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West Islip Senior High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1813 students

 
 

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Posted September 17, 2009

The best teachers, staff, students! Teachers are very involved. There are lots of afterschool clubs. Very community minded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2007

I graduated from WIHS recently, and feel that the education from this school has helped me a great deal in college. Unless you are in AP and honors classes, I feel that WIHS really is not all that great. Since I happened to only be in honors and AP courses I came across some of the best and most influential teachers that have changed my life forever. These teachers were not only my academic instructors, but life mentors as well. Besides that academic portion of WIHS, the athletics are great except for the fact that it becomes extremely political. The student population of WIHS turns into a typical high school scene where cliques govern the entire school. For a social environment I would say that WIHS is not the greatest hs experience.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 9, 2006

I am a graduate of West Islip High School. Although I do not believe it is as strong as it used to be, it is still an excellent school district with much to offer its students in the way of academics (including AP), athletics (especially lacrosse and football), music, and myriad clubs. The building is nice and spacious, including a pool. There are many outstanding teachers across all subjects. What it lacks, however, is diversity. Additionally, the special education population is very small and so is the program (although I know of a few excellent, hard-working special ed teachers there). Also, it seems to have fewer discipline problems than other schools of comparable size.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 6, 2006

Three of my kids have gone to West Islip HS and my 4th is a freshman there now. Great school, great academics, outstanding sports and music programs. Olympic size pool & planetarium make this school unique. I find that the kids here are pretty disciplined & you don't see the problems that many city schools face. Very college-oriented community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2006

This school offers people the ability to have a wonderful educational experience. The only thing is that your child needs to take on the challege of having a good educational experience.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 26, 2005

This is a great high school in the area. The eduction is good and there is a swimming pool which not many other high schools in the area offer.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 28, 2005

Both my children have attended this school and I think it is GREAT. With many certified teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2005

Parents are involved a lot in the school. Great test scores. I just love the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 11, 2004

Mrs. Hanlon, a guidance counselor there, is the best one that I have ever had! She is a wonderful person who helped me cope with many things all throughout High School. Give her a big raise!
—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.

332 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
75%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%
Earth Science

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

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

476 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

521 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
90%
Global History and Geography

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

425 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%
Integrated Algebra

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

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
84%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

120 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%
Living Environment

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

403 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
83%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

208 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%
U.S. History and Government

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

479 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%
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 Students71%
Female70%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities36%
General population71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Non-migrant71%

Chemistry

All Students78%
Female75%
Male81%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities60%
General population79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Non-migrant78%

Earth Science

All Students84%
Female82%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities53%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%

English

All Students92%
Female96%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities61%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%

Geometry

All Students83%
Female84%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities63%
General population85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%

Global History and Geography

All Students92%
Female91%
Male93%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities65%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%

Integrated Algebra

All Students85%
Female85%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities74%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%

Living Environment

All Students93%
Female94%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities69%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%

Physics

All Students89%
Female92%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant89%

U.S. History and Government

All Students96%
Female94%
Male97%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities81%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
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 92% 48%
Hispanic 2 5% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 2% 9%
Black 2 1% 19%
Two or more races 2 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 20%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 1%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 69%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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West Islip, NY 11795
Phone: (631) 893-3250

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