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Richmond Hill High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 2547 students

 

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Posted September 12, 2013

My freshman year was HORRIBLE!! The students were immature and craved attention. It was really distractin in class. I would not have passed my algebra regents if I didn't have it already in middle school. The teacher always had to stop to teaching to yell at the annoying kids. Many kids there are ghetto, but thats not really a problems cause it is new York anyway and a lot of the kids there come all the way from Brooklyn. Im about a week into my sophomore year right now and I'm now in the building. It's okay so far but still not the best. There is no air conditioning which I think the school would be able to afford. It's not a recommended school. But if you have no choice but to go there (like me) just stay with the good crowd of kids, which is extremely hard to find in that school lol. And if you have an opportunity to go to another school, take it! Cause you'll regret it.


Posted February 5, 2013

Although my freshmen year was horrible at the school and I had no words of appreciation, one eventually realizes that the school's reputation is not the one to be entirely blamed. 90% of teachers are wonderful, know their subject well and create challenging assignments especially in APs. Most of the staff is very helpful however the lack of resources and funding has tagged the school as not one of the best which has resulted in lack of programs and their awareness like MUN and IB diplomas. Competition is between a certain group of people as many students don't take their education seriously. Progress can be made in many areas. While I do not regret being a part of RHHS, i certainly do wish for it to be much better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 28, 2012

It has been several years since I graduated, I loved the teachers! They made my learning experience better and they're always willing to help out if I had any trouble,
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 20, 2011

I honestly do not know how much a high school can possible be. My high school experience in this school was just straight forward terrible. I will be graduating within a 3.6 GPA, but honestly in any other school I would have graduated with a much higher GPA. I feel as if the teachers and staff are the real reason behind the schools failures. It is very easy to cut in this school as the guards don't even care if your cutting, not even when they KNOW your cutting. Also abut 80% of the teachers don't know how to teach. Nor do they know how to control their students while in class.. It is very easy to cheat on tests in this school as well. There are students whose GPA are about as high as mine and they don't deserve it AT ALL. I remember a teacher who would give out to almost everybody a 100 in the class when no one but myself had 100's on all the tests. . I haven't even been able to take all the AP classes that i want to take because they aren't even offered at my school. Availability of classes are really low i.e) language and AP classes. Overall if you want a bright future do not go to this school as you will struggle to get high grades.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 18, 2011

Richmond Hill High School is an amazing school. No matter what it's reputation be, only it's students and staff know how wonderful an experience they have had during their time there. Of course, it has its positives and negatives, but we've all enjoyed our time there overall. I do not AT ALL regret attending this school, even though I was not comfortable at first. My high school experience turned out to be fantastic. I have made the best of friends there, met and learned from the greatest and the most caring teachers, and there's no doubt that my friends, my teachers and the programs, sports and events offered at RHHS were enough to keep me completely satisfied and happy there. This school is very supportive of a safe and enjoyable learning environment and they definitely do try their best to keep it that way. There are just some students who try to ruin that to the best of their abilities. But again, despite the downs we've had, RHHS is an awesome school and at the end of our journey, no student has regretted to be part of the Richmond Hill High School alumni =]
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2010

Richmond Hill High School isn't a great school. it does not have excellent teachers, nor does it have a strong principal or challenging academic programs.The AP classes are useless,its like when you start class, it is okay but as the year goes on of course it gets tough but apparently the teachers just focus on the AP exam which isn't necessary to take.I remember my sophomore year i had to take the World History AP exam and that's all the teacher ever focused on..it wasn't right because i knew it didn't matter much because the main point was to pass the regents.i knew i could have done better on the regents. but the teacher said if we don't take the AP exam then it would be counted as a class test and if we fail then you would fail the class. it was just wrong.im not done. -.-
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 5, 2009

We're diverse and this school is amazing. The teachers are great and our friends we make are for a lifetime.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2009

Richmond Hill High School's staff and students are amazing. Our logo 'diversity is our strenght' is completely true. We have a variety of students and are all respected by each other. The staff members are simply amazing. They are more then staff to us, thay hve become a part of or family. The staff at RHHS tend to treat you like their own and make sure they do all that they can in order to help you succeed not only in school but also in life itself. Overall, I am a senior and graduating from this school is an honor to me. I will miss this to school to a great extent.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 19, 2009

We're diverse and no day is ever the same! The teachers are great and our friends our like our family outside of the school. It may have it's rough moments, but its still a great place to learn.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 19, 2009

Richmond hill high school is really a nice school. The Teachers are amazing, you'll never find anyone quite like them.I would say Richmond hill has its days were its not so fun,but other than that is a great school. Although the classes are big the teachers make sure all the students get time to ask their question.I'm really happy i decided to go to Richmond hill because i made friend with teacher and students whom i will always cherish!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2009

I love the teachers! They make my learning experience better and they're always willing to help out if the student has any trouble with what they're teaching in the classrooms. It doesn't feel like a school, it feels like a family!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2009

I love richmond Hill. Well it have iits time when its out of hand. The teachers are amazing. they make me want to learn more and more. It feels like a family. Also the guidance counselor are always there to help when you need them. RHHS is a school that is very supportive
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2009

It's cool. Like they say diversity is our strength and it is. I love the teachers and the studetns there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

im currently a student here at this school. and im a freshmen so far i like it my teachers are very nice and cool and my classes r easy. the only negative is the overcrowding the pda in the hallways....like ewwww..and the trailers...so thats why im transfering out and thinking about gateway
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

i really think that this is very good high school.i been there since my junior year and now im a senior and i have pretty good grades . i know that people say that is a really bad high school but is not because i felt safe , the teachers helped me , and the people is nice .the reason the everybody is been saying bad stuff about this high school is only because of the some stupids kids in the school . i think that if you dont want to get in fights or trouble you have to stay out of trouble and then you wont have any trouble . trust me i know what im saying ..this is a good school
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 5, 2009

This school is one of the worst highschools in the u.S they should really shut this school down i am currently a student at richmond hill hs the guidance counselors dont care about the kids.The schol is overcrowded and they wont let kids transfer out.They should shut this school down this year
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2008

This isn't a bad school. However, everywhere is overpopulated and the standards there are pretty low. The District or the government really needs to do something about the school's population. The graduation rate in 4 yrs. is only 47%. If the population factor is effectively dealt with, I'm sure the rate of graduation will go up by at least 20%.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 25, 2008

There is no discipline and no assistance from security or the deans. The administration pushes the workshop model which means that kids are supposed to discover and teach each other. Don't students go to school to learn, not be teachers? Classes are always being shuffled around, causing confusion and gaps in instruction for the students, not to mention for teachers. We hardly know who is coming and going that we cannot keep track of grades. Teachers are asked to be attendance monitors, isn't that what we have an attendance office for? There are a lot of really great kids in this school, but you wouldn't know it from a walk down the halls or around the trailers. The school is overcrowed. It is a sad situation when a person, like myself who wants to make a difference, dreads coming to work.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 21, 2008

I am a senior at richmond hill high school. The school, honestly needs to be shutdown. We dont learn anything because the school is overcrowded.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 20, 2007

it's not so great school or not so bad, it's kind of ok but the problem is this school has no discipline.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
42%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
74%
Earth Science

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

496 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
56%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

689 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
63%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

382 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
64%
Global History and Geography

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

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
52%
Integrated Algebra

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

1021 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
43%
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.

636 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
60%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
n/a
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

240 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 80% in 2013.

1240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
67%
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 Students44%
Female38%
Male50%
African American70%
Asian/Pacific Islander43%
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English45%
Not migrant44%

Chemistry

All Students57%
Female53%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander61%
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant57%

Earth Science

All Students42%
Female42%
Male41%
African American34%
Asian/Pacific Islander47%
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White38%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities18%
General population45%
English language learners19%
Proficient in English45%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant42%

English

All Students64%
Female71%
Male57%
African American63%
Asian/Pacific Islander63%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities25%
General population72%
English language learners45%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant64%

Geometry

All Students42%
Female44%
Male39%
African American33%
Asian/Pacific Islander49%
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities44%
General population42%
English language learners51%
Proficient in English41%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant42%

Global History and Geography

All Students42%
Female44%
Male40%
African American40%
Asian/Pacific Islander39%
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities19%
General population49%
English language learners31%
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant42%

Integrated Algebra

All Students50%
Female54%
Male46%
African American36%
Asian/Pacific Islander58%
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
Native American60%
White45%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities28%
General population54%
English language learners39%
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant50%

Living Environment

All Students57%
Female54%
Male59%
African American48%
Asian/Pacific Islander56%
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities35%
General population60%
English language learners48%
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant57%

Physics

All Students9%
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 population9%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant9%

U.S. History and Government

All Students52%
Female55%
Male48%
African American43%
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native American33%
White38%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities25%
General population56%
English language learners30%
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant52%
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

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "C" for the high school level.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 1 46% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 33% 9%
Black 2 17% 19%
White 2 3% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 17%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 269%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 6%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 55%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 1%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
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Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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This school
6.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Students

This school

 
5.8
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.7
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

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This school
7.3
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.9
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Students

This school

 
6.7
 

City average

 
7.8
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
7.1
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
7.6
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Students

This school

 
6.5
 

City average

 
7.2
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.4
 

City average

 
7.8
 
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This school
7.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Students

This school

 
7.2
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
7.7
 

City average

 
8.1
 

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 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents1557%
Students134159%
Teachers11475%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. WAYNE ANDERSON

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Humanities
  • Social justice
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Busses - Q10, Q24, Q37, Q55, Q56, Q8. Subways - J to 111th St; Z to 121st St
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Sofbtall
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
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89-30 114th St
Richmond Hill, NY 11418
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