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Valley Central High School

Public | 9-12 | 1549 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted September 30, 2013

This a very good school. The teachers are very helpful and want there students to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

Valley Central High School experinces a bad word about them once in a while but those words usuallly come from unhappy students due to things not going their way. This high school is a very nice high school. The teachers are there for their students everyday for any problem these students have. The staff of guidance counselors and principals and hall monitors taake their jobs seriously as well and make sure they try to solve every problem that is handed to them. The sports, clubs and performances bring this school's body of students, parents and staff together to enjoy an event that they have in common. Students you have never expected to be friends with each other, are friends with each other. The bullying is low, 1 student out of 15 students. Everyone in this building makes an effort to achieve a common goal, to make it through the school years,have memorable times,and go on to achiewve greater things in their lives. Valley Central has had tough times due to budgets and but this school tries everything possible to save the programs and the stafff for future students to have an amazing experince. Teachers have retired to save teachers their jobs. This school has Viking Pride.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2010

Great School , Both my children are very happy and doing well in VCHS. there are plenty of school activities as well as athletics for the kids to be involved in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2009

I am a current senior at Valley Central High School, and I'm due to graduate in June 2009. Overall I would not reccomend this school to parents. I had a hard time trying to get along with many of the students, they are consumed with trying to fit into cliques and do not have very good personal qualities. Other wise if your child is not easily influenced by others and has a good head on their shoulders they could thrive in this school. In March 2007, toward the middle of my sophmore year I found out that I was in kidney failure. My guidence counselor and the entire faculty and staff were very supportive and all of my teachers were willing to make special arrangements for me due to my schedule. so if your child has any special circumstances this school will do it's best to work with their individual needs
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2008

Staff members in the main office are rude as well as in other departments. However, with the exception of two teachers, most of the teachers were very dedicated and cared for the students learning abilities. The school's structure is very updated and modern. The facility always appeared to be neat and clean. The security of the school seems to be excellent. If you're seeking a school in which you will learn, this is an excellent choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2006

Valley Central HS has been an incredible HS for my two children, one of which graduated as Valedictorian. School is what you make of it ...students who are motivated and take advantage of what school has to offer will do very well here. Teachers exhibit a great deal of caring and in general are motivated and impart this motivation to their students. The principal and other administrators do a fine job of creating a climate for learning. The only negative thing that I can say is that I wish class sizes were a bit smaller and that the Bd. of Ed. would spend more money on the simple things, like texts etc. This district has one of the lowest expenditures/student in the county, but this is NOT something to be proud of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2004

I graduated in 2002 from VC. It was the best four years of my life. Teachers are fair and classes are challenging. If you get the grades and the sat scores you can get into any college you want. Sports are a big deal, but that is why there is so much school spirit. I still go to athletic events at VC and I would love to teach and coach a sport there when I get out of college. It is a beautiful town with beautiful people. It's a very comfortable setting. Everybody gets to know everybody and the relationships can last a lifetime. Valley Central is a great place to send your kids to school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 18, 2004

Valley Central is not the best school at which to educate your child. The school district and its parents are unbelievably cliquish and obnoxious, and this carries over into the classrooms and social settings. While teachers at the high school level attempt to be more fair in terms of how they treat the students, many of the teachers in the lower grades openly favor popular children or the children of parents who are well-known in the surrounding communities. The quality of the education is mediocre at best. As a former student, I feel that another high school would have been much better for me. VCHS sends many graduates to tiny local colleges and NY state universities - your child may have a hard time getting into a private college if he/she goes here, the academics just aren't up to par. Sports are a big deal here - there is little to do otherwise.
—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.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
79%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
82%
Earth Science

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

389 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
77%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

402 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

24 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%
Global History and Geography

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

446 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%
Integrated Algebra

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

496 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%
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.

372 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
78%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

146 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%
U.S. History and Government

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

381 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%
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 Students77%
Female80%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant77%

Chemistry

All Students77%
Female73%
Male82%
African American69%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant77%

Earth Science

All Students76%
Female75%
Male79%
African American56%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities51%
General population80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%

English

All Students88%
Female92%
Male82%
African American73%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities56%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%

Geometry

All Students93%
Female95%
Male91%
African American94%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%

Global History and Geography

All Students79%
Female80%
Male80%
African American77%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities45%
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%

Integrated Algebra

All Students88%
Female93%
Male83%
African American89%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities60%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Living Environment

All Students85%
Female85%
Male85%
African American80%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities57%
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Physics

All Students93%
Female93%
Male93%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Non-migrant93%

U.S. History and Government

All Students87%
Female88%
Male86%
African American90%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities43%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
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 72% 48%
Hispanic 1 15% 23%
Black 2 11% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 121%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 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 46%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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Montgomery, NY 12549
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