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South Side High School

Public | 9-12 | 1149 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
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Posted October 10, 2013

SOUTHSIDE High School is a wonderful institution for learning. I have 3 children in this district, one who has already graduated, one who is in her senior year and one who will begin next year. I have always felt my children received a top notch education here! Most teachers were helpful and caring. The one thing that I feel would give South Side greater recognition, would be to have more minority students involved in extra curricular activities and even allow them to start up clubs that appeal more to them. I would like them to look into a Step team club or even have a class on African-American studies. There is still a small divide when it comes to this area. I have asked some of the students why they don't do more activities and they say because they don't feel welcome and they never get chosen to be a leader. Have you seen an African-American student be a leader for Red and Blue?! I will never leave this wonderful school district until my last child has graduated. Thank you teachers and administrators for doing a wonderful job!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

Currently, I will be going into my sophomore year at SSHS. Lots of the teachers are very good, however you do see some teachers who aren't as good. They have a huge amount of extracurriculars, and the food is better than the middle school. Kids have more freedom, as you are allowed to wear hats, carry backpacks, chew gum, and leave campus during your off periods. They also have great choices for electives (Go computer graphics!). Overall, I love it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 26, 2013

Excellent in all ways. Great principal, teachers and kids. Excellent program and the scores you report are way off.... SSHS is tops with a Regents diploma rate of 99%. Best integrated district in the country.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2012

Terrific school, wonderful teachers, great curriculum. There is good school spirit and a responsive staff from the top on down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2007

From outside the town, I've heard that this has an accelerated curriculum, but as a freshman attending it, the school really doesn't prepare you well for Regents and SAT Subject tests, instead there are review classes which cost extra money, which is just silly. The school tends to spend its tax money on things they don't need such as a $2000 SmartBoard, instead of a) reinforcing test prep IN classes b) fixing the girls' bathroom on the second floor. The teachers aren't all that great either, there is a noticeable difference between teachers of the same grade, some far better than others.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2005

School only cares about those excelling in their classes. If your child has a learning disability or low motivation they usually are lost in the crowd. Highly overated, the principle is controlling and tends to cross boundaries into the home.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 18, 2005

My child has attended school in this district from K-9th. During that period the administration has continually reduced the opportunities for the students witht the most ability to accel academically and musically while concentrating on kids with special education needs. This has been agreat disappoint. Teachers and counselors are excellent but have been squeezed during the process of reducing attention from the most capable students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2004

I'm currently a senior at South Side High School and do not yet have the benefit of hindsight as a graduate. Just a few comments however, the I.B. program, despite the fact that those who are diploma candidates have moments where they approach the edge of sanity as a result of sleep deprivation, is worth it. If you're a sophomore and wondering if you can handle it next year there is some good news, if you go full diploma and find yourself drowning in work and miserably confused, chances are most of your grade is in the same state you are. Complaining about the workload is part of South Side culture and can be quite useful, whenever your parents complain that you're in a bad mood or are annoying them, just tell them that you were working till 3 AM (chances are you're telling the truth).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2004

I attended South Side High School and graduated in June 2001. It was an excellent school and the teachers are great! There are a lot of good programs and classes to choose from. I believe my experience there has made me the person I am today because the teachers were really great and I learned so much when I attended South Side High School. I am so glad that I was fortunate to attend a great school growing up; not a lot of people I know can say that about their high school. Thank you South Side High School.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 23, 2004

I attended South Side High School between the fall of 1997, and the spring of 2001. While I struggled with the usual 'teenage' issues while I was in attendance there, I cannot deny that the teachers and administrators at the school worked very hard to make the school a comfortable and safe place. The Academics at South Side are positively stellar--I began attending college in the Fall of 2001, and I cannot begin to describe how well prepared I was for the college curriculum as a result of my academic experiences at South Side High School. I still try to keep in contact with the teachers and mentors who supported and encouraged me while I was at South Side High School. It's the sort of place that grows on you, and becomes a second home, really. ~ Elizabeth Boylan, Class of 2001
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 18, 2004

South Side goes out of it's way to be multi-cultural
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2004

South Side has it all. If you want a great education it is there for the taking. They offer so many courses to challenge all levels of students. Colleges know and respect this school for the students it produces.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2004

South Side High School is the best. Students have a chance to truly be educated. Teachers, guidance councils, and track coach have really helped my daughter with her grades, essays for college and grants. I really made the right choice of moving to Rockville Centre, where there is education for everyone, especially for those who want an education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

I believe if this school had more extracurricular activities for other ethnics groups it would be great to learn about cultures
—Submitted by a former 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 64% in 2012.

330 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
69%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 78% in 2012.

259 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 73% in 2012.

49 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
58%
English

The state average for English was 82% in 2012.

264 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
97%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

34 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2012.

349 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2012.

302 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 72% in 2012.

57 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
76%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 78% in 2012.

328 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 79% in 2012.

185 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
89%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

208 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 79% in 2012.

269 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 Students76%
Students with disabilities39%
General population81%

Chemistry

All Students92%
Students with disabilities69%
General population94%

Earth Science

All Students53%
Students with disabilities47%
General population57%

English

All Students100%
Students with disabilities100%
General population99%

Geometry

All Students85%
Students with disabilities59%
General population91%

Global History and Geography

All Students93%
Students with disabilities82%
General population95%

Integrated Algebra

All Students72%
Students with disabilities53%
General population78%

Living Environment

All Students99%
Students with disabilities94%
General population100%

Physics

All Students83%
Students with disabilities80%
General population82%

U.S. History and Government

All Students97%
Students with disabilities94%
General population98%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 2011-2012 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 75% 48%
Hispanic 13% 23%
Black 8% 19%
Asian 3% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14%N/A43%
Source: 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 42%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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140 Shepherd St
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Phone: (516) 255-8944

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