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Watervliet Junior/Senior High School

Public | 7-12 | 655 students

 

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Posted January 27, 2009

I recently graduated from Watervliet Jr.-Sr. High School. In my opinion, the teachers are excellent, and very accomodating. I disagree with a previous poster who stated that the administrators are out for themselves. The administrators are very involved in student life and make every effort to meet with and assist students. As a small school, students have the opportunity to actively participate in whichever extracurricular activity they choose, even if they aren't a superstar. I do wish that more advanced courses were available. In my experience, private universities generally do not accept University in the High School credit, but will give credit for high AP scores. I would like to commend the district in providing alternative opportunities for accelerated study through the New Visions programs.


Posted June 14, 2008

I personally think the aspect of this school is appealing overall. It is an excellent, small school district, in average condition, yet the rate of school spirit is very high amongst sttudents, especially due to the fact there aren't any 'pep rallies' or anything else of that sort. I especially like the charismatic ideas of the district, to provide success to come in further years for each individual.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2007

Watervliet is the best school with great taecher and students
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2006

I think the school has some really great teachers here. I am highly upset that there is no orchestra in the school! My daughter has been playing since 3rd grade and I will probably be moving due to that fact. Parent involvement seems to be at a pretty good level. The office is need of some help tho. Academic programs for the 7th grade seem to be pretty good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2005

Very challenging teachers. Wonderful staff and principal. Small class to student ratio. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2004

I myself graduated from WHS and moved back into the city so my own children could attend these schools. While I have had problems with the school not being equipped to handle children who needed accelerated classes, I feel my children have received a wonderful well rounded education. Not every teacher in this school district can reach every student in the same way, that is the disadvantage of being a small school. I have feel that any time I needed assistance whether with a teacher or guidance related problem, the staff was right there to do whatever they could do. Before I put down the faculty of this school for not caring about students I think parents need to take a good look around and see if there is more that they should and could be doing for the good of the child and school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2004

I agree with the other parent. This school is not student friendly. The administrators are out for themselves. The special ed kids are treated the unkindly. Expecially if they have behavioral type disorders. The VP at the school has no knowledge of special ed laws. If you have these kind of children, be on your toes with this school district. The special ed department is awesome though. They will work with you and your child to do whats best for your child. Its just too bad the administration with in the building don't back up there teachers who work in this field. The Principal is wonderful. I am leary of the VP. This is a small city school. Diversity is through out the halls. The children who attend are wonderful kids when treated with respect and support.
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
34%
Math

The state average for Math was 28% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
42%
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 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in 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 34% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
44%
Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2011.

113 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%
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 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in 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 64% in 2012.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
36%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 78% in 2012.

40 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
69%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 73% in 2012.

108 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
65%
English

The state average for English was 82% in 2012.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
94%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2012.

94 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
55%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2012.

132 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
78%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 72% in 2012.

184 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
83%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 78% in 2012.

145 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 79% in 2012.

30 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
48%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

36 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 79% in 2012.

90 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
98%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 Students17%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

Chemistry

All Students50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population50%

Earth Science

All Students55%
Students with disabilities0%
General population60%

English

All Students78%
Students with disabilities20%
General population92%

Geometry

All Students71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

Global History and Geography

All Students75%
Students with disabilities46%
General population82%

Integrated Algebra

All Students57%
Students with disabilities32%
General population65%

Living Environment

All Students78%
Students with disabilities56%
General population83%

Physics

All Students54%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students82%
Students with disabilities60%
General population87%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 2011-2012 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 67% 48%
Black 19% 19%
Hispanic 7% 23%
Asian 4% 9%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: 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 61%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 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 20%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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1245 Hillside Dr
Watervliet, NY 12189
Phone: (518) 629-3300

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