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Guilderland High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1721 students

 
 

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Posted May 14, 2014

This school is absolutely fantastic if you hate doing work, but would still like to graduate with a regents degree. The key to your success is to simply not attend class and do as little work as possible during your freshman year. Provided your record looks bad enough, you'll be asked to join the FOCUS program, which you should accept. From here on throughout the rest of your high school career, you'll be getting regents credit for doing core level work. For example, this was one of my FOCUS friends' final English projects for senior year. The assignment was to write a children's picture book about whatever topic you wanted. She re-handed in her junior year final English project which was neither for children, nor a picture book. She got full credit plus extra for creativity. In addition to this, you also get many other unique privileges. Despite field trip funding being cut for the rest of the school, FOCUS students enjoy many "team building" (picnics, etc.) field trips throughout the year. You also have access to an exclusive lounge, which you can visit during class, any time you want. Just don't fail every class or get caught doing drugs, or you're out! (For a few months)
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 16, 2014

This school was horrible. Most of the teachers who taught AP classes did not prepare students well for the AP tests. Too many students did drugs. Also, taking core classes was an excuse for being lazy. Core students have plenty of time to study, but they don't. Honors/AP students were arrogant, and so were their parents. The Music department's only focus was to fundraise, because they keep getting cut for doing a poor job. Maybe if they did their job better they wouldn't get cut.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 27, 2010

I personally loved my time at Guilderland High School. I was in the Focus program that the other comments are talking about and it helped me ALOT. There was NO special treatment for any of us. We got HELPED. The lounge that the one comment is complaining about was nothing special at all. While I was in this lounge I got help from upperclassmen in the program, and learned more about what its like to be out in the real world. We did community service and helped other people. Arrogant people shouldn't be able to post on this site. I have graduated from this school BECAUSE of the Focus program. I recommend placing your child into GHS and I also recommend if they are having academic, attitude, or attendance problems that you consider the Focus program and learn about. Instead of listening to rumors or your child complaining about it. Please don't overlook this school and take it into great consideration. The teachers are amazing as well as all staff. Including the bus drivers, hall monitors, teacher assistants and other behind the scenes staff.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 28, 2010

So are you saying core students are not smart? If so, it shows how arrogant you are. The school is a nice school. The core students do not get their own lounge. It's a small 'community' of students who need more academic attention you are talking about. They are put in this community, called focus when they have academic problems or home life problems that affect their school work, they get the same teachers the ap students do. it's a good idea, and most students in focus tend to get better grades after being in it, and not because they half ass it, they still do work, they same as the other non focus students, yes they have a lounge, big deal. It's not amazing. the music students can eat in their music lounge too, but you aren't complaining about that. The school is good and teachers are as well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 13, 2008

Excellent High School and an Excellent tennis program. Gives a lot of opportunities to students
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 29, 2007

Set aside from most of the reviews here, I did not enjoy my freshman year in this school. Many of my teachers did not help me with homework, or teach very well. The people there are all the same, very few are unique. But this is just one year of experience here, if I had stayed maybe it would have gotten better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 22, 2006

This is a great school! I am currently going to 11th grade and one of the best students in the school. The AP classes prepare the students well for the AP tests, most students get a 5 (average score) and a 4 is seen as 'You didn't study!' The extracurricular activities in this school has a lot of variety. The teachers are also well-trained and know how to teach. Also kids in this school do really well on the SAT.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 14, 2006

This is a good school, that is far above the state average in all academic scores.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 13, 2005

There teachers are very educated and have a high interest in teaching kids and helping they throughout the shcools year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 7, 2005

Amazing academic programs, honors and AP availible. Large music program, 3 bands, 2 orchestras and chamber ensembles. Clubs for every persons intrests and every sport you could imagine (soccer, hockey, field hockey, tennis, volleyball, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, track, XC, basketball, football, cheerleading etc.) Active PSTA and many parents are involved in booster clubs for sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2005

Guilderland High offers a wide variety of classes. There are the traditional regents classes, honors classes and Advanced placement classes. The teachers are very approachable and go above and beyond to help a student become successful. The communication between parents and teachers is good. Performance reports are sent out every five weeks so that you know how your child is doing. The guidance department is very helpful in choosing courses and helps to make sure a student in need of assistance feels comfortable going to them with problems. The sports program is above average. There are many extracurricular activities to choose from. I highly recommend this school district.
—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.

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
69%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

331 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%
Earth Science

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

398 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

417 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

88 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

375 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%
Global History and Geography

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

429 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%
Integrated Algebra

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

347 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
87%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

23 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Living Environment

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

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

245 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
U.S. History and Government

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

414 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%
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%
Female70%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander72%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities45%
General population73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant73%

Chemistry

All Students90%
Female91%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities77%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant90%

Earth Science

All Students95%
Female94%
Male96%
African American84%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities88%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%

English

All Students95%
Female97%
Male93%
African American92%
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities79%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%

Geometry

All Students91%
Female94%
Male88%
African American73%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities73%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%

Global History and Geography

All Students92%
Female89%
Male95%
African American92%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities68%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%

Integrated Algebra

All Students96%
Female96%
Male95%
African American85%
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities88%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%

Living Environment

All Students91%
Female92%
Male91%
African American88%
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities64%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%

Physics

All Students92%
Female92%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Non-migrant92%

U.S. History and Government

All Students96%
Female95%
Male97%
African American100%
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities84%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
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 86% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 7% 9%
Black 2 4% 19%
Hispanic 2 2% 23%
Two or more races 1 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 16%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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Guilderland Center, NY 12085
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