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Sewanhaka High School

Public | 7-12 | 1573 students

 

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Posted April 5, 2014

I attended this school for 7th and 8th grade and it was a horrible school. I left and attened private school because the people at sewanhaka were unbearable. The rules may say that tthere is a dress code, but when I attened there, boys wore their pants on the ground and girls wore strapless shirts and booty shorts. Not to mention the floor was filthy and you would constantly find weaves that were just left in the middle of the hallway after a fight that broke out (happened at least once a week, if not more). I was very unhappy with my experience at sewanhaka.


Posted January 27, 2014

This school is a great for your child's educational needs. The staff cares about the students and is more than willing to educate and talk to the parents concerning the child's needs. As a parent is hard to believe that all schools are not equal. but this one is a few cuts above all the rest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

Our school has a very wide area of academics to offer our students from the usual to vocational to instrumentation and automation instruction. Our students are accepted into the best of colleges including Harvard, Princeton, Vassar, Brown, MIT,etc. Our student population is diverse and the campus is beautiful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2008

I currently go to Sewanhaka and im trying to get out. I hate the school because as i have noticed the school is getting worse by the year and i think some of the teachers are rascist from my point of view, since i am African American.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 9, 2007

This school is absolutely the best school in the district by far, hosting the advanced Instrumentation and Automation (Pre-Engineering class) and providing rare courses such as Physics C, and other great programs with over 62+ Varsity sports, this is the best school. I've been here since 7th grade. And i can honestly tell you that I've had no problems with no bullies or teachers. Do your work and have fun. It has alot of fun activities such as school talent show Follies, and other great activities for each kind of person.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 2, 2007

I go to Sewanhaka right now and there are bullies and the teaching is not that great. I really hate it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 19, 2006

I went to Sewanhaka HS and I hated that school. Nicole H
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 5, 2006

I currently attend sewanahaka high school.This school is great! Some people might think we are a bad school.But let me tell you.They are completely wrong! Shs is one of the most diverse schools on L.I& that just sums it up how great our school is. I love sewanhaka!
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted April 1, 2006

I feel that this high school is A+. My cousins went there and now my child goes to the JR high school/High School! Still Great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2005

Satisfactory school with a satisfactory academic record in regents testing.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 24, 2005

This is a great school with plenty of academic options such as talented and gifted programs. To challenge each child based on there learning level from remedial to college level courses. There extracurricular programs have produced everything from cop to doctors to nba and nfl players.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 16, 2005

This school is ok. I am very disappointed with their sports department.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2005

Great high school. Has been around for about 80 years now and has had graduates that now excel at their best. Many whom now serve in the United States Army and etc. Also they have big fields to accomdate 'field sport' such as lacrosse, soccer, and track. Their district even has been awarded the Blue Ribbon for one of the Best Districts in New York State from the New York State. My son loves going their.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2005

Sewanahak High School, I have three kids in the school and one soon to go to Sewanhaka. All three are doing exceptionally well in school. The teachers don't seem to lack in anything, they give a sufficient amount of homework, not a little, enough to keep the kids busy and not too much too overwork them. The school is very diverse so kids can get to know other people, cultures and how other people live. The school also has a very good business department. I have three kids in this school and one soon to come. I suggest to send your kids here instead of any other school, it is a school that all parents will be satisfied with when they know their kids are learning at Sewanhaka High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2005

I am a student of Sewanhaka and I loved my years here everyone has some bad times through there life, I feel that these were my best years. My teachers always made sure I was staying out of trouble inside and out of school. If it wasn't for Sewanhaka I wouldn't be where I am today. I want to say thank you to Mrs. Driver-Churick, and Ms. Amadi. They have affected me a great deal!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 15, 2005

I went to this HS a few years back when Mr. Kreutz was the principal. He was the only man who was able to 'tame' students. After he left, the administration was in for a complete surprise. The following year, it was as if the students were in charge, and it continues to be this way. They hire new teachers with very little experience which enable the children to have 'control' over the classroom. Also, the 'modified' classes have been eliminated so now the 'average' student has to be in the same class as a modified student, inhibiting their learning experience. If you have a choice, send your child to a different school. Attend at your own risk.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 8, 2004

This school is divided into two groups: Those that are able to fit into the small 'advanced' classes and everyone else. Therefore, if your child is not in an advanced class they are in classes with the worse that the school has to offer. There is no middle group. This means that the majority of the school is not being given adequate instruction as the teachers are instucted to teach to the lowest functioning in order to include everyone in the lesson. That's fine for the lowest functioning, but what about the others? This is not serving the education of the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2004

I am a former student of Sewanhaka. I did survive high school, but I firmly believe my high school experience would have been greatly improved if I hadn't attended this school. Students run the school while teachers struggle to maintain some control and in turn lose focus on what a school is supposed to achieve, EDUCATION. Even if a student is highly motivated and eager to learn it is difficult with all of problem students who hinder the learning process because of teachers who have either become frustrated and given up or don't realize that focusing too much on these types of students detracts from the experience of others. Lots of other not so great stuff going on there as well, I'm pretty sure you can figure out what I'm talking about. And they call themselves a school of EXCELLENCE?!?!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 26, 2003

Academically, students have either very high or very low GPAs. Motivated students do very well, while the system tends to pass on students who do poorly. There is a relatively small amount of students in between. This school tends to lose a lot of teachers to higher-paying districts because of low parent involvement and the sheer amount of discplinary work the teachers have to do with their students. If it were solely a high school rather than a combination junior high and high school, I believe there would be a vast improvement in a Sewanhaka education. This would also relieve some of the overcrowding that this building suffers from.
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

257 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

261 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
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 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for 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 36% in 2014.

247 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

199 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%
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 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for 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 66% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
70%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%
Earth Science

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

201 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%
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.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
89%
Global History and Geography

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

275 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%
Integrated Algebra

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

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

16 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Living Environment

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

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

130 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%
U.S. History and Government

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

275 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
96%
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 Students72%
Female72%
Male73%
African American77%
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant72%

Chemistry

All Students85%
Female81%
Male89%
African American82%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant85%

Earth Science

All Students96%
Female94%
Male100%
African American97%
Asian/Pacific Islander98%
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%

English

All Students95%
Female97%
Male93%
African American94%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities73%
General population97%
English language learners77%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%

Geometry

All Students95%
Female94%
Male97%
African American88%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%

Global History and Geography

All Students90%
Female91%
Male90%
African American77%
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanic96%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities75%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant90%

Integrated Algebra

All Students86%
Female85%
Male85%
African American81%
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities50%
General population91%
English language learners60%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%

Living Environment

All Students94%
Female96%
Male93%
African American86%
Asian/Pacific Islander98%
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities62%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%

Physics

All Students95%
Female94%
Male95%
African American94%
Asian/Pacific Islander96%
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant95%

U.S. History and Government

All Students94%
Female95%
Male92%
African American91%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic96%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities64%
General population98%
English language learners92%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%
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
Black 2 31% 19%
Hispanic 1 27% 23%
White 2 23% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 19% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 22%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 229%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 4%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 52%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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