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About This School

Niskayuna High School is a public high school in Town of Niskayuna. The principal of Niskayuna High School is MR. JOHN RICKERT, who can be contacted at jrickert@niskyschools.org. 1,380 students attend Niskayuna High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 0% of the Niskayuna High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 7% of the 1,380 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Niskayuna High School is 13:1. Schenectady High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 84% 83%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 3%
Hispanic 2% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 11%
Asian 10% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.05%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7% 5%
Limited English proficiency 0% 1%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    I have been a parent in the Nisky district for 15 years with my youngest now in HS. I can tell you that its a matter of time before this district - which is completely overrated - crashes. The Administration for a pristigious upscale district is lost (to say the least) and without giving too much detail the bottom line for anyone willing to consider their child(ren) attending Nisky schools is that it is the children themselves who make Niskayuna look good.

  • (4 months ago)

    My daughter is a freshman this year. So far I have been very impressed with the school and all of the oppurtunities that are available to her. I don't think I could ask for more from a public or private school!

  • (1 year ago)

    Highly overrated. The teachers hands are held due to state regs. Quality of education has gone down the toilet. Bullying is ignored far and wide and the kids are horrible to each other. Nobody does anything to stop it. It's all smoke and mirrors. Don't buy into it.

  • (3 years ago)

    Niskayuna schools is like many high caliber public schools. It is excellent and offers one the best public school curriculum around. It cannot be everything to everyone. If your child is among the top and is ambitious it is a great place with plenty of challenging offerings. If your child is seriously struggling and is among the lower percentile he/she will get great services and attention. If your child is somewhere in the middle (depending on where) he/she will get lost in the shuffle. Contrary to those who are disillusioned by the music dept I find the music dept to be excellent and committed. Of course the better caliber music students should get accolades. I don't see this as a problem. There should be some semblance of meritocracy. Above all the student body exhibits great acceptance of uniqueness. Students are quite considerate toward each other. It's a great environment.

  • (4 years ago)

    Highly overrated. I have found with both of my children that the competition and emphasis on the 'ivy' track destroyed their joy of learning. Both of my children are intelligent kids who did well but whose love of school was extinguished when they walked through the door. Contrary to the previous reviewer - the music dept is not dedicated to teaching all kids but to the accolades they receive from showcasing the chosen few. We won't be sending our youngest to Nisky High - we've learned our lesson twice over. Shameful.

  • (5 years ago)

    Man forget all of that. Niskayuna is just an average school. It us just a suburban school that has little to no diversity. Schools like Schenectady High School are more diverse just like the real world.

  • (6 years ago)

    Consistently ranked one of the top school districts in the Albany area Niskayuna HS offers tremendous learning opportunities to its entire student population resulting in a high level of college attendance among its graduates. Most school districts will cut art/music programs when budgets are tight but Niskayuna has an outstanding music program whose ensembles achieve gold and silver consistently in local NYSSMA competitions. This is mainly due to the commitment demonstrated by the dedicated and talented staff parents who care about education and students who understand the value of a solid education.

  • (9 years ago)

    Amazing school! The teachers are some of the best you will ever find in public schools the classes are generally interesting and the atmosphere completely supports all academic pursuits. There is an air of open-mindedness in which students are free to explore their interests and take learning to the next level.

  • (9 years ago)

    Academic programs are exceptional and students excel in areas of music and art. Good sports programs and many outside activities available. I personally love it as a member of the town.

  • (9 years ago)

    Although the student to teacher ratio is higher than in past years that has not changed the almost unprecedented level of academic achievement that this school offers. Without doubt this is the best public high school in the region based solely on academic results. In addition to this the extracurricular activities offered are varied and interesting. There are several bands orchestras and choirs many clubs and groups and of course a wide choice of sporting activities. The facilities are excellent with several sporting fields a new track and bleachers weights room and pool.

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