and thier are activities kidas can participate in. teachers get involved wit thier students and help them out with problems both from school and others.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 17, 2004

Was a good school when I was there but no longer takes pride in its sports programs. Sports give students a sense of belonging and pride even if some do not get involved.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
38%
Math

The state average for Math was 28% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
50%
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 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in 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 34% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
27%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
28%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2011.

59 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%
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 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in 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 64% in 2012.

13 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
89%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 78% in 2012.

25 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
61%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 73% in 2012.

63 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
49%
English

The state average for English was 82% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
100%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2012.

37 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
n/a
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2012.

81 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
64%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 72% in 2012.

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
83%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 78% in 2012.

71 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 79% in 2012.

18 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
88%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

46 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 79% in 2012.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
90%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 Students100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population100%

Chemistry

All Students72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population72%

Earth Science

All Students61%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

English

All Students88%
Students with disabilities33%
General population94%

Geometry

All Students89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

Global History and Geography

All Students72%
Students with disabilities33%
General population78%

Integrated Algebra

All Students76%
Students with disabilities73%
General population77%

Living Environment

All Students83%
Students with disabilities87%
General population82%

Physics

All Students100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population100%

U.S. History and Government

All Students79%
Students with disabilities67%
General population80%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 50% 23%
Black 30% 19%
Asian 10% 9%
White 9% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 11%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 2%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 56%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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98 S Goodwin Ave
Elmsford, NY 10523
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