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Shaker High School

Public | 9-12 | 2080 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
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Posted July 14, 2013

Having one student already entering her senior year, a second entering as a freshman this fall, and two more on the way, I could not be much more satisfied with the quality of education provided by Shaker HS. In an ideal world, a bit more flexibility in course selection (the oldest should have been eligible for advanced placement classes but was not entered in the right sequence when we moved into the district for 7th grade), but that is just one aspect of how a school system runs and what students get from their efforts. Shaker is justifiably in the top tier of high schools in the Capital Region, and compares well with any public high school in the nation (including those in Fairfax county, VA, near where I work). Anyone moving into the Albany area should consider the North Colonie schools an asset when choosing exactly where to live.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2012

North Colonie School - you expect the best but when you scratch the surface you realize that the surface is very thin and what lies underneath does not meet the expectation. A school is only as good as the staff, the principal leads the staff, the staff leads our children. But what if principal and many of the staff members ( teachers) are only interested in their own reputation but are lacking interest for their students and even parents....Shaker Junior High was a very good experience for my son and our family....but this changed at Shaker High. Teachers who often tell stories about their personal lives and issues during school hours instead of teaching, principals who lack professionalism when under pressure, guidance counselors who cannot hide the fact that they dislike everything about their job, parking staff that can't help but using poor language. This is not what we expected when transferring from Junior High. We are glad that this was the last year at Shaker High for us and are looking forward to College and hopefully a positive experience.Good luck for you and your families.
—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 64% in 2012.

401 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
85%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 78% in 2012.

358 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 73% in 2012.

272 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%
English

The state average for English was 82% in 2012.

522 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

111 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2012.

410 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2012.

559 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 72% in 2012.

404 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 78% in 2012.

511 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 79% in 2012.

180 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
90%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

236 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 79% in 2012.

530 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 Students80%
Students with disabilities72%
General population81%

Chemistry

All Students94%
Students with disabilities100%
General population94%

Earth Science

All Students97%
Students with disabilities92%
General population97%

English

All Students94%
Students with disabilities82%
General population97%

Geometry

All Students97%
Students with disabilities85%
General population97%

Global History and Geography

All Students91%
Students with disabilities69%
General population95%

Integrated Algebra

All Students93%
Students with disabilities70%
General population97%

Living Environment

All Students99%
Students with disabilities91%
General population99%

Physics

All Students95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population95%

U.S. History and Government

All Students94%
Students with disabilities80%
General population96%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 48%
Asian 9% 9%
Black 8% 19%
Hispanic 3% 23%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 11%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 2%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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445 Watervliet-Shaker Rd
Latham, NY 12110
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Phone: (518) 785-5511

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