School Details

Watertown Senior High School

1335 Washington St, Watertown, NY 13601
(315) 785-3800

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1187 students 15 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

Watertown Senior High School is a public high school in Town of Watertown. The principal of Watertown Senior High School is MS. LESLIE ATKINSON, whose e-mail is 1,187 students go to Watertown Senior High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 1% of the Watertown Senior High School students have "limited English proficiency." 46% of the 1,187 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Watertown Senior High School is 15:1. Immaculate Heart Central Junior is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • 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 79% 77%
Hispanic 6% 7%
Asian 3% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 11% 12%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.9%
Multiracial 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46% 48%
Limited English proficiency 1% 3%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    my school is very unorganized and a very bad choice if you want no drama.

  • (4 years ago)

    I miss that school so much! I went there for 3 years then ended up having to move. Honestly the best school ever.

  • (5 years ago)

    i loved this school because it has great teachers and wonderful classes and also i meet my future husband there when i was a freshman. what great memories we had at that school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I've never met more adults willing to go the extra mile to see their students succeed. They offer numerous clubs sports and electives to make their students more well-rounded individuals. The school embraces diversity and individuality. Yes there are some bums who attend the school that contribute almost nothing... however that is due to lack of good parenting above anything else. I believe this school truly prepares their students for the college level better than any other school in the county.

  • (5 years ago)

    I agree that a private school would be better. We had a wonderful experience with Watertown school until entering Case Middle school. There are several fights and the environment is little to be desired and the education is substandard. The children are in fact treated like inmates and most of the teachers are very rude and argumentative as one parent stated. The kids seem to be 'lost in the crowd.' I would NOT recommend this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    I also feel the teachers are openly argumentative with parents. Students are just a number to them. In addition there are a handful of teachers with compassion to teach and only a handful that do respect the students.

  • (8 years ago)

    Overall the school corriculum is good the teachers are of general good quality and my son has had a good experience there this year.

  • (10 years ago)

    While there are many dedicated teachers at WHS I've found several to be lacking in patience tolerance and understanding when dealing with students. Overall the school doesn't seem to be progressive and unable produce a marketable product meaning the children do not seem to possess the skills and training necessary to make an easy transition into higher education or the world should they choose not to expand on their education. I've found direction and guidance for the students to be severely lacking at WHS resulting in increased bullying and violence toward children less able to defend themselves substance abuse and poor academic performance. Some teachers are openly argumentative with parents and students and appear to be overwhelmed by their present positions. I would recommend a private school (if possible) rather than a Watertown public school.

  • (10 years ago)

    The Principals at Watertown High are wonderful. I think it is wonderful that the teachers treat the kids with respect. I truly feel that is the only way to get respect in return. Great school hope it stays that way.

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(based on 12 ratings & reviews)

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