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Principal : Maureen Henry
Total no of students : 1283
Educational Climate : ABOVE AVERAGE
Special Ed : Y
Magnet : N
Technology Measure : HIGH
Student Teacher Ratio : 14
Start Date : 09/07
End Date : 06/23
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Overall Experience   2013-08-01
I transfered to this school from another school. The staff, guidance counselors, and students were EXTREMELY welcoming to me. They help me adjust to the new environment and school life.

Overall Experience   2013-04-01
Absolutely a great school. Students and staff are engaging, kind, and welcoming

Student Culture & Diversity   2014-03-01
At this school, diversity is at its best. There is a little bit of each ethnic group. Also, in my opinion, this school is very accepting whether it is someone's ethnicity or sexual orientation.

Teachers   2016-04-01
I believe most of the teachers at Valley Stream South truly have the students' best interest in mind. All teachers are required to hold extra help at least twice a week. However most teachers go above and beyond. They are willing to help students during their free periods and afterschool on days when they don't have to. Many teachers have also used sites such as Piazza.com, Remind, and Edmodo to help students stay informed of upcoming due dates and give students the opportunity to ask additional questions at any time.

Student Culture & Diversity   2013-03-01
The culture and diversity at Valley Stream South High School is very blended. Many of the students of the school are of different races, colors, genders, and ethnicity and as a result, creates an environment of friendship, and prosperity.

Teachers   2013-12-01
Every teacher, except for 1 or 2, is great.

Teachers   2014-04-01
Honestly i love my teachers.

Overall Experience   2016-04-01
At South I have made so many friends and learned a lot about myself. The school offers so many activities that it's almost impossible to not get involved. There is a sport or club here for everyone to take part in.

Overall Experience   2016-02-01
Very passionate and caring PTA

Overall Experience   2016-02-01
My school offers many activities and opportunities to be involved in the community and school. The guidance counselors really are helpful with any issue, either academic or personal. I would attend the school again if I could do it all over.

Overall Experience   2015-12-01
There are a lot of opportunities to get to know different people in different grades, which is extra unique due to it being a 7th-12th school. There are many different people to have as role models and you can see the success of each graduating grade before you, which motivates you to do more for yourself academically. The clubs are so diverse and there's something for everyone to be involved in and you're always welcomed with open arms. If I had the choice, I would go to this school again because it's a great environment that cultivates you as an individual and it allows you to grow up with guidance from some of the more involved faculty.

Academics   2013-04-01
There are a wide variety of Honors and AP classes available where the curriculum is challenging but intriguing. Also, if the school does not offer a certain AP class, there are still teachers will to teach a subject on the side a help students prepare for a specific exam.

Academics   2013-03-01
The academics at Valley Stream South High School are very diverse. One student can be able to become bilingual and obtain high grades for science courses as well.

Educational Outcomes   2014-06-01
Hard work pays off. I am prepared to work for what I want in life, of becoming a Doctor ( pediatric) and helping others. as I am being helped. I do know that there are going to be lots of obstacles in my path but with the great support I have from my family. There is going to be a good ending to my story.

Overall Experience   2016-09-01
My experience here at south has been great for the most part. The teachers are nice and with my friends always there I actually like coming to school because we make it fun.

Overall Experience   2016-06-01
It's a diverse school. There's no segregation.

Overall Experience   2015-10-01
I have never had a major problem at South. Personally, my time there has been nothing less than great.

Overall Experience   2015-07-01
I had a great overall experience at this school. I was very successful in many of my classes scoring high grades. But the things that I thought was lacking at this school, was the money needed to fund sports, supplies, and other programs the students could've used.

Overall Experience   2015-09-01
There are many clubs and the teachers are great.

Overall Experience   2013-09-01
The school is pretty nice. There are a lot of nice people and teachers who are willing to help you step by step. There are a lot of extracurricular activities that help me stay active after school as well. It's a pretty nice school to attend.

Teachers   2014-03-01
Teachers as a whole are great. There are some good teachers and there are some bad teachers but most of them are good. Most of the teachers are there to help you. Most of the teachers are nice, but even the ones that aren't are still good teachers that make you think instead of handing things to you on a silver platter.

Academics   2016-09-01
There are a lot of extra curricular activities for students to participate in. The cheerleading team sucks, they don't have all the space and equipment they need and the girls' skills are not good.

Teachers   2013-08-01
Teachers are willing to go above in beyond for students if the student is willing and not disruptive.

Academics   2016-06-01
Hard subject areas with teachers that can teach very well. However, sometimes they don't have the time or availability to stay after school for extra help, but their effort during class is usable.

Academics   2014-08-01
We offered very challenging classes and had great teachers.

Academics   2014-07-01
There are many opportunities to get ahead in grades.

Academics   2014-04-01
There is much variety and great teachers

Academics   2013-09-01
The school offers AP/ honor programs which helps students save money for college. The teachers who teach are of pretty high quality. Regular classes are on a average level.

Academics   2013-08-01
Class sizes are average and the work load is average as well. There are many class options and opportunities like AP classes.

Teachers   2015-04-01
Overall, the teachers at Valley Stream South High School are very engaging and do the best possible they can to ensure student's academic success. Many of the teachers at this school put their best effort to apply themselves to the advanced technology through Smart Boards. The variety and diversity at this school makes it easy for different teachers to relate to different students.

Teachers   2015-03-01
Mr. Hsi has been a great teacher . He incorporates real world scenarios ,very high tech . He tries to improve his learning for students ,he is always available when needed.

Teachers   2014-11-01
Teachers genuinely care about their students and go above and beyond to see students do well.

Teachers   2014-08-01
Teachers here are very engaging and fun.

Teachers   2016-02-01
We have a good faculty of teachers overall

Teachers   2016-02-01
Teachers at my school are respectful of the students and our opinions. The lessons are structured and move at a good pace. The teachers have an open door policy to seeking help when needed.

Overall Experience   2013-08-01
My school is a great school we have a lot of activities and programs. There is diverse population of students. As long as your ontop of yourself you can be very succesful. The teachers help you as long as your productive. Its easy to find friends that are intrested into what you are intrested in and the corses offering is good.

Student Culture & Diversity   2013-04-01
The school is nice. Im a transfer student. The kids are very friendly and the school is diverse.

Teachers   2015-12-01
The teachers at Valley Stream South High School do what they're expected to do: teach. And they do a decent job at it too. Their lessons are mostly understandable and they're willing to rephrase or re-explain any topic that they see the class is struggling with. All of them are required to stay after school for extra help, which they they, but some will stay beyond the allotted time for students who truly want or need the help. However, when it comes to listening to the class or even one student, the teachers widely shut us down and disregard what we're saying. If we continue to try to get our message across, we're labeled "insubordinate" or "disruptive" when that was never the intention. It's a little unfair, but I guess since the average grade in almost every class is so high, it's considered forgivable...

Teachers   2014-07-01
the teachers allow for more understanding of the topics

Teachers   2015-01-01
Mostly all the teachers do their best to motivate students to do well academically. However, some teachers cannot teach the subjects they are teaching us.

Teachers   2015-03-01
There are certain teachers are not caring enough for their students need and offer them extra help.

Teachers   2016-09-01
The teachers are nice and friendly for the most part.

Teachers   2016-06-01
I've had both good and bad teachers, overall okay.

Academics   2013-06-01
AP's are offered but many are forced into them. They're nice with scheduling if you're a senior

Academics   2014-04-01
Teachers are great. School is just broke.

Academics   2014-07-01
the teachers have times where they help always after school

Teachers   2013-06-01
Honestly some teachers were amazing and others were just okay.

Teachers   2013-05-01
There is a huge gap between the teachers who teach advanced/AP classes and those who teach regular classes. While those who teach AP and advanced classes are very well versed in their corresponding topics. The ones who teach regular classes seem to not take their jobs so seriously. But for the most part the teachers have good connections with their students.

Overall Experience   2015-07-01
This school is generally okay, but there is no doubt that in some time though out the six years at this school that a student will not have a horrible encounter with administration on various concerns. The people who work at administration are overall difficult to deal with if you have a concern or if there is a problem, however there are some who will try to work with you for your best interest. Otherwise, the clubs are pretty great as well as the teachers. Each classroom is very different in size, abilities, and air conditioning/heating. So I would suggest bringing a sweater or dressing wisely due to temperature.

Overall Experience   2014-08-01
The teachers and environment is very good but there are some administrative issues.

Overall Experience   2014-07-01
this school is a very close knit environment

Overall Experience   2014-07-01
Very few of the staff are welcoming while many other staff members are rude and disrespectful towards others. Our auditorium is currently in the cafeteria while the cafeteria is already small enough there is a huge stage taking up room. There are only air conditioning in computer rooms.

Overall Experience   2014-06-01
south has a lot to offer. It is a great school for many to attend, but it must be a good fit for one to enjoy and feel comfortable.

Overall Experience   2013-12-01
My friends are great and so are the clubs.

Overall Experience   2015-10-01
communication with some teachers are VERY poor. Parent Portal needs to be able to have archived progress reports & report cards. All teachers should be putting homework up on site. Teacher address email links should be included within site.

Educational Outcomes   2014-12-01
High School did not properly prepare students for college as most of us had to learn about college when we got there and have the experience

Educational Outcomes   2014-07-01
they taught real economics for potential use

Overall Experience   2015-11-01
I made a lot of friends and connections with teachers

Academics   2016-06-01
Get rid of common core.

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