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Watertown Senior High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1187 students

 

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Posted May 14, 2013

my school is very unorganized, and a very bad choice if you want no drama.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 4, 2009

I miss that school so much! I went there for 3 years then ended up having to move. Honestly the best school ever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

i loved this school because it has great teachers and wonderful classes and also i meet my future husband there when i was a freshman. what great memories we had at that school.


Posted April 8, 2009

I've never met more adults willing to go the extra mile to see their students succeed. They offer numerous clubs, sports and electives to make their students more well-rounded individuals. The school embraces diversity and individuality. Yes there are some bums who attend the school, that contribute almost nothing... however that is due to lack of good parenting above anything else. I believe this school truly prepares their students for the college level better than any other school in the county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2009

I agree that a private school would be better. We had a wonderful experience with Watertown school until entering Case Middle school. There are several fights and the environment is little to be desired and the education is substandard. The children are in fact treated like inmates and most of the teachers are very rude and argumentative as one parent stated. The kids seem to be 'lost in the crowd.' I would NOT recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2007

I also feel the teachers are openly argumentative with parents. Students are just a number to them. In addition, there are a handful of teachers with compassion to teach and only a handful that do respect the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2006

Overall the school corriculum is good, the teachers are of general good quality and my son has had a good experience there this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2004

While there are many dedicated teachers at WHS, I've found several to be lacking in patience, tolerance and understanding when dealing with students. Overall, the school doesn't seem to be progressive and unable produce a marketable product, meaning the children do not seem to possess the skills and training necessary to make an easy transition into higher education or the world should they choose not to expand on their education. I've found direction and guidance for the students to be severely lacking at WHS, resulting in increased bullying and violence toward children less able to defend themselves, substance abuse and poor academic performance. Some teachers are openly argumentative with parents and students, and appear to be overwhelmed by their present positions. I would recommend a private school (if possible) rather than a Watertown public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2004

The Principals at Watertown High are wonderful. I think it is wonderful that the teachers treat the kids with respect. I truly feel that is the only way to get respect in return. Great school, hope it stays that way.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
Algebra II/Trigonometry

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

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
70%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
76%
Earth Science

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

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

278 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
91%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

16 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%
Global History and Geography

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

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
72%
Integrated Algebra

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

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
74%
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.

257 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
77%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

110 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.

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%
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 Students77%
Female79%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Not migrant77%

Chemistry

All Students73%
Female73%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Not migrant73%

Earth Science

All Students83%
Female76%
Male90%
African American84%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities67%
General population85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%

English

All Students86%
Female89%
Male83%
African American82%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities46%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%

Geometry

All Students87%
Female84%
Male90%
African American76%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities64%
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%

Global History and Geography

All Students79%
Female76%
Male81%
African American76%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities54%
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%

Integrated Algebra

All Students72%
Female75%
Male71%
African American67%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities45%
General population79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant72%

Living Environment

All Students86%
Female86%
Male86%
African American73%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities61%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%

Physics

All Students69%
Female71%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Not migrant69%

U.S. History and Government

All Students84%
Female87%
Male82%
African American72%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities55%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant84%
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 79% 48%
Black 2 11% 19%
Hispanic 1 6% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Two or more races 1 1% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 146%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 4%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 5%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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  • MS. LESLIE ATKINSON

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1335 Washington St
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone: (315) 785-3800

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