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Massapequa High School

Public | 10-12 & ungraded | 1972 students

 
 

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Posted August 19, 2013

I am about to enter 11th grade here at Massapequa High School. With this being said, I greatly appreciate the academic and extracurricular outlets offered to me and really do enjoy some of the unique offerings such as my broadcasting, forensics, and astronomy classes along with my more challenging classes such as AP English, AP American History, AP World History, and countless other AP classes (They offer almost every AP there is). After school, I love our drama club which puts on smaller, more intimate productions, as well as performing in our annual musical which becomes a very extravagant and exciting production. With all of this being said, I simply must give my school a 3 (well more like 3.5, but half stars aren't allowed) due to the extreme focus on athletics. Normally I would not have an issue with this as long as all other activities were funded just as well as our athletics program, however this is not the case. The musical gets a large enough budget each year, yes, but other clubs and organizations, ie: the drama club, are forced to start at $0.00 every year and really struggle to stay afloat despite these programs being the highlight of a lot of students' schooling.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 28, 2009

Some of these posts, are submitted by a parent who has children that can do no wrong?...Most of the posts here of sour grapes. I have one son who went through and achieved great succesess academically over the sports that he played. My daughter currently attends and is often asked if she needs help in subjects to bring up grades with success and my youngest has no problem playing sports and keeping a high honor role grade in excellerated classes from 1st through junior high school. I did not have the opportunity to attend such schools growing up in Brooklyn and Queens. Suck it up. Although not perfect, our children have a damn good school system, if your parenting in the right way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2009

Some of these posts, are submitted by a parent who has children that can do no wrong?...Most of the posts here of sour grapes. I have one son who went through and achieved great succesess academically over the sports that he played. My daughter currently attends and is often asked if she needs help in subjects to bring up grades with success and my youngest has no problem playing sports and keeping a high honor role grade in excellerated classes from 1st through junior high school. I did not have the opportunity to attend such schools growing up in Brooklyn and Queens. Suck it up. Although not perfect, our children have a damn good school system, if your parenting in the right way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2008

Massapequa High School is severely underrated as to it's academics. The Administration has done a great deal in the last several years to up the ante, so to speak, academically. It's paying off - the students are enrolled in higher level courses and the graduates are getting into schools which for years were closed to Massapequa kids. Are there drugs at Massapequa? Yes but someone tell me a school where there aren't drugs? Is it rampant or out of control? NO WAY! Unfortunately when you find a community where the kids have money the kids will use drugs. The teaching staf is excellent and I feel lucky that my kids have had and will continue to have the benefits of an excellent staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2008

To much money spent on sports. The teachers are lazy and over paid. There is also alot of drug use and not enough being done about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2006

Massapequa high school is one of the best high schoo ls within NY state. Although its main concern does appear to be sports (althletes are highly regaurded as almost all teams donminate their sport), the administration seems to be putting more emphasis on academics as more and more students are being encouraged to enroll into AP classes as well as other college credit courses. This may or may not be a good idea depending upon your opinion of who should be enrolled in such courses. The electives awailable at MHS are exceptional and allow for students to truly focus on their main subject of interest. Overall MHS is great school that will provide your child with a strong foundation for success in the future.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 29, 2005

Quality of academics are excellent. Sports are excellent, many championship teams. Very good parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2005

I believe that the programs in Masspequa High School continue to be excellent. Availability of music, art and sports is of high quality. Very highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2004

Among one of the very best schools in New York State. They have zero tolerance for drugs in the school, with immediate suspension if found with drugs. I went to the school, and my kids now attend, I'm very happy with the academic results so far.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 28, 2004

I am a former student and graduate of the high school. To be honest, I have two very differing thoughts on my attendance. First, the quality of the education I received no doubt led me to attend and now graduate from a prestigous university. The athletic programs were incredibly funded and many times actually took away honor from other scholastic activities. I do criticize the school in that the administrators are blinded by the amount of illegal activity that goes on around and inside the campus. The town is supported by middle to mainly upper-middle class single ethnic class inhabitants and their children are extremely well off. School policies might as well be written on toilet paper because they are definitely not followed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 28, 2004

I am aware that this is a page for parents, however, I believe my statements should be available, because I am the voice of your children possibly attending. Massapequa HS offers electives that are not seen regularly, and those classes can make a world of difference in a student's well-rounded academic background. When entering college, you have possibly seen a bit more of science/language/trades and that gives an unbeatable advantage. However, I believe these fabulous possibilities are often masked by the lack of proper administration, and loud parents. There are definitely favorites, and they are usually the well-off side of the tracks, and the star athletes. It seemed over the years that the biggest problem was within many of the parents, and their lack of recognizing that their child was at fault. The school might not take action, however, sometimes their hand is forced by obnoxious parents.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 10, 2004

Massapequa School District breaks promises to both the parents and the students regarding zero tolerance. They have been 'caught' by parents whose children have suffered emotionally at the hands of their peers. Many parents have come together and their stories are all the same. The Social worker tells the parents, 'This is life. They will have to get used to it anyway. I suggest you teach them how to deal with this. The Administration, without a doubt, have their favorite parents and students. If you are not one of them, trust me, you feel it in your bones! As for the Sports emphasis: it's sickening. As for the lunch room: It's a childs place to unwind and eat with friends, not a prison. Get a grip. Let them talk. Let them laugh. Stop giving them detention for being human.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2004

Massapequa has always been known for it's excellent schools. I was born and raised in Mass. & my children are now in the schools. It is a great place to live and raise children. I do, however, agree that too much emphasis is placed on sports. Give more college scholarships to students that excel in academics or good character. Wouldn't you rather have them as doctors operating on you than these athletes? I sure would!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2004

My daughter entered the Massapequa schools in the 7th grade which meant she started in the middle school. Her special needs were addressed immediately and attentively and she was on the honor roll for 2 years. She later on finished at the high school. They do tend to slip off a little because there is not much supervision or real concern for the students who are not with the 'in' crowd. Sports is definitely the main concern. Other than the sports there is little in other after school activities thus leaving someone not interested in sports little else to do. And I really don't like the open campus. They should have a better cafeteria and encourage during the daytime clubs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Sports are emphasized over academics. Many teachers take on a buddy vs. adult role in the classroom. I was disappointed in the academics and the quality of teaching. Many of the teachers were raised in Massapequa and never left. There is little tolerance for diversity and the students are not encouraged to branch out. It's a nice town to live in; I just wish the schools were of a higher quality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2003

Very large number of students on an orderly campus. (District used to have two high schools). 9th graders attend classes on a campus across town and are bused over for after-school sports and club meetings. This is an open campus (students can leave the building at lunch time and eat at numerous nearby spots.) There are lots of after school activities. The school generally places more emphasis on success in sports than on innovation in academics. Although there is a broad selection of courses, students might be discouraged from taking difficult electives in grades 9-11, because the formula for determining class rank at graduation only uses grades from those three earlier years. (Senior year grades are not included). Most of the teachers are good and most of them are fair to students. Teachers are required to have Master's Degrees, though the degree can be in a very different field than they teach. A student can get a good academic and sports education at MHS, but might regret missing a chance to get to know students from minority backgrounds, since there are so very few in the district.


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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.

447 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

468 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%
Earth Science

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

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
56%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

662 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

87 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

422 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%
Global History and Geography

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

646 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%
Integrated Algebra

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

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
84%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

6 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Living Environment

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

441 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

334 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

462 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%
U.S. History and Government

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

661 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%
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 Students88%
Female89%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Non-migrant88%

Chemistry

All Students82%
Female83%
Male81%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Non-migrant82%

Earth Science

All Students60%
Female70%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities56%
General population62%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English60%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%

English

All Students96%
Female98%
Male93%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities59%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%

Geometry

All Students90%
Female92%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities61%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%

Global History and Geography

All Students90%
Female89%
Male91%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities62%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%

Integrated Algebra

All Students58%
Female73%
Male52%
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 disabilities35%
General population80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant58%

Living Environment

All Students93%
Female93%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities75%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%

Physics

All Students87%
Female84%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Non-migrant87%

U.S. History and Government

All Students96%
Female97%
Male96%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities74%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-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 1 96% 48%
Hispanic 1 3% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Black 1 0% 19%
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 10%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

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

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 64%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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4925 Merrick Rd
Massapequa, NY 11758
Phone: (516) 308-5901

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