School Details

Harrison High School

255 Union Ave, Harrison, NY 10528
(914) 630-3094

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1004 students 11 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade


Regents Exams (RE)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English language arts, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, earth science, physics and several foreign languages. The results for English language arts, math, living environment, chemistry, earth science, physics, global history and geography, and US history and government are displayed in GreatSchools profiles. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Harrison High School is a public high school in Harrison. The principal of Harrison High School is DR. JAMES RUCK, who can be contacted at 1,004 students attend Harrison High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 3% of the Harrison High School students have "limited English proficiency." 3% of the 1,004 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Harrison High School is 11:1. Archbishop Stepinac High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 75% 78%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 9%
Asian 6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 0.8%
Hispanic 17% 12%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3% 9%
Limited English proficiency 3% 6%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    Harrison High School IB program is highly respected by all colleges and universitites. Great school with strong academics which include community service. Great school and community!

  • (9 months ago)

    This school offers rigorous class options with Ap and IB. Harrison High School is sending kids to all the Ivys and the top colleges. This school district is worth looking at!

  • (12 months ago)

    I attended Harrison High School in 2000 I give this school 5 Stars. the teachers when I attended were the best and they helped me graduate. I am proud to be a Harrison High School Student. And I miss high School so much

  • (1 year ago)

    I give this school one star because it's the lowest score I can possible give on here. My guidance counselor put me in a remedial English class in the middle of the school year Because I was so reserved at school. I realize now my English teacher assumed I was unable to understand the curriculum. Instead of discussing with me where the problem lay the decision was just made for me. Even after the teacher in the remedial class realized I had no trouble at all I was left in there.

  • (1 year ago)

    This seriously was the worst school ever. I applied to selective colleges and the guidance counselor did not let me know that I was applying to 3 of the same colleges as the valedictorian I got into one. The guidance counselor also failed to inform me that a student was received early decision to another college I applied to. What a terrible system. Avoid this school at all costs if you are considering moving to a community in Westchester. Do not move to Harrison and help contribute to inflated administration salaries.

  • (3 years ago)

    The school district has made a lot of changes in the last 5 years. Attendance is up APs are way up acceptances to colleges including all Ivys is up. The IB program will start in the fall 2011.

  • (4 years ago)

    If you read Walt Whitman's definition of how to teach a well rounded student you will not find the answer in the Harrison School System. Teachers are let go before they can reach tenure and more administrators are being hired at outrageous salaries. More concern is put on the overall rating of the school then the actual teaching of the children. The Special Education program is kept at the bare minimum just to appease the state...

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is on the move up and it has increased the numbers of AP scholars 400% since the year 2000. The school continues to push a rigorous curriculum and has teachers who committed to offering equal access to all students. The school has great teachers a supportive community and a good administrative team.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is on the move up and it has increased the numbers of AP scholars 400% since the year 2000. The school continues to push a rigorous curriculum and has teachers who committed to offering equal access to all students. The school has great teachers a supportive community and a good administrative team.

  • (4 years ago)

    Harrison High School has become one of the most innovative and high performing high schools in Westchester County. The teachers are great -- lots of dead wood has been removed. Most teachers now really care about all of their students -- from the high performers those in the middle and those with support. The high school has a phenomenal principal in Dr. Ruck. And the International Baccalaureate (IB) program will be introduced in the next two years -- making a great program even better. Harrison High School is one of the unsung great schools in Westchester.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think most of the teachers are bright and caring. But the administration is in constant flux with their mixed messages. They really need to focus on teh resources that they have and not on changing for the sake of change.

  • (5 years ago)

    A school becomes an epitome of disaster when it starts hiring and firing valuable individuals to make 'fiscal' sense even if it is at the expense of the student -after all arbitrary ratings are what interests the admin the most.- If i really wanted to listen and take notes on someone filibustering I'd visit the Harrison Police Department merely one of the infractions of this society. While maintaining only a few good teachers protected under tenure we can give points to where HHS deserves them. Here's a pointer Instituting an impotent 'hands-on' learning technique is a joke and helps with nothing. It's merely a distraction for us and gets us a hop and a skip backwards. Stop buying TV's meanwhile we need textbooks.

  • (6 years ago)

    While it recently had some hiring problems a new and innovative group of teacher have been hired and have filled the gap beautifully. Music and arts programs are thriving and the humanities have gotten an overhaul. My son has been served very well and always felt safe and welcome. Great School.

  • (6 years ago)

    The only thing Harrison High School had going for it was a few really great teachers most of which have left been let go or retired. The administration cares more about itself and arbitrary ratings in publications such as newsweek whose systems hardly take academic performance an account than its students.

  • (8 years ago)

    My two sons thrived at HHS. They met friends for life played Varsity sports wrote for the school paper participated in Mock Trial competitions and Model Congress played in the marching band and made high Honor Role throughout their high school years. They just had an all-around great time! Teachers were (usually) caring and wonderful and if not there was always room for improvement. Both boys are now in highly selective colleges (Tufts and Colgate) and they still feel like HHS in their second home! And yes parent involvement in the high school does lessen as your kids get older but there are still great parent booster clubs for all the sports and especially for the nd.HHS is as good as good or even better than any private school in this area. Just keep a positive attitude and you won't be surprised!

  • (8 years ago)

    My two daughter went to Harrison High. Is excellent in academics and it has great extracurricular activities. It has every sport imaginable. The only thing that I would improve in this school is parent involvement most parent are not as involve as when children were younger.

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