Lancaster High School

Summary:

Lancaster High School is a public high school serving 1,652 students in grades 9-12 in Lancaster, New York, and is part of the Lancaster Central School District. The school has consistently ranked among the top high schools in New York state, with a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger for several years.

Lancaster High School stands out for its exceptional academic performance, with students consistently outperforming state and district averages on Regents exams. The school boasts high proficiency rates in subjects like Algebra I (85.71%), Chemistry (87.69%), English (98.3%), and U.S. History and Government (97.52%). This academic excellence is reflected in the school's high ranking among New York high schools. Additionally, Lancaster High School maintains an impressive 97.2% four-year graduation rate and a very low 0.0% dropout rate, significantly outperforming many nearby schools like Frederick Olmsted #156 and Cheektowaga High School.

While Lancaster High School has a predominantly white student population (89.83%), the school is able to support a diverse range of students, including strong performance among Hispanic students (ranked 21st out of 851 New York high schools) and special education students (ranked 41st out of 1,130 New York high schools). The school's relatively low student-teacher ratio of 12.2 may contribute to its academic success, and its socioeconomic diversity (ranked 53rd out of 1,155 New York high schools for students receiving free or reduced-price lunch) further demonstrates the school's ability to cater to students from various backgrounds.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 1 Forton Dr
       Lancaster, NY  14086-1199


(716) 686-3250

District: Lancaster Central School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
78th of 1,228 New York High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $15,641 Help


Feeder schools for Lancaster High School:

Elementary:    Como Park Elementary School
    Court Street Elementary School
    Hillview Elementary School
    John A Sciole Elementary School
Middle:    Lancaster Middle School
    William Street School

Student/teacher ratio:  12.2 Help
Number of students:  1,652

Racial breakdown:

White:
89.8%
Hispanic:
4.1%
Two or more races:
2.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  24% Help


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Compare Details Lancaster High School ranks better than 93.6% of high schools in New York. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 82.46. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Lancaster High School freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (89.8%), Hispanic (4.1%), two or more races (2.8%). (See more...)
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Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Lancaster High School is 12.2. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Lancaster High School is $15,641.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Lancaster High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Lancaster High School 78th of 1228 New York public high schools. (See Lancaster High School in the ranking list.)

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Rank History for Lancaster High School

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Rank History for all students at Lancaster High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 64.73 289th 935 69.1%
2006 70.08 191st 986 80.6%
2007 66.91 272nd 1002 72.9%
2008 68.96 256th 1027 75.1%
2009 68.89 243rd 1086 77.6%
2010 76.26 85th 1117 92.4%
2011 75.24 127th 1165 89.1%
2012 78.92 96th 1198 92.0%
2013 81.28 63rd 1217 94.8%
2014 76.74 110th 1237 91.1%
2015 77.77 94th 1255 92.5%
2016 76.03 122nd 1255 90.3%
2017 80.93 96th 1221 92.1%
2018 78.52 121st 1210 90.0%
2019 77.71 158th 1207 86.9%
2021 53.15 287th 519 44.7%
2022 81.81 77th 1190 93.5%
2023 82.46 78th 1228 93.6%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Lancaster High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.34 26th 157 83.4%
2019 51.71 91st 165 44.8%
2022 57.21 94th 212 55.7%
2023 65.47 86th 272 68.4%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Lancaster High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 85.27 88th 1095 92.0%
2019 83.31 111th 1132 90.2%
2021 71.61 31st 137 77.4%
2022 90.85 37th 1038 96.4%
2023 91.41 41st 1130 96.4%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Lancaster High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 74.32 134th 1154 88.4%
2019 75.15 143rd 1179 87.9%
2021 36.40 212th 289 26.6%
2022 81.89 47th 1101 95.7%
2023 81.40 53rd 1155 95.4%
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Rank History for Female students at Lancaster High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 77.39 140th 1176 88.1%
2019 76.83 176th 1193 85.2%
2021 46.93 175th 290 39.7%
2022 81.12 85th 1155 92.6%
2023 82.92 68th 1197 94.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Lancaster High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.39 104th 1176 91.2%
2019 77.09 149th 1190 87.5%
2021 59.92 150th 354 57.6%
2022 81.20 79th 1154 93.2%
2023 81.50 86th 1191 92.8%
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Rank History for Asian students at Lancaster High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 68.84 144th 447 67.8%
2022 75.68 60th 386 84.5%
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Rank History for African American students at Lancaster High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.54 401st 679 40.9%
2019 49.52 322nd 686 53.1%
2022 77.73 83rd 593 86.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Lancaster High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 84.96 49th 791 93.8%
2019 82.44 72nd 815 91.2%
2022 89.68 25th 760 96.7%
2023 90.80 21st 851 97.5%
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Rank History for White students at Lancaster High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools NY State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 70.15 149th 765 80.5%
2019 69.51 164th 793 79.3%
2022 73.24 104th 738 85.9%
2023 73.70 105th 776 86.5%
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Data source: test scores: NY State Education Department, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Lancaster High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 1396 6 9 2 0 n/a n/a 0 1413
1990 1305 6 12 0 0 n/a n/a 0 1323
1991 1272 6 0 0 1 n/a n/a 0 1279
1992 1286 4 2 0 0 n/a n/a 0 1292
1993 1310 4 3 0 0 n/a n/a 0 1317
1994 1387 3 0 0 2 n/a n/a 0 1392
1995 1561 6 4 1 0 n/a n/a 0 1572
1996 1561 6 4 1 0 n/a n/a 0 1572
1997 1593 6 3 4 0 n/a n/a 0 1606
1998 1562 8 5 2 0 n/a n/a 0 1577
1999 1665 8 8 3 1 n/a n/a 0 1685
2000 1669 12 6 4 0 n/a n/a 0 1691
2001 1706 14 10 6 1 n/a n/a 0 1737
2002 1854 15 13 10 3 n/a n/a 0 1895
2003 1854 15 13 10 3 n/a n/a 0 1895
2004 1898 16 12 10 5 n/a n/a 0 1941
2005 1935 27 17 9 4 n/a n/a 0 1992
2006 1991 25 17 12 3 n/a n/a 0 2048
2007 1980 31 12 11 4 n/a n/a 0 2038
2008 1986 28 19 17 5 n/a n/a 0 2055
2009 1962 25 16 17 5 n/a n/a 0 2025
2010 1932 26 14 27 6 n/a n/a 0 2005
2011 1909 27 17 26 6 0 1 0 1986
2012 1914 25 14 30 6 2 6 0 1997
2013 1893 25 14 27 6 3 10 0 1978
2014 1845 23 18 28 8 0 15 0 1937
2015 1884 21 26 38 10 0 15 0 1994
2016 1824 24 23 43 7 0 16 0 1937
2017 1798 24 13 56 5 0 21 0 1917
2018 1774 21 17 56 6 0 29 0 1903
2019 1707 27 26 50 5 0 23 0 1838
2020 1677 25 28 55 4 1 30 0 1820
2021 1609 22 34 55 4 1 37 0 1762
2022 1540 21 29 54 2 1 40 0 1687
2023 1484 17 32 68 3 1 47 0 1652

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Lancaster High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 1413 85.6 16.5 n/a
1990 1323 82.5 16.0 n/a
1991 1279 83.8 15.2 n/a
1992 1292 86.8 14.8 n/a
1993 1317 85.9 15.3 n/a
1994 1392 89.2 15.6 0
1995 1572 104.3 15.1 9
1996 1572 104.3 15.1 9
1997 1606 104.3 15.4 7.2
1998 1577 107.9 14.6 7.2
1999 1685 108.6 15.5 6.1
2000 1691 106.6 15.9 12.3
2001 1737 113.4 15.3 12.4
2002 1895 128.1 14.8 10.2
2003 1895 128.1 14.8 10.2
2004 1941 n/a n/a n/a
2005 1992 134.6 14.8 12.2
2006 2048 134.0 15.3 13.4
2007 2038 138.1 14.8 13.2
2008 2055 143.3 14.3 12.2
2009 2025 147.1 13.8 12.6
2010 2005 149.7 13.3 14.8
2011 1986 145.2 13.6 13.6
2012 1997 138.0 14.4 15.6
2013 1978 135.3 14.6 19.2
2014 1937 132.3 14.6 10.3
2015 1994 132.0 15.1 15.8
2016 1937 129.0 15.0 20.1
2017 1917 141.7 13.5 20.3
2018 1903 130.0 14.6 23.8
2019 1838 134.0 13.7 19.6
2020 1820 143.9 12.6 20.4
2021 1762 136.0 12.9 22.8
2022 1687 135.2 12.4 23.5
2023 1652 134.8 12.2 24

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Lancaster High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 1413 85.6 16.5 n/a
1990 1323 82.5 16.0 n/a
1991 1279 83.8 15.2 n/a
1992 1292 86.8 14.8 n/a
1993 1317 85.9 15.3 n/a
1994 1392 89.2 15.6 0
1995 1572 104.3 15.1 9
1996 1572 104.3 15.1 9
1997 1606 104.3 15.4 7.2
1998 1577 107.9 14.6 7.2
1999 1685 108.6 15.5 6.1
2000 1691 106.6 15.9 12.3
2001 1737 113.4 15.3 12.4
2002 1895 128.1 14.8 10.2
2003 1895 128.1 14.8 10.2
2004 1941 n/a n/a n/a
2005 1992 134.6 14.8 12.2
2006 2048 134.0 15.3 13.4
2007 2038 138.1 14.8 13.2
2008 2055 143.3 14.3 12.2
2009 2025 147.1 13.8 12.6
2010 2005 149.7 13.3 14.8
2011 1986 145.2 13.6 13.6
2012 1997 138.0 14.4 15.6
2013 1978 135.3 14.6 19.2
2014 1937 132.3 14.6 10.3
2015 1994 132.0 15.1 15.8
2016 1937 129.0 15.0 20.1
2017 1917 141.7 13.5 20.3
2018 1903 130.0 14.6 23.8
2019 1838 134.0 13.7 19.6
2020 1820 143.9 12.6 20.4
2021 1762 136.0 12.9 22.8
2022 1687 135.2 12.4 23.5
2023 1652 134.8 12.2 24

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

Immunization Rates

Lancaster High School

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionPolioMeaslesMumpsRubellaDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricella
201399.3%0.5%0.2%99.3%99.3%99.3%99.3%99.3%99.3%99.3%
201497.8%0.6%1.5%97.9%97.9%97.9%97.9%97.9%97.9%97.8%
201599.1%0.5%0.1%99.4%99.4%99.4%99.4%99.4%99.4%99.2%
201699.4%0.4%0.2%99.4%99.4%99.4%99.4%99.4%99.4%99.4%
201798.9%0.5%0.6%98.9%98.9%98.9%98.9%98.9%98.9%98.9%
201899.3%0.4%0.3%99.3%99.3%99.3%99.3%99.3%99.3%99.3%
201998.9%0.0%0.0%98.9%98.9%98.9%98.9%98.9%98.9%98.9%
202099.9%0.0%99.9%99.9%99.9%99.9%99.9%99.9%99.9%

Data source: New York State Department of Health
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Lancaster High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $377 (2.9%) $12,522 (97.1%) $12,898
2020 $268 (2.2%) $12,021 (97.8%) $12,289
2021 $128 (1.0%) $12,160 (99.0%) $12,288
2022 $399 (3.0%) $12,760 (97.0%) $13,159
2023 $1,196 (7.6%) $14,445 (92.4%) $15,641

Data source: New York Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Lancaster High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 158th of 1207 High schoolsRanks 78th of 1228 High schools
 6.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
End of Course Algebra I (Lancaster High School)87.485.7
 1.7%
   End of Course Algebra I (Lancaster Central School District)90.490
 0.4%
   End of Course Algebra I (New York)71.164.6
 6.5%
End of Course Chemistry (Lancaster High School)89.787.7
 2%
   End of Course Chemistry (Lancaster Central School District)89.787.7
 2%
   End of Course Chemistry (New York)73.165.2
 7.9%
End of Course Algebra II (Lancaster High School)95.785.6
 10.2%
   End of Course Algebra II (Lancaster Central School District)95.785.6
 10.2%
   End of Course Algebra II (New York)82.764.1
 18.5%
End of Course English (Lancaster High School)97.598.3
 0.8%
   End of Course English (Lancaster Central School District)97.197.6
 0.5%
   End of Course English (New York)83.976.9
 6.9%
End of Course Geometry (Lancaster High School)90.480.6
 9.8%
   End of Course Geometry (Lancaster Central School District)9080.5
 9.5%
   End of Course Geometry (New York)70.153.2
 17%
End of Course Earth Science (Lancaster High School)86.390
 3.7%
   End of Course Earth Science (Lancaster Central School District)85.890
 4.3%
   End of Course Earth Science (New York)68.965
 3.9%
End of Course Global History and Geography (Lancaster High School)7095.6
 25.6%
   End of Course Global History and Geography (Lancaster Central School District)66.795.2
 28.5%
   End of Course Global History and Geography (New York)78.873.6
 5.2%
End of Course Living Environment (Lancaster High School)86.982.4
 4.5%
   End of Course Living Environment (Lancaster Central School District)92.690
 2.6%
   End of Course Living Environment (New York)73.265.7
 7.5%
End of Course Physics (Lancaster High School)91.185.6
 5.6%
   End of Course Physics (Lancaster Central School District)91.185.6
 5.6%
   End of Course Physics (New York)81.668.1
 13.5%
End of Course U.S. History and Government (Lancaster High School)95.397.5
 2.3%
   End of Course U.S. History and Government (Lancaster Central School District)94.797.1
 2.4%
   End of Course U.S. History and Government (New York)76.979.7
 2.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students18381652
 10.1%
African American2717
 37%
American Indian53
 40%
Asian2632
 23.1%
Hispanic5068
 36%
Pacific Islander01
White17071484
 13.1%
Two or More Races2347
 104.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients19.6%24%
 4.3%


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Students at Lancaster High School are 90% White, 4% Hispanic, 3% Two or more races, 2% Asian, 1% African American.

Yes. Lancaster High School ranks in the top 6.4% of New York high schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,652 students attended Lancaster High School.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau, the WNYC and the New York State Department of Health and the NY State Education Department.

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