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Valley Forge High School

Public | 9-12 | 1565 students

 
 

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Posted October 9, 2013

Valley Forge High School in Parma, OH is terrible at solving issues especially with BULLYING. From an experience with teachers and administration, it's feels like no authority wants to be bothered or cares about the child being bullied. Shame that these are educators.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

Valley forge is not a school for most people. It is very biased on status and reputation, fights happen and are encouraged by the students watching. Students regually smoke just outside the building and school bathrooms. Most teachers are good, espeisally in the Career and vocational like wood tech and viscom. the subjet teachers have there good and bad teachers, some can't explain the lesson some don't know anything BUT the lesson and some don't what they are talking about. This is not a school for you but if you are going here, good luck, stay strong and just get through high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2012

I graduated from VF in 1989 and I enjoyed it very much. I enjoyed the teachers as well as, the rest of the staff. They tried very hard to make you feel welcomed and very concerned about your well being. Go out and get the community to pass that levy and explain to them that education is number 1 in that area. Keep the sports because they make the students independent. Way to go Patriots. Good Luck students and staff.


Posted November 3, 2009

I go to Valley Forge and I don't have a problem with anything there except the teachers. Some of them honestly do their job, but others make no sense, and when you ask them about something they've been talking about all class period they can't explain because they don't even know what they're talking about. And now that the levy is going to keep failing I'm afraid colleges aren't going to be impressed with my grades and progress because of how I have been taught at Valley Forge, but I'm just a student there's not much I can do to change what we're being taught. Other teachers teach us things that aren't even in the curriculum, but things that they view as important. I'm a sophomore and I have to take the OGTs this year, and I might not have the info to get a goo grade on them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 21, 2009

I've had 3 sons go through Valley Forge and I couldn't have been happier. They all had varied interests and strengths and were able to take classes accordingly. The extracurricular, athletics, AP Courses, their Honors Program and the Vocational Courses are included. I never had a problem with staff or administration. My husband and I were able to participate in parent volunteer activities. I have no qualms about recommending Valley Forge High School or any other school in the PCSD.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2008

The administrative quality is low. Good teachers though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2007

I highly disagree with opinions about how Valley Forge is lacking academically. I've had the advantage of having my child in 4 different schools districts in the state due to job moves, and Valley Forge exceeded my expectations in a big way. This is the ONLY school that challenged my child academically, and it's the ONLY school she brings homework home for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2005

The quality of education offered at Valley Forge has been in a persistent state of decline over the past six years. This change in focus has had a direct impact on the decline in the educational ability of the school. Students are no longer presented with a wealth of knowledge and asked to apply critical thinking skills to express their thoughts and to delve deeper into subjects. Instead they are simply told to mindlessly memorize a set of information to pass the state proficiency exam without ever having a true understanding of what it is that they are learning. Drastic declines are not only visible within the school academic performance, but also in its athletics as well. Current athletic director Tom Schreiber has impeded many of the schools athletic teams by 'selectively' losing paperwork distracting players and coaches from focusing on the sport and chasing away a lot of coaching talent.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted August 5, 2005

Soccer - they need to have consistency with coaching. My son played varsity soccer for four years and had 3 different coaches - starting from scratch year after year is hard on the players. Because one is a teacher does not mean he/she is fit for the job as head coach. Players having so much talent unable to use it because of the mish-mash, rollercoaster ride of coaching staff. Academic programs overall are good, and principal is a great fit for the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2005

Compatred to the other two high schools in the district Valley forge is the best choice.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

350 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

349 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

347 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

347 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

349 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. State averages displayed on public school profiles include public schools only. State averages displayed on private school profiles include private schools only. The OGT is a high school graduation requirement for public schools and chartered private schools. The OGT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students83%
Female85%
Male82%
Black, non-Hispanic65%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracial58%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Disabled40%
Non-disabled93%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female92%
Male83%
Black, non-Hispanic80%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracial75%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Disabled51%
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students77%
Female80%
Male74%
Black, non-Hispanic63%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracial75%
White79%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Disabled39%
Non-disabled86%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students79%
Female77%
Male80%
Black, non-Hispanic74%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracial58%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Disabled46%
Non-disabled87%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Writing

All Students87%
Female94%
Male80%
Black, non-Hispanic75%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracial75%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Disabled51%
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. State averages displayed on public school profiles include public schools only. State averages displayed on private school profiles include private schools only. The OGT is a high school graduation requirement for public schools and chartered private schools. The OGT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

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

Source: Ohio Department of Education

 
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100 (2010)
 
100 (2009)
 
98 (2008)

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About the tests


Ohio uses the Performance Index to provide an overall indication of how well students perform on its standardized tests each year. The Performance Index scores are based upon how well each student does on all tested subjects in grades 3 through 8 and 10. Schools and districts earn anywhere from 1.2 points for each student scoring at the advanced level to zero points for each untested student. The Performance Index ranges between 0 and 120, with 100 as the statewide goal for all students.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

No Value-Added data was reported for this school.

About the tests


In 2010-2011, the Ohio Department of Education used the Value-Added Measure to show how much growth students made on the Ohio Achievement Test since the last school year. The state expects that student test scores will show an average year's worth of growth compared to test scores from the previous year. Ohio's Value-Added Measure is not the same as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), a federal measure which uses different criteria.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

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The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

22%
of schools in the state are Below average
54%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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ACT participation

57%

Average ACT score

21

Graduation rate

84%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 OAA/OGT results from the state of Ohio.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 value-added estimates from the state of Ohio.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores, ACT participation (% of 11th graders taking the ACT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 74%
Black 5% 16%
Hispanic 5% 4%
Two or more races 3% 4%
Asian 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38%N/A47%
Female 48%N/A49%
Male 53%N/A51%
Students with disabilities 17%N/A15%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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9999 Independence Blvd
Parma Heights, OH 44130
Phone: (440) 885-2330

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