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Kingston High School

Public | 9-12 | 2134 students

 
 

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Posted February 5, 2014

It is a fight to get services. The available resources are not publicized and kept like guarded secrets. You have to fight to get diagnosis and services. A horrible year! Communication is poor. If you don't harass them you hear nothing! I had to do all the research, scheduling etc. Now she's in an alternative school and doing well! But it wasn't an easy process and should never gave been that difficult
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

I think this school is wonderful. It has many subjects to choose from. My son is very happy here. He has many friends and goes to the extracurricular activities, of which there are many! I would encourage the kids to do the activities. There is security also. The thing that needs to be improved is some of the buildings. There are very old. I think the basement needs much improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2013

I have had my son ...an A student go down the tubes here....they try to blame everything from being a single parent to drugs....whatever they can,,,problm is over crowding....teachers doing drugs ivolved in worse things than they accuse my child of...its all about the money and waste of tax payers money ....bad system that needs to be overalled for the real world
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2012

Does Kingston High School Take Bullying and Assaults in School Seriously? No they really can care less.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2011

Kingston High School has an incredibly talented and devoted faculty along with the full range of basic and special interest clubs. My son is a 2011 graduate and completed his senior year with 28 college credits after successfully completing 6 AP courses. The curriculum is rich and diverse and offers opportunities for students to pursue particular interests by enrolling in half-year courses developed and taught by faculty (ie. Chemistry and Art). While the overall condition of the building, with a couple of notable exceptions such as the cafeteria, library and auditorium, are largely unchanged since my graduation some 30 years ago, the quality of the education is commendable. I would agree that if you have a child who is not involved in the academic and social school community, there is, beyond a doubt, trouble to be found - that is where the parent must step up to the plate, keep conversation open, support smart decisions and remain, more importantly than ever, INVOLVED!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2010

KHS is a great school if your child is involved in its various extracuricular activities(and there are toooonnnnnnns), but if children aren't they have a tendancy to get lost and do bad things (skip,fail drugs,ect.). And while some parts of the school is in disrepare they have recently redone the auditorium and the cafeteria. And only upper grade students in good grade standing with no referals may leave campus during lunch and all students must wear i.d. cards for even more security. Also, they are installing new bleachers in the gym.So while the school has some issues, they are trying to improve conditions in the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 11, 2009

This is a very good school for kids who are good students, who have good social standing, and who want to take advantage of an amazing variety of clubs, sports and activities. My daughter is an honors student who doesn't have time for all the activities she wishes to take part in! There are so many good things, and teachers volunteering their time. You have to know your kid. Mine is one of the ones that stays in the school and is where she's supposed to be. If a student is struggling, has social or self-esteem problems, or is likely to get caught up with the wrong crowd, you may have to monitor them closely at this school. It is a city school and there is a certain amt. of the population of kids that leave the school, skip, do drugs, etc. Talk to your kids, be involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2009

I also submitted a review on the Nov. 10th, which I put up there in haste after visiting the school and seeing the appearance of the place. Now I would like to say that the teaching staff here seems to be doing a good job educating my son. He is on the honor roll and enjoys going to class. He has plenty os extracurricular activities to participate in, and I can see him turning into a young man. I wish the school was in better repair, but I have no complaints about the teaching staff here thus far. Excellent job especially Mr. Fitzgerald and Mr. Bowman!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2008

There should be no open campus, that's when the kids don't go back to class or end up in a fight, but that is just some of the children, not all. I am a 1990 graduate of KHS and the inside does look the same. My daughter will be graduating in 2010 and she gets packets for work...Isn't something wrong there?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2008

KHS, is suffering from bad management. There is no urgency. There is no imaginative thinking taking place on the School Board, Administration and in the parents groups. It has become a district of silo's where each department is left to fend for itself. Sports raise money for sports, Music for music.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2008

I am a 1981 graduate of KHS, and I have a daughter that will graduate from KHS in 2010. I think that KHS has suffered from years of neglect and that the district just keeps putting band aids on the school. When I walk through the school it doesn't look much different than it did when I attended back in the 1980's. The same lockers are still there, and the condition of the auditorium is embarrassing. Lockers are not meant to last 25 plus years. It is overcrowded and should not have an open campus. Most teachers do care about the students, but are handicapped by the system that they have to work within. Economic conditions in this district has made it very difficult for this once proud school to remain competitive with the high tech High Schools that are being built, and being funded by more affluent districts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2007

The music department is amazing, period. lam a 2007 graduate. 90% of the teachers are inspiring to say the least. The 'guidance' counselors are not exactly note worthy. Over popluation of this school is getting really bad. other wise i think its a decent school, nothing more.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 24, 2007

I think that this school is the greatest school on earth, don't be afraid of what some other people say, it is a great school with many wonderful activities to take part in, and in my opinion it has the best music program ever!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 14, 2006

This school has a excellent range on programs available for students. Parents are involved everything in some shape or form. Excellent school to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2005

Some teachers here are so concerned with the big picture--overall average performance--that they forget about the individual student.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 7, 2005

KHS offers a variety of academic programs inluding AP courses in all main subjects. KHS has one of the best music programs in NY including marching band, orchestra, choir, and jazz ensemble. Kingston offers many modified, JV, and varsity sports throughout the year. There are a substantial amount of activities for students to get involved in. Parents can get involved by attending monthly board meetings for the school district.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 17, 2005

KHS has a great orchestra.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 25, 2004

KHS has its up and downs, but overall if you have a child that is involved in different activities and involved, it is a good school. There are some problems with up keep on the building and like any school, that has app. 2400 students, discipline problems. Again if your child is involved in activities they are usually clear of the problems. Overall it is a good school with lots of opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2004

This is an overcrowded school with many problems, including an open campus on a street. An inner city school with numerous issues, the very least which is poor academic leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2004

I am a Graduate of the class of 2002 and I think that the school is over crowded and that there are too many kids in the class rooms. I remember when I was a Senior and there weren't enough desks for all the students. Other than that the shool has some disapline but its only there for those who need it, for those that do just fine in school what is the disapline for? I went from a private school to a school with better opportunities and more people to get to know.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%
Earth Science

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

197 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

506 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

73 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%
Global History and Geography

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

539 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%
Integrated Algebra

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

557 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
70%
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.

527 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

231 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.

537 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
79%
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 Students92%
Female96%
Male88%
African American91%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Non-migrant92%

Chemistry

All Students84%
Female82%
Male87%
African American72%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant84%

Earth Science

All Students89%
Female87%
Male91%
African American76%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities78%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%

English

All Students88%
Female91%
Male85%
African American86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities52%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%

Geometry

All Students84%
Female86%
Male84%
African American63%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities80%
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%

Global History and Geography

All Students79%
Female78%
Male80%
African American66%
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities52%
General population85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%

Integrated Algebra

All Students67%
Female66%
Male68%
African American52%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracial75%
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities45%
General population75%
English language learners37%
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%

Living Environment

All Students89%
Female90%
Male88%
African American73%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities63%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%

Physics

All Students84%
Female81%
Male86%
African American63%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Non-migrant84%

U.S. History and Government

All Students84%
Female82%
Male84%
African American75%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities47%
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
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 70% 48%
Black 1 18% 19%
Hispanic 2 9% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Two or more races 1 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 11%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 238%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 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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403 Broadway
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 331-1970

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