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North Salem Middle School/High School

Public | 6-12 | 706 students

 

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Posted December 5, 2013

Great school! We have lived in three different states and I have to say we love the small town feel and the one on one our children receive from their teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2011

I am a student of the six African American pupils attending North Salem High School and out of the many schools I have attended, this school, by far, has had the worst problem with racism and has a major lack of diversity. I have had many encounters with the negativity and dispute with acceptance towards the black minority with the students and even an occasional teacher. Although, overall most of the teachers are great, and their lessons based on academics have been amazing, there is a serious insufficiency of life lessons and how to interact with people unlike themselves being taught to the children and staff. The remainder of the teachers and most of the students are inconsiderate, selfish, ignorant, and blatantly disrespectful to both everyone around them. Because of the irresponsible authority of the school, many of the student's and teacher's ignorance has yet to have been recognized, addressed, or reprimanded.


Posted October 14, 2011

We have a child who graduated from North Salem and a child currently attending NS High School. This is a truly exceptional school. It is small, but offers almost everything a large school offers academically. The principal and vice principal are top-notch. They are involved in the school and extracurricular activities and they maintain discipline. The teachers always work with students to help them succeed and prepare them for life after high school. The guidance counselors are also looking out for the students and support the college admissions process. Our property taxes are very high, but they pay for an excellent school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2011

Issues with Race! Recently moved to the area. My children's first year in a NY public school. That was a difficult adjustment in itself. However, it was nothing compared to the racial slurs they had to endure on a daily basis for months. Brought it to the Principle and VP attention. Even contact the school district. A "sensitivity" forum was done, only they had a speaker who had turrets? Needless to say, my children will not be returning for another year. I will say this, the teachers are above average. They do care about the students, they go the extra mile. The culture of the area itself I think is more the issue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Its a great school with devoted teachers and great programs
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2008

The high school and middle school are run by a very competent group of administrators. Our principal truly cares about the kids and is always on hand for school functions. The teachers give the kids ample opportunity to excel. 80% of the student body participates in sports. It is a very small district and everyone knows each other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2008

The North Salem schools are excellent good. Most classes have less than 25 kids. The teachers and parents are very involved. The school system and community is small, so some sports are limited.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

Neither the middle nor the high school work well. The administration puts on a good show, but are tired after too many years in place. Curriculum and student activities are static, dull, and aimed at making benchmarks on the various tests. We moved to Connecticut for a breath of fresh air and higher quality schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2008

The middle school did not work for us. The lockers are too small, they don't have a football team or turf fields. I was not able to visit any of my kids teachers during parent/teacher conf. due to first come first serve scheduling. In other words, not enough time for all the parents. So why are my school taxes so high? All this state testing is a joke. As for the gifted program, it's political and again a waist of tax payers money. Why not add more AP courses?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2007

Used to be a student. Nice teachers, students, aproppriate work, 3 lockers, 1 for books, gym or if you take band. Great school!
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 31% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 28% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 34% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2011.

48 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 64% in 2012.

5 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
75%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 78% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
33%
Earth Science

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

106 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%
English

The state average for English was 82% in 2012.

93 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

26 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2012.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%
Global History and Geography

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

100 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%
Integrated Algebra

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

109 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 79% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

69 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
U.S. History and Government

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

118 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%
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 Students40%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population40%

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

Earth Science

All Students89%
Students with disabilities35%
General population97%

English

All Students99%
Students with disabilities91%
General population100%

Geometry

All Students96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

Global History and Geography

All Students99%
Students with disabilities90%
General population100%

Integrated Algebra

All Students97%
Students with disabilities86%
General population98%

Living Environment

All Students99%
Students with disabilities91%
General population100%

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students96%
Students with disabilities78%
General population97%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 48%
Hispanic 7% 23%
Asian 3% 9%
Two or more races 2% 1%
Black 1% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: 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 7%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 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 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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230 June Rd
North Salem, NY 10560
Phone: (914) 669-5414

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