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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Earl L. Vandermeulen High School is a highly rated, public school located in Port Jefferson, NY. It has 363 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.
About Earl L. Vandermeulen High School...
Address
350 Old Post Rd
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Telephone
(631) 791-4421
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Earl L. Vandermeulen High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
95%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1270
137 responses
Average ACT
28
26 responses
AP Enrollment
16%

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$99,258
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,581
National
$949
Median Home Value
$514,200
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.10 responses
Poll
50%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.10 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Prom, clubs, and homecoming
    57%
  • Homecoming
    21%
  • Athletic Events
    14%
  • Nothing
    7%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
363
Free or Reduced Lunch
7%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.11 responses
36%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.11 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.11 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$104,994
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.1%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$32,688/ year
National
$12,239
57%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.14 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.14 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.14 responses
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Earl L. Vandermeulen High School Reviews

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Earl L. Vandermeulen, located in the heart of Port Jefferson, has some wonderful education opportunities. The faculty is pretty terrific, and I had a good relationship with many teachers. Port Jeff's biggest obstacle is its tiny size - my graduating class has about 90 kids in it. Accordingly, the options for classes (outside of STEM) are slim, and social opportunities are even slimmer. Luckily, I had a good friend group to make it through high school with. Not everyone here is as fortunate. There is an intense focus on academics, with students competing and pushing each other further constantly. This can be both good and bad. Looking back, however, I'm thankful for the opportunities this school has provided me, even if they were primarily academic.
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The teachers often complain about being in work, grading (which is their job!!), and not being paid enough (even though they make 6 digits). They are often opinionated and biased in there lessons. A good portion of teachers give the impression, as well as verbally say in some cases, that they do not care if their students fail. The AP Classes are bs. The AP teachers will overload you with work to the point where you cannot absorb most information because your only goal becomes completing an assignment to not get a 0. In many classes, the students are extremely loud or playing on their phones very obviously, and yet the teachers do nothing. The teachers also will not give extra help in the mornings, and will only offer it during their own time schedules, which can be very inconvenient- especially for students with full schedules.
Staff complain @ being overworked, unappreciative of their perks & $$. The staff:student ratio is ridiculously high, incl. unnecessary admin. The district continues to give to staff & take from students ie. elem level language, Artists in Residence, pub. center, clubs (ie. sailing, we're a Harbor side community) field trips, ELA &other courses . They ask for mandatory "donations" for plays/supplies & such, "team building" field trips, (district is reimbursed 30% of what parents pay for trip) Many times the teachers don't show up for their scheduled extra help sessions. Many parents are paying for tutors to teach the material the district fails to teach either due to unrelated personal story telling or incompetence. It should be the parents that receive the Blue RIbbon Award. The community also supplements quite a few programs for the students. You do not get what you pay for here.