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Roy C Ketcham Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 1937 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted October 31, 2013

As a former student ('13) , I have mixed feelings on this school. On one hand, there are so many opportunities. There are AP and honors classes, business classes that actually apply to the real world, after-school activities, and sports. If you get involved in a lot of things such as these, you will get a lot out of it. I also think that the majority of teachers care about their students, and want them to succeed. If you try, teachers are willing to help. As in any school, there has been a lot of budget cuts over the years. Some of the classes and activities that I enjoyed are now gone. Also, due to a lot of behavioral issues, I felt as if the school was "policed" a lot. Although teachers seem to care about their students, others automatically see teenagers as troublemakers. As an honors student who tried really hard in high school, this irked me. Overall, I'd say that Ketcham is a 4-star school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 2, 2013

This school is a really good school. The teachers are wonderful and they try to help students succeed! The principle is excellent and he works very hard to keep the students happy. I think anybody or any student who is apprehensive about this school is worrying too much. Trust me, this will be the best 4 years of your school career.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2011

RCK is a great high school. Students are safe. Teachers are great. Many clubs and sports are offered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2008

let me just say ketcham is the best. all the faculty & staff are so amazing they try to help you as much as they can. were amazing in sports. everyone is just always happy and we all get along sooo well. theres like no drama. its just a wonderful high school experience. just like everyones experience should be like. they make you feel right at home. ketcham indians babyyyy. CLASS OF 2010 :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 25, 2008

This is the best school I've ever been to,there's such a wonderful sense of home here. The teachers are wonderful as well as the Principal, surrounded by people who will help you when you need it. I have many friends here and one very special friend who was shy before I met him, now we're really close friends looking forward to what else Ketcham has in store for us.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 10, 2008

This is the worst school I have ever heard and attended. There are several problems ranging from the horrible condition of building and the even more worse student body.......
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 26, 2008

As the mother of a freshman, I was nervous. However, the teachers, guidance dept and principal quickly put me at ease. The teachers work hard to keep the students interested! Bravo!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2007

what a great school one of the best in NY
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 2006

My daughter attends this school. The programs are amazing and the teachers are excellent. Two thumbs up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2005

I graduated from RCK in 2001 and went on to join the Marine Corps. I have very fond memories of High School and a small part of me will always wish I could relive it. The teachers, for the most part, were very involved with the students and a couple I looked at as friends. I will never forget Mr. Lowery, my Social Studies and World at War teacher, was always my favorite. He made class fun and we all looked forward to the period we had him.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 7, 2005

This is a very good school. Though it is not the richest or most expensive school, it is a truly unique learning experience and a place where many students each year, have graduated off to great colleges and universities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 28, 2005

I attended this school from 1991-1995. Over that period, I had noticed a change in the type of kids arriving at the school, mainly negative. A lot of this had to do with IBM's downsizing. I'm not sure what the climate is now since I have now moved away and live in another state. I will say that the teachers were generally caring, and were knowledgeable.
—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.

256 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
83%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
89%
Earth Science

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

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

497 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
92%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

26 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

316 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%
Global History and Geography

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

562 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
77%
Integrated Algebra

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

404 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
79%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

63 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

499 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

172 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%
U.S. History and Government

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

465 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%
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 Students74%
Female71%
Male77%
African American75%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant74%

Chemistry

All Students91%
Female90%
Male92%
African American90%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Non-migrant91%

Earth Science

All Students88%
Female88%
Male89%
African American71%
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities70%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%

English

All Students84%
Female90%
Male79%
African American71%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities44%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%

Geometry

All Students93%
Female92%
Male94%
African American89%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities90%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%

Global History and Geography

All Students72%
Female68%
Male75%
African American50%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities29%
General population79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%

Integrated Algebra

All Students81%
Female81%
Male82%
African American68%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities49%
General population87%
English language learners100%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%

Living Environment

All Students86%
Female88%
Male85%
African American76%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities60%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%

Physics

All Students88%
Female88%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Non-migrant88%

U.S. History and Government

All Students93%
Female94%
Male91%
African American83%
Asian/Pacific Islander97%
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities67%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
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 71% 48%
Hispanic 1 14% 23%
Black 2 8% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 6% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 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 1%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

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

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 21%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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99 Myers Corners Rd
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
Phone: (845) 298-5100

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