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Oyster Bay High School

Public | 7-12 | 733 students

 

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Posted April 17, 2013

This small High School gives children so many opportunities to participate and shine, where they might not have the chance in a larger school. There are a myriad of after school clubs.The students are exceptionally talented in the Fine and Performing Arts, thanks to the support of the school and community. The administration, faculty and staff care a great deal about the well being of the children. There is great support from the administration, headed up by Dr. Dennis O'Hara (who greets the students every day outside the school), the social worker (the beloved Mr. Matthew Brown) the teachers, coaches, support staff, etc. The children themselves are terrific - which is a reflection on the parents and their involvement. Many children come to the High School from the private schools - and the children and parents wonder why they didn't make the switch earlier. I like the economic diversity in the community as well - there doesn't seem to be such a distinction between the haves and the have nots as in other nearby communities. We have been very happy with our children's experiences here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2011

Oyster Bay School has not been a good experience, I would have to say that they focus more on discipling children rather than teaching. There attendance at the school must be horrendous, because all they do is stress if your not in school after so many absences they will fail you. Detention also seems to be there favorite word. Living a nightmare in Oyster Bay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2008

Besides the overall involvement of the parents and dedicated Teachers much of the attention of the past few years has been from Dr.Ohara the principal.He is involved from greeting students outside in the morning,working with them above and beyond what I've known principals to do during the day,to spectating the afternoon sports activities.The grades are so small that most of the students have siblings or know each other from 7th grade to 12th.They seem to look out for each other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2008

The Oyster Bay High School and school district in general, is amazing. We have relatively small classes, many programs and a staff that caters to the children while making sure that every child gets the education he/she deserves. We are getting an increase in the number of private school children attending our schools because the word is getting out!!! You can't beat the education and the small community feel of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2006

I am a student there in eigth grade and it is a very good school with great teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 28, 2005

Academically, Oyster Bay prepares students well for college. They give them a good heads up for what to expect in college as well as what to do to get into the school of their choice.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 13, 2005

Oyster Bay High focuses too much on appearence and not enough on the needs of the students and community, there are small classes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2005

Having went to OBHS I can't say enough about the school. It has the size and academic integrity of a private prep school with the benefits of going to public school. The guidance department got me ready for college applications and my teachers are great. Every year it seems they bring in another alum for a teaching position. Having such a young teaching staff is great for the students.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 29, 2005

I have a ninth grader in OBHS and she has been in this district since kindergarten. I get very involved in the PTA, etc and have had the opportunity to meet teachers and administrators and know some on a 1st name basis. The district is small, most students are known by their first names to members of the staff- right down to the custodians who are a very dedicated team. The administrators are very educated and talented. Most of the teachers I've met are truly meant to be teachers and really seem to enjoy their work. OBHS- and the whole district has a very good music program and are known for their extensive program for children with special needs. Oyster Bay also has much diversity amongst it's students as it incorporates a downtown area as well as large estate homes and the staff is keenly aware of the challenges presented.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2004

I have three children in this school. The teaching staff is dedicated to the students every step of their academic career. If your student is a hard worker and active in all aspects of community service and sports, this school (for its size) has plenty to offer. There is more administration being paid huge salaries, then is needed and who is to check on their accountablity?
—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.
English Language Arts

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

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 28% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%
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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2011.

75 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 78% in 2012.

127 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%
Earth Science

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

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%
English

The state average for English was 82% in 2012.

126 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
96%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

18 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2012.

179 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%
Global History and Geography

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

158 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
72%
Integrated Algebra

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

155 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
91%
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.

145 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
99%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 79% in 2012.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
67%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

80 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%
U.S. History and Government

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

138 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%
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 Students75%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

Chemistry

All Students83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

Earth Science

All Students91%
Students with disabilities90%
General population90%

English

All Students91%
Students with disabilities60%
General population95%

Geometry

All Students84%
Students with disabilities50%
General population90%

Global History and Geography

All Students85%
Students with disabilities67%
General population89%

Integrated Algebra

All Students96%
Students with disabilities87%
General population96%

Living Environment

All Students95%
Students with disabilities83%
General population97%

Physics

All Students60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students90%
Students with disabilities78%
General population91%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 48%
Hispanic 14% 23%
Black 5% 19%
Asian 3% 9%
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 1%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 5%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 68%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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  • MS. DENNIS O'HARA

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150 E Main St
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Phone: (516) 624-6524

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