School Details

Pine Bush Senior High School

156 Rt 302, Pine Bush, NY 12566
(845) 744-2031

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Public Grades 9-12 1927 students 15 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

Pine Bush Senior High School is a public high school in Pine Bush. The principal of Pine Bush Senior High School is MR. AARON HOPMAYER, who can be contacted at 1,927 students go to Pine Bush Senior High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 1% of the Pine Bush Senior High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 26% of the 1,927 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Pine Bush Senior High School is 15:1. Chapel Field Christian 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
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 71% 73%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Asian 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 13% 11%
Hispanic 13% 12%
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26% 23%
Limited English proficiency 1% 1%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I graduated from Pine Bush High School in the spring of this year and now I'm a freshman in college. Pine Bush has the potential to be a much better school than it is. I feel as though STEM classes at PB don't prepare students to be competitive at the college level. There's so much administrative and bureaucratic red tape holding both students and teachers back. Oftentimes it seems the administration is out of touch with the students. Great principal though he really seems to care about the students at PBHS. There being said there are some great teachers at Pine Bush to the point where you'd be hard-pressed to find better teachers elsewhere. Naturally there are some mediocre teachers. Extra-curricular activities took a hit with budget cuts it might be a while before we get back a lot of the clubs we used to have although it's looking optimistic. Speaking of budget cuts one of the biggest mistakes the administration made was getting rid of the IB program a few years back without replacing it with sufficient AP classes. There are a total of only 5 AP classes available to students and college classes that are available are getting harder and harder to transfer.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am not vain enough to say that Pine Bush is the best but I am a senior this year and everything I have seen and experienced while in this school has changed myself and many others for the better as well as widened our horizons and views of the world. Now when I say horizons I mean that the teachers and staff help us prepare for life in many ways. College is always a big topic and proper paper protocol began freshmen year for myself. Also the extra classes available the numerous clubs and summer programs as well as the levels in advancement for classes and careers available to us are absolutely amazing. Between all the fantastic courses and varying interests we still find time to do fun activities to show our school and community pride as well as support our community with many fundraisers and food drivers for various causes and groups. I am proud to say that I am a Bushman.

  • (3 years ago)

    I recently graduate from Pine Bush and even though we all say we can't wait to leave and go away I miss it. There's such a sense of community in the town and a majority of the teachers love their jobs. Of course there are teachers who shouldn't be in the profession but at PBHS most of the teachers should be. Pine Bush is a community town and I am so proud of it and to say this is my hometown.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school while it has it's downfalls as all schools do has absolutely amazing programs. We have recently started summer programs in which the students can earn college credits as well as some high school credits during the summer. The Science Academy stays at the SUNY Cortland campus in the Adirondacks for a week and learn about the ecosystem and biology of the organisms in the area. The Law and Leadership Academy is trained by a military drill Sergeant for a few weeks while also completing book work. The list goes on. As a student I have encountered in the staff particularly some of the best people I feel I will ever encounter in my life. It is truly a wonderful school!

  • (3 years ago)

    I was able to earn 12 college credits and the teachers are amazing. I really felt like everyone wanted to help me. I loved this school and I feel it is one the best places I could have gone

  • (4 years ago)

    PBHS is crowded now but that will ease as this year's freshmen are the largest cohort in the pipeline. Staff is effective with disruptors. Tutoring is available. Regents classes have repeaters so that gives freshman food for thought. Quality of teaching varies; tutor may be necessary. Plan on paying for some classes - PBHS is pushing dual enrollment. Music and drama are great. Lots of support for LD. Grading system needs changed to something that weighs academics more than behavior.

  • (6 years ago)

    Great School! Great teachers! Nice facilities and extracurricular activities. I have no complaints.

  • (6 years ago)

    Im a freshman this year at pbhs (go bushmen!!) .. soon to be a sophomore. Mostly what i see in pbhs is diversity (black/white/hispanic.) and this school is very crowded.. almost impossible to walk through the halls. If i had to change one thing about this school it would be the attitudes of the teachers.

  • (7 years ago)

    Love PBH - two sons have graduated and are now onto college. Care and attention was given them by all guidance educators and principles alike! Kudos to PBH - love that baseball team music and theatre programs as well!

  • (7 years ago)

    my son is a 10th grader in pinebush HS last year when he was a 9th grader he didn't do so well in science. His teachers were great .My son has an IEP and the special needs dept has been wonderful so far his special ed teachers have been great no complaint there. I have been told by my son there is alot of fighting but what school doesn't have fights. compare from where we moved from I am so far happy with pinebush h.s everyone has their own experiences ours has been good so far.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a current student at Pine Bush High School and i would just like to say that overall Pine Bush is a fun enviornment. However the administration is terrible. They focus on other things then what should be focused on. I have witnessed numerous amounts of drug deals and know numerous amounts of kids who deal and abuse drugs. I feel that most of the teachers and admin. know what is going on but feel its too much to deal with and they want to get all of the littler stuff out of the way. Overall most of the teachers i have had are pretty good. Some just want to teach and send you out and have no care in the world what you do. This year we have finally gotten back our pep rally & parade but i think the school needs to focus on what is really significant.

  • (7 years ago)

    I graduated from PBHS in 2005 and went on to an University. PBHS treated me well and I liked many of my teachers. The IB program is a highly valuable program for Pine Bush. One that is challenging and mind opening. I was involved in the IB program for Junior and Senior year and I don't think I have ever worked harder in my life. Because of the strength I gained in PBHS through the IB program I can thoroughly say that I can face any amount of work unfazed.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have a senior at this school. The only thing good I can say about it is that there are some great teachers and some great students. However overall the leadership is hurtful. The principal is not respected by students or staff. And pretty much central admin. doesn't respect her either because they run that school not her. There is no school spirit here. Things that were taken away from students are pep rallies homecoming parade bon fire for homecoming. It seems these things take too much energy and so discipline has become a problem. I feel sorry for my son.

  • (9 years ago)

    I have been in the Pine Bush School District for many years now and can't believe the changes in the school. I can remember when there was a football basketball or baseball game the amount of fans that were at the game now a days it just seems there is no spirit. As for the security one day i was dropping off something for my daughter and witnessed a drug deal in the parking lot i will be sending the plate number of the vehicle and see what happens if anything. I feel people these days are afraid of the kids we need to bring back discipline and respect for adults. Parents need to get involved in there kids lives be a parent first and a friend second then maybe we would'nt be dealing with all the gangs and bad publicity for our school. A Parent and Former Student.GO Bushmen (wolverines)hahaha

  • (10 years ago)

    As a former student I transferred out to a better district out of state. Not enough focus on preparing students for standardized tests. Too much free time provided (movie days etc..) This is one scary school to face alone as a child.

  • (10 years ago)

    I think this school is a waste of space. The english department is amazing and many teachers are dedicated. But the math department is lacking and the security is a joke. My daughter has seen drug deals and sexual activities on the bus and in school. The guidance department needs help because it is always changing and the new principal is of no help to that school. There is no school pride because if one person makes a mistake then the whole is punished. Kids go to that school to graduate and get out. They don't challenge the students enough that want to be there and forget about the ones that really do need help. I hated this school district when I moved here and I hate it now. They don't offer enough classes and the education is worthless.

  • (10 years ago)

    Ok i am a student here and I've lived in Pine Bush my whole life. The high school is terrible. I'm a senior now and we've never had one principal for four years. they are so worthless they never doanythign to prepare you or help you for college. Gym is a joke we don't do anything. The teahcers are mostly Pine Bush graduates themselves...the education yea's bad. The school is so over crowded with new people the need to add on but what do they do give money to the football team to get new stuff but wait even better our football team hasn't one in the past 5 years not a single game. The only school pride is for volleyball becasue they've been un defeated for 4 or 5 years. This school is definetly good up to high school. Switch then.

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