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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Ithaca Senior High School is a top rated, public school located in Ithaca, NY. It has 1,353 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 97% of students are at least proficient in math and 96% in reading.

Ithaca Senior High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
96%
Percent Proficient - Math
97%
Average Graduation Rate
91%
Average SAT
1330
333 responses
Average ACT
30
118 responses
AP Enrollment
36%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    D+
Median Household Income
$32,712
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,106
National
$949
Median Home Value
$241,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
81%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.16 responses
Poll
69%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.16 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 41 responses
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  • Senior casino night
    29%
  • Winter Formal
    17%
  • Homecoming week
    12%
  • The Cabaret
    12%
  • The Musical
    12%
  • Annual Handball tournament
    7%
  • Pep rallies
    5%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,353
Free or Reduced Lunch
29%
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.21 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.21 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.21 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$62,416
Teachers in First/Second Year
14.7%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.32 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.32 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.32 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$23,268/ year
National
$12,239
96%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.25 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.25 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.25 responses
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There is way too much homework. Some teachers are excellent, but a lot of them are not so good. There is too much pressure. The administration is slowly changing the way the school works--emphasis is on the poor doers, which is at the expense of the stronger students. The smarter kids lose out when classes are mixed with kids who are not motivated and do not want to be there. The teacher then teaches to the lowest level, and the smarter kids are told to do extra on their own! Flipped teaching (where students watch videos at home and supposedly discuss and practice the material in class, which never happens) is a total waste of time.
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I came into Ithaca High School with high hopes. Our town, affectionately dubbed "10 square miles surrounded by reality", is known for being an accepting and open community. During my time at Ithaca High School, I made some troubling observations. I noticed hall monitors stopping African American students at a much higher rate than other students, a reality that was never acknowledged by the administration. I felt that there wasn't a sense of collective community, but rather explicit division amongst students.
Lastly, IHS was highly competitive as Ithaca is home to Cornell University. There were pros and cons to this: students had access to a wide range of courses, but the school's way of separating higher achieving students from lower ones often sowed divisions between students and re-enforced negative stereotypes. I hope that the school will address these issues in the future to make the school a more favorable environment for all.
I’m grateful for the way my school makes an effort to provide opportunities for everyone, regardless of their background, religion, race, etc. A lot of work goes into making Ithaca High School an inclusive environment, and the best place for learning that it can be. I think a lot of opportunities at my school are things that you have to be self motivated for and passionate about, rather than just indifferent towards, but if you have the drive and put in the work there are a ton of doors waiting to be opened. Classes at a very wide range of levels are offered, and students are able to push themselves as much as they see fit and excel in the areas they love rather than being strictly tied down to a certain specific schedule. No school is perfect, but I’m grateful for everything this school has given me in the years I have attended it so far.