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					                                        VeStAl HiGH ScHool
                                     An international Baccalaureate World School

                                Profile for college and University Admissions
                                                  2011-2012
                                                     Mission Statement
Vestal Central School       The Vestal Central School District believes each student is unique and
District                    can learn. The District’s mission is to provide instruction, programs,
Mark D. LaRoach
                            strategies and challenges in a caring, positive learning environment. Each
Superintendent of Schools
(607) 757-2241              student will become a critical thinker, a lifelong learner, and a responsible,
www.vestal.k12.ny.us        contributing citizen in a changing global society. The Board of Education,
                            staff, parents, students and community share a commitment to this mission.

Vestal High School                                       District Goals
205 Woodlawn Drive          Challenge all Vestal students to meet ever-increasing standards of
Vestal, New York 13850
                            excellence in preparation for participation in the global society.
Catherine C. Hepler
Principal
                            Support students’ efforts to learn and grow by assuring all a positive
(607) 757-2281              educational environment.
                            Foster community pride in the Vestal schools by communicating openly
                            and effectively about our students and the school program.
Counseling & Guidance
Office                      Invest fiscal resources responsibly and effectively to accomplish the
Katy Jablonowski            District’s mission.
Sally Lowenstein
Rebecca Martino
Christi Smith
Judith St. John
Merryl Wallach
                                                    2011 Achievements
(607) 757-2214              • For the seventh year in a row, Vestal High School was included as one of
CEEB Code 335730              America’s Top High Schools in the Washington Post’s annual ranking
                            • Vestal’s Class of 2011 included four National Merit finalists and three
                              Commended Scholars
Director of Physical
Education and Athletics     • For the third consecutive year, a Vestal student represented the United States
Thomas Hahne                  at the International Chemistry Olympiad
(607) 757-2350              • Over 60% of the Class of 2011 took at least one International Baccalaureate,
                              Advanced Placement, or Excelsior College course
                            • Vestal students averaged 4.91 (out of a possible 7) on their May, 2011
                              International Baccalaureate exams, beating the word-wide average of 4.56
                            • 423 students on 22 varsity teams earned Scholar Athlete Awards with an
                              average GPA of 95.215 for the 2010-2011 school year
                            • 90% of the Class of 2011 are enrolled in college
                            • Mean SAT Reasoning Test Score for the Class of 2011 – 1622 points
                            • The average ACT Composite Score for 2011 was 25.3 points, up from 24.6
                              for 2010
   Vestal High School                                                            2011-2012 Profile

   The Community                                                        The School
    The Town of Vestal, located near the major highways of              Vestal High School, named one of America’s best high
Interstates 88 and 81 and Route 17, is nestled in the rolling        schools by The Washington Post/Newsweek Magazine for seven
hills of Broome County in the Southern Tier of New York.             consecutive years, annually receives international, national and
It covers about 53 square miles and is an area just west of          state recognition for excellence in education. Ninth through twelfth
Binghamton with a population of about 27,000.                        graders attend this 4-year comprehensive school, choosing from
    Vestal and its neighboring communities offer a wide range        over 225 course offerings. The high school also offers numerous
of cultural, athletic and educational activities including the       opportunities for students in athletics, band, vocal music, orchestra,
Roberson Museum, the Discovery Center, the Kopernik                  and the visual arts. Additionally, there are over 30 extracurricular
Observatory, the Cider Mill Playhouse, youth and adult               organizations accommodating a wide range of student interests.
symphonies, theater groups, and the Tri-Cities Opera.                Many students also participate in community activities.
Binghamton University is located in Vestal and Broome                   Vestal High School also offers the International Baccalaureate
Community College is nearby, both offering many cultural and         Diploma Programme. The IB Diploma is a two-year program
educational experiences. Cornell University, Davis College,          that challenges students with college-level course work in a
Elmira College, Ithaca College, Syracuse University, the State       wide variety of subject areas. The courses are rigorous, with an
Universities at Cortland and Oneonta are all within a 60-mile        emphasis on critical thinking, analyzing different perspectives,
radius of Vestal.                                                    enhancing students’ awareness of international issues, and
                                                                     improving writing skills. In addition to completing six IB courses
   The District                                                      and the accompanying examinations, students are required to
                                                                     engage in extensive community service, conduct an independent
    Nine facilities make up the Vestal Central School District       research project, and complete a two-semester course called
with five K-5 buildings, a middle school, a high school,             Theory of Knowledge, which investigates philosophy, learning,
administration offices, and a transportation department. The         and knowing.
district employs approximately 350 instructional staff and 330
support staff to serve a student body of approximately 3600.
    The district offers the Vestal Teacher Mentor Program and           The Curriculum
a comprehensive staff development program.
                                                                         Vestal High School offers a wide array of curricular options
    The district’s long-range technology plan allows staff the       beyond New York State Regents and Advanced Regents course-
opportunity to use computers and technology as a teaching            work. Vestal is one of 744 schools in the US and 3000 schools
tool.                                                                world-wide who are authorized to offer the International Bacca-
    Psychologists, speech therapists, content-area workshop          laureate Diploma Program, a rigorous program of study across
teachers, school counselors, physical and occupational               all areas of the curriculum. Additionally, Vestal students may
therapists, and teacher aides are available to work with             participate in Project Lead the Way, a pre-engineering course of
students in all buildings. Building-level reading teachers and       study administered by the Rochester Institute of Technology, and
a district reading specialist offer a diversified approach to K-12   New Visions, a program through our local BOCES that provides
literacy instruction.                                                Vestal seniors with real-world experience in medicine, education,
                                                                     law and government, and engineering.


Graduation Requirements                                                                                        Regents Diploma
   To become a graduate of a New York State public high school, a minimum of 22 units of credit                Required Courses
is required, including four units of English, four units of social studies, three units of science, three     English                   4
units of mathematics, 1/2 unit of health, one unit of art or music, one unit of foreign language and          Social Studies            4
two units of physical education along with the New York State Regents Exams or their equivalent.              Mathematics               3
                                                                                                              Science                   3
                                                                                                              Foreign Language          1
                                                                                                              Art/Music                 1
   The Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation requires all of the above, plus two additional years         Health                   .5
of a foreign language with two additional Regents exams in Math and one additional Regents exam each          Physical Education        2
in Foreign Language and Science.                                                                              Electives               3.5
                                                                                                                     Total             22


Extracurricular Activities
Extracurricular activities include Art Club, Bear Facts Student Newspaper, Caen French Exchange, Environmental Club, French Club,
Gay-Straight Alliance, German American Partnership Program, German Club, High School Musical, Girls Guiding Girls, Jazz Band, Jazz
Choir, Marching Band, Mathletes, Student Mentoring Program, Mock Trial, National Honor Society, Odyssey of the Mind, Peace Club,
Rotary Interact Club, SADD, Science Club (Chemistry Magic Show), Ski Club, Spanish Club, Student Government, Student Store, Tech
Club, Varsity Club, Winterguard, Yearbook.
     Vestal High School                                                                                     2011-2012 Profile

International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Honors
IB                                              AP                                   HONORS                                       COLLEGE CREDIT THROUGH
                                                                                                                                  REGIONAL COURSES
IB English, HL                               AP English                             English 9, 10
IB Spanish, SL & HL                                                                                                               Students may have the option to
IB French, SL & HL                                                                                                                earn college credit through regional
IB German, SL & HL                                                                                                                colleges in the following subjects:
IB Hist. of Americas, HL                     AP    U.S. History
IB Economics, SL                             AP    European History                                                               Anatomy & Physiology
IB Psychology, SL                            AP    Psychology                                                                       Excelsior College
IB Chemistry, SL & HL                        AP    Chemistry
                                             AP    Biology
IB Physics, SL & HL                          AP    Physics
IB Environmental Sys., SL                                                           Integrated Algebra
IB Mathematics, SL & HL                      AP Calculus                            Integrated Geometry
IB Math Studies, SL                                                                 Integrated Algebra 2/
IB Art & Design, SL & HL                                                            Trigonometry
IB Music, SL                                                                        Pre-Calculus
IB Computer Science, SL

Final Cumulative Average                                                                                  Index for Weighting:
Vestal High School students are graded on a percentage scale of 0-100.                                     EARNED School  Regents          Special     AP/IB/
The passing grade is 65. Grades received through the junior year and the                                   GRADE Level Academic Level Placement/Honors College
summer preceding the senior year are used as a basis for computing the high                                         1.0      1.02           1.04        1.06
school average. The weighting system described in this section is applied                                    100   100       102             104        106
when determining a student’s final cumulative average and class rank. The                                     99    99     100.98          102.96      104.94
final cumulative average and class rank are determined by adding all of the                                   98    98      99.96          101.92      103.88
weighted grades and dividing by the total number of credits. The weighted                                     97    97      98.94          100.88      102.82
grade is computed by multiplying the earned grade by the index.                                               96    96      97.92           99.84      101.76
                                                                                                              95    95      96.90           98.80      100.70

                    GPA Distribution                                               Advanced Placement                                 International Baccalaureate
                      Class of 2011                                                   2011 Test Data                                         2011 Test Data
                       (316 Students)                                         192 students took 229 exams (Range 1-5)
                                                                                                                                        82 students took 146 exams (Range 1-7)
                                 % of                     # of                                      Number          % 3 or                                          Number               % 4 or
 GPA                             Class                  Students            Subject                  Tested         above           Subject                           Tested               above
 100-106 .........................4.1% ..................... 13             Biology ............................10 ......100%       English A1 HL ........................ 39 ......... 100%
 95-<100....................... 17.4% ..................... 55              Calculus AB ......................7 ......100%          French B HL ............................ 3 ......... 100%
 90-<95 ........................ 18.4% ..................... 58                                                                     Spanish B HL......................... 20 ........... 95%
                                                                            Calculus BC ......................1 ..........0%        Spanish B SL ........................... 2 ......... 100%
 85-<90 ........................ 21.2% ..................... 67
 80-<85 ........................ 19.0% ..................... 60             Chemistry .......................16 ........88%         Economics SL........................ 28 ........... 61%
                                                                            Computer Science A .........6 ........33%               History Americas HL ................... 2 ......... 100%
 75-<80 ........................ 13.3% ..................... 42                                                                     Psychology SL ....................... 11 ........... 64%
 <75................................3.8% ..................... 12           Economics - Macro .........10 ........40%               Chemistry HL ........................... 6 ......... 100%
 Not ranked ....................2.8% ....................... 9              Economics - Micro ............1 ..........0%            Chemistry SL ........................... 1 ......... 100%
                                                                            English Lit/Comp ............39 ........72%             Environment. Sys. & Soc. ...... 2 ......... 100%
                                                                                                                                    Physics SL ............................. 14 ........... 64%
  Mean SAT Reasoning Scores Class                                           European History ............45 ........80%             Math Studies SL ...................... 2 ......... 100%
              of 2011                                                       Physics C - Elec. & Mag. ..1 ......100%                 Mathematics HL....................... 3 ........... 33%
                                                                            Physics C - Mechanics .....2 ........50%                Mathematics SL ....................... 4 ......... 100%
            Critical Reading             Math               Writing                                                                 Music SL .................................. 1 ......... 100%
                                                                            Psychology .....................17 ........94%          Visual Arts Opt A HL ................ 8 ......... 100%
  Vestal ..............547..................549 .................526        US History ......................74 ........92%
  NYS ................485..................499 .................476
  National ..........497..................514 .................489


                                 ACT College Readiness Measures 2011
      (Percent of Students who Meet or Exceed Benchmarks for Success at College-Level Coursework)
                             English Composition                    College Algebra        College Social Science               College Biology                  Meeting All Four
  Vestal                           93%                                     85%                       88%                              55%                              55%
  NYS                              80%                                     68%                       67%                              39%                              39%
  National                         66%                                     45%                       52%                              25%                              25%


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    Vestal High School                                                                2011-2012 Profile

                                             College Enrollments - Class of 2011
College                                           College                                                College
                    # ACCEPTED      # ATTENDING                          # ACCEPTED        # ATTENDING                            # ACCEPTED       # ATTENDING
Alfred University                 4          4
Arcadia University                1          0    Mansfield University                                   Susquehanna University               2         1
Barry University                  1          0          of Pennsylvania               2          1       Syracuse University                  13        4
Belmont Abbey College             1          1    Marquette University                1          0       Temple University                    1         0
Berklee College of Music          1          1    Marymount Manhattan College         2          0       The College of Saint Rose            1         0
Binghamton University            33         22    Marywood University                 4          0       The Culinary Institute of America    2         1
Bloomsburg University                             Monroe Community College            2          0       The George Washington University     1         1
      of Pennsylvania              1        0     Muhlenberg College                  1          0       The University of Scranton           3         0
Boston College                     1        1     Nazareth College of Rochester       6          1       The University of Tampa              1         1
Boston Conservatory                2        1     New York University                 2          0       The University of the Arts           1         0
Brigham Young University           2        1     New York University - Abu Dhabi     1          1       Tompkins Cortland
Broome Community College         113      101     Niagara University                  1          0            Community College               15        9
Brown University                   2        0     Northeastern University             1          0       Tulane University                    1         0
Bucknell University                1        1     Northwestern University             1          0       Union College                        2         1
Buffalo State College of SUNY      6        1     Nyack College                       1          0       Universal Technical Institute        1         1
Butler University                  2        1     Onondaga Community College          1          1       University at Buffalo The State
Campbell University                1        1     Oregon State University             1          0            University of New York          28        13
Case Western Reserve University 1           0     Paul Smith’s College                2          0       University of Arkansas               1         1
Cazenovia College                  2        0     Pennsylvania State University,                         University of Chicago                1         0
Cedarville University              1        1           University Park               6          0       University of Connecticut
Clarkson University                8        3     Plattsburgh State University        5          1            at Hartford                     1         0
Clemson University                 1        0     Point Park University               2          0       University of Delaware               1         1
Coastal Carolina University        1        0     Princeton University                3          2       University of Denver                 1         0
Colorado School of Mines           1        0     Purchase College                    2          0       University of Mary Washington        1         0
Columbia University                1        0     Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute    3          0       University of Maryland,
Cornell University                 5        3     Ridley-Lowell Business and                                  Baltimore County                1         1
Corning Community College          1        0           Technical Institute                              University of Maryland,
Daemen College                     1        0           (Binghamton)                  1          1            College Park                    1         0
Daytona State College              1        1     Roberts Wesleyan College            1          0       University of New Haven              2         0
Drexel University                  6        1     Rochester Institute of Technology   9          4       University of North Carolina
Duquesne University                1        1     Saint Joseph’s University           1          1            at Charlotte                    2         1
D’Youville College                 2        0     School of Visual Arts               1          1       University of North Carolina
East Stroudsburg University                       Siena College                       1          0            at Greensboro                   1         1
      of Pennsylvania              1        0     Slippery Rock University                               University of North Florida          1         0
Emerson College                    1        0           of Pennsylvania               1          0       University of Notre Dame             1         1
Erie Community College,                           Springfield College                 1          0       University of Oregon                 1         1
      South Campus                 1        0     St. Bonaventure University          3          2       University of Pennsylvania           6         2
Evangel University                 1        1     St. John Fisher College             6          3       University of Pittsburgh             3         1
Fairfield University               1        0     St. John’s University -                                University of Portland               1         0
Franciscan University of                                Manhattan Campus              2          2       University of Rhode Island           1         0
      Steubenville                 2        0     St. Joseph’s College, New York      1          0       University of Rochester              2         0
Gannon University                  1        0     State University of New York                           University of South Carolina         1         0
George Mason University            2        0           at Albany                     13         3       University of Southern Mississippi   1         1
Grace College                      1        0     State University of New York                           University of Tennessee, Knoxville   1         0
Hartwick College                   10       3           at New Paltz                  3          1       University of the Sciences
Harvard University                 1        1     Stony Brook University              4          1            in Philadelphia                 1         1
Hudson Valley Community College 1           0     SUNY Alfred State College           4          3       University of Utah                   1         1
Indiana University at Bloomington 1         1     SUNY College at Brockport           16         1       University of Vermont                2         0
Ithaca College                     11       2     SUNY College at Cobleskill          5          1       Utah State University                1         0
Johnson & Wales University         3        2     SUNY College at Cortland            20         7       Utica College                        5         3
Keene State College                1        0     SUNY College at Fredonia            11         4       Vanderbilt University                1         0
Keuka College                      3        1     SUNY College at Geneseo             6          2       Virginia Polytechnic Institute
King’s College                     1        1     SUNY College at Oneonta             16         2            and State University            2         1
Le Moyne College                   17       5     SUNY College at Potsdam             9          2       Weber State University               1         0
Lesley University                  1        0     SUNY College of Technology                             West Virginia University             1         0
Liberty University                 4        4           at Canton                     1          0       Western Carolina University          1         0
Loyola University Maryland         1        1     SUNY Delhi                          10         5       Western Washington University        1         0
Macaulay Honors College at CUNY 1           0     SUNY Morrisville State College      4          3       Westfield State University           1         0
Manhattanville College             1        1     SUNY Oswego                         26         9       Wilkes University                    2         0

				
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