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Vestal Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 1179 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted February 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 8, 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.


Posted October 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted April 5, 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


Posted June 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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 former student


Posted 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 former student


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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.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
71%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%
Earth Science

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

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

40 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

243 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%
Global History and Geography

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

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%
Integrated Algebra

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

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
92%
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

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

184 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%
U.S. History and Government

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

295 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%
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%
Female78%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander84%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Chemistry

All Students85%
Female90%
Male80%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Earth Science

All Students90%
Female86%
Male93%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities80%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%

English

All Students96%
Female95%
Male96%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities81%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students93%
Female96%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities68%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%

Global History and Geography

All Students92%
Female94%
Male90%
African American60%
Asian/Pacific Islander101%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities77%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%

Integrated Algebra

All Students96%
Female98%
Male94%
African American80%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities85%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%

Living Environment

All Students98%
Female99%
Male96%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander101%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities89%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%

Physics

All Students74%
Female75%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students98%
Female97%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities92%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
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 87% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 8% 9%
Black 2 3% 19%
Hispanic 2 2% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 0%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 217%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 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 15%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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205 Woodlawn Dr
Vestal, NY 13850
Phone: (607) 757-2281

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