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Nyack Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 886 students

 

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Posted October 7, 2013

My son graduated in 2010 and my daughter graduates this year. We have been very happy with the whole experience. They have both done super well academically and socially. It's a relatively small high school experience and everyone is together from middle school through high school. There are plenty of honors and AP classes and opportunities. I think if you are involved and don't expect the schools to raise your kids this is a really good school district. I've met teachers from other neighboring districts that say they think Nyack is better in spite on "ratings". Go see the schools and get involved!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2013

My daughter is enrolled in Nyack High School and she loves it. The teachers are great , the principal is so involved with everything going on. Its refreshing to see. School is what your kid makes it. I have seen that not enough people post positive ratings on things, but quick to post negative , so I hope this helps. Love the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2010

I not only love NHS, I love the school system. Why? The teachers have always been very responsive to my son and me. When I have a concern, qustions or need assistance, there's always a rapid response.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2009

Great school. In-laws went there, my husband and I, and our two children. Great chances for students to take AP classes and apply to college
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2009

The education you receive here is what you make of it. On the positive end there are enough course levels for students to seek what is right for them. However, there is essentially no guidance. The counselors would prefer to send perfunctory emails than help your child. Many students here fail courses, and the issues are swept under the rug. Among the popular groups it can be cool to fail, or put little effort into assignments. If you have a choice, surrounding school districts are rated better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2009

Nyack High School is a social mecca for teens, with limited supervision. The 'open' policy allows the students to leave campus, which works for some students, but not all. It is a great school for motivated students that find the process easy, but there are many distractions, noisy classrooms and some outright violent actions on students. Teachers turn the other cheek, rather than reach out in many cases, allowing kids to fail. So, from my experience what is good for some is not for all. Nyack is a great town, good all around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2009

Both of my children went to nyack. the oldest graduated and now is a lawyer. He got intersted in it by being in mock trial club and his W.I.S.E internship at a firm. He graudated with his advance regents diploma. My daugther thats a senior this year worked hard teachers help her with any problems she has. She is also doing the W.I.S.E internship class. She passed all her regents by staying after school. She does sports and gained a relationship with teammates and coaches. People say that nyack is bad or doesnt provide the needs of the child. But it depends how the parent raises the child. If your never at home your children will run wild. If your their talking to them listening on how their day went if they have any problems that you can help with. Nyack is the best school .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

I have a senior and a freshman this year. The senior has been accepted to many excellent colleges and it's because of the education he has received here at Nyack. The courses offered suit every level of learning. The list of extra curricular clubs, organizations and sports must satisfy everyone and the theater and music programs are superior. The district is working to get the administration staffing right because of the retirements. My kids have never complained about feeling unsafe or ignored. My only concern is the parents who feel they know better than the staff and administation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2007

Parents of freshman son. The experience has been challenging and the school year is halfway complete. There is entirely too much freedom for students in the high school or at this freshman sophomore level. Constant firmness, teacher, guidance involvement I believe would help this teen process for all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

I have two children that have graduated and one that is a sophomore at NHS. All three lack basic reading and creative writing skills. I have spent thousands on tutors and SAT preperation classes. My youngest daughter and her friends speak daily of the fights and thefts that take place in the school. Students that don't attend class are walked through the final exams by some teachers. There are math classes where the sub is better known then the teacher. This has been going on for at least three years. Athletes don't have to hand work in on time. Text books are not collected. I've handed in thirteen since my children have graduated. I've spoken with parents that have a dozen or so books at home. I feel for the good teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2006

committed to excellence, many programs for students of all needs
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2006

My son is in his freshman year at NHS so we haven't had much experience. Most of his teachers seem to be great. They are strong and interesting and very open to the students. I think the honors classes allow my son to be challenged appropriately. There are plenty of activities and all the students seem to find something attractive, but I seen really felt any great sense of community among the students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

Not all it is cracked up to be.The class rooms are quite noisy which makes it difficult to take tests.The math regent scores where very low compared to the other schools in the district. It is very hard to get educational improvements for the schools because the senior citizens come out in hoards to vote down the ballots. They just don't want to spend the money.Their is a lot of problems in the district with bullying and many children are continually being picked on. A lot of the discline problems could be handled up front but instead they are overlooked by the teachers and principles.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2005

This is a great school to go to. There are many course offerings to chose from, and the teachers are always there to help you.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 8, 2005

This is a nice school to go to. There are a wide variety of courses to chose from and the teachers are always there for you if you need assistance, both before, during and after school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2005

Nyack High School is one of the best in the nation. My children have found their experience to be both positive and rewarding. The teachers are always helpful and willing to assist and the administration pays attention to detail making the school great. The emphasis on music and the arts is beyond compare. I could not be happier with the school and what it has done for my children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2005

Nyack High School is a great high school. The quality of education is high and the teachers really care about you and how you do overall. There is wide range of music, art, sports and extracurricular activities to choose from as well. It is a super school to go to!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 28, 2004

Very diverse, great school overall. Accademically strong, excellent extra curricular activities. Beautiful area. Football team awesome!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 21, 2004

All three of my kids went through the Nyack School system. My oldest two are now in college (Boston University & Arizona State University) and both maintain they were very well prepared. My third child is finishing her Junior year and will be going to college. The diversity of the Nyack school system makes for an excellent education inside and out of the classroom. The extracurricular activities are excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2003

when I went to this school people respected me and your kids should like this school
—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.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
50%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
60%
Earth Science

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

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
39%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
89%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

33 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
77%
Global History and Geography

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

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
74%
Integrated Algebra

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

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
64%
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.

266 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
79%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

115 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%
U.S. History and Government

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

210 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
82%
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 Students70%
Female78%
Male60%
African American66%
Asian/Pacific Islander77%
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Non-migrant70%

Chemistry

All Students75%
Female82%
Male68%
African American65%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Non-migrant75%

Earth Science

All Students38%
Female26%
Male46%
African American30%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population32%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant38%

English

All Students87%
Female90%
Male84%
African American89%
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities62%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%

Geometry

All Students90%
Female88%
Male90%
African American81%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities73%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%

Global History and Geography

All Students85%
Female83%
Male87%
African American73%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities59%
General population87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%

Integrated Algebra

All Students73%
Female76%
Male70%
African American73%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities55%
General population77%
English language learners67%
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%

Living Environment

All Students87%
Female86%
Male89%
African American74%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities74%
General population89%
English language learners29%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%

Physics

All Students91%
Female89%
Male93%
African American85%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant91%

U.S. History and Government

All Students91%
Female89%
Male92%
African American89%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities67%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
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 2 51% 48%
Black 2 24% 19%
Hispanic 1 14% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 9% 9%
Two or more races 1 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 3%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 9%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 64%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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360 Christian Hrld Rd
Upper Nyack, NY 10960
Phone: (845) 353-7100

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