JOHN JAY HIGH SCHOOL

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60 N SALEM RD
CROSS RIVER, NY 10518
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Phone: 914-763-7201
School Information
  • School Rating: 4
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: High
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: Katonah-lewisboro Union Free School District
  • Students/Teacher: 12:1
  • Students/Grade: 293.8
  • Number Students: 1175
  • Number Teachers: 130
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 17849
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Jessica Godin
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (1651 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (34 Reviews)
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    Topic: Overall Experience | Rating:
    Posted 2016-03-01
    "Some people are difficult to deal with; there's a bit of a weird mix of cultures here, and many people have parents that aren't necessarily absent, but more apathetic. Most people find a place to fit in though, although there is a bit of petty nonsense that goes on between students. This school is definitely unique, considering it's a mix of cultures in a predominantly white and upperclass area, although the mix isn't totally even and is sometimes relevant during race-related incidents; these are very few, however, and when they happen, they are mostly very petty. I've made a lot of friends at John Jay and have little regrets as to the people I've chosen to associate myself with."
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    Posted 2016-03-01
    "Overall, this school was good academically. However I found no other positive aspects of this school. It is severely lacking in diversity and places a ridiculously high importance on sports, athletics, and technology, to the point where all other programs are seriously over-funded. If you aren't extremely materialistic, liberal, wealthy, arrogant, or stuck up, then you will have a lot of trouble finding friends or fitting in."
    Topic: Teachers | Rating:
    Posted 2016-03-01
    "The quality of teachers here vary greatly. There are a number of them that are extremely helpful and really take the time to know everyone individually and create engaging lessons. On the other hand, there are a few I've had some extreme problems with, all of which had tenure. One of them was way too laid back and clearly had no interest in preparing the students for the regents or teaching them in general. Another was extremely rude, disrespectful and passive aggressive to all of the students and had absolutely no knowledge of the subjects she taught."
    Topic: Teachers | Rating:
    Posted 2016-03-01
    "Quality: Most teachers are educated and well versed in their subjects. Most lessons are understandable, and teachers are happy to explain content to students in more detailed fashion. Teaching Styles: Varies between teachers, although this is not an issue. Knowledge: Almost all are very knowledgable. Interest in Students: The majority are very invested in their students, although some can be a little apathetic. Communication: Most are friendly and approachable, and most will respond to emails within 24 hours. Consistency in Grading: Some teachers can be inconsistent and will not explain grades to students, although a majority are much better about this."
    Topic: Overall Experience | Rating:
    Posted 2015-12-01
    "Academically, it's a very good school. However sometimes it feels like thats the only thing that matters. Teachers put a lot of pressure on students to learn subjects quickly without any context. It's almost as if some times they expect you to teach yourself and then all they have to do is go over the subject matter quickly. When confronted about this, many teachers' responses are that they are teaching highschool/college courses and at this point in time the students should be able to handle the (unrealistic) workload of the class. They don't realize that while the work they assign might not be that much on it's own, when put together with all the other work from other classes it becomes almost unbearable. Another thing is that teachers are kept based on seniority. So basically if it came to the point where the school had to lay a teacher off, they would end up firing the good teacher who's beeun at the school for 3 years rather than the bad teacher who's been there for 10 years. It's all very annoying. Besides the academics, the art programs are quite successful as well( even though funding is minimal) and we have a variety of clubs and extracurriculars to join which is fun. There is a lot of stress on sports, however, so naturally that's what would be taking away from the arts programs. And only the sports that are deemed most popular. For example we were able to build new tennis courts in one summer for a tennis team that's barely succeeding meanwhile we've been toiling for 4-5 years trying to get a cross country course for a team who's managed to make it to states, fedrations and almost nationals consecutively for several years. I'm just focusing on the annoying parts of the school, overall it's a pretty good place to learn even if there is some trouble with being able to discipline students with multiple offenses based on the school code of conduct..."
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