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Tappan Zee High School

Public | 9-12 | 1145 students

 

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Posted May 26, 2014

My two sons graduated from TZHS. They are in their mid twenties now, finished college and have great jobs. This school really prepared my kids for the real world. They had some very good teachers who I believed really cared about them and pushed them to do better and always reached out to me with any issues or concerns. I have nothing negative to say about TZHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2014

As a recent Tappan Zee alumni, I can say that this school has great academics, social life, safety, and sports. This school has a friendly teacher-student relationship. The students are pretty social with each other, preventing cliche`s similar to your classic high school movies. Certain sports are more involved than others, but students attend a majority of the meets for friends or great athletes. Tappan Zee High School offers an internship program for seniors, which requires up to 80+ of interning any job of their choice. This is a unique feature of this school and many college deans are very impressed with this. That class and the AP courses make this high school a fantastic choice for college-prep. Overall, between the staff and students, this is a great choice for anyone looking for a solid public school.


Posted December 28, 2013

Our daughter graduated this year with her choice of attending four Ivy League schools. She also became fluent in Italian and and has a working knowledge of Chinese because of the wonderful language programs available. The advanced programs are mostly college level courses and solidly prepared her for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2011

I'm currently attending this school and for some reason high school is very relaxing actually, even though theres work going to this school for me just feels relaxing and not overstressing, the teachers here are good but some of the students that come here arent so good but i stay away from those people, although i do have to say that in the winter the heating system in this school works ok but not great some classrooms can be kinda cold and when its hot out this school gets really hot so i wish they had air conditioning but besides that it's a pretty good school
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 30, 2011

I am a former student and enjoyed my time there. Had a good variety of courses to select from and great teachers always willing to help. They also had a good variety to extra-curricular activities.


Posted August 30, 2009

My daughter will be graduating this year. The offerings at TZ are excellent (lots of honors & AP), and (most) teachers are highly qualified and extremely dedicated to their students. As with anything else, when parents are involved and diligent by advocating for their children, students are better off. I have advocated for proper placement for my child, and have managed to get the courses she needs. She is thriving and in the process of applying for college admssion at tier 1 and Ivy league schools. She has been well prepared here in South Orangetown, and I know she will do well in her next phase as a student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2009

I am a former student of this school and I personally would not send any children of mine here. I qualified to take AP English and History and was kept from doing so for 2 years in a row, and finally the Guidance Councelor tried encouraging me to drop out all together, much to my mom's anger. Any help I needed was ignored. The programs are great, and I only had one teacher who I felt let her resentment and childishness dictate her grading system, but she left before I did.


Posted August 19, 2008

Very good school - my son went on to the Ivy League, my daughter is thriving. Excellent arts and music, excellent teachers on the whole. Very strong in science and math. Lots to grab a kids interest. Just about the right size. Highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2008

I have two children in TZHS, both are doing well. The teachers and support staff are very dedicated and caring people. One of the assistant principals is very rude and condescending. She is difficult to speak to and not concerned about issues or questions a parent had. It was disappointing to have such a negative experience with an administrator. Unfortunately, the assistant principal that is approachable and understanding is returning to the classroom. Perhaps the new superintendent will demand more from the building level teams.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2007

Horrible school, corrupt administration, thought stifling teaching methods. Send children here only as punishment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2007

Excellent school, highly motivated and involved teachers and administrative staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2006

An very good public high school with a high level of parental involvement, and good offerings for gifted & talented, as well as good support for special education students. No TSP program--county program is in Suffern. Relatively small size, pleasant California style building on a hillside with nice view of Clausland Mountain, strong faculty, excellent music and arts programs, state champion in boys cross country. Serves a cohesive community, some teachers grew up here & returned to teach.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2006

Tappan Zee High School is a good school. Two of my children attend and I am pleased with the education they are receiving.The classes are mostly challenging and rewarding and most of the teachers are talented in helping children learn. There are many music, art,sports and extracurricular activites, though one of my children, who had planned to take Music Theory, was unable to as they decided not to offer it this year due to problems with enrollment. Parents can be involved through the PTA if they like. Overall, TZHS is a pretty good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2005

Tappan Zee HS offers a wide range of academic programs and boasts a high percentage of its students who take AP classes. 98% of its graduates in 2005 are enrolled in College. There are many extra-curricular activities, including a full menu of sports, arts, theatre and clubs to choose from. The schools has a rfeputation for very competitive teams in Swimming, Track & Field, and Soccer. Parental involvement is on the rise. The PTA is run by highly motivated parents with very strong interest in everything from Curriculum to Special education. The Special Ed program in the South Orangetown Schools are among the best in NY State. This is one fine public education institution.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2005

Excellent school, teachers are wonderful, the children are classy and it's small so what more could you ask for?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2004

Despite the pompous attitude and inability to spell of the previous poster, I do agree that the school is far too focused on rules (which clearly emanates from the upper management) and has leadership which adheres strictly to the status quo. Far from being the 'embodiment of mediocrity,' however, Tappan Zee High School offers stellar teachers who are as enthusiastic in the classroom as they are advising the numerous extracurricular activities. Plus, the track team is nationally renowned. While the higher leaders and even the school board lack creativity, there are strong undercurrents rapidly changing the haughty atmosphere...and the school still produces highly intelligent and refined students.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 4, 2003

My daughter attended this HS and begged to be taken out. We finally put her in private school. My son is due to graduate this year and, while he had complained less than my daughter, he clearly does not think much of it. TZ High Scholl is wrought with too many rules and a dirth of imaginatve leadership. It is the embodiment of mediocrity.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
69%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%
Earth Science

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

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
77%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

19 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%
Global History and Geography

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

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%
Integrated Algebra

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

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

99 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%
Living Environment

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

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
65%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

115 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.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%
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 Students74%
Female72%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander86%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant74%

Chemistry

All Students92%
Female93%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Non-migrant92%

Earth Science

All Students84%
Female80%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities63%
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%

English

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanic95%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities97%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%

Geometry

All Students92%
Female91%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities93%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%

Global History and Geography

All Students92%
Female91%
Male93%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities61%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%

Integrated Algebra

All Students91%
Female91%
Male91%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities70%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%

Living Environment

All Students96%
Female94%
Male99%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities84%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%

Physics

All Students86%
Female88%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander96%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Non-migrant86%

U.S. History and Government

All Students98%
Female97%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities93%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-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 77% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 9%
Hispanic 9% 23%
Black 2% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 12%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 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 82%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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15 Dutch Hill Rd
Orangeburg, NY 10962
Phone: (845) 680-1606

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