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Monticello High School

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Posted September 10, 2014

This school gets a bad rap at times because of SOME of the people that live in the community. There are a few issues with gangs etc but in reality the school is very safe. There is a dedicated faculty that care about the students and come from highly respected educational backgrounds. As a recent graduate I can tell you that I would not be going to a top notch suny school without having had my teachers from Monticello supporting me every step of the way.


Posted May 27, 2014

High school ought to be a spring-board into the real-world. Monticello High School, while often seen as a beat-up and run-down alternative to some horrendous city schools, is actually a place where a livelong pursuit of higher education is attainable. Monticello High School partners with many fantastic programs to provide students with humongous choice of classes; however, it is the student/parents responsibility to bank on these opportunities. Currently, as a incoming senior, I have already taken 2 Advanced Placement, 2 Sullivan County Community College and 1 Syracuse University Project Advance classes and aspire to take up to eight in my two remaining semesters. Along with these three fantastic programs are the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society and loads of extra curricular activities; such as our long withstanding Debate/Speech program and many sports opportunities. Monticello gets a rap from the wrong people. While Monticello is in a tricky place that often sees a lot of violence, the school is very safe and, with the compliance of your child, can easily propel your son/daughter onto heights that are rather unattainable in normal public schools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 12, 2013

Monticello is what you make of it. There are multiple opportunities to succeed, including the College in the Classroom and AP programs. The teachers are very supportive and want you to do the absolute best that you can, and some will not accept less than your best. The teachers help you succeed and are willing to go the extra mile for the students that speak up and ask for help. It is easy to form interpersonal relationship with Monticello teachers, as most of them are very pleasant, personable people who are a lot of fun to be around and will help you to learn the material, and they find ways for students to learn that are fun and engaging. For students who are struggling, there are support systems in place like after-school tutoring in most subjects and the student support suite, where students can go during the day and after school to receive extra help with math and reading if they need it. As a recent graduate from Monticello, I can say that my Monticello experience has prepared me for college. Monti High is a safe environment, even though there are a few fights every year. Fights are often diffused before they even begin, which is what makes MHS a safe learning environment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2012

I was a student here and currently have a younger sibling graduating this year. In the past 10 years, the school and the town have gone steadily downhill. Both are full of drugs and gang activity along with violence. Bullying is a huge issue and neither is a safe place for children. DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO MONTICELLO OR SURROUNDING TOWNS! This is not a safe area and will not get better!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 27, 2012

this school is the worse school you can go to. my child went to this school since she was in 1st grade and there was so many problems with the students and teachers and the school it's self . we had to move to middletown cause we could not take it anymore middletown is way better than monticello. since we moved back here 2011 in the middle school there been nothing but trouble this school need to change big time our there gonna be in deep trouble
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2012

Some people on here are saying that Monticello high has a lot of gang activity, and fights, I am currently a junior and have to say, I have not see anything gang related, and there aren't many fights. The only fight that I have ever seen have happened due to rumors, and things said on social networks, like facebook or twitter. If your child has gotten in to fights, maybe its for that reason. Despite it's reputation and it's location, I think Monticello is a pretty good school. I think that all of the teachers are helpful and supportive, and want us to do the best that we can. Also, I personally, have not seen any drug, nor have I heard of any drugs. Even though I won't say that Monticello is the best school in the world, it's really not that bad.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2011

I wish i could give this school no stars. From gangs, to drugs to the numerous amout of fight my child felt unsafe here. Thankfully we moved soon after my eldest child started 9th grade. She was very greatful that she no longer had to attend that school. She was sad to leave her friends but i had to get my kids out of there. The elementary schools arent bad though. This was the worst school ever!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2010

I recently moved back to the city from Monticello. Monticello is far superior to any NYC school. The teachers are wonderful, helpful and they actually care. The grass isn't always greener. I wish I had stayed in Monticello for the sake of my childrens education. Monticello's fine arts program is the best that I have seen , my daughter came out of there playing 4 different instuments and acting in theatre. My son is learning disabled and the help he recieved in the middle school was fantastic. I would move back to Monticello just for the school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2010

I believe that the monticello high school is what you make of it. I hear parents say how there child is below average in this school. well my daughter graduated with honors and is in college for criminal justice and is an A student. It has to do with the push from the parent also not just the teachers. I attended this scholl and didnt make it but there are children doing it all the time. yes the area has changed but thats because the authoritys in our area dont push for all the right reasons. its time to get the dealers off the street and bounce this area back to life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2008

I went to this school many years ago, as did my parents years before. My children then attended this school until it became necessary to transfer to a different school and believe me... it was necessary. One of my children was and remained an honor student. The other was challenged with learning disabilities. BOTH struggled at Monticello High School emotionally and thus physically trying to maintain balance in such a negative environment. Teachers are restricted in dealing with discipline issues. In a depressed area such as Sullivan County and specifically Monticello is, one can expect the gang activity to increase as most don't have the finances to leave the area as we were so fortunate to do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2007

This school has many problems it needs to resolve. Some teacher are wonderful, however some are not. The school is trying to change policies and such, but they really are making bad choices. Monticello High School has the potential to become a good school, but however it will take sometime. They need to focus less on what sports, and they have to focus on the academics. Hopefully, they will fix all the problems with their policies and people will realize everything Monticello has to offer. Till then i believe this school is very much below average.


Posted December 8, 2006

As a student, I could not have a picked a better school to attend. The teachers are very involved and dedicated to my sucess. A wonderful place to come and learn.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 6, 2006

Good school in the middle of upstate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2006

The Monticello High School has , so far, been a wonderful experience for my 10th grade daughter as well as myself. The teachers have been receptive and helpful to my daughter's needs. There are a variety of extra-curricular activities and a wonderful music program. The one down side is that there have been many administrative changes recently. They are making efforts to correct this situation. They are always on the lookout for new and innovative programs and initiatives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2004

This school is wonderfully diverse, but mose of the students are extremely apathetic. The education is not that excellent, even thought I am in honors classes. There are also no football, lacrosse, or hockey teams.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
45%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
80%
Earth Science

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

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
59%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

21 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
61%
Global History and Geography

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

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
59%
Integrated Algebra

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

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
64%
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.

280 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
72%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
55%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

75 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.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
73%
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 Students51%
Female43%
Male67%
African American24%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant51%

Chemistry

All Students69%
Female69%
Male69%
African American41%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Not migrantn/a

Earth Science

All Students44%
Female35%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities24%
General population49%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English45%
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

English

All Students71%
Female76%
Male68%
African American61%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities45%
General population77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students61%
Female58%
Male63%
African American50%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population61%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

Global History and Geography

All Students50%
Female44%
Male54%
African American41%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities13%
General population59%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

Integrated Algebra

All Students66%
Female67%
Male67%
African American61%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities26%
General population77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

Living Environment

All Students74%
Female73%
Male75%
African American59%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities35%
General population83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

Physics

All Students83%
Female81%
Male85%
African American73%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant83%

U.S. History and Government

All Students71%
Female70%
Male72%
African American55%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities33%
General population78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
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 52% 48%
Black 1 24% 19%
Hispanic 2 22% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 2% 9%
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 22%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 145%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 1%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Media arts
  • Graphics

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • German
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. LORI ORESTANO-JAMES

Programs

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  • Core knowledge
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • German

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Media arts
  • Graphics
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
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39 Breakey Ave
Monticello, NY 12701
Phone: (845) 794-8840

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