SHS School Profile
 

Site: https://sites.google.com/a/ramapocentral.net/shs/
 
Phone:  (845) 357-3800 
Fax:  (845) 357-5035 
Dr. Douglas Adams, Superintendent 
Patrick Breen, Principal 
CEEB #335-435 

General Information

Guidance Department:

Sarah Kern, Director of Guidance,  ext. 322; skern@ramapocentral.org
Ann Marie Casarella, Counselor,  ext. 324; acasarella@ramapocentral.org
Michael DeSimone, Counselor, ext 317; mdesimone@ramapocentral.org
Marissa Guijarro, Counselor, ext. 323; mguijarro@ramapocentral.org
Janet Leale, Counselor, ext. 320; jleale@ramapocentral.org

Robert Schelling, Counselor,  ext. 316; rschelling@ramapocentral.org
Shelley Stephenson, Counselor,  ext. 372; sstephenson@ramapocentral.org
 
Community:  The Ramapo Central School District is located approximately 25 miles north of New York City in Rockland County.  The area is primarily residential with a population of close to 20,000.  Most residents are employed in business and professional fields and a large number commute to New York City and Northern New Jersey.
 
School & Curriculum:  Suffern High School is a four-year, public high school accredited by the New York State Board of Regents. The enrollment in grades 9-12 is 1,545 with our current senior class, the Class of 2009, numbering 406.  Students are provided a comprehensive curriculum with over 200 required and elective courses including twenty-six courses in the Advanced Placement Program as well as courses from four colleges/universities. 

Class Rank: 

Class rank is based on a weighted GPA and is reported in deciles.  For the Class of 2009, the range of GPA's for each decile is as follows:

  1st  4.2558 - 3.8447  6th
 3.1176 -2.8780
  2nd  3.8340 - 3.6750  7th  2.8750 - 2.6324
  3rd  3.6634 - 3.5235  8th  2.6296 - 2.3300
  4th  3.5171 - 3.3328  9th  2.3248 - 1.5121
  5th  3.3227 - 3.1223  10th  1.4434 - 1.0417
     

FACTS AND FIGURES FOR THE CLASS OF 2008
(327 GRADUATES)
 
POST-HIGH SCHOOL PLANS
Graduates entering college:  95%
Four-year college:  71%
Two-year college:  24%

Marking:

Passing mark is D.  The following conversion table may be used where applicable.  Final grades for all courses  completed (including courses failed) are recorded on the transcript.
  A  Outstanding PH
Passing w/Honor
  B  Above Average  P  Satisfactory - credit given
  C  Average  F  Unsatisfactory
- no credit given
  D  Passing  DP  Withdrew Passing
  F  Failing  DF  Withdrew Failing
  EP  Passing with
Effort - credit given
 DRP  Course Dropped during
first ten weeks



  
Placement Levels:

Suffern High School has developed a placement system to ensure that students of various ability levels can achieve success.  Courses carry a 3-digit designation or are titled as Regents, Honors or Advanced Placement.  For the 3-digit designation, the first digit indicates the year of the course and the second and third digits indicate the placement level.

COURSE TYPE
DESCRIPTION
AP LEVEL COURSES: Advanced Placement program of the College Board.
01 LEVEL COURSES:  Honors: Courses are composed of students of high ability usually within the top 20% of the class. Students are selected on the basis of ability, teacher recommendation and past achievement. Regents examinations are taken where applicable.
Collegiate: College credit-bearing courses are composed of students of extraordinary ability, usually in the top 20% of their class. These courses offer college credit upon completion and are academically rigorous.  Syracuse University Project Advanced, SUNY Albany, St. Thomas Aquinas College, and Ramapo College offer courses to Suffern High School students.
02 LEVEL COURSES: Regents: Courses are college-preparatory and composed of students who desire to obtain a Regents Diploma. Regents examinations are required where applicable.  Courses labeled with an S are Regents courses with smaller class sizes, tutorial support and an emphasis on skills development.
LEVELED COURSES: Non-Regents: Courses are composed of students who opt out of taking the corresponding Regents Exam. These courses are: Math 302M and 402M; Spanish 203; Chemistry and Physics.
LC LEVEL COURSES: Learning Center: Courses are designed for students in need of alternate means of instruction.
 
   
Change to GPA Weighted System

Grades are weighted for the purpose of calculating rank in class. Please be aware that Suffern High School has made significant changes in its system of weighted grades used to determine cumulative Grade Point Averages (GPAs).  These  assigned weights have resulted in lower GPAs than in previous years.  Please take extra care when evaluating our students' GPAs and contact us if you need assistance.

SYSTEM OF WEIGHTED GRADES FOR RANK

GRADE LEVEL AP
LEVEL 01
LEVEL 02

 LEVELED
ELECTIVES

  A+  4.500  4.250  4.000  3.750
  A  4.306  4.028  3.750  3.500
  A-  4.111  3.806  3.500  3.250
  B+  3.917  3.583  3.250  3.000
  B  3.722  3.361  3.000  2.750
  B-  3.528  3.139  2.750  2.500
  C+  3.333  2.917  2.500  2.250
  C  3.139  2.695  2.250  2.000
  C-  2.944  2.472  2.000  1.750
  D  2.750  2.250  1.750  1.500
  F  0.000  0.000  0.000  0.000
 

Level AP - Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
Level 01 - College/University Courses, Honor Courses
Level 02 - Regents/College Prep Courses in addition to - Music, Art, Technology,  Physical Education, Business Education, Family & Consumer Sciences, etc.
Leveled Electives - Chemistry, Physics, Spanish 203, Math 302M, and Math 402M  

               
Advanced Placement Program:

May 2008 Results (All students enrolled in AP courses are required to take the exam with the exception of Recurring Themes.)
 
 
  SUBJECT
 TOTAL # OF
EXAMS TAKEN
% WITH 3
OR BETTER
  American History 77
87
  Art History 17 88
  Biology 25
72
  Chemistry 35
83
  Computer Science A 7
43
  Economics: Micro 27 67
  Economics: Macro
2 50
  English Language
  & Composition
75 93
  English Literature
  & Composition
63
92
  Environmental Science 60
78
  European History 18 72
  French Language 7
29
  Gov't & Pol. US 53 72
  Gov't & Pol Comp
16 75
  Italian Language 18
39
  Mathematics: Calculus AB 35
97
  Music Theory 11 73
  Physics C-E&M 26 46
  Physics C-Mech 26 77
  Psychology 50 44
  Spanish Language 13 92
  Statistics 49
96
  Studio Art: Drawing 9 22
  World History 51
84
  Total 791
78
   

SAT I Results:

(As reported by the College Board for the 2007-2008 school year)
 
MEAN  CRITICAL
READING
  MEAN MATH   TOTAL (M+CR) WRITING
Suffern High School  543 Suffern High School  566  1109  559
National  502 National  515  1017  494
New York State  488 New York State  504   992
 481

287 students took the SAT I   (84% of the class of 2008)
 
TRANSCRIPT INFORMATION GUIDE 2008-2009
 
Please consider the following information when evaluating transcripts from Suffern High School:
 
ACCREDITATION:  New York State Department of Education 
    
Explanation of Selected Courses:

COURSE TITLE  DESCRIPTION
English 402 Alternatives:
Book and Film
Journalism
Myth and Legend
Poetry
Women's Literature
Reading Shakespeare  

Courses open to seniors this year as an alternative to the 402 English course.
Freshman Writing Seminar Freshmen Writing Seminar is a course for Freshmen.  The purpose of this course is to
develop 21st Century skills (critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, communication skills, creativity and innovation skills, collaboration skills, contextual learning skills, and information and media literacy skills) necessary for long term academic growth and development.
History 101, 102, 201, 202 Global History and Geography
History 301, 302 US History and Government
Math 102, 201, 202, 301, 302 Three-year sequence in Mathematics based on the NYS Learning Standards.  Algebra,
Geometry and Trigonometry are studied as well as topics from logic, statistics, probability, and data analysis.  The Safety Net (S) program provide smaller classes and tutorial help.
Math 302B, 302M Combination of topics from the Math 302 syllabus and reinforcement of topics from the Math 202 syllabus.
Math 402B, 402M Continuation of Math 302M and 302B, emphasis is on trigonometry.
Recurring Themes AP European History, AP English Lit., AP Art History