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Pendleton Heights High School

Public | 9-12 | 1316 students


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Posted February 6, 2014

This school is seriously mediocre. They do very little for the students. There are so many issues and problems and yet no one does anything about it despite complaints and efforts. The counselors are just completely awful and could seriously not care less about your future unless you do sports. Most teachers are that way. I can think of maybe 5 teachers there that genuinely do care and try to give their all and ACTUALLY teach but that is very rare here. The class periods are too short. There's almost a test every week, sometimes more than just one and it's just so fast paced. It's too fast paced and the required curriculum and all the different diplomas it offers (which literally no other school has) are completely ridiculous. Also the students are genuinely awful people, the majority of them.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 6, 2011

I graduated from this school in 2010 and I must say that I got an exemplary education there. I graduated 31st in a class of about 300 with a Summa cum Laude diploma and I wasn't the only one to graduate with honors. The school, for me, definitely helped me to succeed. I know that there were other students in my advanced classes that didn't try and the teachers were able to inspire them to succeed. Not a single student flunked out of my classes.

Posted April 25, 2011

This is the typical, walk around and smile, ACT like everything is the best and perfect. The system is SO FAKE. They publish caring about the kids. What they truly mean is, if you are financially well off, give them all your time and money, and build barns for your kids to become the next Hank Aaron, you'll love it. Those kids can do anything they choose. Incuding bullying, harrassement etc. If your not in that popular group, they target your children and to quote one administrator at the shool- 'birds of a feather flock together' - even when that person has never met your child. Even those that are not financially well off, try to act as if they are to keep thier children from getting targeted. The shool is nice, and many programs are offered. Most of the teachers, those that aren't retired in place, seem to really care about the kids. If you can make it through the politics, your child might have a shot.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 28, 2009

This school system is just amazing for my child!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 18, 2006

My daughter transferred here from Warren Central High School. At Warren, she hated school and was getting C's and D's. She wasn't getting attention from teachers who had to devote all their attention to disciplining a lot of unruly kids. At PHHS, she has excelled. She has brought her grades up to all A's and B's and enjoys the relationships she has developed w/ her teachers. They are willing to help her in any way. The guidance counselors have worked with me to ensure she graduates with all her core 40 classes, as well as throwing in some classes which make her experience fun, as well as educational. Sure, I have heard rumors of drugs... but these days, what school doesn't have them? At any school, it requires a high amount of parental involvement to ensure your kid grows up safe, healthy and well-balanced. PHHS is a great place to put your teen.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 3, 2006

I graduated from this school system in 2001, and I believe that if you take a look at the other school systems in the area that this one is the best by far, through elementary I did not excell, but durin high school I as able to expand myself and found what I wanted to do in life through the electives that the school has to offer. I appreciate everything this school system offered me and wish i could do it over again to take advantage of them all, I now have two children and I am planning to send them to the same schools, I would recommend East Elementary over the other elementary's. Pendleton takes pride in providing a good education to their students and I being a graduate and a parents appreciate that.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted February 8, 2005

I am disappointed in the Reading/Resource/ADA program. Many teachers do not check the Resource information to see if any student needs or requires help. My son is in tenth grade and is looking to graduate with a 9th grade reading level. I am tired of fighting the system for help. One on one is the best way - I have paid out $3000 for tutors, etc. Band is the best thing he got into.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 8, 2005

I have a daughter who will graduate from PHHS, and she is a struggling C student. Overall, I feel that more needs to be done to heighten the standards at this school. The students are given free reign to make 'simple' or 'easy' class schedules. This school is very happy if they just pass the ISTEP and get out. My daughter has slipped thru the cracks of this school system. It is very easy for a student to 'skate by'. My observation of the courses taken by my child is mostly that bordering ridiculous. Mostly there are 1-2 core courses thrown in with about 10 'electives'. Keyboarding, Ceramics, Death, Technical Theater. Still taking Pre-algebra as a junior! She testifies that drugs are rampant throughout the school and the staff there really has no clue how widespread the problem is. Many of my childs friends are pill poppers or smokers or both.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 20, 2005

The academic programs ofered there are wonderful and top in the state. As far as the music, art, sports, and other are great to. The parents are involved in all the students are.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 4, 2004

I'm an incoming freshman at this school, and so far everything has been great. It's kind of scary being w/ all of the upper classmen, but most everyone seems pretty nice. Like all other schools, Pendleton has many cliques... but you can be friends w/ anyone you choose, you just need to be yourself and others will start to accept you more. I also like this school because the teachers really care about their jobs, unlike the middle school. Everyone always says high school will be the best 4 years of your life and so far I believe that. I really enjoy going to Pendleton Heights High School and hope to enjoy my last 3 years of school. You only get to be in high school once.
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 11, 2004

My daughter has been lucky to fit in with the popular and smart kids that she has had some benefits here but it just has so many crime teens... please consider going to this school.
—Submitted by a former student

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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 48% in 2013.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for English was 76% in 2013.

358 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "D".

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Indiana uses the A through F School Grading System to assess the overall performance of a school. For the 2011-2012 school year, schools were graded based on performance and participation levels in state standardized tests and student growth using the Indiana Growth Model. In addition, high schools were graded on four-year (on-time) graduation rates and college and career readiness indicators including Advanced Placment exam results and industry certification exam results.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

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2 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of graduates taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

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1Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, National Student Clearinghouse, 2011-2012
2Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2011-2012
3Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2010-2011
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 94% 72%
Black 2% 12%
Hispanic 2% 10%
Multiracial 2% 4%
Asian 1% 2%
American Indian 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 26%N/A46%
Special education 15%N/A14%
English learners 0%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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1 Arabian Drive
Pendleton, IN 46064
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