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Cornwall Central High School

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Posted March 18, 2014

Wow, these comments are really dim. Has anything improved this year? How is the music dept? We are considering moving to Cornwall from across the river, however, I'm not encouraged by these comments...


Posted September 14, 2013

I'm a student at CCHS and i absolutely HATE it. The only up in my day is Orchestra and that's about it. Even my dad agree's that Cornwall is a Sports town. It will always be Sports > Arts. I don't even know who the new principal even is. The teachers who have a tenure could care less, yes there are teachers who care but rarely. There should be more electives available to Sophomores (more or less freshmen). 17 students to the teacher is a joke i have over 30 kids in an ADVANCED class and i hate it! My guidance counselor NEVER returns my moms calls and the teachers don't really help a lot. School is over crowded for its size. It should be bigger. My mom really wants to send me to private/or catholic high school instead but it's expensive. According to my mom the school hasn't changed since my brother first attended in 2005. Also @ Aug. 19th '13 post....so what if we have the best quarterback...what about all the other players? don't they matter to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 19, 2013

I'm going to tell you a little bit about us Dragons. A lot of people say we are overrated, rich, white kids who only care about sports and like to party A LOT. For all the haters drinking hatorade, let me remind you.... We have the best quarterback in New York state. We love sports here in Cornwall because with our academic reputation schools like Lafayette, Pace, and Stanford give our student athletes a full ride. A small percentage of teachers maybe a slap in the face but the rest are only there to help you. Students will find teachers at CCHS that will stay after Drama or Football to work with them on geometry or help them with a lab. Every class i have is a new group of friends because it is so small. Our Gay-Straight alliance group is the most active in the county. Our varsity girls soccer team( that's me) placed fourth in the states last year. We have very challenging AP and honors courses. If your Einstein maybe private school is for you but if your a teenager who wants to be challenged, be INVOLVED, and you bleed the color green, CCHS is your school. A wise man used to say "Commit to Green, Commit to Greatness"-Sheboy CCHS Class @ 2016
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 10, 2013

Hello, My daughter is in seventh grade and is an honors student. I am debating sending her to Cornwall versus a private school. Certainly Cornwall would be much easier. Can any of you comment on the AP courses and the college placement for the last 2 years. I have heard that over the last few years the student body has improved tremendously and as a result the honors classes and college acceptances have also improved.


Posted April 22, 2013

This school is for the average student. If you or your child is an over-achiever, then I would suggest a private school. This is one of the best public schools in the area, however, the grades for AP classes are not as weighted as much as other schools. This means that you or your child would have a seemingly lower grade than other students from different schools comparatively. Most teachers do work solely on memorization because for the majority of children it is the only way to learn. However the majority of the advanced teachers are wonderful. Overall it truly is worth it unless you or child plans to go into the upper reaches of Ivy Leagues.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 16, 2012

I agree with the last comment. This school is over rated. They don't challlenge the students. Their way of teaching is based on memorization. The teachers don't seem to care as they have tenure. The College guidance counselor could not care less. This is very lamentable given the amazing campus they have : the tennis courts, running track, the library, the pool, soccer field, baseball field.. It is like an empty shell. You are seduced by the outside then you realize that it is empty inside. They don't even go to good Colleges. It makes me sad specially given the taxes. We only were happy with the art dept and lanuage dept. Math and Science were a disaster. English was very stiff,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2012

I am unfortunately stuck in a school too preoccupied with sports to care about academics. If you are not an overachiever and are an average student, you'll fit right in. I have been told that this school does not cater to the higher end of the student spectrum (aka, those who are preoccupied with actually learning something). There are no special programs or contests in the intellect department. there is, however, many in sports and music. There is a math team, but no science club or anything of the sort. Way too many sports if you ask me. The English department is very strong. The social studies is so-so. The sciences are so-so (depending on which teacher you are assigned-- some teachers do not know their facts). The maths are so-so. Foreign languages are strong as well. The environment is okay. There are the cliques and there is no major 'bullying' that occurs.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 22, 2011

Teachers are stuck in the 80s. Not very modern ways to teach. It's all about memorization. Creativity is not encouraged. Einstein would end up in the special ed wing would he attend Cornwall schools ! I see smart kids being neglected because they don't fit in their unique model. too bad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2010

Very average school. teachers not supportive. a big disappointment given the taxes. The sciences program is low quality. only the language / history and art were satisfying.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2010

I disagree ,to a great degree ,with previous reviewers. My child experienced significant personal issues during the past two school years. The child is not involved in theatre or sports. She is a bright but not top student. Cornwall Central High School couldn't have been more supportive both academically and emotionally. My child was provided the resources she needed to succeed. I experienced personal involvement from all levels beginning with the principal. I found the Cornwall family totally embraced my child and myself. As a result, my child was able to return to a normal functioning level. All teachers but two were totally supportivew throughout a two year period. If one checks statistics you will find the school is both academically challenging with a highly rated administration. I found,as a parent, that one has to learn how to interact in a supportive and non-compative manner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

It is quite unfortunate but my daughter did exceptionally well at this school due to her being in advanced classes and interest in extra curricular activities they have. My son who is not in advanced classes so I am finding out why others have said and plenty I know took their kids out to send to private school. I would do the same for him if I could since other reviews are on target- in general the teachers do not respond promptly, are not supportive in becoming involved in their students or for themselves to enrich the students. At open house two teachers separately said 'they do not leave always at 3 but sometimes stay until 3 30 or 4. I could not believe it- This is not passion to teach or encourage but just doing a 'job'. I have found this attitude with most teahers and supervisory level too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2010

I agree with the other comments. Teachers are not supportive but classes get overcrowded. Elective are few unless you are in sports. Blue collar school. Average but safe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2010

It is an ok school. I don't find teacher very supportive but at the same time the classes are crowded so maybe they don't have time. Good school if you aim at very average college. I am not impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2010

This school is ok. My chikd loves the French classes. There is no discipline problems in the school. However, your child needs to be in advanced classes otherwise he/she will get the worse teachers. They have a good drama club. classes are over crowded. 35 students in my child English's class. Next year, he goes to a private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2010

Average school. The language and the history department are very good. Travels to France are organized and that's really nice. However, if you are not in the advanced classes for Math/Sciences/ENglish, teachers are terrible and won't hesitate to yell at students. They won't give students any support if they are failing. Sport is very good. But electives are very limited. The population is not diverse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2009

You find good and bad wherever you go, I don't there is a perfect school district out here but i will say that in the case of all 3 of my children Cornwall did and are doing well. I have been in the district for 12 years and I see that some teachers my kids have had were caring and stayed on top of the kids and kept the parents informed. As far as public schools are concerned Cornwall is one of the better of what I have seen. I have seen many students graduate (I have a graduate) and get into excellent private and state universities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2009

While this school may be acceptable for the average student, it hardly meets the needs of the high-achieving student aiming for top universities after high school. Money and resources were wasted on building a modern, artistic, and impractical facility at the cost of a wide range of classes, talented faculty, and activities and organizations. The Parent-Teacher Organization is hardly functional, and mainly provides a prom dress sale and the occasional baked good for the honors students. To top it off, the school administration has no desire to improve on its faults, and feedback is generally dismissed or ignored completely.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 9, 2008

I absolutley love it here. Our sports programs are the best in the district and the people here are amazing. Yeah there are a few teachers that aren't so great, but those types of teachers are found in every school regardless of what people say. The only problem is the after school busing situation. But if thats the only real problem I can find being a eleven year student here, I think that's pretty good.. don't you?
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 8, 2007

sports program after school for the kids in Cornwall is very good. only wish the bus for after school program would come back in the are taxes theres lots of kids in Cornwall that want to do sports but cant because theres no bus to bring them home. teachers are very good!!! in the high school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2007

It is a very good school, my children are doing very well and I am very happy with the education they are getting. They have very engaging teachers and the high school is state of the art. Cornwall schools have a direct relation to the desire for people to move to our town, not to mention its beauty and charm.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
86%
Earth Science

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

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
80%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

41 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%
Global History and Geography

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

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%
Integrated Algebra

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

248 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
91%
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

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

185 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%
U.S. History and Government

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

286 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

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 Students68%
Female71%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Not migrant68%

Chemistry

All Students72%
Female71%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Not migrant72%

Earth Science

All Students77%
Female75%
Male80%
African American53%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities38%
General population83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant77%

English

All Students96%
Female98%
Male94%
African American93%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic98%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities76%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students75%
Female77%
Male73%
African American46%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities31%
General population77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

Global History and Geography

All Students94%
Female97%
Male92%
African American93%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities64%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

Integrated Algebra

All Students88%
Female90%
Male86%
African American87%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities63%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%

Living Environment

All Students93%
Female94%
Male93%
African American88%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities50%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

Physics

All Students88%
Female83%
Male93%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant88%

U.S. History and Government

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
African American90%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic97%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities78%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
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 77% 48%
Hispanic 2 10% 23%
Black 1 7% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 4% 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 0%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 1%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 30%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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New Windsor, NY 12553
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