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Niskayuna High School

Public | 9-12 | 1380 students

 

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Posted June 22, 2014

Nisky is a great school. I am not only a parent of three graduated children in recent years but I am a graduate as well. The standards here are higher than other schools HOWEVER my opinion of the administration has declined rapidly. My first issue (among many not addressed here) would be a principal appointed who clearly demonstrates his part time devotion to his "educational job" yet his full time presence in the professional sports area - I find offensive. When did we lower our standards to appoint someone who doesn't devote 40 hours a week to his job? Is that why we have assistant principals to take up his slack? My attendance at the HS didn't see ANY assistant principals. The whole district has become disappointing in my eyes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2014

I have been a parent in the Nisky district for 15 years, with my youngest now in HS. I can tell you that its a matter of time before this district - which is completely overrated - crashes. The Administration for a pristigious, upscale district is lost (to say the least) and without giving too much detail, the bottom line for anyone willing to consider their child(ren) attending Nisky schools is that it is the children themselves who make Niskayuna look good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2014

My daughter is a freshman this year. So far I have been very impressed with the school and all of the oppurtunities that are available to her. I don't think I could ask for more from a public or private school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

Highly overrated. The teachers hands are held due to state regs. Quality of education has gone down the toilet. Bullying is ignored far and wide and the kids are horrible to each other. Nobody does anything to stop it. It's all smoke and mirrors. Don't buy into it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2010

Niskayuna schools is like many high caliber public schools. It is excellent and offers one the best public school curriculum around. It cannot be everything to everyone. If your child is among the top and is ambitious, it is a great place with plenty of challenging offerings. If your child is seriously struggling and is among the lower percentile, he/she will get great services and attention. If your child is somewhere in the middle (depending on where), he/she will get lost in the shuffle. Contrary to those who are disillusioned by the music dept, I find the music dept to be excellent and committed. Of course the better caliber music students should get accolades. I don't see this as a problem. There should be some semblance of meritocracy. Above all, the student body exhibits great acceptance of uniqueness. Students are quite considerate toward each other. It's a great environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

Highly overrated. I have found with both of my children that the competition and emphasis on the 'ivy' track destroyed their joy of learning. Both of my children are intelligent kids who did well, but whose love of school was extinguished when they walked through the door. Contrary to the previous reviewer - the music dept is not dedicated to teaching all kids, but to the accolades they receive from showcasing the chosen few. We won't be sending our youngest to Nisky High - we've learned our lesson twice over. Shameful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2009

Man, forget all of that. Niskayuna is just an average school. It us just a suburban school that has little to no diversity. Schools like Schenectady High School are more diverse, just like the real world.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 16, 2008

Consistently ranked one of the top school districts in the Albany area, Niskayuna HS offers tremendous learning opportunities to its entire student population, resulting in a high level of college attendance among its graduates. Most school districts will cut art/music programs when budgets are tight but Niskayuna has an outstanding music program whose ensembles achieve gold and silver consistently in local NYSSMA competitions. This is mainly due to the commitment demonstrated by the dedicated and talented staff, parents who care about education, and students who understand the value of a solid education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2005

Amazing school! The teachers are some of the best you will ever find in public schools, the classes are generally interesting, and the atmosphere completely supports all academic pursuits. There is an air of open-mindedness in which students are free to explore their interests and take learning to the next level.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2005

Academic programs are exceptional, and students excel in areas of music and art. Good sports programs and many outside activities available. I personally love it as a member of the town.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 25, 2005

Although the student to teacher ratio is higher than in past years, that has not changed the almost unprecedented level of academic achievement that this school offers. Without doubt, this is the best public high school in the region, based solely on academic results. In addition to this, the extracurricular activities offered are varied and interesting. There are several bands, orchestras and choirs, many clubs and groups, and of course, a wide choice of sporting activities. The facilities are excellent, with several sporting fields, a new track and bleachers, weights room, and pool.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
91%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%
Earth Science

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

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

343 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

54 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
99%
Global History and Geography

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

357 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%
Integrated Algebra

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

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%
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.

316 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

172 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.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%
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 Students85%
Female84%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant85%

Chemistry

All Students94%
Female92%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Not migrant94%

Earth Science

All Students91%
Female89%
Male93%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities57%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%

English

All Students97%
Female99%
Male96%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander101%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities71%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant97%

Geometry

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%

Global History and Geography

All Students87%
Female84%
Male88%
African American65%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities48%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%

Integrated Algebra

All Students96%
Female98%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities80%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%

Living Environment

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
African American88%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities82%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%

Physics

All Students90%
Female96%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Not migrant90%

U.S. History and Government

All Students95%
Female96%
Male94%
African American84%
Asian/Pacific Islander98%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities56%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%
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 84% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 10% 9%
Black 1 4% 19%
Hispanic 1 2% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 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 0%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 7%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 20%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

Teacher resources

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. JOHN RICKERT

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Crew / Rowing
Girls sports
  • Lacrosse

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
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1626 Balltown Rd
Schenectady, NY 12309
Phone: (518) 382-2521

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