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Overall Niche Grade
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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 1,349 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.
About Ithaca Senior High School...
Address
1401 N Cayuga St
Ithaca, NY 14850
Telephone
(607) 274-2145
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Ithaca Senior High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
96%
Percent Proficient - Math
97%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1330
294 responses
Average ACT
30
98 responses
AP Enrollment
36%
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Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C-
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Median Household Income
$31,967
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,086
National
$949
Median Home Value
$233,100
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
77%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
Poll
62%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.13 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 37 responses
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  • Senior casino night
    32%
  • Winter Formal
    16%
  • Homecoming week
    14%
  • The Cabaret
    11%
  • The Musical
    11%
  • Annual Handball tournament
    8%
  • Pep rallies
    3%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,349
Free or Reduced Lunch
29%
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.18 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.18 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.18 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$63,082
Teachers in First/Second Year
14.7%
66%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.29 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.29 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.29 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
$21,096/ year
National
$12,239
95%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.22 responses
45%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.22 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.22 responses
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Overall, the academics at Ithaca High School are very strong. There are lots of opportunities for taking advanced classes and there are several extracurriculars to immerse oneself in. However, I was always quite concerned with my safety when attending the school. I would often feel uncomfortable around many of the rowdy students, and it seems the administration did a lousy job at discipline. Also, it seems that bullying is taken quite lightly. I’ve witnessed many students being bullied at school continuously, and the school administration would always fail to stop it. I believe the discipline at Ithaca High School must be harsher. In addition, I think the district should provide more mental health resources for its students.
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Teachers are very hit or miss, some are fantastic and truly eye-opening while other really have no idea what they are doing. There are a lot of great opportunities for rigorous classes and clubs. School conditions are quite poor which smelly bathrooms, extremely water damaged ceilings, asbestos infested classrooms, and lead water. There is also a lack of good communication between students and the administration. IHS is diverse in the hallways but not in the classrooms, nearly all higher level classes are White and Asian dominated and I'm pretty sure there is only one non-white teacher in the enter school.
Ithaca High School is a medium sized high school, and the largest high school in the town of Ithaca NY. It offers a large variety of courses depending on grade level which includes many competitive courses like AP and honors courses. This is optimal for exploring interests or building a competitive transcript for your desired college and or career. Each department has an abundance of necessary equipment, there is an entire wing dedicated to videography and editing as well as an incredibly high quality gym.