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Uniondale High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 2155 students

 

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Posted March 12, 2012

I am thoroughly pleased! I was moving here from out-of-state with a prejudice against the school built-up from reading (GS) greatschools' (3) city rating (move often so I live off this site) & listening to 'soon-to-be' neighbors who heard from previous neighbors blah blah blah & had never walked through its doors (metal detectors - don't knock it. "All" schools that don't, there's a kid carry'n a weapon). The principle was hurt that I almost didn't take the house I have based on Uniondale school zoning. Learned my lesson in hmwrk (Still love GS) & double checking (get hands on). The principle's awesome (podcast, easily accessible to parents & kids, tough love, family oriented) & the guidance hasn't skip'd a beat yet (trustworthy energizer bunnies). This is our first year, and I can only hope there are many more like it! UHS!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2009

Quality of education has improved tremendously within all schools of the district. Some 'dead - weight' teachers and administrators have since retired or moved on. However, all issues within the district is not the fault of the school district. Parents need to be held accountable for the actions of their children. Too many parents have their heads in the sand and live in the 'not my child' world. The districts spends an enormous amount on security, counseling and psychological services. It is a shame as this money could go towards top notch facilties. There has been calls to close the high school - as they run rampant. As the enrollment keeps growing - either 1) another hs has to be built 2) stagger sessions as in NYC schools. We can not let out 1700 students all at the same time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2007

Uniondale is one of the safest schools in the North East. Since the inception of their New Security Program the school is safe.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 21, 2006

The quality of academic programs have improved for the better. Teachers are very professional and committed to educational excellence. The culture of the building has changed. I recently attended parent teacher conferences and was quite pleased. I joined the PTA and will continue to support the school in whatever way that I can. The teachers go the extra mile to make certain that my son is a responsible student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2006

Since the institution of a new principal at the H.S., things have changed immensely. Not only has the school provided programs to create a safer school for both students and faculty, but the numerous programs, such as the Science Research Program, have recently brought the school great admiration. Many times the Uniondale H.S.seems to be categorized along with high schools of its neighboring districts;however, there is truly no comparison. The school has had its struggles, but they have truly learned their lessons. Today, gang related incidences in the school had completely disappeared and violence has reached its lowest levels ever. The wonderful administration of the new principal has provided students with greater opportunities for a complete education. From offering more AP courses, and increasing the number of extracurricular activities, the school promises to get better. Whether its in Science Research, sports, music or art, the High School has received recognition.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 13, 2005

Teachers and academic program are excellent. some students are getting out of control. extracurricular activities are widely available. parental involvement needs improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2004

The school has way too many gangs & gang violence & parents must not be doing what they're supposed to at home because 15% of the kids cut throughout the day. Principal should stop it but doesn't. There are a lot of extracurricular activities but if I was an student I would be scared to stay after with all the sgot outs & fight going on after school. So I adviSe all the kids to go straight home after school cause Uniondale high school is not a safe school [at] all.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 21, 2004

I'm not a parent; however I am a UHS graduate. I am currently a senior at the fifth ranked University in the country and will be entering Law School next fall. I graduated from Uniondale in 2001 - at what I beleive to be the most opportune time. Gang violence, drugs and bi-curious females were becoming too prevelant for my liking; however I do not blame the school, or the administration for the increasing incidence of any of these harms. I blame parents. When children turn to gangs, drugs, etc. it is a result of their inability to see how their eduactional attainment will translate into success in the future; it is a direct result of educational values which are instilled in the home. Parents you can not depend on an institution that has your child for 6hrs a day to take full responsibility over what they become. Do your Job.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 17, 2004

What Uniondale is -is underscored! Uniondale could be a great school but there needs to be more involvement from administration/ and parents/and teachers and students there is no uniting in Uniondale; only division. Parents need to support the teachers and administration needs to listen to the concerns of the teachers and students. Then, Uniondale will be great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2004

As a parent, I would never send my child here. There is a huge degree of gang violence and the administration does very little to counteract the problems. If the administration were more concerned with keeping the students safe and less concerned with increasing the number of minority staff members, Uniondale might actually be a good school. This school has all the resources it needs and a large budget, but its priorities are in all the wrong places.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2004

I love UHS. I am a native of Uniondale and I miss UHS. It is a good school despite what you hear about our school. UHS will be a top minority in the state of NY. UHS keep going.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 26, 2004

Uniondale H.S. is said to be a minority school and some also believe that because of this UHS lacks the necessities of a good or even great school. However, as a student at USH I have found that UHS has more than just the potential to be a great school because it is a great school. Some may differ because of our test scores, but UHS has many programs that show the ablity of the students extremly well. Some of the many programs the UHS has are, Science Research, in which Uniondale has been commended on numerous times because of our great achivements in this activity. One of the many achivements was the winning of the Intel Science Comptition. Another of UHS's many activites are the art club, the fashion club, Key Club, National Honoer Society, National Science Honor Society, NAtional Spanish Honor Society, Future Bussiness Leaders of America (FBLA), Drama Club and expecially the many sport teams which also help make UHS famous. UHS also involves parents into many of the activites that occur in the school. The UHS PTA is also a very active group that helps build UHS into an even better school. UHS is truly a wonderful school. It is filled with activies that will help its students develop both mentally, socially, and physically. UHS also has alot of parent involvement, that helps parents better understand what is going on in their childs school. Moreover, UHS's Principal and Adminstrative Group also are wonderful leaders when it come to keeping order of the school, and making sure the children in the school get the best education possible.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 21, 2003

School has the potential to be one of the top minority schools in the state, but the parent involvement is very poor. Central administration also gets too tied up with the politics of nepotism and data, and they ignore the needs of the community.
—Submitted by a former student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
39%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
74%
Earth Science

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

404 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
54%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

577 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

54 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

494 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
67%
Global History and Geography

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

635 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
76%
Integrated Algebra

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

690 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
58%
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.

689 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
77%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
72%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

301 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%
U.S. History and Government

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

587 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

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 Students35%
Female36%
Male35%
African American35%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant35%

Chemistry

All Students80%
Female78%
Male82%
African American80%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant80%

Earth Science

All Students55%
Female51%
Male59%
African American51%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population55%
English language learners57%
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%

English

All Students80%
Female84%
Male76%
African American83%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities30%
General population82%
English language learners32%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%

Geometry

All Students55%
Female58%
Male52%
African American58%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population57%
English language learners41%
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%

Global History and Geography

All Students71%
Female71%
Male71%
African American72%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities32%
General population74%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%

Integrated Algebra

All Students45%
Female49%
Male43%
African American48%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities21%
General population47%
English language learners20%
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%

Living Environment

All Students62%
Female65%
Male60%
African American63%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities14%
General population67%
English language learners38%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%

Physics

All Students63%
Female64%
Male63%
African American66%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant63%

U.S. History and Government

All Students85%
Female85%
Male84%
African American85%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities44%
General population87%
English language learners66%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
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
Black 2 58% 19%
Hispanic 1 40% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
White 1 0% 48%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 110%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 245%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 1%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 53%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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933 Goodrich St
Uniondale, NY 11553
Phone: (516) 560-8820

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