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205 Woodlawn Drive
Vestal, NY 13850

(607) 757-2281
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April 30, 2014
Most of the teachers are qualified & prepare the students well for college. There are various opportunities for kids to explore areas which interest them from sports to art to singing or theater.

- submitted by a parent

January 17, 2012
The reviews about classes, social status, and bullying are accurate. As a parent that has been in this district since my children started school, I have seen a decline in moral, both in staff and students. Bullying and drug use on campus has been spiraling out of control, both being done in the face of staff and administrators. As for the "Drug Free Zone" campus code, selective enforcement and discipline is well known by students. The Administration turns a blind eye to Inappropriate behavior by the staff at the high school. Until those at the top and the Board of Ed. start doing the right thing for this district, the decline in number of students will continue.

- submitted by a parent

July 11, 2011
VHS deserves better reviews than those from October 14, 2010 and February 6, 2011. The truth is that VHS does a better job of preparing students for the upper middle class than any other school in the area. Through AP and IB courses, students are trained to perform the hard work necessary to excel in college, graduate programs, and future jobs. Graduating from VHS with an honors or IB diploma also gives students a major confidence boost. These graduates know that they have completed the most rigorous program at the best school in the Binghamton area. Other reviews claim that students from lower income households are not entitled to the same opportunities at Vestal. This is rubbish. The school goes out of its way to make AP/IB and other advanced coursework available to students who would not otherwise have such opportunities. Furthermore, the comments on this site regarding bullying are misleading. VHS has MUCH LESS of a bullying problem than Owego Free Academy and U-E High School. This is partly because VHS is more diverse and partly because students can take all-advanced courses if they choose to do so. The presence of a major university in the same town also helps.

- submitted by a community member

February 06, 2011
This school has a long history of bullying and social problems. The post from October 14th echos what I have heard for decades. In December some of the kids observed Kick a Jew Day and the few Jews in the school were kicked by their peers. It may be a fine school for those who dress and look like the previous 2 generations of IBMers and 2 generations of E-J workers but if you look, dress or come from a family that is different you may want a different school.

- submitted by a parent

October 14, 2010
Academically, I think VHS excels above most schools in the Broome County, NY area (although they are changing curriculums on a yearly basis, it appears, and it is definitely not for the better) and if you're in an upper class (financially), you may get through this school with no problems (even if the student may be problematic) - social status (students' & the parents') appears to be very important in Vestal. If you're in a lower class, teachers have made inappropriate remarks to the students and they do not take the time to encourage students - it certainly isn't an equal opportunity for ALL students. Teachers are more and more engaging in activities that are inappropriate with students. I saw this with my own eyes on Facebook and have heard numerous times what is said/done on school grounds - but no evidence!

- submitted by a parent

December 19, 2009
My experience with this school would certainly fall in the above average range. Having experienced a number of districts in the state and immediate area, Vestal stands above most. Every school has its own issues and areas that need improvement. The student body and teachers take great pride in their school. The majority of graduating classes look back on their experiences favorably. Kudos to an above average school.

- submitted by a parent

December 26, 2008
The school does not communicate well with parents and does not deal effectively with children having special needs. There is also an open campus policy resulting in serious safety and security issues.

- submitted by a parent

April 08, 2008
As a former student, I have sadly seen the decline of the Vestal School District due to extremely poor leadership. The school's administration is merely fronting the priviously sellar reputation with nothing to back it. I feel bad for students and staff currely attending for the fault is not with them. Everything in the school has become about appearence with little to no concern for the students and staff.

- submitted by a community member
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October 07, 2007
Vestal Senior High School has a 54 million dollar fund for renovations. The school building is a construction site and an unfit learning environment for children. Classes are subjected to hammering and pounding noises and high dust volume. When windows are shut it is stifling. However there is a beautiful new 8 million dollar football stadium that completely shadows and elementary school playground. There are many wonderful teachers and the class size is between 18 and 25 students. The school leadership has made the atmosshphere one of blame and punishment, particularly during the renovations. This school is geared towards those students who excel without any help. The students who need help are accomodated when parents fight for their rights.

- submitted by a parent

June 26, 2007
This is a wonderful school! There doesn't seem to be much social threat and everyone seems so friendly. Teachers could be better but the academic environment within the school makes up for it. I am moving out of this school district and can only say that I will miss this school tremendously. It has a lot to offer including a large variety of academic courses (AP and IB).

- submitted by a student

April 05, 2007
I totally agree with most of the comments that are posted. There are a handful of wonderful teachers but that is it!

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2006
I was very disappointed in this school. The teachers are not as helpful as they need to be and getting extra help is nearly impossible. The staff is unwilling to listen and provide nothing in the way of solutions for problems. It is a safe school, but teachers allow children to be disruptive in class. There seems to be no discipline.

- submitted by a parent

January 31, 2006
Extra help is non existent. Have gone as high as the superintendant to get extra help for my son. Absolutely no concern on the school board.

- submitted by a parent

January 31, 2006
The school only caters to AP students. Guidance counselors are untrained. You must plan your childs academics by yourself. Plenty of extracurricular things but the overall education is lacking. After talking with teachers that I know from when I went there the moral in the staff is very low.

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2005
A great school with tradition and spirit. Some of the curriculum, however, is a little difficult and in order to prepare for the Regents exams at the end of the year, it goes fairly quickly. The principal has taken many things the students value, away such as pep rallys.

- submitted by a student

May 23, 2005
The acedemic programs are great! There are many after school activities and clubs. There are AP and IB courses available. Music and art programs are readily available. One of the top 5 schools in New York.

- submitted by a student
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Vestal Senior High School
205 Woodlawn Drive, Vestal, NY  13850
(607) 757-2281
Last modified Vestal Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Vestal Senior High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top