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Penfield Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 1503 students

 
 

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Posted October 3, 2009

Thay have a great music program


Posted June 17, 2009

PHS has done well for my son. His class ranks high academically, great school spirit, excellent sports and music programs. Arrival this year of a new principal has been a very positive change along with a new superintendent of the district. High expectations that this positive change will continue in all Penfield schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2007

A solid faculty and good facilities but hamstrung by an administration that thinks 'perception is more important than the product.' Distraict has been steadily going downhill since Susan Grey arrived and hopefully will escape the doldrums of her 'leadership' this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2006

Excellent academic reputation -- Supt. is very liberal and self-serving -- Principle is not around or available -- teachers and staff other than those mentioned preform above avg. More like a University invironment than a place that cares for special needs -- very hands off.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2005

Penfield High School is an excellent school in every area. The teachers are absolutely amazing and they spend the most possible time making their students the best they can be, and they easily allow students to learn they way they want and need to learn by giving them more oppertunities academically, socially, and creatively. I am currently a senior at PHS, and I had only moved here in May of 05, to finish up my junior year and graduate here. Compared to my old school (One of the Top Schools in CT), I know that this school is better, even if the statistics say less of it. This is a wonderful school and anyone is lucky to have been a student here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2005

The quality of acedemic programs is great. They have a wide variety of courses for every student and interest. The music and art programs are wonderful, with a lot of options to choose from. The sports is wonderful aswell with a bunch of sports to partisipate in in every season.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 1, 2005

in 02 they were mentioned in USA today as a top public high school. they have a solid tech, music, art, and computer programming curriculum with a strong athletics and amazing students.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 5, 2003

My child had social anxiety disorder and all I had to do was ask and I had help from all levels. My second child is gifted and every day he is challenged, they do not accept anything else but your best effort. One of the teachers that truly stands out is John Schembri, he is truly an asset to the school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

Penfield High school was a marjor disapointment for me and my family... my son had social anxity disorder and they did little to help with it just made him feel worse to the point where he would get sick finally he left the school. I would not reccomend Penfield school to anyone if you want your child to have a real education send them to a school that cares!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%
Earth Science

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

325 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
86%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

386 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

40 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%
Global History and Geography

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

374 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%
Integrated Algebra

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

261 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

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.

265 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
91%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

219 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%
U.S. History and Government

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

397 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%
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 Students95%
Female96%
Male93%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant95%

Chemistry

All Students95%
Female93%
Male97%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant95%

Earth Science

All Students91%
Female90%
Male93%
African American86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities68%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%

English

All Students94%
Female98%
Male91%
African American75%
Asian/Pacific Islander96%
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities65%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%

Geometry

All Students92%
Female94%
Male89%
African American94%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities76%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%

Global History and Geography

All Students91%
Female95%
Male88%
African American70%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities64%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%

Integrated Algebra

All Students91%
Female94%
Male89%
African American87%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities69%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%

Living Environment

All Students94%
Female95%
Male94%
African American89%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities78%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%

Physics

All Students85%
Female82%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant85%

U.S. History and Government

All Students96%
Female96%
Male96%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities72%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
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 88% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 4% 9%
Black 1 4% 19%
Hispanic 2 4% 23%
Two or more races 1 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 20%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 111%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 11%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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25 High School Dr
Penfield, NY 14526
Phone: (585) 249-6701

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