School Details

Ramapo High School

400 Viola Rd, Spring Valley, NY 10977
(845) 577-6400

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1363 students 12 student/teacher

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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

Ramapo High School is a public high school in New Hempstead. The principal of Ramapo High School is MS. JEAN FIELDS, whose e-mail is 1,363 children attend Ramapo High School and identify as Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. 13% of the Ramapo High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 69% of the 1,363 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Ramapo High School is 12:1. East Ramapo Early Childhood Center 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
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 7%
Asian 8% %
Black, non-Hispanic 62% 56%
White, non-Hispanic 5% 10%
Hispanic 24% 27%
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.08%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 69% 63%
Limited English proficiency 13% 13%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    Less than one star. The board of directors very obviously do put the students first and do not care for the students' well-being. It's really upsetting and boarder-line disgusting.

  • (1 year ago)

    Graet school programs and teachers. Have two boys attending there both doing very well. With the limitted resources teachers are doing an exceptional job.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great school...gets a bad rap 21 AP courses and large 'master' teacher component both most in of extracurriclar events. Student graduates to major ivy league players like Yale Harvard Stanford - they're top 10% is the country's 3%. Scholarship winners include Ron Brown Gates and full scholarships to schools like Univ. of Chicago. A large minority population (which is why it gets bad rap!) but still diverse. The music and drama teams are awesome. It's the LaQuardia of Rockland!

  • (4 years ago)

    Like any school RHS has its flaws but I have come across teachers here that I will keep in touch with after my graduation in June. At the beginning of my senior year I was wishing I had enough room in my schedule to take some more of the many electives APs and PAs that are offered- I didn't have enough time in four years to do them all. The teachers are all dedicated and are there because they want to be. They are enthusiastic motivated and in addition to the knowledge they have acquired they a lot of experience to contribute to our own experiences making their classes interesting as well as challenging. As long as your child is headed in the right direction he or she will succeed at Ramapo HS and in college.

  • (5 years ago)

    With over 75% of the teaching staff holding multiple masters degrees 15 years or longer as educators the only student gifted & special needs program in the county the most comprehensive tools and text materials in class and after class curriculms; with more students winning state and national awards than any other district in the county has made a difference for me as a student and now my children.

  • (5 years ago)

    Ramapo High School is a first class school with dedicated hard working teachers and administrators. Jean Fields is an excellent caring prinicple with the right combination of sympathy and an iron hand. The students thrive in the environment that is generated and supported by students faculty and parents. My older son graduated in 2004 and attended Ohio State University. He was accepted into OSU's Honors & Scholars program and entered with 33 AP credits! My younger son is in now 10th grade - all honors and one AP class. He is thriving and will begin the college search process in the fall.

  • (7 years ago)

    East Ramapo is always on the cutting edge of new programs. We have great programs for our advanced students as well as the students that require extra help. We do not discriminate. The schools in this district reflect the real world. My kids have friends from all races and religions. Truly investigate the graduation rates etc. before making a decision.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school offers a lot of opportunities for students. The staff is mostly highly qualified. The opportunities for students is abundant. The district as a whole does try to implement the latest is educational advancements and tends to be on the cutting edge. One of the drawbacks is that there are more students in the pirvate sector than in the public and theis has impacted the perception of the distract negatively. This is unfortunate since the district is strong and has a lot of wonderful programs to offer the students.

  • (8 years ago)

    Ramapo's a good school though it has a bad reputation. Like many other schools the central focus is sports but many students are really bright.

  • (9 years ago)

    Ramapo is a great school with a bad reputation. Fortunately the school is getting better especially under the leadership of the former principal Joe Farmer and the new principal Ms. Jean Fields. The academic programs are quite strong at the advanced level and there are many music art and extracirricular activities. Parents aren't as involved as they should be however and as a result the district's budget fails every year.

  • (9 years ago)

    My siblings and I all went to Ramapo. As I used to live on the border between the East Ramapo CSD and the Clarkstown School District many of my friends wondered why I (or rather my parents) chose Ramapo. The answer is simple- the lesson you learn from Ramapo is more than academic. True the average classes maybe weren't academic as those of other Rockland schools but I got a taste of diversity- I made friends with people of many many different races and of many religions and perhaps most importantly many different socioeconomic statuses. The key here is that I got a taste of what the real world is really like and I don't regret it at all. Higher level classes are the same at other schools (My ap bio class had around a 50% 5 rate for example). Extracirriculars are plentiful and parents are becoming more involved.

  • (9 years ago)

    Reasonably good academically but lately lacks funding for special programs or such. Historically a great marching band.

  • (9 years ago)

    Both my children have attented Ramapo High School and although some kids in that school are not what we would have hoped them to be my kids have succeeded. The schools offers a wide range of after school activities and many programs that keep children occupied and out of trouble. If your child has the desire to do well he/she will with no problem at Ramapo.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a senior at Ramapo High School. I am currently enrolled in AP Calculus B/C AP Physics AP English 12 and AP Government and Politics - undoubtedly the excellence in teaching goes without saying. It is highly unfortunate that this school has a bad reputation because in my four years of being here I have honestly only witnessed one fight - and that was a food fight in the cafeteria between two best friends. The students in Ramapo have a relationship synonomous to sisters and brothers in a family. I practically know everyone's name at Ramapo. The relationship between the classes is extraordinary; my closest friends compose of one freshman a sophomore and two juniors. This is often the trend amongst many students here. I feel that the comfort and unity that this school has qualifies it as one of the best schools in suburban New York. I love RHS.

  • (10 years ago)

    awesome school. The diversity alone is enough. It is a great school with a bad reputation.

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