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Salisbury Senior High School

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Posted October 28, 2012

Salisbury is small, which can be a good or bad thing, depending on how you look at it. But I think it works to an advantage. Teachers are wonderful, I feel that's the best thing about this school. I feel like the grading system is a bit harder than other schools. I know a low of students hate this school, but it's really the students who make it so bad.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 12, 2012

I am a senior at salisbury this year, and there is a lot to say about this school, it's administration, it's students and their teachers. Pro's -The 2011-12 school year provided each student with their each individual laptop to use for "school work". Most-all students used their laptop for almost anything else except school work, but they did help with certain situations. Small classes = most students getting help if they need it. Lots of security (40 cameras to monitor 8 hallways). Very little violence. Theft is uncommon. Renovations complete, along with new science wing. Smart boards are used more than chalkboards. I feel prepared for college. There were a lot of electives (art, music, gym, other) classes besides core classes. Cons - Only spanish/german offered. The administration doesn't realize laptops are detrimental to learning, and fire 3 of the very few (in my opinion) teachers that actually connect with the students, put real initiative into their lessons, & try to make education interesting. Among student, frankly it's pitiful. It seems to me that nobody gets a long, or cares about one another. Most students agree that they can't stand each other....
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2009

I graduated in 08 and as an alumni, I can say that my experience was awesome. 2 reviews before this says, 'the grade system is based more on homework than tests so students can slip by with a C regardless of getting zero's on all of their tests/quizzes'. I don't know why that's a negative since the PSSA scores are almost always above average anyway. Also, there are mean, nice, easy, tough, stupid and smart teachers and peers as there are in any other school. Not everyone gets along with everyone. When it comes down to it, Salisbury is definitely above average, I was fully prepared for college, I got help when I needed it. I didn't do well at first and for anyone who says the school has academic issues, it is completely the students fault. There is no reason for failure.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 23, 2008

As a current student at Salisbury, I have to disagree with many of these negative comments. Although there are a few classes that do seem to be a waste of time, most of them are electives of some sort. The main subjects here (math, science, history, english) are, in my opinion, very good classes and the honors/AP courses are even better. The only real complaint I'd have is that they often take students who are average, but lazy and put them in classes that don't require them to challenge themselves just to get them by.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2006

My parents have had four kids graduate from Salisbury, and they have come to the conclusion that if Salisbury were in its current state when I started there, I would have gone to private school or a neighboring district. Salisbury just isn't what it used to be. The teachers are not challenging, the grade system is based more on homework than tests so students can slip by with a C regardless of getting zero's on all of their tests/quizzes, and the administration spent two hours defining 'flip-flop' so they could ban them from the school. What a joke. Their tech department is in complete disarray. If you need anything done, you have to go to a knowledgeable student instead of the tech department. Principal leadership is too good. Toltalitarian comes to mind. There are teachers that are worthwhile, but they are few and far between
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 21, 2006

SHS has excellent academic and extracurriculars for a school of this size. SHS has as high or higher PSSA scores than the 'preferred' districts in the area. Its smaller size insures that the average kids do not fall through the cracks and are afforded opportunities that most students in the larger districts can't get.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2005

Good academics, could do more with extra curriculars. Good guidance program. Small student body, isolated population. Not an easy school for new kids to be accepted. Need diversity training.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2004

I went to Salisbury for one semester. The teachers are amazing and I enjoyed learning for the first time in years. On the other hand, the students are close-minded and cruel; any differences were picked apart and used as ammo. Yes; kids are mean but Salisbury students lack tolerance of diversity- which I did not find in other schools. Ironically enough, Salisbury offers a Tolerance and Diversity Class (at least they did in 2001) which is as terrific as it's teacher.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2004

I learned a lot at Salisbury and I believe it was highly underrated, true not everyone succeeds or has a great experiance but that is certinley not because the resources were not available to them.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 22, 2003

I was not prepared for college. Going there was difficult for me. For such a small district we have had so many tragedies and the administration did not seem to truly care. Parents of friends have tried to get help from the district for emotional problems and were refused.
—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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

135 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

135 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

135 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
51%

2009

 
 
39%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

137 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
95%
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 Students70%
Female59%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)59%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students89%
Female91%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)77%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students59%
Female51%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)59%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students97%
Female100%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)91%
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 79% 71%
Hispanic 12% 9%
Black 5% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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