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Tonawanda Middle High School

Public | 6-12 & ungraded | 1007 students

 

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Posted June 25, 2013

our experience has been Teachers dont want to give extra help & bullies get aw y while victims are punished
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2012

Tonawanda is by far the worst school ive gone to the teacher always intaginize untill you flip out then you get suspended for sticking up for yourself Its Outragious


Posted September 16, 2009

Great school... Many who attend love the school and the community so much that they keep there homes here also. Great sports program. Teachers were awesome!


Posted January 18, 2009

The school has an okay staff, yet some teachers don't seem to know good enough teaching meathods.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 23, 2008

This school is filled with over re-actions. Voice mail is the answer to parent's calls, which should be handled quickly by people, there, working during the day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2008

I love Tonawanda High School. I got the best education there, the teachers are all amazing, and I had so much fun. I now attend Buffalo State College where I am fully prepared and my GPA is a 3.8
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 27, 2008

I was a student at THS. From start to finish, this high school was by far a great experience. Sure, it had it's up's and down's, but overall, one could never ask for a better environment to learn. I myself had actually graduated in June of 2007 and now I am attending ECC, which is by no means a great accomplishment, but THS had taught me that starting with something small, was better than doing nothing to begin with. On a more personal note, some students may disagree with the way Tonawanda is run, but after graduation they will see the true meaning of this school to them. I know I did. Thanks THS and keep up the good work.


Posted January 26, 2008

I go to THS and I think that it's one of the best schools. The teachers there are amazing and if you don't understnd something, they are there till how ever long it takes for you to understand. I love the school and I feel really safe all the time. All in all its a great school and if you are able to go, do it because its a great school and is by far worth four years of your life and more.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 14, 2008

I was a student at Tonawanda Senior High School from 1998-2001. It was not only a waste of my time but one of the more unpleasant experiences I ever had. I was dumped into a species education class due to a misdiagnosis for ADD. It was later discovered that I was autistic. I was the only student in my class without violent emotional issues. I felt very unsafe. To top it off, I didn't learn anything. The books were decades old and my teacher was nothing more than a glorified babysitter.


Posted November 27, 2007

Im very happy that my kids goes to this school.They get all help they need if they struggle in a subject.The teachers are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2007

Tonawanda is a good school for being very small and having little funding. The administration is a bit strict on students and doesn't let them enjoy school to the fullest. Some teachers seem to have more power than the principal. Tonawanda High also doesn't listen to the students when they ask for something or want a change.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 13, 2007

The principal never interacts with students. The teachers are good but there are a select few we could do without. I participate in three sports, soccer, wrestling and tennis. The soccer program doesn't get any funding. The wrestling team has an established booster club and the tennis team doesn't need too much, I mean what do you really need? I like how it is a small school because you know everyone and the students generally get along. That's pretty much it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 26, 2007

Tonawanda rocks. the teachers and faculty are caring and helpful. when you dont get soemthing at first, they go that extra mile to help you out either after or before school. thats something u dont see very often. thanks !
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 8, 2006

This is a great school, with low funds they hire great teachers and provide great balance between offering challenging academics and incorporating athletics. While a smaller school, they continue to exhibit academic excellence and continue to raise their goals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2005

The teachers are good and work well with the school. The sports aren't given much money. The amount of incoming students is up therefor they cut classes and some summer school programs. The classes to be cut were AP classes and art classes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 18, 2005

The administration and teachers work well with parents, but unfortunately the working well part comes after the fact. There really is no hands on prevention/intervention. The teachers are okay, but definately not top of the line. The Tonawanda City Schools leave much to be desired, and have plenty of room for improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
88%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 36% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
10%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
71%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
78%
Earth Science

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

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
89%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
93%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

24 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
64%
Global History and Geography

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

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%
Integrated Algebra

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

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
74%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

33 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%
U.S. History and Government

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

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%
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 Students75%
Female76%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Not migrant75%

Chemistry

All Students82%
Female73%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant82%

Earth Science

All Students78%
Female80%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities9%
General population86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant78%

English

All Students83%
Female89%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities39%
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%

Geometry

All Students77%
Female80%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant77%

Global History and Geography

All Students78%
Female79%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities37%
General population83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant78%

Integrated Algebra

All Students80%
Female88%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities54%
General population86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%

Living Environment

All Students88%
Female86%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities72%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%

Physics

All Students92%
Femalen/a
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant92%

U.S. History and Government

All Students87%
Female83%
Male91%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities69%
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
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 93% 48%
Black 2 2% 19%
Hispanic 2 2% 23%
Two or more races 2 2% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 1% 9%
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 10%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 237%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 2%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 6%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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600 Fletcher St
Tonawanda, NY 14150
Phone: (716) 694-7660

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