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

Niskayuna High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
98%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1280
236 responses
Average ACT
30
84 responses
AP Enrollment
21%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Cost of Living
    B-
  4. Good for Families
    A+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$99,394
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,073
National
$949
Median Home Value
$260,900
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
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.22 responses
Poll
68%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.22 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 69 responses
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  • Halloween
    19%
  • Homecoming football game
    16%
  • Activities Fair
    9%
  • Senior Week
    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
1,382
Free or Reduced Lunch
12%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.26 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.26 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.26 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$78,067
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.8%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.30 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.30 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.30 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$16,647/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.34 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.34 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.34 responses
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Niskayuna High School Reviews

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Niskayuna High School was an amazing experience full of opportunity. However, being located in an area of mostly higher-middle class/upper-class families with low levels of diversity felt a bit overwhelming at times. There were times when I felt I did not fit in. However, my teachers were always there for advice and support and willing to help with anything. The academics are great and prepared me for college, I never had a hard time keeping up with my nursing school curriculum after graduation.
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My four years at Niskayuna High School were easily the best four of my life thus far. The only problem that people have with it is that the students are extremely competitive, which isn't necessary a bad thing. The teachers cannot get much better; they truly care about their students, and they definitely prepare kids for college and beyond. Niskayuna sends kids to top schools year after year, and they create some of the world's most successful scientists, businessmen, etc. The sports team consistently do well, but there is still a slight lack of school spirit surrounding sports. Very few high schoolers will cry on their final days of high school, but I did which I think shows how much I loved it there and how much it meant to me.
Most of the teachers here are really engaging and if you approach them, very helpful. There are a few teachers that make me wonder how they are still working here, but a lot of them really love their jobs and the students, and are good at what they do. The teachers do go above and beyond state standards with the curriculum and can be very demanding of students, even at the regents level and especially at the AP and honors levels, but this is always proves to be helpful overall in the end, as a Niskayuna student will test way higher than the average student at public high schools in New York. The percentage of kids graduating and going onto college is more than 90% which is really great too. And that all starts with the teachers! (That, and the fact that many students have engineers as parents)