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Abington Senior High School

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Posted September 6, 2014

I'm on my last year of Abington Senior high (Class of 2015) and I believe that the school will only be as great as the effort you put in it. The school has a lot of opportunities that many around don't so if you take advantage of those, then it will be great and if you don't you will certainly have fun in the principal's office because the school doesn't play when it comes to education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 1, 2011

I graduated from Abington High School in 1999 and to this date believe that AHS sculpted me into the successful businessman I am today. They provided a strong academic background while employing teachers who push the boundaries of modern education. Without my AHS education I would not have attended college in Baltimore and not developed into the well rounded person I am today. I'm thankful that public high schools like AHS still exist and are providing high quality education for the children of Pennsylvania.


Posted January 12, 2010

There is a new principal who is absolutely terrific - respected by parents and students and has brought new energy to the school. This school has a lot of diversity and prepares students for the real world while maintaining very high standards academically. Because of diversity behavior is an issue sometimes, but the school really highlights achievement in many areas and the kids know what's expected. My children have been prepared for academic competition at the highest level and at college interviews my child has heard that Abington is very well thought of both for academics and for preparing its students to move into the wider world. Terrific art, theater, music and academics as well, with enthusiastic mentors amount the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

If I could have chosen to go to high school anywhere, this would be it. We have great teacheres and extracurriculars, especially marching band.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Abington has EVERYTHING...the best teachers (ones who act as both educators and mentors), a diverse student population, myriad clubs/activities, and a friendly environment overall.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 27, 2009

Abington schools have truly changed and stayed the same in some areas. First the change, I've called and written teachers concerning my child and have even informed the principal that I've been trying to contact several teachers and no one has contacted me yet. It's as if they do not care anymore. The teachers are also trying to be friends to the students instead of the teacher, until something happens. Secondly, the same. There is still alot of harrassing/picking amongst students and nothing is done about it or it's not handled in a timely until something happens between the students. Finally, I do not advocate fighting, however, I do believe that if someone is being taunted regularly or hit, the victim has a right to defend themselves. I understand training starts at home, however, I wish the school could have a class/progam to teach girls/boys the importance of loving/respecting themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2008

It was fine a few years ago for me at least. I do see how it is getting out of control with the students. Some of the teachers are good, but there are also some not so good ones. Yes there is a lot of teasing going on in there and teacher will most likely not do anything... big surprise there. Its still a good place to learn, if you can look past all that. I do think some of the teachers don't belong there. Since they aren't really teaching the students and usually let them do whatever they want in class.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 30, 2008

School is not really good. Teachers are not in control of students who are breaking all the rules. All ID tags and evrything that school is providing to 'look good' are not helping at all. I think administration needs to spend more time on telling teachers how important silence during the class is. Or maybe how my son turned his homework in and did not recieve grade for it within month after. There are lots of issues that effect not just the schoiol it self, but even more - its students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2008

Overcrowding...And teachers 'presenteeism' doesnt count! And are kids being sent from neighboring towns here...it seems like it???
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2007

the school is ok. its not like it us to be. things seem to be getting out of hand with the students and most of the teachers really dont want to be there and it shows in the way they teach there class. most students are out of control and it is scaring the other students away. they need to tighen up there system a little bit and maybe the school can get better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 11, 2007

This school is amazing, it is very advance in everything for the different classrooms. After any type of problem is reveiwed they get on top of it right away, and although it might be tough, they won't back down and they will guild you through the whole time. They have the most decaited teachers, and staff, that I have ever seen. Trust me, this school is great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 13, 2007

I recently graduated from Abington after attending a Catholic elementary school. Now in college, I feel extraordinarily lucky to have attended Abington. I was prepared for college and the real world by great teachers who were dedicated and passionate about their jobs. Of course cliques and teasing existed, but there is no high school in the country that is free of these problems. Academically, Abington is embracing the 21st century. Classrooms are filled with the latest technology that teachers use to enhance teaching. Sports compete at the highest high school level in Pennsylvania, and extracurricular music/art programs are abundant. Abington rewards hard work and good discipline and provides many opportunities to make friends. Get your tax money's worth and send your child to this high school!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 27, 2005

The quality of academic programs is great if you are in Honors or AP courses. Abington provides challenging courses in this aspect and really prepares you well for college. Extracurriular activities such as sports, music, and clubs are popular and offer a student a chance to really get involved in his/her school and community. Community service is a must and Mrs. Rodgers, the service learning coordinator is a wonderful source and teacher to get acquainted with. As for the level of parent involvement, I don't have any comments.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 30, 2005

This used to be a great school system but it is in decline. It is overcrowded and teachers just don't seem to care anymore. The extracurricular activities still seem above par.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 29, 2004

Both of my children have attended Abington Schools since Kindergarten. I am horrified at the amount of classifying and grouping that goes on in the student body, and the teasing and harassing which is not controlled. One of my children has borne the brunt of the teasing in the classroom, the other has learned that it happens every day and the teachers look the other way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2004

The opportunities for both academic and extracurricular challenges have enriched my daughter. Her individual strengths have been recognized and fostered in a myriad of ways at Abington. She has been well prepared for college. The depth of the academic offerings at Abington is noteworthy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2003

Abington Senior High School, while trying it's hardest to be 'the best' sometimes forgets how important that in addition to a good education, a good social system is needed. It is apparent that even the teachers set up their own 'classifications' and do not attend to the average students needs when it comes to teasing. My child, while not having these issues, has seen many a student tormented and forgotten- which in Abingtons ridiculously large, crowded, and overpopulated student body, is easily overlooked.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 60% in 2012.

579 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

580 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

561 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

585 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
93%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students76%
Female77%
Male75%
Black53%
Asian91%
Hispanic77%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)41%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female81%
Male75%
Black53%
Asian84%
Hispanic76%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students49%
Female44%
Male53%
Black16%
Asian68%
Hispanic61%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students91%
Female94%
Male87%
Black81%
Asian91%
Hispanic94%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)61%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania 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: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 67% 71%
Black 24% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Hispanic 3% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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900 Highland Ave
Abington, PA 19001
Phone: (215) 884-4700

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