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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
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Ward Melville Senior High School is a top rated, public school located in East Setauket, NY. It has 1,759 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 98% of students are at least proficient in math and 99% in reading.

Ward Melville Senior High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
98%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1260
690 responses
Average ACT
29
285 responses
AP Enrollment
47%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$92,569
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,736
National
$949
Median Home Value
$338,800
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
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.41 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.41 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 106 responses
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  • Prom
    21%
  • Prom Red Carpet
    21%
  • Graduation.
    18%
  • Homecoming
    16%
  • Lacrosse games
    9%
  • Trick or Treat Street
    8%
  • Dilo Awards
    3%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,759
Free or Reduced Lunch
0%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.42 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.42 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.42 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$137,726
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.2%
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.59 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.59 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.59 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$31,558/ year
National
$12,239
94%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.66 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.66 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.66 responses
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Ward Melville Senior High School Reviews

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Theres plenty of clubs, sports, and events. National Honors Society is a joke, pretty much everyone gets in. Guidance counselors, at least mine (Mrs. Sheppard) are so sweet and caring! They really try to help you solve any issue, academic or social. Security is also a joke, anyone can get in as long as you show id, no metal detectors or anything like that. Everyones extremely competitive, so much so that they battle with administration for 0.3 of a point on averages. Great variety of AP, honors, and regents classes, I never found myself wanting anything more. Families in this area are usually 1) extremely rich, using Mommy and Daddy's money for everything ofc and have no regard for money or 2) just your middle class average family. Usually everyones already in their cliques unless you're attractive then they’ll be all over you and you'll have tons of friends. I’d say my time here was good, I’m glad to be moving onto bigger and better things.
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Ward Melville is an awesome place! There is always something to do. There are clubs ranging from Ceramics Club to Chamber Orchestra. We have great athletics, including a boys' lacrosse team that has won States, a top notch fencing team, and a tennis team that has won counties. In terms of student life, there are cliques but many people from different groups will be close. I have close friends from different friend groups and I couldn't be happier. Big class size means constantly meeting new people. In terms of academics, it can be pretty challenging, coming from an AP/Honors student. It's a lot of work but it's manageable. The teachers here are usually willing to help and pretty understanding. The environment here is somewhat competitive. Students like to work together but they also want others to learn from mistakes. Food here is okay, could be healthier. Note that many kids here are children of employees at the numerous nearby hospitals and Stony Brook University.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience at Ward Melville High School. I've made many friends, and unforgettable memories. I'm heavily involved in their music program, and have thoroughly enjoyed my experiences with them. The teachers are awesome, and know what they're teaching. However, I feel like the rest of my academic teachers aren't as committed as they should be. Although they offer help, they don't communicate as much as they should, and only seem to express some form of acknowledgement that you need help when you're failing the class or it's the end of the semester. Also, this school doesn't have much diversity, and I believe cultural events should be more present in our school.