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James I O Neill High School

Public | 9-12 | 491 students

 

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Posted April 25, 2014

O'Neill doesn't excessively build up nor tear down. Experiences your child get's LITERALLY results from what they have inside, or you ALL make of it; little comes from the school itself. If you're an introvert, or struggle with "school," life will be a challenge. Force them to help you! School starts early; buses arrive by 630. It's very clique-like because of what they offer and focus on. If you're not a sportsaholic, academic junkie or "attractive-college-transcript focused," little is left. EVERYTHING is centered around academics and sports!!! Arts are offered as courses but there aren't activities after school or clubs that support that type of interest. This set up forces kids into groups, or cliques, rather than them choosing their passion. Well-roundedness is verbally encouraged but not fostered by activities. The counselors are responsive to me when I call for help and strive for your child to look attractive to colleges. In general, the school has a decent atmosphere. What I would like to see is more clubs offered for the artsy-fartsy or engineer-minded kid. Generally, the area is very competitive. Students follow suit. There isn't an much of an outlet from that mindset.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2014

Pro: high achieving children are well supported, decent course offerings, decent extracurricular variety. Small size seems to make inclusion easier for military kids. Large population of high achieving kids due to high achieving parents stationed at/employed by West Point. Con: as in most high schools, foul language, inappropriate attire during the school day and lewd behavior at dances. I think parent chaperones would solve some of this at dances.(not allowed) Dress code is randomly enforced. Uniforms might be helpful. (Also minimizes difference between 'haves' and 'have nots')
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2011

This school caters to the high performers - both academic and athletic. If your kid is already in the top 10% of his or her peers, this school will focus lots of effort and resources to maximize your kids success. The remaining 90% of the student body are neglected in every way. An awful cadre of teachers serves the majority of the student body, extracuricular sponsors ignore the students not competitive for college scholarship, ect. The vast majority of the student body would progress farther if the government simply issued out the text books, sent the kids home, and bulldozed the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2010

This is a great school with great teachers. Your child will get a solid education if he really wants it. Try hard enough and you will succeed. Every school has its problems but there are none significant enough to mention. 92% of the students graduate and many go one to 4 year colleges. My child graduated 4th in her class and went on to a university that was almost impossible to get into from out of state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

This school is a very organized school I like it .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2009

O'Neill is definitely what you make of it as the October 17, 2007 post said. If you take advanced classes you will be surrounded with other students determined to do well, and you will do well. I would highly recommend getting envolved in extracurriculars. Sports take up a lot of time but you make a ton of friends from the other feeder schools. As far as high schools go O'Neill is amazing good at not having cliques. There are general categories that one can groups some students in, but considering there are a lot of military kids there and new students, its easy to make friends. If you go to O'Neill take chorus!! The director is amazing and they win a ton of competitions. If you have some talent, I recommend the audition groups too. I love the school but it's really what you make of it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 12, 2008

All of my children are graduates of O'Neill High School, and all are doing very well. They received a very good education at O'Neill. Those who knock this school should take the time to compare with other area schools. I think that they will find that O'Neill is one of the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2007

O'Neill is what the student makes of it. If he/she is lazy and unmotivated he/she will quickly fall behind here. However, if he/she is determined he/she will accelerate with peers with similiar goals. Course offered are sub par. They have the basic AP class and nothing more.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 28, 2006

This is a school which could be portrayed on the simpson's, it is so bad. The principal is completely ineffective, and is not interested in what parents need. the teachers are very lax about their assignments - if you turn it in ok, if you don't, ok. There are a few good teachers but most are pretty mediocre. The teachers did not respond to my request for a conference, even after a phone call, AND a written mailed letter. Children are allowed to misbehave at concerts, and the principal said it is not his problem. The soccer coach did not show up for practices, and it was 'not his problem'. One redeeming thing: the Choir program is exemplary, and worth the time. The band program is also mediocre, but choir is good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

Excellent school. I went there and compared to other public schools its heaven. You meet great people and the hallways are not allways crowded with people. Theres not many or any stuck up people and its just a great place. You never knew how good you had it intill you lost it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 23, 2005

As someone who has been around the country to school upon school, i found James I Oneill highscool to be one the best environments for my children to be in. within the four years we were there, i watched as the students from the school helped draw the character out of my shy son, who used to be reluctant to participate in school activities. his senior year,as a member of the varsity football team, the other students made sure he was actively involved and included in all pep rallys, bonfires, dances, ect. because the students at o'neill are used to having transfer students(military brats) from the west point military academy's highschool students, they are very accepting of new people. the size of the school helps all of the students really get to know their classmates and accept their classmates regardless of their differences. My children were sublimly happy at o'neill highschool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

Our daughter received an outstanding education at O'Neill. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida State University, and is completing her M.C.D. degree in audiology at LSU Health Sciences Center. Next year, she will begin her Ph.D.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
62%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
89%
Earth Science

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

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

9 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%
Global History and Geography

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

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
76%
Integrated Algebra

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

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
88%
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.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
93%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

87 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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%
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 Students80%
Female79%
Male80%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Non-migrant80%

Chemistry

All Students88%
Female88%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Non-migrant88%

Earth Science

All Students73%
Female70%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%

English

All Students88%
Female87%
Male89%
African American77%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%

Geometry

All Students93%
Female91%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%

Global History and Geography

All Students80%
Female81%
Male81%
African American74%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities36%
General population85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%

Integrated Algebra

All Students80%
Female85%
Male75%
African American68%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities7%
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%

Living Environment

All Students81%
Female86%
Male75%
African American75%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities25%
General population85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%

Physics

All Students85%
Female84%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant85%

U.S. History and Government

All Students82%
Female78%
Male87%
African American62%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
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 65% 48%
Hispanic 2 19% 23%
Black 1 11% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 3% 9%
Two or more races 1 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 13%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 217%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 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 21%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)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. LOUIS TROMBETTA

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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21 Morgan Rd
Fort Montgomery, NY 10922
Phone: (845) 446-4914

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