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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Niskayuna High School is a top rated, public school located in Schenectady, NY. It has 1,374 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 99% of students are at least proficient in math and 98% in reading.
Address
1626 Balltown Rd
Schenectady, NY 12309
Telephone
(518) 382-2511
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Niskayuna High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
98%
Percent Proficient - Math
99%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1290
308 responses
Average ACT
30
97 responses
AP Enrollment
25%

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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    A-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$105,398
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,122
National
$949
Median Home Value
$261,700
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
87%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.23 responses
Poll
70%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.23 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 70 responses
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  • Halloween
    19%
  • Homecoming football game
    16%
  • Senior Week
    10%
  • Activities Fair
    9%
  • Drama Club
    9%
  • Basketball Games
    9%
  • We don't really have any
    7%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,374
Free or Reduced Lunch
13%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.27 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.27 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.27 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$78,421
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.9%
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.31 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.31 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.31 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
$16,952/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.35 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.35 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.35 responses
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Niskayuna High School Reviews

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Niskayuna is a great school with rigorous academics. Although it can be all consuming and competitive at times, that’s not necessarily a bad thing considering the amount of educational opportunities available and the preparation for college. Teachers are mostly friendly, especially the social studies department. School spirit is not a priority or very prevalent at all. Lots of clubs to join, however many students are only part of a few. There aren’t many opportunities for exchanges and foreign language trips. Overall one of the better schools in the capital region.
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Students at Niskayuna High School will pretend to hate their experience and spend hour after hour complaining about their life at this school. Most likely, it is because Niskayuna has a high reputation for excellence, and has many strict regulations to maintain this precedent. The teachers are all highly educated, the hallways are always quiet, every student is accounted for at all moments of the day, and students do not love this constant attention. We are a highly academically based school, and this breeds a very competitive environment. All these aspects aside, I am extremely privileged to attend this school. Among the student body, we bond through our suffering and become very close. I am definitely expanding my academic experience at this school and it has left me with many options for my future. While I can't wait to get out, I am very thankful for what it has given me.
Overall, Niskayuna High School is an extremely good school. With strong academics and competent teachers, I can be assured that I will be prepared for college. However, there exists an extremely competitive environment that has the tendency to make students feel down, inferior, and even anxious. However, I am very grateful to have attended this school.