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Plattsmouth High School

Public | 9-12 | 535 students

 
 

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Posted November 8, 2010

PHS has excellent academics, with the teachers always making sure there's something new to learn each day. The building conditions are superb, and there's plenty of great activities for students to partake in. Despite all that, PHS isn't all that great. There is a high immaturity level in even the Seniors, and the leadership could be better. The administration is laid-back and doesn't get things done well or on time. The rule enforcement is also horrible. Thankfully, everyone can always find a friend, and most of the teachers are great. If you're going for the academics and the activities, make this one of your options. For anything else, however, please skip PHS
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 31, 2007

I'm really in different about P-town High. We have good spirit and great teachers with great experience. But, I'v lived in Plattsmouth my whole life, gone to pcs since kindergarten and I'm not well known around the town. Classes are small and activities are pretty good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 22, 2007

Plattsmouth schools provide a quality education, however the administrators are terrible. Overall the teachers are helpful, the learning environment is great, and I would recommend this as a school for anyone who wants a quality education. However, if athletic success is a goal, you may want to avoid Plattsmouth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2007

I am someone who saw upfront and personal the inner-workings of this school district. The families and kids are great. There are a lot of good, caring teachers, who work hard everyday and who put kids first. However, the major problem is the school leadership and the atmosphere of a 'good ole boy club'. By that, I mean there is this unstated code that allows the principals, and district administrators the freedom to do as they please and they cover up inadequacies for one another. There is an attitude of doing the bare minimum by administration. Teachers can and want to do more for kids, but their hands are tied by administrators, who are threatened by teachers with any kind of talent or ambition. The good teachers leave and the ones, who do the least, remain. Sadly, this district promotes the louses who do nothing and keep the status quo.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 24, 2006

There might be a couple of good teachers, I had one, but for the most part it's a glorified day-care.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 17, 2006

As a graduate, I received a great education. Went off to college and have had many opportunities. We chose to raise our children in Plattsmouth, all have graduated. It is a great school for kids to get involved and compete in sports and academics. It is like any small town, you get what you put into it! Those that complain may not have got involved in the right things, perhaps they chose the wrong path, and wrong friends. The principals are all great leaders who care about the kids. Those that have left have gone on to lead Class A schools. Dr. Heinen (she) is fantastic. She has been there 5+ years or so. Many of us who have graduated in the last 25 years are doctors, attorneys, etc... The only one holding you back is YOU! GO BIG BLUE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2006

I attended PHS and I have to say that it was the most pointless time in my life.The only thing that had any kind of positive influence in my life was sports and even those choices were severely limited.And the football coach at the time wasn't a leader or a motivator.We have always had some of the most talented athletes but never any coaches to make them into a real team.Most of the academics weren't worth the time that was wasted on them.It was boring, not challenging and not a fun place to learn, as if they had anything to teach.And most of the people there were the worst.If you didn't conform to a given group, and were unique in any way, you were treated like an outcast and picked on.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 16, 2006

As an alumni (who can speell) i would say that this school is NOT a place my kids will attend. Their is not a single set of rules that ALL must follow. Yet 2 sets one for the 'regular' student body, and one for the students whose parents or relatives help the city. starting spots on athletic teams are decided by not your skill level but who your brother/sister, mother/father are. The minority rules. The teachers grade, and choose student aides the same way. Many of the teachers enjoy a long tenure with no replacement threats. They employee the same teaching styles throughout their long careers with no adjusting for the times. The parents of all students have always been very supportive of this school even though the system does not support their children in the quest for higher education. Shuttle your children to Bellevue its worth it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 22, 2005

Frankly im tird of reading the bad comments, i went there and I think that the school is ran GREATLY, there is NO racism so where that idea came from i have no idea and Dr.Heinen doesn't allow discrimnation AT ALL, and you please tell me how the school got awared for their 'most school spirit and good sportsmanship for class B' if this school is HORRIBLE? Unless you have walked a day and went to class in the school i think that you should keep your negativity to yourself i am extremley disappointed that the people that have negative things to say are the ones that have no idea what they are talking about.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2005

Coming from Northern Virginia and Maryland area, I'm very disappointed in the school leadership. The principal appears to be extremely unbalenced in his application of discipline and when my child went to the nurses office for a severe cough, he was told she couldn't treat him because of his grades. My son has battled issues like ADD for years, and it seams no one there has any idea how to educate students and protect their health.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2005

We have been very happy with Plattsmouth HS both academically and with various extra curricular activities. The cross country program is fantastic. Enthusiastic coaching builds a very cohesive team. Wednesday night team dinners have been a hit with many students. The Renaissance Program is a student and teacher run program designed to give kids positive reinforcement for good grades and behavior. The classes are small; the teachers have the opportunity to really know their students. The teachers are a very involved caring group. There really is a lot of pride in this school and many opportunities for students to find their nitch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2005

I think that PHS is a very good school, I myslef attended there. The name thing is true to a point. But, just because someones name is known while another isn't it doesn't mean that you are treated any differently. Especially by the staff. PHS has awesome teachers. I started in Plattsmouth in 8th grade. It is the same thing that I experienced at any other school, when you haven't gone to school with everyone since birth your name isn't going to be known but it doesn't mean you won't fit in. The clicks aren't bad,of coursethough,if you play baseball, your going to spend more time with baseball players. But the majority of the students don't have just one group that they are friends with. It is a great place to go. It also has a great set of class's for anyone who wants to be a future teacher.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 2, 2005

Horrible School! If you weren't born here, you will NOT be accepted. Racism and discrimination are allowed. We saw ONE quality teacher in four years. And the 'counselors'...never did get the military info we requested.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2005

I am not a big fan of Plattsmouth High. I think that there are a certain group of students who get special attention and priveledges. Other students whose last names aren't well known in the community aren't treated the same. Kids are looked down upon because of their famililes or other siblings that have already attended Plattsmouth High School. I don't believe that everyone is given a fair chance to succeed. This shouldn't be how a school runs, agree?
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 7, 2004

This school is a wonderful place for education. All of the teachers and staff are so committed to taking care of each and every student. The leader of this school is amazing, she cares for each student, and it shows. The children that attend PHS are very proud and hold unratable sportmenship qualities. The environment is stable in the departments of security, thoughtfulness, and achievment. I could go on forever about PHS, there are no other schools in the state of Nebraska that can even compare. I know all of this because I am a senior, currently attending PHS.
—Submitted by a 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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 69% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
53%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nebraska used the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 4, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The NeSA assessments are standards-based tests, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nebraska. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Nebraska Department of Education

Math

All Students59%
Female57%
Male62%
Black, not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic60%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch37%
Special education students15%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female77%
Male76%
Black, not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic77%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch59%
Special education students46%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students80%
Female73%
Male87%
Black, not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic80%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch65%
Special education students38%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students66%
Female70%
Male61%
Black, not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White, not Hispanic68%
Students eligible for free and reduced lunch44%
Special education students10%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nebraska used the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grades 4, 8 and 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The NeSA assessments are standards-based tests, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nebraska. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups were identified by the Nebraska Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nebraska Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 93% 70%
Hispanic 3% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Black 1% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33%N/A44%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1916 East Hwy 34
Plattsmouth, NE 68048
Phone: (402) 296-3322

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