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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Valley Stream South High School is a highly rated, public school located in Valley Stream, NY. It has 1,242 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 85% of students are at least proficient in math and 83% in reading.
Address
150 Jedwood Pl
Valley Stream, NY 11581
Telephone
(516) 791-0310
Website
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Valley Stream South High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
83%
Percent Proficient - Math
85%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1180
217 responses
Average ACT
27
25 responses
AP Enrollment
36%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$105,744
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,663
National
$949
Median Home Value
$460,700
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
71%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.14 responses
Poll
64%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.14 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 43 responses
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  • Pep rally
    30%
  • Cultural Events
    21%
  • Talent Show
    9%
  • High School Field Day
    9%
  • Basketball and Football Games
    7%
  • Game Show Night
    5%
  • Spirit Week
    5%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,242
Free or Reduced Lunch
30%
65%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.20 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.20 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.20 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$114,479
Teachers in First/Second Year
13.7%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.27 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.27 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.27 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$23,750/ year
National
$12,239
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.27 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.27 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.27 responses
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I went to South quite a while ago (14-16 years) and for me it wasn't a good fit.

There were fights almost daily, and many classroom disruptions. As other students mentioned, the school is very diverse, and sometimes groups isolate themselves.

For me, the whole experience was very isolating and I ended up transferring to a school that I liked much better. I found that there was too much segregation, and that students were not welcoming to members of other groups.

I found South to be a school of extremes. There were extremely smart students who ended up at elite universities, but there were also extremely troubled students who were violent, disruptive, and brought down the overall atmosphere of the school.

There was an "anything goes" mentality that extended from the administration down to the student body. On two separate occasions, I was physically harassed and the administration did nothing about it after my parents complained.
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The diversity is incredible! South also has a lot of clubs and activities. There are also many caring and loving teachers. However, the school is slightly overpopulated due to the district's policy allowing students to petition to attend any high school they'd like to as long as they live in Valley Stream. Also, some work needs to be done with the facilities; as well as the overall organization of the school and communication with students and parents.
What I can say I enjoy the most about Valley Stream South High School is the diversity. When you step into the school you know that you are in a safe and welcoming environment. The teachers working here are not only teachers but mentors, there are some who you can go to to talk to your problems to and can help you solve them. Our school has been ranted a National School of Character. Recently, the girls Varsity Soccer Team were reigned State Champions . Along with having the girls win their championship for the past year the girls Varsity track Team have won All-County Champs and even moved on to Penn State. Two of our track stars ranked above top 7 in the state. This school is very involved in the community and there is something for everyone to do from Cultural Society Club and Newspaper to joining a sport or being apart of the debate team.