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White Plains Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 2200 students

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Posted March 24, 2014

Chaotic, dangerous and just a limited number of fine, qualified, inspirational and supportive teachers. The principal is more concerned with her status and salary than her students. A lot of loitering going on in what is supposed to be a place of learning and respect. Wisest to go the private school route or move. Just look at the food fight video at this school and the types involved.


Posted July 31, 2013

Balance should be established. There is an abundance of extracurricular activities that entertain students like myself; however the school should utilize their budget and their time to benefit the academic excellence of the students with the same devotion or commitment. That is to say learning can and should be fun, and it must engage students in a meaningful, disciplined and challenging academic process.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 15, 2011

I am pleasantly surprised at how good this school is. I think the teachers make it. There have been a few bad teachers here and there but on a whole the teachers are very impressive and will really give a lot of time to students who want to learn. Also this school is large enough that every student is able to find a niche where they fit in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2009

Principal completely removed. Written policies and procedures exsist but not enforced. There is no intervention or guidance for children and not all children are treated equally. If your child is gifted...this is the school for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2008

I have children that attend this school. After graduating from one of the middle schools they adjusted very well. I have found that teachers really do care for their students at this school and there is always extra time that they can go to receive extra help from before school, during study halls and even after. There are a wide range in electives and clubs that can't be found in private schools. If you are worried about your children being challenged enough, almost every course have 3 levels, ranging from a two year class program, a one year regents program and the honors program, beginning in sophomore year students can begin to take AP classes. This can be a wonderful school if you work hard for your education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2008

if you really want to do good in school, you can. you cant use the excuse of, oh the techers are mean, they dont care, i couldnt find the right classes for me, because those are lies. it is a great school, and a really eventful one too. theres clubs for everything, and about 4 levels of hardness for each class. it also teaches you a lot about the real world, because trust me youll see everything in that school. im only in my sophomore year and i love it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 7, 2007

Had one of the best experiences of my life here. Learned a lot from other students and teachers. Didn't regret a single day there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 1, 2006

White Plaians Senior High is absolutely the worst school I have had the misfortune to experience. While there are a few teachers who do care, they are a minority. Evidently, a substitute need not know the subject of the class for which they are substituting, but one would think that the school would want to find a proper fill in - not at WPSHS. I am appalled by the lack of concern for the students. I cannot think of one positive word to say about this school. I recommend to all - if you can afford a private school, send your child to one...if you cannot, move to another area or take out a loan. I have just taken on another job and a loan to get my child out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2006

This school is exellent and my child enjoys it alot.She gets Straight As and she say the teachers really care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2005

White Plains HS has a large and diverse student body. It offers various classed according to the students ability and needs. The size of the school may be intimidating at the beginning but the teachers and administrator are very helpful in helping the student adjust. Overall, it's a good high school especially for the motivated student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2005

The balance of great and terrible teachers is relatively equal. The number of different clubs and sports is amazing, and just as good, if not better, than any other schools in the area.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 26, 2005

the academics are very good because the comprehensive work of the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2004

Well this school is the best school you could ever go to because it offers alot of diferent things sports, clubs, musicals and alot more. It has a great number of people of different countryes so is you could put your son or daughter in this school do it is the best thing it could happen to your kids.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 6, 2004

I would like to e-mail my old alumini first hand to let them know what a fine education was afforded me and if it wasn't for the excellent teachers who took that extra special time with me, then I surely would not have been the success that I am today. I also have many copies of the school newspaper (The Orange) that I want to send them as memorabilia.
—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 64% in 2012.

285 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
61%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 78% in 2012.

312 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%
Earth Science

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

374 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
71%
English

The state average for English was 82% in 2012.

548 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

112 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2012.

383 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
78%
Global History and Geography

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

551 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%
Integrated Algebra

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

447 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

86 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Living Environment

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

539 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 79% in 2012.

200 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
85%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

273 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%
U.S. History and Government

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

557 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%
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 Students66%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

Chemistry

All Students80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

Earth Science

All Students65%
Students with disabilities31%
General population71%

English

All Students93%
Students with disabilities66%
General population97%

Geometry

All Students87%
Students with disabilities83%
General population86%

Global History and Geography

All Students85%
Students with disabilities42%
General population91%

Integrated Algebra

All Students81%
Students with disabilities52%
General population88%

Living Environment

All Students85%
Students with disabilities46%
General population90%

Physics

All Students72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students86%
Students with disabilities56%
General population91%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 47% 23%
White 31% 48%
Black 18% 19%
Asian 3% 9%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 8%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38%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 75%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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Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. ELLEN DOHERTY
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
  • Part-time study
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (914) 422-2196

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Virtual school
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Gardening
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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550 North St
White Plains, NY 10605
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