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Palmyra Macedon Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 652 students

 

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Posted February 4, 2014

Being an active member of the community and having my children attend the schools, I am very pleased with the quality of education at Pal-Mac. There are many opportunities in the IB program, AP courses and Gemini courses for the students to take advantage of in preparation for college. The administration, teachers my children have had and counselors have always been very helpful, knowledgeable and working in the best interest of my children. There are many opportunities for growth in the arts and athletics. I am very happy my children attended school in this district and have grown up in this supportive community. My children were more than prepared for post secondary education after graduating from Pal-Mac.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2012

Pal Mac is a horrible school district. Half of the teachers care and the other half are there for a paycheck and to pass the kids through. My daughter has attended Pal- Mac for 10 years the older she became the worse the teaching practices became. Its not all about sports people, its about an education as well. When teachers don't understand how to conjugate a verb the school is in trouble. Happily this is the last year there, the new administration is lax at best I forgot to mention that my child has only had actual textbooks from the school for the last three years
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

For a small community like this one, Pal-Mac is one of the better schools I could ask for. They have a lot of sports open to us that some schools double our size don't have. Some of our sports have been very successful in the past few years. When it comes to academics, most of the teachers provide entertainment as well as a great education to the students. As a smaller school, we don't get as many benefits with AP courses or things like that, but they're working to add more oppurtunities for advanced student. Like all schools, there are some teachers that are there that you may think why, but overall I couldn't ask for too much more.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 30, 2007

I graduated from Pal-Mac and although the school receives some bad publicity here and there, it provides a solid academic and athletic experience. Taking some of the hardest courses the school offers, I feel as though I was more than prepared for college. Many of the teachers at Pal-Mac are phenomenal and could easily teach at a college or university. In regards to student cliques, it appeared that almost anyone could find a group of close friends.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 20, 2007

palmac is the best school i have been to from my past schools i have deffinatly come a long way scince ive been to palmac and their programs are helping me with collage and i do must say that the counclers arent that helpful but the teachers care alot!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 29, 2005

Both of my sons graduated from Pal Mac. I agree with them that their education was very good and prepared them for their futures. They did challenge themselves, taking some AP courses. The sports program is broad and well run. The music program is second to none with select choir and the bands.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2004

Pal-Mac is the best school. People are friendly, and the teachers really care. They want you to succeed as much as you do. This school is a great place to learn. And the principal (Barb Persia) is the best principal a school could have.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2004

I myself went to this district all my life and my kids will as well, I made the fatal move of moving to Florida, and they desrve better then what they have there. Its not the teachers or the faculty's fault if your child cannot pass, I blame the parent. This district has very high standards for children with learning disabilities, my son has several and the school district has done wonders for him. Any school needs parent involvement to be successful and without that, your child will be a failure. I give this district kudos for doing their best with all the state budget cuts and still being able to be one of the best schools in the area. I would recommend everyone to seek education like what is offered here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2004

I am sorry that my child was subjected to this school. It was bad when I was there and now it is a 100% worse. Most of the teachers (not all) are lazy and pay more attention to sports and there own personal problems than they do the students. The poor students are always getting boosts and grades they don't deserve because they are coddled. The smart students get attention because of the obvious. The middle level student, who needs help gets squat. If you are thinking about sending your student to PalMac, think again. If you do go to PalMac and things seem okay. Wait awhile, the counselors will screw it up.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 26, 2003

If it is at all possible I would recomend staying as far away from Pal-Mac Schools as possible... This school district is so far down the tubes that it would take about every possible state and fedral grant to bring it back up... Believe me, I spent my whole school career there...
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%
Earth Science

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

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

11 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%
Global History and Geography

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

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
79%
Integrated Algebra

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

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
89%
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.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
77%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

67 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.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%
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 Students72%
Female66%
Male78%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Non-migrant72%

Chemistry

All Students78%
Female84%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Non-migrant78%

Earth Science

All Students85%
Female83%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%

English

All Students87%
Female89%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities25%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students89%
Female90%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%

Global History and Geography

All Students77%
Female79%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities25%
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Integrated Algebra

All Students79%
Female82%
Male78%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities36%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Living Environment

All Students89%
Female95%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities64%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Physics

All Students82%
Female87%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Non-migrant82%

U.S. History and Government

All Students92%
Female89%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities44%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-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 96% 48%
Two or more races 1 2% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 1% 9%
Black 2 1% 19%
Hispanic 2 1% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 0%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 227%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 8%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 8%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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151 Hyde Pky
Palmyra, NY 14522
Phone: (315) 597-3420

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