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Shawnee High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1622 students

 
 

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Posted August 26, 2013

Shawnee was one of the main reasons I succeeded in college, and now as a professional. Although I was not one of the best students in High School, Mediocre at best, Shawnee had prepared me for all that I was to encounter in life. I do agree that the honor students, and athletes are praised above the average students such as myself. However, there were those educators who went above and beyond for all of their students no matter what. Two of which Mrs. Lyras the German/Spanish teacher whom I had taken for 3 years. She was not only involved in every way possible, but she worked tirelessly to engage all students and to help them succeed in their goals. The other is Mrs. Serdynski. I had taken Mrs. Serdynski for Freshman Science, and throughout my four years at Shawnee, she was always the friendliest of faculty members. Even after not having me for three years, was still interested in me as a senior, and what I was doing. Thank you to both of you. You are inspirations to me in that I only want to be as passionate with my career as you two are about yours.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 4, 2013

We just recently moved to the area and my daughter is in her first year at Shawnee. She really seems to like it. Maybe not the best, but certainly one of the better schools in the area based on the reseach I've done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2012

Shawnee has challenging programs available and teachers who are involved and concerned for students and progress. Of course there are always teachers that instruct and go home, but that is not the standard at Shawnee. There are plenty of hobby & academic clubs in addition to well coached sports programs for all seasons. We've been very happy with the education offered --it's why we chose Medford to live!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

I agree that this school falls far short when it comes to the average learner. Sports-minded and AP honor students are celebrated - dare I say, catered to, and the average kids are pretty much on their own. Most teachers try to remain distant,uninvolved. It's a shame. My child and I had difficulty with one teacher and my requests for assistance from administration fell on deaf ears. She as much as told me she was wasn't interested in teaching kids who needed even occasional additional help. My younger children will go to private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2009

This school fails to meet the needs of all learners. It caters to two types of learners - the very intelligent and the student with learners disabilities. It you student does not fall into either of those two categories you're out of luck. The teachers are not interested in teaching students - they teach a subject and not very well. The only thing I can say good about this school is the principal is great. very professional and involved. If your child is an athlete, this is your school also, but if you have an average learner that needs a teacher to be more involved - run in the other direction, these teachers don't care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2008

All 4 of my children attended Shawnee High School. The Principal, teachers and coaches were all wonderful. Never had one single problem. Great School! Mrs. Margaret Kelly , form. Medford Lakes, NJ
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2008

Students do not get the help they need even when they try to meet with their teacher. Seems teachers have better things to do than teach!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2007

I am a former student of Shawnee. If not for the care, support, professionalism and individual help I received through the special education department I know I would not be where I am today. The sports programs are not only excellent but a lot about life can be learned through the positive coaching staff. There was always something for everyone to be involved whether it was theater, art, athletics or just a friendly teacher to talk to.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 31, 2006

This school is one that many will go one to college after graduating. It looks excellent on colleges, many like to see Shawnee alumni. One downfall would be the lack of diversity, not many students have experienced the world outside of Medford. With diversity in this school it would be excellent.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 18, 2005

I graduated from shawnee High School and I believe that no other school in the country could have prepared me for college the way that shawnee did. When it comes to math and writing I am at the top of my college class even though I was only able to account for Cs and Bs in Shawnee. So they obviously did something right or Western Pa is just not a smart area.
—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.
Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 92% in 2013.

419 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

419 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

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91%

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92%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students98%
Female99%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education92%
General education99%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant98%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students89%
Female88%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education50%
General education95%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant89%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 58% in 2013.

433 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
74%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

All Students84%
Female84%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
General education89%
English language learnersn/a
Not migrant84%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

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SAT participation

90%

SAT college ready

61%

Graduation rate

97%


1 This rating is based on 2012-13 NJ ASK, HSPA, and/or NJBCT results from the New Jersey Department of Education.

2 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, ACT/SAT participation, and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 9%
Black 2% 16%
Hispanic 2% 22%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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600 Tabernacle Road
Medford, NJ 08055
Phone: (609) 654-7544

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