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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 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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
35%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
41%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
6%

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
41%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
36%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
69%
Earth Science

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

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
65%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
94%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
55%
Global History and Geography

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

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
78%
Integrated Algebra

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

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

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 77% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

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 80% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
82%

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 Students31%
Female32%
Male31%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population31%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant31%

Chemistry

All Students52%
Female45%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant52%

Earth Science

All Students59%
Female52%
Male69%
African American20%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities25%
General population63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%

English

All Students85%
Female87%
Male83%
African American64%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities21%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%

Geometry

All Students34%
Female27%
Male40%
African American18%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities20%
General population35%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant34%

Global History and Geography

All Students69%
Female70%
Male67%
African American50%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities30%
General population80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%

Integrated Algebra

All Students54%
Female56%
Male52%
African American38%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities5%
General population66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%

Living Environment

All Students74%
Female68%
Male80%
African American56%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities44%
General population81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%

Physics

All Students45%
Female46%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population45%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English45%
Non-migrant45%

U.S. History and Government

All Students89%
Female88%
Male90%
African American73%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities50%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
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 67% 48%
Black 1 19% 19%
Hispanic 1 7% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 4% 9%
Two or more races 2 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 261%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 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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