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Schenectady High School

Public | 9-12 | 2665 students

 
 

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Posted August 13, 2013

i will be going into the 11th grade (junior) this year, and i can say i am very excited. I have learned alot in the school and i really cannot wait for this new school year. The friends, classes , teachers i miss it all. So many people have such bad remarks but honestly its not bad at all. Of course there are different cliques but what other schools dont?
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 13, 2013

This school has grown very much throughout the years, if only the school was a bit bigger than it wouldnt seem so crowded. But overall the teachers are great. The counselors are always attentive to their students. The cafeteria is big and has many food choices ( healthy aswell). Theres not much bad that i can say, this school was the best. Class of 2008
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 3, 2011

I am a recent graduate of Schenectady High School (Class of 2011) and I have to say, It is the most diverse and well rounded school i've ever encountered. Yes, it does have it's challenges but when you're putting over 3000 students of different ethnicity, social class, background, and religion together, tensions run high. But honestly, it isn't an unsafe school, it isn't scary like people have said. It has a ton to offer. Almost any class you could want is offered in this school as well as the very prestigious International Baccalaureate program. I am a graduate not only of SHS but I was an IB student for all 4 years of attending this school. I received an education that some other high school students dream of achieving. I'm in college with students who have been sheltered throughout their high school experience. They weren't enlightened by diversity. They weren't given a world renowned educational opportunity such as the IB program. So before you base your idea of SHS on these little reviews, go there for yourself. You'll see it isn't a violent atmosphere, it's a diverse one. Student receive an amazing education. It's the one's who blow it off that are the statistics of SHS.


Posted August 22, 2011

As you can tell by the atrocious grammar and spelling of some of my fellow students reviewing my school on this site... Not many people care very much about their education at my school, I regret to say. I honestly don't like it at all. Its actually a bit scary... >.>
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2010

My daughters graduated from there and I feel it could use the support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2010

This school is amazing. It is so fun and it has classes for basically everything you want to be. The activities are like no other. People don't take the time to see how amazing it really is. Sure there is fight but doesn't most schools have those. I think it is the best school ever. ive been to many but this school by far is the best.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 18, 2010

i am a student attending schenectady high school i am often tarafied to walk the halls when i step on people shoes they threatin to wash me ....what ever that means there is many gangs and gang related fights i do not feel safe walking the halls the teachers r very mean nd rude nd make it so u dont want to even listen to them because of there non stop attitude because of the noise and ghetooness in class it is verry hard to concentrate
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 20, 2010

SHS is an extremely great school, though it is to crowded. They are so many different classes to take that other schools would only dream of having. Considering the bad reputation that it has is totally wronged it has a safe environment for the most part but face it every school has fights.us SHS is an amazing school though some teachers do not care and are very rude.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 29, 2009

I have two sons in this school. I think it is a great school. It has so much to offer in both cultural diversity and academics. My sons are both involved in sports and are both doing extremely well. The teachers are excellent. Anytime I ever had to get in touch with one of them, they got right back to me and were very helpful and I feel that they go above and beyond for their students. My sons have seen a few fights but do not feel threatened by them. Unfortunately, this is the real world, we can't shelter our children from it forever. The best part about it, is it's free. We can put our money towards our kids college education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2009

I think SHS has quite a bit to offer all the students. I have a daughter who is a sophmore this year. She participates in sports and is involved in just about everything SHS has to offer. The teachers are awesome and administration displays their wide range of support for all of the kids, to be the best they can be.According to stories in the media, it seems a bit unfair to attack such a good school when other schools have less to offer and share their own internal problems, but its rarely mentioned by the media. SHS deserves 5 stars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2009

Hoosick Falls Central School District


Posted April 23, 2009

I love shs best school I've ever gone to and very culterally diverse. Good education programs and activities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 5, 2009

the best school with good support
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2008

My oldest daughter just graduated 2008 and my youngest is in 10th grade. They both have said they were fearfull of transition between periods and they try and find alternative places to eat lunch besides the cafeteria. The education is wonderful the IB program has prepared my daughter for college and she is excelling, the youngest is entering the IB program and with the new leadership i am sure she will excell. The School does have a control problem especially before, lunchtime and after school, the kids loiter about and do not care about neighbors yards with regards to where they throw their trash and cigarette butts but they are working on it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2007

as a student at shs its not a bad school at all, all the students there are really smart and down to earth and so are the teachers. and the different learning communities we have there allow us as student to do what we like so we dont get bored easily.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2003

Schenectady High School, despite its reputation, is an exceptional institution! I was prepared, upon leaving, to enter a large university and be successful. The high points of the school are definitely the newly added International Baccalaureate Program, and the Schenectady School of Fine Arts/Blue Roses Theatre Company. These programs give students real life experience and prepare them for college. Schenectady High School is a prime example that just because a school is in an urban setting, the quality of education does not have [to] suffer.


Posted August 22, 2003

I think it is a overcrowded school. Too many kids in one building. We need two high schools in Schenectady. Its hard for kids to learn there. Many children drop out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

Despite the overtly bad reputation the school receives in terms of being unsafe and full of gangs and troublemakers, I feel that this is vastly untrue. There will always be gangs and students who like to try to ruin the educational experience for the rest of us but the high school experience itself is based solely on the individual. If you come to school to learn, then you will find SHS to be a very good school with many quality teachers and class options that aren't available at other schools. For a public school, this school has a lot to offer and the communnication between parents/teacher/guidance cpunselors/students is exceptional. Whenever I had a problem regarding anything school related I was able to freely express my thoughts and opinions with caring, compassionate teachers and guidance counselors who always took the time to listen to what I said to say and work with me to solve the problem in a way that worked for everyone. School security is quite satisfactory, the staff is exceptional and the class options offer something that will please everyone.
—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 66% in 2013.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
33%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
52%
Earth Science

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

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
56%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

645 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
72%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

97 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
59%
Global History and Geography

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

879 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
53%
Integrated Algebra

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

991 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
45%
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.

696 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
68%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
48%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

146 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%
U.S. History and Government

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

692 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
66%
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 Students59%
Female57%
Male62%
African American48%
Asian/Pacific Islander61%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English59%
Not migrant59%

Chemistry

All Students64%
Female56%
Male75%
African American63%
Asian/Pacific Islander59%
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Not migrant64%

Earth Science

All Students60%
Female55%
Male65%
African American52%
Asian/Pacific Islander59%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities12%
General population63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

English

All Students62%
Female67%
Male53%
African American56%
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities18%
General population69%
English language learners5%
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant62%

Geometry

All Students73%
Female70%
Male77%
African American66%
Asian/Pacific Islander71%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant73%

Global History and Geography

All Students61%
Female61%
Male60%
African American54%
Asian/Pacific Islander62%
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities31%
General population66%
English language learners22%
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant61%

Integrated Algebra

All Students54%
Female57%
Male51%
African American46%
Asian/Pacific Islander62%
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities20%
General population63%
English language learners24%
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

Living Environment

All Students69%
Female67%
Male72%
African American60%
Asian/Pacific Islander64%
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities35%
General population74%
English language learners30%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant69%

Physics

All Students71%
Female71%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander57%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Not migrant71%

U.S. History and Government

All Students74%
Female73%
Male74%
African American68%
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities35%
General population78%
English language learners19%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%
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 35% 48%
Black 1 33% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 17% 9%
Hispanic 2 15% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 13%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 268%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 12%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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1445 the Plaza
Schenectady, NY 12308
Phone: (518) 370-8167

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