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Grand Island Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 1042 students

 
 

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Posted June 7, 2013

I substitute taught at GIHS this year and it quickly became my favorite building to work in. The academics here are very strong and there is wonderful community support, which shows in the students. There's a few knuckleheads like there are at every school, but many of the students I met were very friendly, motivated, and well-behaved. The faculty and staff are very caring and work very hard to help students reach their goals. The principal is probably the best I've seen, very visible and consistent with rules, and runs a tight ship. Too bad he's retiring. I loved GIHS, and wouldn't hesitate to return if the opportunity presented itself.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 21, 2011

I am an alumni who thought GIHS really prepared me for college. I took part in AP classes, music and sports and thought it was an excellent school. It has a special togetherness that many schools do not have.


Posted June 12, 2011

This school has great athletics, music program and art education. It also has some really great teachers.


Posted December 22, 2008

Gangs? Cliques perhaps....there are no weapons and very few physical fights. I'm a mother with three having gone through the HS. They went to college and had necessary support to do so. Facilities and resources for academics are good. music excellent, other extracurriculars very good, sports very good, teachers are good and caring though most not terribly involved. Academics could improve but are still pretty good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2007

Although this school thrives in their extrac. activities such as sports and music, it fails miserably in academics. Most of the teachers currently hired are horribly inexperienced and simply do not care for the advancement of their students. The new principle is also hated by most students due to her strict policies (no flip flops, two hour detentions). Seniors are also not given enough privileges and their last year at this school can be uneventful and boring. A couple years back, they had a 7 million dollar budget on renovations in which they had spent close to 35 percent on music, 35 percent on sports, 30 percent on staff and faculty, and close to 0 percent on academics. Absolutely ridiculous if you ask me. Overall, I would rate this school as an OK-average school, and by no means a great one.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 2, 2007

This school distict cares about its students. This is why people move to the suburbs. Excellent teachers and a deal for the taxes they charge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2006

Grand Island Senior High is a fine school with excellent learning opportunities. GIHS offers substantial Advanced Placement courses, and has among the finest music/arts programs in the region with more than 40 instrumental and choral groups across the district from HS to MS and elementary. GI offers tremendous sports programs and has won Sectionals in Football, Soccer, and Girl's Basketball in the last two years. The teaching community is highly committed, and has approximately 90% with post graduate degrees.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2005

Security is a serious problem for this school. They need more monitors. There is a serious gang issue going on that the administration refuses to acknowledge. GIHS is in serious trouble with leadership that puts security its first priority.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
61%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%
Earth Science

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

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

60 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
85%
Global History and Geography

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

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%
Integrated Algebra

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

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%
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.

272 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
97%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

143 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%
U.S. History and Government

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

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%
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 Students73%
Female71%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant73%

Chemistry

All Students88%
Female83%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Non-migrant88%

Earth Science

All Students85%
Female80%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities44%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%

English

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities88%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%

Geometry

All Students80%
Female82%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%

Global History and Geography

All Students88%
Female86%
Male91%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities53%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%

Integrated Algebra

All Students87%
Female88%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities63%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%

Living Environment

All Students96%
Female96%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities73%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%

Physics

All Students88%
Female89%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Non-migrant88%

U.S. History and Government

All Students95%
Female93%
Male97%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities78%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
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 1 91% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 3% 9%
Black 2 2% 19%
Hispanic 1 2% 23%
Two or more races 2 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 223%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 32%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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1100 Ransom Rd
Grand Island, NY 14072
Phone: (716) 773-8820

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