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John C Birdlebough High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 663 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted July 1, 2011

The staff at JCB couldn't be better they are all around GREAT people. I graduated class of 2009 and I'm now attending nursing school. They pushed me and pushed me to succeed. Patrick Fitch the assistant principal is a great guy and does a fantastic job of keeping the kids in the right path. The sports are great, the nurse is a sweetheart. I'd recommend this school for everyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 2, 2011

The teaching staff is great, low class size and the leadership program is unbelievable along with the sports!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 8, 2011

This school is a great example of educational system that has teachers who care, are extremely positive and the administrative staff is exception. Always willing to learn and grow for the betterment of the students.


Posted April 7, 2011

I graduated in 2007 and am getting ready to graduate from a private 4 year school in May. I will continue with my masters and possibly law school. I had been in the Phoenix School District K-12 and always disliked the fact that the school was so small. Now, I greatly appreciate the small class sizes and readiness for help from the teachers. The school isn't the most popular athletically but the winterguard, colorguard, and softball programs are all great. Oswego County, injunction with John C. Birdlebough has a great BOCES program for individuals who would be better at learning a specific trade. The New Vision program through BOCES is great for students who know before college, what program they would like study. In all, Phoenix could be better, but that also requires involved parents in the community...so if you want the school to be better, attend board and PTA meetings.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 20, 2010

This school is a poor example of what educating our children should be. The teaching staff is very lackadaisical and show little interest in the development of there students. The acceptable to unacceptable teaching staff is 1 in 10 at best. This school is a prime example of a district needing the dead wood to be cut. My advise to anyone stuck in this district is to have your children privately schooled.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2009

I just graduated from this school, my graduating class consisted of a little over 200 kids. This is the biggest phoenix has ever had. The high school struggles with some sports but the varsity softball program has risen to new heights over the years. The 2009 year marked a great accomplishment as the Varsity Softball team made it all the way to sectional 3 finals but unfortunately lost in the end. You cant get that far by not being good. The school has the potential to achieve higher. It's a small town setting and the kids that enter the school system are very tight-knit. I think it was a great surrounding to grow up in and also enjoyed my time at the school. If you like small towns and want your child to grow up in a tight community that cares about everyone involved this is the place for you!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 29, 2005

The Phoenix high school's academics are mediocore, but are definitely getting better. Most of the teachers care care strongly about the students, and those that don't are decreasing in number. There are not many option for gifted students, which is definitely a disadvantage of this school. However, options for college credit and AP courses have been slowly increasing in number over the past couple of years. The school has a very strong music program and they are quite well recognized. But, this is taking away from the sports programs. The sports programs in Phoenix struggle every year just to get enough players, and it is rare to have one team with a winning season. The athletics are awful, so if you are looking for a sports powerhouse, I would definitely not choose Phoenix. But academic-wise, it is decent and getting better.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 23, 2005

I graduated from Phoenix. This is a very good school district. It has good academic, art, and sports programs. The teachers are great and your graduation class is only 100 students or so.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 26, 2003

I feel that JCB High School lets the underdogs slip through the cracks. If you aren't popular and athletic you may as well not be there. My son has dropped out of ninth grade due to uninterested faculty members. No one offered to help him get through a really hard time in his life personally or academically.
—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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
67%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%
Earth Science

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

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
71%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

22 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
71%
Global History and Geography

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

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
67%
Integrated Algebra

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

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
76%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
88%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
86%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

49 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 80% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%
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 Students68%
Female73%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Non-migrant68%

Chemistry

All Students66%
Female58%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Non-migrant66%

Earth Science

All Students63%
Female60%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%

English

All Students84%
Female87%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities35%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%

Geometry

All Students67%
Female63%
Male72%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%

Global History and Geography

All Students58%
Female56%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities4%
General population68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant58%

Integrated Algebra

All Students77%
Female73%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities22%
General population82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%

Living Environment

All Students77%
Female74%
Male80%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities23%
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%

Physics

All Students91%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant91%

U.S. History and Government

All Students86%
Female85%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities53%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
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 94% 48%
Black 1 2% 19%
Hispanic 1 2% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 1% 9%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 146%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 15%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 2%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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552 Main St
Phoenix, NY 13135
Phone: (315) 695-1631

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