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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Schenectady High School is a public school located in Schenectady, NY. It has 2,582 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 86% of students are at least proficient in math and 88% in reading.
Address
1445 The Plaza
Schenectady, NY 12308
Telephone
(518) 881-2044
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Schenectady High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
88%
Percent Proficient - Math
86%
Average Graduation Rate
69%
Average SAT
1130
133 responses
Average ACT
26
33 responses
AP Enrollment
5%

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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Median Household Income
$54,122
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$896
National
$949
Median Home Value
$119,181
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
38%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.8 responses
Poll
63%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 30 responses
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  • Homecoming Game
    30%
  • Pep Rally
    20%
  • Prom
    17%
  • Senior Skip Day
    17%
  • Basketball Games
    7%
  • Homecoming Dance
    7%
  • Plays/Ceremonies
    3%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,582
Free or Reduced Lunch
55%
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.12 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.12 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.12 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$73,101
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.3%
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.20 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.20 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.20 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
$18,249/ year
National
$12,239
82%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.22 responses
23%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.22 responses
36%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.22 responses
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What I like about Schenectady High School is the colorful atmosphere. For example, the inviting school colors, posters, and paintings on the walls. It's very student friendly and makes me feel comfortable. The administrators, teachers, and students are people that I've never had a problem with. I have myself seen some fights here and there and that does kill the experience for me a little bit, but I know that it's not the schools fault. Going through my years here I would like to see changes regarding the heating and air conditioning system. For the four years that I've been attending this school, I have heard complaints from myself and students that proper heating and cooling go throughout the school rather than one wing. What I could never understand myself is that the school goes all out to upgrade the cafeteria, and paint walls but can't fix the heat and cooling. You'd be lucky if you had classes in the part of the school that has these systems installed.
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I like how *most* of the teachers have a genuine care for their students and the desire to truly help and further the education & lives of their students. The cafeteria food = horrible. The disciplinary system is practically nonexistent and the punishments for disobeying the rules wholly do NOT fit the 'crimes' they're being punished for. There are some teachers that definitely don't belong in the job that aren't being punished for their horrid treatment of their students, but realistically, most of the teachers at SHS are good.
I love Schenectady high school because the diversity and sense of community at the school. There are so many different clubs and activities to be involved with, but no one is excluded from anything. I love the fact that I can have so many different friend groups and no one cares who you are friends with. But I think the teacher-student relationships need to be better as well as with the administration. The administration cares too much about kids just graduating, because our grad rate is very low, and not enough about what comes after high school. I was lucky enough to be apart of the IB program so there were adults around me who cared about what I wanted to do after high school. It is really unfair to the students not in enriched classes and are lost in the system.