School Details

Patchogue Medford High School

181 Buffalo Ave, Medford, NY 11763
(631) 687-6500

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 2646 students 17 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

Patchogue Medford High School is a public high school in Medford. The principal of Patchogue Medford High School is DR. RANDY RUSIELEWICZ and can be contacted at 2,646 students attend Patchogue Medford High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 5% of the Patchogue Medford High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 36% of the 2,646 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Patchogue Medford High School is 17:1. Sappo School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 70% 69%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 5%
Hispanic 22% 23%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Asian 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36% 42%
Limited English proficiency 5% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    This local school has exceptional teachers who really care about students. All the teachers we have had so far are readily available for extra help and for speaking to parents. The music program is spectacular - many of the students participate in Allstate competitions LISFA SCEMEA etc. There is a great interest in the sports programs as well. There are a lot of AP classes available and the guidance counselors are available to help navigate the next steps necessary for successful high school completion.

  • (12 months ago)

    Patchogue Medford area and the High School has improved dramatically and is up and coming.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is a mixed bag. The programs provided aren't bad and the food is alright. The students are something else I've been around to see nice mean weird (in a good way) gang( or they think they are) crazy( in a bad way) and rude people but they aren't bad when you get to know'em but students dress trashy (especially sagged pants like really). Teachers are a gamble depending on which one you get. Guards do their jobs but students somehow get away with deals fighting or bullying. Also I should mention the school makes fake accounts on the internet along w/ the police to track you my time so far it's stopped a couple incidents but it can be uncomfortable it makes me nervous to write this as well. The environment is bad bathrooms are dirty or smell bland painting nothing really interesting. The staff such as the librarians or any that you don't see in the hallways don't do much I've seen them try to avoid doing direct work only two times has that happened to me but I'm speaking with personal and what I hear experience. I do like the education being taught but it depends on your teacher. If anyone working at the school finds this take it to thought. Overall Meh.

  • (1 year ago)

    Horrible... Staff is rude to students. I moved here from another state and honestly cannot wait to move out of this district. Staff members really need to take a refresher course in communication. My child is polite and always respectful yet her encounters and mi en have been nothing but a headache here. They do nothing about bullying unless the child has been hit I have made 2 complaints this year alone and nothing has been done to resolve my issues. As many times as I have been down to the school with issues I have yet to meet the principal. Simply pathetic at how pat med is run...I would much rather take my child back to a city school.

  • (2 years ago)

    Patchogue Medford is a great school! There is good and bad in every school I don't care where you live. When parents raise good students they can achieve success in any school. It's a big school with many program offerings. I am proud to send my kids there.

  • (4 years ago)

    Currently a senior at pat-med. There is such a divide in the type of students attending patchogue-medford. There are many students taking AP and honors courses but outside of those classes students honestly just don't care about education. We have a lot of clubs and a lot of people get involved in them our robotics team is nationally ranked and our computer science program is amazing.

  • (4 years ago)

    About two years ago I was in this school quite often and a I must say I did not have a bad experience here at all. My husband and I moved to this district and we are both teachers. I know the school has a bad rep but i know some people who put there children through the district and had no problems. I have heard about a poor administration. I feel bad if students can't pay attention. That is not only the fault of the teacher but should be put on the parents as well. Districts that thrive are filled with parents that value education and send there children with the idea that they must pay attetion and do well. No excuses! My husband works in a very good school district. As far as kids goofing off and gangs and drugs Its everywhere! We actually saw a missing persons poster of one of his former students. He was known to be in a gang. There are kids that mess around and distract other children from learning. There is also and huge drug problem! These are problems that are everywhere. I think the school district and the community need to come together and stop complaining if they arent going to do anything about it!

  • (4 years ago)

    I completely disagree with reviewer from March 15 2010. I am a good student and try to pay attention in class but it is nearly impossible when the other kids are goofing around and I can't even hear the teachers. They have to keep repeating themselves so the bad kids can catch up. I could learn so much more but there is no discipline or consequences. I always hear kids cursing making racist comments or talking nasty about someone who is not like them. The girls dress trashy and I am sick of seeing the boy's underwear. Sure there are some good programs and sports teams are good but I am not into robotics or football. I wish I could got to private school but we can't afford it. I look forward to graduating and getting out of there.

  • (4 years ago)

    Bad teachers that don't care. Not safe. Too many bullies and gangs. Sports stink. Boring.

  • (4 years ago)

    No school spirit. Big bulling problems. Teachers don't care and are only there for the paycheck and summers off; and they're some of the highest paid teachers in NY! Overtaxed and mismanaged district. Boo!

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is excellent and is truly underrated. My kids are performing excellent.

  • (5 years ago)

    One of the better high schools on long island - the Band was chosen to perform at Carnegie Hall and the robotics team is rated 4th in the world - Plenty of AP courses and Excelsior courses available - Dedicated good students will do well in this school - troublesome students on the other hand will not have many options to get help

  • (5 years ago)

    The school is poorly run especially since they put a new principal in place this year. The Special Education Department is poor and does not address the needs of the child. Discipline can vary from no consequence to a 5 day out of school suspension depending who the child is and the relationship they have with the school. IEP's are not followed through and the CSE process can best be described as an abortion come true.

  • (5 years ago)

    My four children all graduated from PMHS the teachers there were always willing to give a helping hand. They would always help the students who need extra time--

  • (7 years ago)

    Great school good environment.

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