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Woodlands Senior High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 501 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted April 3, 2014

Unfortunately, Woodlands High School has not shown the improvement many thought would take place. The frequent change in leadership, both administratively and instruction-wise have not shown significant improvement. Many teachers make little to no effort in improving instruction, administrators do not demand good quality instruction, the "coziness" of teacher staff members with administrators does not lead to quality education.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 24, 2013

A hidden gem. Reflection of the real world economically, socially and demographically. Current Principal has great vision and leadership. This Star is a little star with the qualities and potential to be a HUGE star. Parent involvement could be better but the parents that are involved though small in number are big in impact!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

The Superintendant of Greenburgh Central 7 is wonderful. The children comes first. The staff is great! Parents need to attend meetings. This school is wonderful and diversified. That is what all schools need. This is the best school in WESTCHESTER NEW YORK
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

The principal is progressive and actively prods the teachers to be creative in spite of testing requirements. As in many schools, there are a handful of educators with tenure who fall short; a person may be smart, but that doesn't mean s/he can teach. Yet the majority of educators are committed, excellent and understand how to teach to a diverse demographic. It is absolutely true that motivated students get terrific benefits through independent study and AP courses. Unfortunately, a percentage of students do not get the support at home that stimulates a love of learning. However, any student who strives to find his or her way to educational greatness is presented with many options at WHS. Many seniors augment their education by taking college courses, which prepares them well for higher education. The WISE program, adapted by dozens of schools, BEGAN at Woodlands HS in the '70s: Woodlands Individualized Senior Experience (WISE). WISE is still a jewel in the Woodlands experience, to foster independence and aid the transition of graduating seniors to life after high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

A three because there is pride and prejudice. The system is a bit corrupt in who has priority due to faculty and student preference. Students of course are above the staff which is a vantage point in their behalf and a misfortune for the teacher. Parents play a critical role in whether a teacher is in/correct an injustice applied by the board/system on the teacher. There is a lot of pride in subject material which should be inspirational but withdraw a child's interest because many are not interested in learning due to their disadvantage in childhood education. Teachers go far and beyond to keep kids active, inspired, and educated with trips, fun educational activities, and real experiments/demos. Those who take advantage and flood themselves in education succeed far and beyond. These students who partake in learning are taught independence and research which is significant asset skills not taught in every school. They truly learn the fundamentals of every subject in depth and have no doubt in their knowledge/education. A three looks good and is a true hardy solid number! Four is really an accomplishment and five I like to consider as an imaginary number; only in a perfect world.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 9, 2013

This is a great school! The teachers work hard to help their students and they offer many extracurricular programs that encompass a wide variety of interests.


Posted April 1, 2013

Greenburgh Central 7. The schools previously were dedicated, professionally staffed performing above average. Of late, the past four years or more have witnessed a decline. Administrators have embraced a "cronyism" of sorts, hiring friends not necessarily the best qualified. No active evaluations of staff who are left to do or not do on their own. Less real teaching is overlooked by superiors/administrators. Unfortunately, a mediocre element of education has prevailed. Those in charge have turned a deaf ear and "look the other way" attitude. More teachers and administrators hired for so few students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 3, 2011

The passion and commitment that the teachers have is only surpassed by their dynamic principal. The school's population is diverse, which teaches the students daily how to relate to a bigger world. The arts are alive and the students are challenged to do their best and stretch beyond it. Anyone who thinks otherwise has not stepped inside this school in years or listens to gossip. This school would benefit from greater numbers of parent involvement. The ones who are involved would welcome that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2011

I am a former student of woodlands high school and I highly recommend it to any parent looking for their child to learn beyond algebra and English. What I learned at woodlands not just in the classroom but in the cafeteria and during extracurriculars was more than any school in Westchester can offer. I learned about life.. How to handle and communicate with all types of people, how to be independent, and most of all how to be successful. The friends I made while at high school there are lifetime friends because only they can appreciate the journey that so many shy away from based on bad stigmas and negativity. Woodlands is a diamond in the rough. If parents knew better they would stop sending there kids elsewhere and contribute to the diverse, rich, educational atmosphere woodlands offers. I can guarantee what woodlands offers works because I myself am a PhD in the sciences and electrical engineer, MD, aeronautics engineer, artist, vet, and computer engineer are the careers now of just a few of my lifelong friends who also graduated from there.


Posted January 25, 2011

Hi, My children are attending the middle and highschool. The academic standards are great but parents and teachers need to work together. Losts of improvement since arrival of new principal. My daughter has been accepted to MIT and she has been in this school district alll along. They have great sports programs and the staff is responsible. they email me when my child gets a grade below 85 and we discuss ways to bring it back to the 90s. I am satisfied with the service this school is providing. Parents need to more involved and attend PTA meetings. Together we can make great strides
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2011

I have one child in the Middle School and one child in the High School. I beleive the moral standards have been significantly improved since the Principal's arrival. Both of my children are doing exceptionally well. The academic standards as well as opportunities for AP classes are redially available for those who wish to work hard. The school spirt has been raised to a new high level. When kids feel good about their school and take pride in it , there is a high chance that they will do well. I feel our schools is finally getting that status.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2010

There is a lack of morale because the AP spends his time attacking the teachers and playing favorites when doling out letters of reprimand.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 28, 2009

This is a decent school in general. Principal is always available to the students. Teachers are caring, warm and very responsive. It provides lots of art and science programs for the students. It ranks the top ten in Westchester.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2009

Both of my boy and girl are currently attending Woodland High and their experience so far have been great. The school has exceeded our expectations in all aspects. The teachers are very responsive and the learning environment has improved significantly from the past years. We are happy about it so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2009

My children just graduated from this school and they both went to Ivy league in the past two years. The school is satisfactory in most of aspects and I don't understand where people's negative comments about the school come from.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2008

Easily the worst high school in Westchester County; the teachers are disinterested, the adminisration is absent and the School Board is politicized. The district needs a take over by the State like the Roosevelt district on Long Island.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

Students are in charge of the building because teachers are lethargic and principal is absent (hiding in his office)
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 2, 2008

Poorly functioning principal. Teachers are lazy and show lack of interest. Students are frustrated. No accountability - someone in central administration or on the BoE needs to take action.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

Poor administration, too many poor teachers, lack of interest, no accountable, who is minding the store? High salaries, poor performance!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2008

I feel my child has gotton a good education from this High School
—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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
76%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
86%
Earth Science

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

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
51%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
86%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

7 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
91%
Global History and Geography

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

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
78%
Integrated Algebra

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

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
68%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

9 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Living Environment

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

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
74%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
79%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

62 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.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
88%
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 Students64%
Female57%
Male74%
African American67%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant64%

Chemistry

All Students57%
Female68%
Male50%
African American47%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant57%

Earth Science

All Students40%
Female51%
Male33%
African American36%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities5%
General population49%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant40%

English

All Students91%
Female93%
Male91%
African American91%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities63%
General population95%
English language learners40%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%

Geometry

All Students81%
Female81%
Male81%
African American81%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%

Global History and Geography

All Students82%
Female74%
Male85%
African American78%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities30%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%

Integrated Algebra

All Students70%
Female70%
Male70%
African American66%
Asian/Pacific Islander77%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities35%
General population77%
English language learners47%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%

Living Environment

All Students68%
Female75%
Male62%
African American63%
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities31%
General population77%
English language learners40%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%

Physics

All Students73%
Female77%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant73%

U.S. History and Government

All Students86%
Female88%
Male84%
African American86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities26%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
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 55% 19%
Hispanic 2 26% 23%
White 2 11% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 6% 9%
Two or more races 2 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 24%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 140%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 65%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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Hartsdale, NY 10530
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