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Earl L Vandermeulen High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 401 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014

My son hasn't started yet, but I can say that I hope the teacher parent involvement is better than at his middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2013

Quality of music education is excellent. The music director and music teachers are the best. Columbia writing program was poorly implemented at the lower school. It appears they sacrificed grammar for writing. Science program is good. Student should be well prepared. School could do better job of communicating about science fair, academic contests & math camps. Appears that same students are hand-selected to participate in these events. The administrators seemed more concerned about following policies and pleasing the school board. Although every child can participate in most sports, only a few select sports (i.e. track) get any press. Forget about swimming and other sports unless the team/child can win a state championship. A small district, but a lot of underlying small town politics that goes on behind the scene.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2010

The base education that I received from this high school has remained with me through out my entire life time. The basics were always covered, but the wonderful teachers opened our eyes to the great possiblities out in the world. We always felt worldly, knowledgable and confident. that in this writers opinion is the key to dealing with the world and the very best education that could be provided. I thank thes staff and I recommend this school to anyone;


Posted May 15, 2007

The academic programs are fantastic for AP and Special Ed, and anything in between. We chose this school because we were looking for a very small district where our children could go from Kindergarten through 12th grade and be friends with all the same people. We were very concentrated on making sure that the transition from elementary to middle school would not be traumatic because the district has only one elementary, middle and high school it certainly helped. Because the student population is so low, it enables every student to participate in any activity or sport he or she wants. To us, it was all about building and enchancing the self esteem not about winning the Intel award.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2005

Port Jefferson is a very academically involved school with a strong focus on educating students. The setting is intimate and students get personalized attention. However, the downfall is that the school is very small and everyone knows each other. There are cliques and a small choice of friends are available. This school is great for shy children who are sheltered from bigger schools. Parents are somewhat involved. I would like to see more involvement however. Music is successful, but just like any small school, more students are needed. Sports is popular. Most children take part in at least one sports activity during the year. The track is beautiful and the grounds are kept immaculately. Clubs, such as yearbook or Amnesty International have some members, however the same students take part in all the clubs available. Overall, Port Jefferson is a nice school, but it is too small.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 3, 2005

They have very good academic programs with a menu of AP classes, given that the district has approximately 1100 students. Special education staff at the high school is very caring. They have a new principal that is new to the school but not to the district. Like any other small school, course scheduling could be problematic. There is full inclusion for any special education student along with resource room and direct consultant services; however, since the district's administration does not presently have a hands on philosophy I would suggest that parents oversee their child's programs. This includes the importance of heavy parental involvement in the planning of any child's post secondary eduction or career choices.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

I agree the small is school great classes and relatively safe. but the students behaviors are out of control. You would not expect in such a small school all the cutting, cell phone use in class, disrespect to teachers and overall non compliance to the rules. Something needs to be done here to get back the order. Teachers and administrators are in charge, not the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2005

This is a very small school. Overall the staff is very good. There are alot of classes offered for such a small school. Graduating class are normaly about 80-110. It is a safe school with no major problems. To someone looking to move to the area it is a good school to consider.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
83%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%
Earth Science

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

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
99%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

14 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%
Global History and Geography

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

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
94%
Integrated Algebra

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

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
87%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

29 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Living Environment

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

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
97%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
90%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

48 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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%
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 Students70%
Female66%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Non-migrant70%

Chemistry

All Students86%
Female80%
Male93%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Non-migrant86%

Earth Science

All Students91%
Female85%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%

English

All Students91%
Female88%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities66%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%

Geometry

All Students95%
Female95%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%

Global History and Geography

All Students94%
Female96%
Male91%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities54%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%

Integrated Algebra

All Students89%
Female96%
Male80%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities70%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%

Living Environment

All Students96%
Female95%
Male98%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities70%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%

Physics

All Students92%
Female90%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Non-migrant92%

U.S. History and Government

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities83%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 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 1 87% 48%
Hispanic 1 6% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 3% 9%
Two or more races 2 2% 1%
Black 2 1% 19%
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 0%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 4%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 10%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 57%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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350 Old Post Rd
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Phone: (631) 476-4400

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