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Harrison High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1004 students

 

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Posted April 27, 2014

Harrison High School IB program is highly respected by all colleges and universitites. Great school with strong academics which include community service. Great school and community!


Posted April 13, 2014

This school offers rigorous class options with Ap and IB. Harrison High School is sending kids to all the Ivys and the top colleges. This school district is worth looking at!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2014

I attended Harrison High School in 2000 I give this school 5 Stars. the teachers when I attended were the best and they helped me graduate. I am proud to be a Harrison High School Student. And I miss high School so much


Posted January 3, 2014

I give this school one star because it's the lowest score I can possible give on here. My guidance counselor put me in a remedial English class in the middle of the school year Because I was so reserved at school. I realize now my English teacher assumed I was unable to understand the curriculum. Instead of discussing with me where the problem lay the decision was just made for me. Even after the teacher in the remedial class realized I had no trouble at all I was left in there.


Posted December 31, 2013

This seriously was the worst school ever. I applied to selective colleges, and the guidance counselor did not let me know that I was applying to 3 of the same colleges as the valedictorian: I got into one. The guidance counselor also failed to inform me that a student was received early decision to another college I applied to. What a terrible system. Avoid this school at all costs if you are considering moving to a community in Westchester. Do not move to Harrison, and help contribute to inflated administration salaries.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 22, 2011

The school district has made a lot of changes in the last 5 years. Attendance is up, APs are way up, acceptances to colleges, including all Ivys is up. The IB program will start in the fall 2011.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2010

If you read Walt Whitman's definition of how to teach a well rounded student, you will not find the answer in the Harrison School System. Teachers are let go before they can reach tenure, and more administrators are being hired at outrageous salaries. More concern is put on the overall rating of the school, then the actual teaching of the children. The Special Education program is kept at the bare minimum just to appease the state...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2010

This school is on the move up and it has increased the numbers of AP scholars 400% since the year 2000. The school continues to push a rigorous curriculum and has teachers who committed to offering equal access to all students. The school has great teachers, a supportive community and a good administrative team.


Posted June 28, 2010

This school is on the move up and it has increased the numbers of AP scholars 400% since the year 2000. The school continues to push a rigorous curriculum and has teachers who committed to offering equal access to all students. The school has great teachers, a supportive community and a good administrative team.


Posted April 13, 2010

Harrison High School has become one of the most innovative and high performing high schools in Westchester County. The teachers are great -- lots of dead wood has been removed. Most teachers now really care about all of their students -- from the high performers, those in the middle, and those with support. The high school has a phenomenal principal in Dr. Ruck. And the International Baccalaureate (IB) program will be introduced in the next two years -- making a great program even better. Harrison High School is one of the unsung great schools in Westchester.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2009

I think most of the teachers are bright and caring. But the administration is in constant flux with their mixed messages. They really need to focus on teh resources that they have and not on changing for the sake of change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2009

A school becomes an epitome of disaster when it starts hiring and firing valuable individuals to make 'fiscal' sense, even if it is at the expense of the student -after all, arbitrary ratings are what interests the admin the most.- If i really wanted to listen and take notes on someone filibustering, I'd visit the Harrison Police Department, merely one of the infractions of this society. While maintaining only a few good teachers protected under tenure, we can give points to where HHS deserves them. Here's a pointer: Instituting an impotent, 'hands-on' learning technique is a joke and helps with nothing. It's merely a distraction for us, and gets us a hop and a skip backwards. Stop buying TV's meanwhile we need textbooks.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 16, 2008

While it recently had some hiring problems, a new and innovative group of teacher have been hired and have filled the gap beautifully. Music and arts programs are thriving and the humanities have gotten an overhaul. My son has been served very well, and always felt safe and welcome. Great School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2008

The only thing Harrison High School had going for it was a few really great teachers, most of which have left, been let go, or retired. The administration cares more about itself and arbitrary ratings in publications such as newsweek, whose systems hardly take academic performance an account, than its students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 17, 2006

My two sons thrived at HHS. They met friends for life, played Varsity sports, wrote for the school paper, participated in Mock Trial competitions and Model Congress, played in the marching band, and made high Honor Role throughout their high school years. They just had an all-around great time! Teachers were (usually) caring and wonderful, and if not, there was always room for improvement. Both boys are now in highly selective colleges (Tufts and Colgate) and they still feel like HHS in their second home! And, yes, parent involvement in the high school does lessen as your kids get older but there are still great parent booster clubs for all the sports and especially for the nd.HHS is as good as good or even better than any private school in this area. Just keep a positive attitude and you won't be surprised!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2006

My two daughter went to Harrison High. Is excellent in academics and it has great extracurricular activities. It has every sport imaginable. The only thing that I would improve in this school is parent involvement, most parent are not as involve as when children were younger.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
66%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
82%
Earth Science

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

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

260 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

23 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
82%
Global History and Geography

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

260 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%
Integrated Algebra

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

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
51%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

67 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Living Environment

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

266 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
73%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

133 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%
U.S. History and Government

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

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
98%

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 Students84%
Female87%
Male81%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Non-migrant84%

Chemistry

All Students92%
Female95%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities80%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant92%

Earth Science

All Students68%
Female71%
Male64%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities38%
General population77%
English language learners67%
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%

English

All Students88%
Female90%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities60%
General population91%
English language learners58%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%

Geometry

All Students98%
Female99%
Male98%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic97%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%

Global History and Geography

All Students88%
Female87%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities53%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%

Integrated Algebra

All Students83%
Female79%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic96%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities78%
General population86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%

Living Environment

All Students94%
Female96%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities72%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%

Physics

All Students81%
Female75%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant81%

U.S. History and Government

All Students93%
Female93%
Male93%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities73%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
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 75% 48%
Hispanic 1 17% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 6% 9%
Black 2 2% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 3%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 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 37%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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  • DR. JAMES RUCK

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255 Union Ave
Harrison, NY 10528
Phone: (914) 630-3094

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