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Ithaca Senior High School

1401 N Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-2145

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Public Grades 9-12 1418 students 14 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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About this school

Ithaca Senior High School is a public high school in Ithaca. The principal of Ithaca Senior High School is MR. JARETT POWERS, whose e-mail is 1,418 students go to Ithaca Senior High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 3% of the Ithaca Senior High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 28% of the 1,418 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Ithaca Senior High School is 14:1. New Roots Charter 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

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • 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 67% 69%
Hispanic 6% 5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 13%
Black, non-Hispanic 12% 12%
Asian 12% %
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28% 29%
Limited English proficiency 3% 5%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Ithaca High School as a student with learning disabilities i find that there is support (even though me and my family had to fight a bit to get some of them) i still find this school to be amazing if you can survive IHS You can survive anywhere. the new administration is doing a great job and the enviroment encourages learning creativity and indivualism. IHS takes as much pride in every aspect from Photo Class/Club to the Drama Dept. to our Atheltic teams. i recommend this school to anyone and is definitly the best in the area.

  • (4 years ago)

    The faculty and staff are well-educated passionate and they care. The kids are from diverse backgrounds from all over the world as well as rural and urban homes. Is it perfect? No it's a public school - but an excellent one.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think that it is an outstanding school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have two kids who graduated from IHS and are now both in college. IHS falls short by not offering vocational education exploration and vocational internships in conjunction with local businesses - for those students not interested in going to college. For those students many leave IHS with little or no idea about what to do next. IHS does not prepare all students for the future by offering education about career opportunities and by providing hands-on applicable training programs. IHS does a fine job preparing highly motivated students for college -- that's not the most difficult task.

  • (5 years ago)

    As the parent of two Ithaca HS graduates it saddens me to realize that with the retirement of a much loved teacher this June there will be no African-American teachers at IHS next school year. How is it that a school/district that says it cares about diversity has failed to hire/retain black asian or any teachers of color. This is a high school of 1500+ students from many different backgrounds. It doesn't seem possible that Ithaca High School has come to this. I hope that the district administration will work on what is a very serious problem.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a white female I have seen the different situations that have occurred. Mr. Wilson needs to relize this isn't a private school and that he needs to treat everyone equal.

  • (7 years ago)

    I move a lot and I've experienced many different schools. My experience with IHS wasn't as pleasant as my other schools. It seems that this area in particular is focused only on passing the Regents and getting accepted to Cornell. Those without high aspirations for college or any extra curriculars to keep them occupied go in a detrimental direction in their lives. Something I've witnessed experienced and survived. Before my family moved here I was completely unaware that smoking weed was a popular activity among teenagers. And it was surprising to discover that this was common practice among the average students; not just the few future drop-outs. The students are unmotivated by the school to succeed in education. Even good students who have had a positive upbringing can easily fall victim to the increasing indifference to succeeding among students at IHS.

  • (7 years ago)

    IHS is a great school for students who fit into the high achievement category and are self-motivated learners. It is not a great school for anyone else. There is weak support from the principal for programs that support the average to below average learner. Our experience at IHS was very negative. Some teachers really did try but that did not make-up for the undefined curriculum impersonal staff and chaotic atmosphere. The drop-out rate is alarmingly high for a school that seems to pride itself on academic achievement. We finally transferred our children to another school and have been astounded at the difference between schools.

  • (7 years ago)

    The present principal is breaking the cycle of quick administrative turnover. He is supported by most of the stakeholders. If he receives tenure there will be the vision and accountability to make this good school a great school. The professional development offerings are outstanding.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a good school. There are many activities for students to choose from. Also the teachers are really nice and always want to help.

  • (9 years ago)

    It's an OK school. Great teachers.

  • (9 years ago)

    I believe ithaca high school is not a very encourageing school. Very smart children are ignored and teachers are very unfair and demanding. High school is a tough time for everyone and ithaca high school does not support students like most high schools.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school's test scores are high and many of its graduates go to Ivy League schools or equivalent but that's not the school's doing. Many of the students are Cornell faculty children who get their intellectual education at home. The others the 'townies' are tracked into vocational programs and if they have any college interest get nothing from the poor teaching and lack of activities other than bully-encouraging athletics. The school has had principal turnover almost every year. Due to the school's size it's very easy for even the brightest students to be ignored by the counseling system.

  • (10 years ago)

    Although there have been many principals within the last 10 years and there is the usual tension found in ay high school Ithaca High School continues to be ranked as highly as it is for a good reason. The many options for studnets beyond the plethora of AP's availible such as the WISE program as an alternative for English and the New visions program. For the less academically inclined students such as my son he found a lot of extra help and teachers generally picked up on it when he needed the help. It is a large school but over all the staff works with the students to ensure no one 'falls through the cracks' and if they do they are promptly caught. Over all it may not be the beacon of enlightenment such as Cornell or IC but it is a remarkable high school. Over 40 clubs for students.

  • (10 years ago)

    I attended IHS in the early 80s and found it academically challenging and full of electives in all areas. (I took mechanical drafting as an AP student and that was ok). I found the teachers caring and concerned. Has all that changed? I think Ithaca in general is too concerned with being politically correct these days at the expense of common sense and that has no doubt carried over to IHS as well. Too bad but still a far cry better than many public high schools.

  • (10 years ago)

    Ithaca High School may have good teachers but the discipline is not up to standard. The school stresses tolerance and political correctness but racism is alive and well at Ithaca. If ever you want to get lost at a high school Ithaca is the place to go. My friends hate place and only go because they have to. They stay far away from Ithaca High School otherwise and do extracurricular activites through the CSMA.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is a highly overrated high school that sits in the shadows of Cornell University and Ithaca College. It receives substantial tax payer dollars yet fails to adequately stimulate bright students (of which there are many) nor does it adequately address the needs of students who fall at the other end of the spectrum. It's a political hotbed that is driven by political correctness. The school lacks genuine leadership and vision and it fails to keep a principal for very long. I regret having moved here from State College PA where my son could have had a higher quality high school experience in a nurturing caring and in many ways a more intellectual environment. What saves this school is the fact that so many children have highly educated parents who value education and take it upon themselves to give their children the life experiences and education they need.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have two children who attended the Ithaca Schools Elementary and Middle schools were wonderful the High School falls into a catagory with many other large schools. A child can and will fall through the cracks if the parents are not completely involved the academic involvment seems to break down at this level. School fights are a common occurrence and student safety is a major concern. Teachers are affaid to discipline due to fear. I have removed my high school students from Ithaca High School for this reason.

  • (11 years ago)

    My daughter's life has changed since she enrolled at IHS from a private school. She is not only allowed but encouraged to explore and express her own beliefs and feelings about herself and her world. She loves school now and is excited about college. Her grades have improved...and she is stimulated by the diversity offered at Ithaca High School. Thank you staff!

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