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Waterford Junior Senior High School

Public | 7-12 | 382 students

 
 

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Posted November 4, 2008

I am a senior at Waterford and have been here since kindergarten. Every year I have had the best teachers and no problems. Theres always the occasional bad teacher, but overall the teaching staff is amazing. Almost any is willing to listen to a student after school no matter what the problem. Also they teach amazingly, I have learned so much. The lunch program could use a little help along with the principal, but no school can be perfect.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2007

I am a senior in Waterford and I Believe that our school has improved in many ways. For the past several years we have gotten a new principal every year. But the new principal this year is a great one. She has had to deal with what to do during a food fight and many other things. I am proud to say I graduated from Waterford- Halfmoon High School!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 8, 2004

I am a parent of two students in this district and also a teacher here. The school is a wonderful place full of highly-educated and trained teachers who care deeply about the children. We always put the students needs first. Our food service program is very concerned with feeding these children, many of whom don't have a good breakfast before the school day begins. The only wish I have is that parents would take some responsibility for their role in what we are trying to accomplish instead of placing blame. Our test scores show improvement yearly and the building is undergoing major renovation and construction. This school is a great place to work and with a new principal this year, will only get better. I choose to bring my two children to school here over Colonie where we live. I feel that strongly in its quality and level of caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2004

I think that the school has improved greatly over the past few years. The staff has become more stable with less turn over. The education process has improved through the cooperation of administration and teachers. If the parents would get more involved in the students lives instead of having the school raise the children things would increase two-fold.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2004

In my opinion, I feel as if this school has poor education skills. Their principal makes poor judgement upon their students. Their lunch program is horrible, the teachers do not focus on their students needs and their education. They (meaning the staff, teachers, principal) lacks on their responsibilities of keeping this school in proper care. This school is in need of serious improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

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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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
14%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 36% in 2014.

52 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
37%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

36 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
71%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%
Earth Science

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

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
74%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
95%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
91%
Global History and Geography

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

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
75%
Integrated Algebra

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

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
60%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

19 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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
82%

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 Students76%
Female82%
Male69%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Not migrant76%

Chemistry

All Students68%
Female65%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Not migrant68%

Earth Science

All Students88%
Female92%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%

English

All Students86%
Female90%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%

Geometry

All Students94%
Female93%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%

Global History and Geography

All Students74%
Female79%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities40%
General population78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%

Integrated Algebra

All Students89%
Female100%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant89%

Living Environment

All Students89%
Female89%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities45%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant89%

Physics

All Students84%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Not migrant84%

U.S. History and Government

All Students88%
Female82%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 93% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 2% 9%
Black 2 2% 19%
Hispanic 2 2% 23%
Two or more races 1 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 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 38%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%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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125 Middletown Rd
Waterford, NY 12188
Phone: (518) 237-0800

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