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Scarsdale Senior High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1443 students

 
 

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Posted December 9, 2013

Incredible school district. Unbelieveable placement to colleges and universities. One of the best public schools in the nation.


Posted July 2, 2012

I am a SHS graduate and did very well. I went on to an ivy. but, my time at Scarsdale high was very damaging to me. The school is too competitive and is full of bratty and spoiled rich jewish kids. There is almost no diversity. Academically, I felt that I was not as prepared for college as other students were. Leaving Scarsdale and moving into a diverse community was such a breath of fresh air!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 24, 2012

Scarsdale high school is a legend in its own mind. Their education programs look good on paper, but professors who review their curriculum tend to be shocked in a negative way. They forecast children will be swamped with stess and discouraged from learning purely from the curriculum. That's exactly what happened to my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2011

Scarsdale is a little too expensive and expects a little way too much from its students that it undermines the school system. For instance their alternative school is a cross section of the ENTIRE high school. Alternative schools are for students who are at risk academically for an array of reasons; it should never be for most students. If Scarsdale wants to experiment teaching approaches, do it on your own time, not on the student's time. If you want a reasonable education and still have some diversity, go to Great Neck. This school is not at all spectacular, as it does not offer any full-inclusion programs for individuals with mental retardation. It also does not have an inclusion policy for the rest of the students with disabilities.


Posted October 25, 2011

If you care about your child's emotional well-being, avoid Scarsdale at all costs. They begin stressing the kids out in 7th grade and it gets worse from there. Don't believe the hype. There are better school districts around. The school system blames the families for pressuring the kids, and that may be true in part, but the school does a pretty good job on its own. One of Scarsdale's main faults is that as a community they have no ability to self-reflect and admit mistakes. Hubris. Arrogance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2011

I think this school does an excellent job of preparing kids for college. It's curriculum catalog reads like a college course catalog and most teachers are top notch. Since attending this school, my kid has been more excited about learning and advancing than he has ever been. Isn't that what a great school is supposed to do?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2011

The WSJ survey for the best schools in 12/07 listed 65 schools based upon the likelihood of success in getting into Ivy League Schools. (http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/info-COLLEGE0711-sort.html). Scarsdale did not make the list, which had an acceptance range to Ivy League schools of 26-7.8%. The high school routinely blames parents for causing stress in their children and refuses to take any serious measures to reduce any stress they cause themselves. They just talk about how wonderful their programs are and pretty much ignore the kids. I told my son he could get any grades he wanted and he still had severe problems with stress...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2011

The July 1, 2011 review seems to have been written by someone with more emotion than limited insight, which is unfortunate (Ivy League schools do not give athletic scholarships for example), and I know literally dozens of SHS students who have gotten into top colleges on their merits. SHS is considered among the top public schools in the nation (the WSJ had it about fifth among public schools three years ago), and most colleges considered SHS graduates very favorably. The environment is challenging for the top students, but less so for those who choose to express themselves in other ways. In my experience (a collective eight going on nine years), pressure is much more a function of the family environment than of the actual academic setting, so if criticism is due it seems to be better targeted at the community as a whole. There are top teachers there who challenge the kids - and those who want to rise to the occasion must push themselves. This seems a good thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2011

Don't send your kids here...really bad place. the ivy league schools only take kids from scarsdale if their parents know someone or they win a sports scholarship. the athletes of this town are famous for breaking serious rules of conduct and never being held to account. this is so because the administrators know these kids are the only real hope for keeping their acceptance rates to top schools up...like the opposite of the nike commercial "just don't do it." look for a program where kids learn something other than how to be stressed and regurgitate info...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

While this school may look beautiful from the outside, the actual substance leaves much to be desired. The classes are very large, advising suffers from too many children per advisor, and everything is overly competitive. I found it to be a toxic environment to learn and grow in. I'm glad that I was able to get out of this system.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 6, 2007

Excellent choices of courses and extracurrriculars, but REALLY high pressure. Some alumni have seen college (GOOD colleges) as easy by comparison. NOTE: previous reviewer praised AP courses, so I will update that by pointing out that they have now removed all AP classes to be replaced with 'AT' (Advanced Topics) which do not teach to the AP tests, meaning that the class may be more fun but will lower students' grades on AP exams.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 28, 2007

as a student, i have personally experienced the school inside and out. it is a top school with many courses, great teachers, great resources, great everything! school's involvement of the community and outside (civ-ed, tri-m music honor society, and many, many clubs) many sports and aps offered.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 19, 2007

Personally, my children have learned a great deal about academics as well as information to aid in their outside lives. Scarsdale High School is definitely within the top 10 public high schools in the United States.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2006

Scarsdale has one of the hardest curriculums in the area. The classes are taught at the highest level. While great with high level kids they are also great with students with special needs. Tons of clubs, kids make new clubs on a daily basis..last year they started a mens issues club. The drama program is superb and offers every team sport on can think of. Not great in the big team sports but making the tennis team here is getting your self state ranked.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 22, 2006

I went to high school at SHS and the academic programs are exceptionally strong. The curriculum prepares students for an easy transition to college. Many AP courses available. Lots of extracurricular activities for students to choose from.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 13, 2005

I think Scarsdale is in fact underrated in many magazines and various articles. Schools are often rated by the # of AP exams taken, divided by the # of students in total, with no regard to the scores on the AP exams. Scarsdale is filled with highly motivated students--this is a good thing, but this also results in much competition. Whether that is a good thing or not is another story.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 2, 2005

Excellent academic preparation, complete liberal arts curriculum, excellent arts and sports programs (but curricular and extra-curricular), relatively weak foreign language department.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 21, 2005

Great programs, sports and arts program are exceptional, parental involvment is extraordinary, and is growing by the year. hardworking faculty makes every child feel special. highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2004

Scarsdale provides a great lerning enviornment. very knowlageable teachers who are eager to help students, and to provide the best possible educaiton.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 24, 2004

Great, totally great school! I love it, atmosphere is great, and great athletic facilities! I love the school and want to stay here forever!
—Submitted by a student


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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.

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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

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Earth Science

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

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English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

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Global History and Geography

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

404 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Integrated Algebra

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

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

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Living Environment

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

384 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

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The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

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U.S. History and Government

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

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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

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Global History and Geography

All Students99%
Female99%
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Hispanic96%
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White99%
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Students with disabilities89%
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Non-migrant99%

Integrated Algebra

All Students99%
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Non-migrant99%

Living Environment

All Students99%
Female98%
Male99%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
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Multiracial91%
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Physics

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U.S. History and Government

All Students99%
Female98%
Male99%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic96%
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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 1 76% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 12% 9%
Hispanic 1 7% 23%
Two or more races 2 4% 1%
Black 2 2% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 1%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 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 81%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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1057 Post Rd
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Phone: (914) 721-2450

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