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9-12
Public district
South Salem, NY
Students enrolled: 1,176
 

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60 Lower Salem Road
South Salem, NY 10590

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(914) 763-7212
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March 31, 2015
yes the school has high test scores but thats only because you spend everyday practicing for the test and not talking the necessary time to really learn the information because a the end of the day higher test scores mean more money for them

- submitted by a student

June 18, 2013
My son is finishing up his senior year at John Jay High School in Cross River. This school has been a tremendous experience for him. When he first came to John Jay, we moved from Virginia, he was very shy and withdrawn. As he entered his Junior year you could suddenly see the change in him emerging. He started to make friends and became more outgoing. I truely believe that this is a result of the effort and provided by the staff at John Jay. My son was an IEP student and even though he was a good student with more than passing grades he need invidual attention to succeed. John Jay ent far and above in providing this to him. He is graduating with a NY State Regents diploma, something i would never even dreamed of. This is a fantastic school and i highly reccommend John Jay to all parents and gaurdians. Thank you.

- submitted by a parent

July 19, 2012
i went to this school my freshmen year for 3 months i was an outsider from the area so i was bullied and picked on since i was not with them prior to high school. i didn't not like this school at all i was transferred to rck :) i give this school a one on teachers and students there!

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June 27, 2012
As a former student of Jjhs, (class of 2006), I cannot imagine having gone to another high school, I loved going to it everyday with the wonderful classmates and teachers I had that taught me how to be who I am today. With an excellent curriculumm, great staff that helped me become successful, I am so thankful that my parents moved to the district so I could benefit from the best learning experience ever!!!! Thank you to everyone who made my 4 years at this school the bestest ever!!!!!!! I hope my son will love it as much as i do when it's his turn to go!

- submitted by a community member

November 03, 2011
As, A student in Katonah Lewisboro and a member of the John Jay Senior High School graduating class of 2011. Looking back on my years at John Jay High School, A lot of my success to have lead me to where I am today. I definitely give a lot the teachers who I had for classes or teachers I knew through extra curriculars.the administrators etc. It is very true that John Jay has a very safe learning environment. great athletics programs. wide range of extra curricular activities. All the teachers and support staff were always understanding of their students. having a school run by people that actually care about their students goes a long way. I don't know how I would manage to be where I currently am. If it wasn't for the support of everybody who helped me, but everyone else there. I couldn't imagine myself going to High School anywhere else. Thank you John Jay for making my one and only High School experience so great and giving me reasons to believe in myself and for all positive encouragement given.

- submitted by a student

February 26, 2010
My daughter has had wonderful shadowing opportunities - People Magazine, MSNBS and more. The school has provided an enormous about of support and assistance in the college selection process. I also feel that my child is safe at this school

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September 09, 2008
I credit much of the success I had in college to my experiences at John Jay. Teachers are willing to go the extra mile for students who are willing to put in the effort. Heck, most of them go the extra mile just to help the kids who don't care about school at all! Some parents have a hard time transitioning from the middle school--where their children are essentially coddled--to the high school--where they are not. I've actually witnessed students who do not do their class reading assignments perform poorly, but then their parents call and complain about the teacher being too hard a grader! Not everyone is supposed to get an A. My art classes were also light years ahead of what other people in college had at their high schools.

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July 22, 2008
The proof is in the pudding. I have two children in the school now and while the school is demanding both of my children are doing great. There are a ton of options for classes and after school activities.

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October 14, 2007
As a student at JJHS I can say the decision by my parents to send me to this school was probably one of the greatest decisions they have ever made. The teachers are amazing and care about their students and there are plenty of opportunities to meet with them. The class sizes are a bit large but if you can be willing to meet with the teachers at extra-help (which is attended by almost everyone) or even participate actively in class you can get just as much out of class as you would if their were 10 kids in a class. The sports and extra-curricular are amazing and the kids are friendly and the school has it's own fun traditions that create an amazing learning environment. The parents will sometimes get too involved in the school's affairs which will get annoying though but being in a district that cares is great.

- submitted by a student

September 18, 2007
John Jay High School/Cross River is generally an excellent institution. For the most part, the teachers are excellent and really committed to the children. Moreover, the Principal, Rich Leprine, really cares about each and every student and is a wonderful advocate for them. The school serves a community of affluent, upper middle class people who have very high expectations for their children, and, therefore, their high school. The school does not disappoint: not only are academic expectations are very high, but students are expected to excel at extracurricular activities as well. There are always a few community members who publicly lament the high expectations and resulting pressure. Personally, I think John Jay has served my children's needs very well and prepared them nicely for college.

- submitted by a parent

May 21, 2007
I attended John Jay high school and loved it. There were lots of rule, sure, but at the same time, they were pretty laid back and sometimes friendly;) Some people are not very smart, but that is canceled out by some very wonderful teachers. I loved JJ and i would recommend it to anyone. Yes, its like a private school- but we never had to wear uniforms and my parents certainly didn't pay $45,000 for tuition.

- submitted by a student

March 19, 2007
As a JJHS parent who moved to this school district based on the reputatation of the schools and the high school in particular, I am very disappointed with the high school. Compared with the personal attention and almost-private-school atmosphere at the middle school and elementary schools in the same district, the high school is impersonal and rule-oriented. The grading system (numerical grades vs. letter grades) seems designed to stress the students and emphasize test-taking over education. A number of the school's teachers are excellent however grading is inconsistent with some teachers seeming to take pride in breaking students' spirit by piling on homework and grading unreasonably. Not a school that seems to care about its students, but one whose administration has its own self-interested agenda.

- submitted by a parent

March 06, 2007
As a student at John Jay, I am constantly impressed by the amount of voice students are given; students are actively encouraged to participate and become involved in the community. Students are encouraged to voice their opinions (even if their opinions differ from those of the administration) and prepare themselves for life in a democratic society. Students are driven and motivated, creating a positive, competitive (although still familial) learning environment. Most teachers at John Jay genuinely care about their charges and become mentors for students; again, I am HIGHLY impressed with the amount of control and voice students have at John Jay High School- this only prepares them all the better for life as active citizens of the world.

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February 03, 2006
I attended John Jay High and I love it! Its a great setting the kids are nice and the teachers arn't boring. There is a lot to offer at John Jay and many kids take advange of their programs. There is theature, sports, and art/tech clubs. All and All its a great school to be in.

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January 29, 2006
Academic programs solid, diminished a biot by classroom size and students per instructor. Special attention is nil and students who can't keep pace find there way to private schools where they can get the more personalized attention they require. John Jay is a pressure cooker with less vacation days and more homework time then it seems all other schools in Westchester. My general take is that the teachers feel like they are constantly being evaluated and that translates too inordinate pressure on the students. While it rates well and students are accomplished, some other schools in Westchester seem to surpass John Jay while still providing more normal annual vacations and days off.

- submitted by a parent

January 06, 2006
This is a great school full of kids with college on their mind and teachers, coaches and parents who care!

- submitted by a student

November 07, 2005
I am a graduate of the Katonah-Lewisboro School District, attending from K - 12. John Jay High School has amazing teachers with great experience. They have AP classes that are available, which actually prepare you for college. The small classes sizes give the student individual attention and the teachers always make themselves available for after school help or free period help. Most student participate in sports or other after school activities such as Math Team, Photography, etc. Most parents are highly involved - they want to keep this school district in great condition with great academics with great teachers and great extracurricular activities. If you move to this area, your child or children will experience an education on many levels that are uncomparable anywhere else in the country!

- submitted by a student

October 21, 2005
Horribly unattractive buildings belie a good educational environment. Lots of students pursue the arts and sports.

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June 01, 2005
I believe John Jay High is a great school for any level of learning for a child. There are many programs that allow students to discover new likings, or challenge themselves further. Being a student at John Jay, I've witnessed many amazing teachers, some which i have had the pleasure of learning from, who love what they do, and do it well. I have not once encountered a teacher who didn't stay after school to help a student with their struggles or concerns in class. If not known already, the John Jay sports teams are great, such as the lacrosse team who are going to state championships tomorrow, or the girls softball. Sports and after school activities are a great way to meet people and feel at place in a big school like JJ. They say JJ is one like a giant learning community, and i would agree with that 100%.

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February 14, 2005
This school os pretty good. The teachers are mostly nice, and if you become friends with them, they are even nicer. Some of the teachers are very boring and don't teach well. But if you get good teachers, you will do well. Also I think the math ciriculum is horrible and boring. But there are many extracircular activities you could participate in.

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February 04, 2005
One of the worst schools in Westchester county. NO DIVERSITY what so ever.

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December 09, 2004
Wide variety of teaching skills from the very best to mediocre. They had a great principal in 2002 and lost him after one year-he was involved with the kids-tough on drugs- and the students considered him a friend. This is rare. The new principal is in the average category and stays away from the kids as much as he can. He is not social and the kids know it. Good school ovwerall but could be better.

- submitted by a parent

October 07, 2004
A great school...I graduated in 1991 and felt very prepared for college. A great campus (which i understand has gotten better since i left) and gnerally a great teaching staff. Only one complaint, i was part of that 2% African American population -- A FEW teachers...Say again A FEW teachers were very discouraging to Black students. While they expected the best from most student they were quick to place you as a troubled or low achieving student. (I along with my best friend felt this all the time but we both went on to IVY Leauge school) But other teachers (read Mr. Adams)made up for the narrow minded views of a few. Bottom line if you want a great education you can't beat John Jay.

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August 24, 2004
I graduated from John Jay in 1999. I received an excellent education. While I could complain about some things, I do believe it is among the best public high schools in the nation. Ample AP and honors courses are offered. The school does provide for creative thinking. Academic classes divide into non-Regents, Regents, and AP/Honors class. The regents classes of course will tend to teach toward the regents exams more, while the AP and Honors courses will assume students can score well on the regents use classtime to make students think critically about what they are learning. Any student with a parent willing to make a phone call can get into an AP or Honors class.

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February 23, 2004
A good school if you are a traditional learner but not the best environment for divergent thinkers and creative types. Like many NY schools, JJHS teaches to NY state tests. The curriculum has tight parameters, guiding students to test with results that make the school and state look good. It doesn't really seem to be about the individual students or their education. No great math or science teachers. Somewhat inferior language department. No diversity. Still, the 'right' kids can go far. The 'left' are basically out of luck.

- submitted by a parent

February 12, 2004
John Jay is a great school. I went there and would love to have my children go there.

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August 22, 2003
The level of parent to teacher cooperation (at John Jay) is wonderful. The efforts of all parties (students, teachers, parents, administrative officials, etc.) are inspiring, everyone strives to give (receive) the best educational, and social experience possible. John Jay High, and the community in which it resides, produce exemplary young adults.

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John Jay High School
60 Lower Salem Road, South Salem, NY  10590
(914) 763-7212
Last modified John Jay High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
John Jay High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top