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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
    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 1,779 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 97% in reading.
About Ward Melville Senior High School...
Address
380 Old Town Rd
East Setauket, NY 11733
Telephone
(631) 730-4900
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Ward Melville Senior High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
97%
Percent Proficient - Math
98%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1260
601 responses
Average ACT
29
265 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
    B+
  3. Housing
    C
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$89,594
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,670
National
$949
Median Home Value
$332,200
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.39 responses
Poll
79%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.39 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 104 responses
Report
  • Prom
    20%
  • Prom Red Carpet
    20%
  • Graduation.
    18%
  • Homecoming
    16%
  • Lacrosse games
    10%
  • Trick or Treat Street
    9%
  • 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
1,779
Free or Reduced Lunch
10%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.40 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.40 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.40 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$130,385
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.2%
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.57 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.57 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.57 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
$29,275/ year
National
$12,239
94%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.64 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.64 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.64 responses
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Ward Melville Senior High School Reviews

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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.
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Ward Melville high school is great. Grades 10-12, they get you ready for the demands for college!
The work load was not too demanding , but just the right amount for your 1st year at college. Classes were fun yet challenging! There are many activities to get involved in and at a competitive level. Many athletic scholarships are given along with academic ones are awarded.
You need to be involved! There are so many amazing activities. I am very happy that my son went to Ward Melville high school!
Ward Melville has so much to offer, all you have to do is get involved. Between JV and Varsity sports and tons of clubs to choose from, you can have something to do every day. As for the classes you can take, there are so many electives to choose from, so you can get a feel for a subject and maybe pursue it in college. They offer honors and AP classes and there are lots of resources to help you. They offer ACT and SAT prep classes, teachers always offer extra help and they even offer drivers ed! The guidance department is always there to help you, whether it be a social issue, a teacher concern, or getting ready for the college application process. I am having a great experience in High School, being on the Girls Varsity Swim team, president of the prom committee, and active members of The National Honor Society and French National Honor society.