School Details

Massapequa High School

4925 Merrick Rd, Massapequa, NY 11758
(516) 797-6110
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Public Grades 10-12 1972 students 14 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

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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

Massapequa High School is a public high school in Massapequa. The principal of Massapequa High School is MS. BARBARA WILLIAMS, whose e-mail is bwilliams@msd.k12.ny.us. 1,972 students attend Massapequa High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 0% of the Massapequa High School students have "limited English proficiency." 3% of the 1,972 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Massapequa High School is 14:1. The Hagedorn Little Village School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 96% 96%
Hispanic 3% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Asian 1% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.02%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3% 2%
Limited English proficiency 0% 0%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I am about to enter 11th grade here at Massapequa High School. With this being said I greatly appreciate the academic and extracurricular outlets offered to me and really do enjoy some of the unique offerings such as my broadcasting forensics and astronomy classes along with my more challenging classes such as AP English AP American History AP World History and countless other AP classes (They offer almost every AP there is). After school I love our drama club which puts on smaller more intimate productions as well as performing in our annual musical which becomes a very extravagant and exciting production. With all of this being said I simply must give my school a 3 (well more like 3.5 but half stars aren't allowed) due to the extreme focus on athletics. Normally I would not have an issue with this as long as all other activities were funded just as well as our athletics program however this is not the case. The musical gets a large enough budget each year yes but other clubs and organizations ie the drama club are forced to start at $0.00 every year and really struggle to stay afloat despite these programs being the highlight of a lot of students' schooling.

  • (5 years ago)

    Some of these posts are submitted by a parent who has children that can do no wrong?...Most of the posts here of sour grapes. I have one son who went through and achieved great succesess academically over the sports that he played. My daughter currently attends and is often asked if she needs help in subjects to bring up grades with success and my youngest has no problem playing sports and keeping a high honor role grade in excellerated classes from 1st through junior high school. I did not have the opportunity to attend such schools growing up in Brooklyn and Queens. Suck it up. Although not perfect our children have a damn good school system if your parenting in the right way.

  • (5 years ago)

    Some of these posts are submitted by a parent who has children that can do no wrong?...Most of the posts here of sour grapes. I have one son who went through and achieved great succesess academically over the sports that he played. My daughter currently attends and is often asked if she needs help in subjects to bring up grades with success and my youngest has no problem playing sports and keeping a high honor role grade in excellerated classes from 1st through junior high school. I did not have the opportunity to attend such schools growing up in Brooklyn and Queens. Suck it up. Although not perfect our children have a damn good school system if your parenting in the right way.

  • (5 years ago)

    Massapequa High School is severely underrated as to it's academics. The Administration has done a great deal in the last several years to up the ante so to speak academically. It's paying off - the students are enrolled in higher level courses and the graduates are getting into schools which for years were closed to Massapequa kids. Are there drugs at Massapequa? Yes but someone tell me a school where there aren't drugs? Is it rampant or out of control? NO WAY! Unfortunately when you find a community where the kids have money the kids will use drugs. The teaching staf is excellent and I feel lucky that my kids have had and will continue to have the benefits of an excellent staff!

  • (6 years ago)

    To much money spent on sports. The teachers are lazy and over paid. There is also alot of drug use and not enough being done about it.

  • (7 years ago)

    Massapequa high school is one of the best high schoo ls within NY state. Although its main concern does appear to be sports (althletes are highly regaurded as almost all teams donminate their sport) the administration seems to be putting more emphasis on academics as more and more students are being encouraged to enroll into AP classes as well as other college credit courses. This may or may not be a good idea depending upon your opinion of who should be enrolled in such courses. The electives awailable at MHS are exceptional and allow for students to truly focus on their main subject of interest. Overall MHS is great school that will provide your child with a strong foundation for success in the future.

  • (9 years ago)

    Quality of academics are excellent. Sports are excellent many championship teams. Very good parent involvement.

  • (9 years ago)

    I believe that the programs in Masspequa High School continue to be excellent. Availability of music art and sports is of high quality. Very highly recommended.

  • (9 years ago)

    Among one of the very best schools in New York State. They have zero tolerance for drugs in the school with immediate suspension if found with drugs. I went to the school and my kids now attend I'm very happy with the academic results so far.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am a former student and graduate of the high school. To be honest I have two very differing thoughts on my attendance. First the quality of the education I received no doubt led me to attend and now graduate from a prestigous university. The athletic programs were incredibly funded and many times actually took away honor from other scholastic activities. I do criticize the school in that the administrators are blinded by the amount of illegal activity that goes on around and inside the campus. The town is supported by middle to mainly upper-middle class single ethnic class inhabitants and their children are extremely well off. School policies might as well be written on toilet paper because they are definitely not followed.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am aware that this is a page for parents however I believe my statements should be available because I am the voice of your children possibly attending. Massapequa HS offers electives that are not seen regularly and those classes can make a world of difference in a student's well-rounded academic background. When entering college you have possibly seen a bit more of science/language/trades and that gives an unbeatable advantage. However I believe these fabulous possibilities are often masked by the lack of proper administration and loud parents. There are definitely favorites and they are usually the well-off side of the tracks and the star athletes. It seemed over the years that the biggest problem was within many of the parents and their lack of recognizing that their child was at fault. The school might not take action however sometimes their hand is forced by obnoxious parents.

  • (10 years ago)

    Massapequa School District breaks promises to both the parents and the students regarding zero tolerance. They have been 'caught' by parents whose children have suffered emotionally at the hands of their peers. Many parents have come together and their stories are all the same. The Social worker tells the parents 'This is life. They will have to get used to it anyway. I suggest you teach them how to deal with this. The Administration without a doubt have their favorite parents and students. If you are not one of them trust me you feel it in your bones! As for the Sports emphasis it's sickening. As for the lunch room It's a childs place to unwind and eat with friends not a prison. Get a grip. Let them talk. Let them laugh. Stop giving them detention for being human.

  • (10 years ago)

    Massapequa has always been known for it's excellent schools. I was born and raised in Mass. & my children are now in the schools. It is a great place to live and raise children. I do however agree that too much emphasis is placed on sports. Give more college scholarships to students that excel in academics or good character. Wouldn't you rather have them as doctors operating on you than these athletes? I sure would!

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter entered the Massapequa schools in the 7th grade which meant she started in the middle school. Her special needs were addressed immediately and attentively and she was on the honor roll for 2 years. She later on finished at the high school. They do tend to slip off a little because there is not much supervision or real concern for the students who are not with the 'in' crowd. Sports is definitely the main concern. Other than the sports there is little in other after school activities thus leaving someone not interested in sports little else to do. And I really don't like the open campus. They should have a better cafeteria and encourage during the daytime clubs.

  • (11 years ago)

    Sports are emphasized over academics. Many teachers take on a buddy vs. adult role in the classroom. I was disappointed in the academics and the quality of teaching. Many of the teachers were raised in Massapequa and never left. There is little tolerance for diversity and the students are not encouraged to branch out. It's a nice town to live in; I just wish the schools were of a higher quality.

  • (11 years ago)

    Very large number of students on an orderly campus. (District used to have two high schools). 9th graders attend classes on a campus across town and are bused over for after-school sports and club meetings. This is an open campus (students can leave the building at lunch time and eat at numerous nearby spots.) There are lots of after school activities. The school generally places more emphasis on success in sports than on innovation in academics. Although there is a broad selection of courses students might be discouraged from taking difficult electives in grades 9-11 because the formula for determining class rank at graduation only uses grades from those three earlier years. (Senior year grades are not included). Most of the teachers are good and most of them are fair to students. Teachers are required to have Master's Degrees though the degree can be in a very different field than they teach. A student can get a good academic and sports education at MHS but might regret missing a chance to get to know students from minority backgrounds since there are so very few in the district.

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