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Farmingdale Senior High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1951 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted April 8, 2014

Great!!!! The teachers really seem for my children to try their best in whatever it is they do, They really seem to care about the all around well being of my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2013

Farmingdale is an great school if your child is motivated. My son received a full scholarship due to his hard work and talent. Everyone knows a few LOSERS at any school who don't do as they should and blame the school. There is TOO much positive to dwell on the negativity. Everyone deserves a good education and can get it IF they apply themselves and this is true at ALMOST any school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

i went to farmingdale high school for the first 2 years of my high school career. it has a major drug problem in the school. the staff doesnt care they let the student do what they want and not punish them i use to skip half my classes every day did nothing when i did go and still passed. there auto tech program is a joke. students could walk out when ever they wanted and they would do nothing. the staff lets the students that participate in playcrafters near disturbed asbestos hanging off old pipes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 30, 2011

I am a senior at FHS and I wouldn't want to go anywhere else. I have academic and personal support from any adult in the building, their goal is to see everyone succeed. My auto tech class is fortunate enough to have two lifts and a lot of equipment that lets us do more than just an oil change. There is an extra curricular activity for everyone and most people take advantage of it. The environment we have is really unique, truly like a community of our own. There's a class for almost everything to. And when its time to graduate, they make it easier for you to apply to colleges. I'm proud to be a Daler.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 9, 2009

I feel this school offers students so much in the way of course choice as well as extracurricular activities. Its Humanities program is second to none, their drama and music departments win yearly awards, and their sports teams are competetive. There's a real sense of community here from pre-school through 12th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

I ama parent of a senior at F.H. I cannot say enough about how the school has taken a 360 turnaround for the better. The Principal, as well as the asisstant Principal are an excellent asset to the school. The are so hands on with everything. Keeping ALL kids inline. They are always at school functions, as an added bonus they particpate in most if not all activities. They also know the kids by there first names. I was picking up my daughter one day and the principal asked my daughter by name was she ok? I said how does he know your name?????? She said he knows all the kids by name. I thought that is one indication of a very well run school. I am very happy with the education she recieved in her 4 years of F.H. I have a up and comming 6th grader.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2008

Quality academics and involved parents make for a good environment. Problems? Sure, there are some, but these are the same that you will find in any HS on LI. Plenty of opportunity and students will get out of it what they put in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2007

The standards at Farmingdale High School may be typical of Long Island schools. If so, it doesn't bode well for the future. Teaching new knowledge is kept to the minimum allowed standards. Much of the class time which should be used to impart new knowledge and skills is used for reviewing past material and coaching for standardized tests. Teachers typically give students an entire week's homework assignments on a Monday so if they choose, they can do the homework before the material's taught in class. when many of the teachers get through the daily lesson early, instead of going into more depth and perhaps benefitting the students, they allow students to either socialize or do homework. Homework used to be called HOMEwork for a reason, something many teachers at FHS seem to have forgotten. In the spirit of the holiday season however, I'll be generous and give a 2-star rating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2007

This high school has some good oportunities for the students, however the lack of supervision and the drug problem that the school is facing is worrysome. We pay very high taxes for this school and our children deserve better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2005

I graduated from fhs 2 years ago. I enjoyed going there, they have a great athletic program. The teachers are good, some better than others.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 29, 2005

The academic programs in F'dale are pretty good the administration could use some work. Music and sports programs are ok, nothing to rave about in my opinion. More parents need to get involved but I think that's true about most public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2005

Good academeic program alot of music and art and extracurricular activities parents involved are many there is alot for kids to do and a great variety of kids the teachers are great and the people are wonderfull they are very nice and the curriculum also includes scale classes. So needless to say farmingdale is wonderful enviroment for students. There is also a pool in the school which is great and a weight room so it has a great Gym curriculum and it is a great school to send your kids to
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 1, 2005

My stepchildren attended Farmingdale High School. My stepdaughter didn't like many teachers. My stepson loved it and was very involved with music there. It depends on the child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

Graduated Farm HS 72. Daughter 12th grade, 05. Inadequated safety. In my opinion, the student run the school. The administration and staff of the high school have demonestrated to me, that they cannot maintain a safe and secure educational environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Farmingdale was a cool school the security guards rock, and the teachers were always there when you needed them. The deans were cool about everything even when you were getting in trouble. Overall I have to say Farmingdale is one of the coolest schools around.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
68%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
77%
Earth Science

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

386 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
70%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

483 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
86%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

49 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

543 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
76%
Global History and Geography

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

564 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%
Integrated Algebra

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

457 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

127 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Living Environment

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

512 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
71%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

176 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.

490 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
85%
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 Students71%
Female70%
Male72%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander81%
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities34%
General population73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant71%

Chemistry

All Students83%
Female82%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander86%
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities70%
General population83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant83%

Earth Science

All Students67%
Female68%
Male65%
African American33%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities35%
General population74%
English language learners33%
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant67%

English

All Students87%
Female91%
Male83%
African American59%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities63%
General population90%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%

Geometry

All Students78%
Female76%
Male80%
African American61%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities50%
General population80%
English language learners21%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant78%

Global History and Geography

All Students79%
Female78%
Male82%
African American58%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities47%
General population85%
English language learners32%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%

Integrated Algebra

All Students81%
Female88%
Male75%
African American58%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities50%
General population88%
English language learners34%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant81%

Living Environment

All Students91%
Female91%
Male92%
African American71%
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities72%
General population94%
English language learners43%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%

Physics

All Students78%
Female82%
Male75%
African American50%
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Not migrant78%

U.S. History and Government

All Students85%
Female83%
Male88%
African American63%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities59%
General population89%
English language learners25%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
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 74% 48%
Hispanic 1 14% 23%
Black 2 7% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 5% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 12%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 120%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 1%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 76%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 1%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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150 Lincoln St
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Phone: (516) 752-6600

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