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Ithaca Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 1418 students

 
 

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Posted May 15, 2010

I love Ithaca High School, as a student with learning disabilities i find that there is support (even though me and my family had to fight a bit to get some of them) i still find this school to be amazing, if you can survive IHS You can survive anywhere. the new administration is doing a great job and the enviroment encourages learning, creativity, and indivualism. IHS takes as much pride in every aspect, from Photo Class/Club to the Drama Dept. to our Atheltic teams. i recommend this school to anyone and is definitly the best in the area.


Posted November 3, 2009

The faculty and staff are well-educated, passionate, and they care. The kids are from diverse backgrounds, from all over the world, as well as rural and urban homes. Is it perfect? No, it's a public school - but an excellent one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

I think that it is an outstanding school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2009

I have two kids who graduated from IHS and are now both in college. IHS falls short by not offering vocational education exploration, and vocational internships in conjunction with local businesses - for those students not interested in going to college. For those students, many leave IHS with little or no idea about what to do next. IHS does not prepare all students for the future by offering education about career opportunities and by providing hands-on applicable training programs. IHS does a fine job preparing highly motivated students for college -- that's not the most difficult task.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2009

As the parent of two Ithaca HS graduates it saddens me to realize that with the retirement of a much loved teacher this June, there will be no African-American teachers at IHS next school year. How is it that a school/district that says it cares about diversity has failed to hire/retain black, asian or any teachers of color. This is a high school of 1500+ students from many different backgrounds. It doesn't seem possible that Ithaca High School has come to this. I hope that the district administration will work on what is a very serious problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2007

As a white female I have seen the different situations that have occurred. Mr. Wilson needs to relize this isn't a private school and that he needs to treat everyone equal.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 7, 2007

I move a lot and I've experienced many different schools. My experience with IHS wasn't as pleasant as my other schools. It seems that this area in particular is focused only on passing the Regents and getting accepted to Cornell. Those without high aspirations for college or any extra curriculars to keep them occupied, go in a detrimental direction in their lives. Something I've witnessed, experienced, and survived. Before my family moved here, I was completely unaware that smoking weed was a popular activity among teenagers. And it was surprising to discover that this was common practice among the average students; not just the few future drop-outs. The students are unmotivated by the school to succeed in education. Even good students who have had a positive upbringing can easily fall victim to the increasing indifference to succeeding among students at IHS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 30, 2007

IHS is a great school for students who fit into the high achievement category and are self-motivated learners. It is not a great school for anyone else. There is weak support from the principal for programs that support the average to below average learner. Our experience at IHS was very negative. Some teachers really did try, but that did not make-up for the undefined curriculum, impersonal staff, and chaotic atmosphere. The drop-out rate is alarmingly high for a school that seems to pride itself on academic achievement. We finally transferred our children to another school and have been astounded at the difference between schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2007

The present principal is breaking the cycle of quick administrative turnover. He is supported by most of the stakeholders. If he receives tenure, there will be the vision and accountability to make this good school a great school. The professional development offerings are outstanding.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 18, 2005

This is a good school. There are many activities for students to choose from. Also, the teachers are really nice and always want to help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2005

It's an OK school. Great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2004

I believe ithaca high school is not a very encourageing school. Very smart children are ignored and teachers are very unfair and demanding. High school is a tough time for everyone and ithaca high school does not support students like most high schools.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 28, 2004

This school's test scores are high, and many of its graduates go to Ivy League schools or equivalent, but that's not the school's doing. Many of the students are Cornell faculty children who get their intellectual education at home. The others, the 'townies', are tracked into vocational programs and, if they have any college interest, get nothing from the poor teaching and lack of activities other than bully-encouraging athletics. The school has had principal turnover almost every year. Due to the school's size it's very easy for even the brightest students to be ignored by the counseling system.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 29, 2004

Although there have been many principals within the last 10 years, and there is the usual tension found in ay high school, Ithaca High School continues to be ranked as highly as it is for a good reason. The many options for studnets beyond the plethora of AP's availible such as the WISE program as an alternative for English and the New visions program. For the less academically inclined students, such as my son he found a lot of extra help and teachers generally picked up on it when he needed the help. It is a large school but over all the staff works with the students to ensure no one 'falls through the cracks' and if they do they are promptly caught. Over all it may not be the beacon of enlightenment such as Cornell or IC but it is a remarkable high school. Over 40 clubs for students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2004

I attended IHS in the early 80s and found it academically challenging and full of electives in all areas. (I took mechanical drafting as an AP student and that was ok). I found the teachers caring and concerned. Has all that changed? I think Ithaca in general is too concerned with being politically correct these days, at the expense of common sense, and that has no doubt carried over to IHS as well. Too bad, but still a far cry better than many public high schools.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 4, 2004

Ithaca High School may have good teachers, but the discipline is not up to standard. The school stresses tolerance and political correctness, but racism is alive and well at Ithaca. If ever you want to get lost at a high school, Ithaca is the place to go. My friends hate place, and only go because they have to. They stay far away from Ithaca High School otherwise, and do extracurricular activites through the CSMA.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2004

This is a highly overrated high school that sits in the shadows of Cornell University and Ithaca College. It receives substantial tax payer dollars yet fails to adequately stimulate bright students (of which there are many) nor does it adequately address the needs of students who fall at the other end of the spectrum. It's a political hotbed that is driven by political correctness. The school lacks genuine leadership and vision and it fails to keep a principal for very long. I regret having moved here from State College, PA where my son could have had a higher quality high school experience in a nurturing, caring, and in many ways, a more intellectual environment. What saves this school is the fact that so many children have highly educated parents who value education and take it upon themselves to give their children the life experiences and education they need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2004

I have two children who attended the Ithaca Schools, Elementary and Middle schools were wonderful, the High School falls into a catagory with many other large schools. A child can and will fall through the cracks if the parents are not completely involved, the academic involvment seems to break down at this level. School fights are a common occurrence and student safety is a major concern. Teachers are affaid to discipline due to fear. I have removed my high school students from Ithaca High School for this reason.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2003

My daughter's life has changed since she enrolled at IHS from a private school. She is not only allowed, but encouraged to explore and express her own beliefs and feelings about herself and her world. She loves school now, and is excited about college. Her grades have improved...and she is stimulated by the diversity offered at Ithaca High School. Thank you staff!


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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.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
71%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

201 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%
Earth Science

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

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
65%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

345 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

63 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

351 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%
Global History and Geography

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

381 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%
Integrated Algebra

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

261 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
79%
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.

430 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
68%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

128 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.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%
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 Students87%
Female85%
Male89%
African American63%
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities80%
General population86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant87%

Chemistry

All Students96%
Female96%
Male97%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander98%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Not migrant96%

Earth Science

All Students62%
Female58%
Male69%
African American30%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant62%

English

All Students93%
Female97%
Male90%
African American82%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities74%
General population95%
English language learners66%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%

Geometry

All Students88%
Female83%
Male92%
African American68%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities68%
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%

Global History and Geography

All Students89%
Female89%
Male89%
African American79%
Asian/Pacific Islander98%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities66%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant89%

Integrated Algebra

All Students87%
Female89%
Male86%
African American77%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities61%
General population93%
English language learners80%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%

Living Environment

All Students94%
Female93%
Male95%
African American84%
Asian/Pacific Islander96%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial91%
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities84%
General population95%
English language learners80%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%

Physics

All Students87%
Female84%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant87%

U.S. History and Government

All Students95%
Female94%
Male94%
African American90%
Asian/Pacific Islander98%
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities74%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not 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 2 67% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 14% 9%
Black 1 12% 19%
Hispanic 2 6% 23%
Two or more races 1 1% 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 23%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 228%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 7%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 24%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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1401 N Cayuga St
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 274-2145

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