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Sachem High School North

Public | 9-12 | 2326 students

 

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Posted January 8, 2014

My daughter attended Sachem from Kindergarten to graduation. Upon applying to college, she received full academic scholarships from two acclaimed universities, as well as several other acceptances and scholarships. Not one for sports, she joined the orchestra in 4th grade (when instrument-specific music programs are first offered) and played viola until 11th grade, when she realized her calling for Broadcast Journalism. She was involved in Sachem's unique FM radio program, giving her great experience in the field. She also found a passion for Environmental Science through the AP class offered in the field, as well as the Envirothon competition (which Sachem has dominated in for the region in the past few years). My daughter and her friends would attend football games to watch the school marching band or buy tickets for every night of the school play. The Sachem North football team were the Long Island champions this season. Overall, this is a great school that offers opportunities for every type of student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Overall good school. Academics are on point. Most teachers show genuine interest in their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

This school is great. The students are mostly nice and well mannered. Some of the teachers joke around too much but are mostly skilled at their jobs. Great shool
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

Best school ever. It is a bit crowded but the classes are interesting and no one fools around.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 21, 2012

Both my sons graduated from Sachem North. I have nothing but great things to say about the school. Mr. Nolan (principal) is absolutely the greatest! He is very caring and is very well liked by students, parents and staff. The APs are simply wonderful as well. They took interest in my children and always returned my calls in a timely manner. They were very concerned with proper placement and took the time to guide them into taking classes that were suitable for their abilities. The teachers were equally as caring and always encouraged my children to work to their potential. What was best is the fact that parents were always informed about the goings on in the school and no one was left in the dark. Excellent school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2010

excellence ...all around !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2009

Sachem East is a wonderful place to educate Special Education students. The staff and administration is very understanding and accepting of 'special behaviors' that may be deemed inappropriate or disrespectful in other school districts. Special students are easily mainstreamed into regular ed classes. The money spent on Special Education is by far more than the funds allocated in other wealthier districts. Although the campus at East may appear to be unruly. laxed, and unsafe,during the school day, it allows for special ed and disadvantaged kids to have control of how the school is operated. In fact, that the parents of special ed students havemore of a a say in behavior codes and curriculm than the parents of the students with greater advantages. Teachers have little input in what is done, and are discouraged from giving failing grades. Sachem is perfect for needy families and students with special behavior needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2009

I'm a past student and I wasn't lost in the large group of kids at my school. If you ask for help every and i mean every teacher will offer extra help as often as you like if you are academically unstable. You just need to ask and they will help you out. It is the kids responsibility to maintain their grades and the parents' job to teach them these values. I had a great experience at Sachem North High School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2007

I totally agree with the posting dated February 12, 2007, saying that Sachem School District is for the smart students and sports. If you have a child that is in special education many are getting lost in the system and no one cares! Also, correct in saying that the children that need the most help don't get it! We need to get a general diploma back for all the students who can't do the regents! How many more students have to drop out of school?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2007

The principal at Sachem North, Mr. Nolan is wonderful! He's very approachable,open minded and warm hearted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2007

Sachem school district is way to big and they focus on the children that are academically stable. If you have a disability in the Sachem district your child gets left behind and many children get lost in the system. I feel the teachers are too comfortable and don't go the extra mile for the children that need help. There is more to education than sports.I've tried to contact teachers, the principal and guidance counselors in North High School and I have to say it is a project trying to get them to call you back. I have yet to have someone get back to me in a timely fashion. Sachem school and teachers are over-rated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2006

Sachem North is way too big. Even split up it is very easy for a child to get lost in the crowd. There is a huge focus on sport teams. Classes are very large.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2005

Sachem is a great school for your child. It has an exceptional AP program, sports, fine arts, and other extra curricular activities. There is something for everyone there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2005

I am a former Sachem Graduate who has chosen to raise my family in this District. Sachem is an excellent school District. The teachers are truly dedicated and talented. All students should take advantage of the many extra curricular activities, sports, etc.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 5, 2005

I am not a parent, but I am a student at Sachem North entering my sophomore year in September of 2006. I believe that our school is known for it's sports, but most known for our Football! there is plenty of stuff for us to do, but with the recent budgets cuts it will be a lot different this year. The academic level of the school I feel is one of the best around, with a caring faculty and a great staff, I feel that Sachem is the best.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 22, 2005

Adademic programs are very diverse. I personally believe however the school is too crowded therefore not giving kids the opportunity to learn on a smaller scale.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2005

This school is so big that the children have everything right at their fingertips. The programs are extensive and amazing. They are also extremely competitive, and 'average' kids can easily get lost in the system. The education is about standard. The social aspect is pretty good, because with a graduating class of 1800, there's someone for everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2004

This school district is just too big.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2004

I am a Sachem Graduate of 84' , my children are also Sachem students one is in high school one is in Special ed. Sachem is the best for studetns they provide the needed services and over all the teachers are top notch.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 30, 2004

My two children go to Wenonah Elementary. They love it and so do I. It is relatively small considering it is part of the Sachem District The teachers are very in tune with their students. My family couldn't ask for a better school.
—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.

405 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
74%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

394 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%
Earth Science

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

482 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
77%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

589 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

54 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

557 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
78%
Global History and Geography

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

564 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%
Integrated Algebra

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

424 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

148 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%
Living Environment

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

444 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

325 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
73%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

307 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%
U.S. History and Government

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

604 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%
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 Students78%
Female84%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities46%
General population80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant78%

Chemistry

All Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities91%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Not migrant90%

Earth Science

All Students83%
Female80%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities50%
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%

English

All Students92%
Female93%
Male91%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities63%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%

Geometry

All Students83%
Female84%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities46%
General population86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%

Global History and Geography

All Students89%
Female88%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities53%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant89%

Integrated Algebra

All Students90%
Female91%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities65%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant90%

Living Environment

All Students95%
Female93%
Male97%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander96%
Hispanic97%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities71%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%

Physics

All Students81%
Female82%
Male80%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant81%

U.S. History and Government

All Students96%
Female95%
Male96%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander96%
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities75%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not 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 2 85% 48%
Hispanic 1 8% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 5% 9%
Black 2 2% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 215%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 74%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MR. JOHN DOLAN

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Kayaking
  • Kickball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Kayaking
  • Kickball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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212 Smith Rd
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Phone: (631) 471-1400

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