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Biglerville High School

Public | 9-12 | 534 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted April 21, 2013

This schools teachers are good/bad. Some are nice and teach us what we need to learn. others favorite students over other students and don't even teach you they just tell you to go on study wiz and do the work they posted!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2012

I went BHS and it was the worst years of my life. Most of the teachers were there just for a pay check and could have cared less if the students were learning. I asked some of the teachers for help and they told me to ask my parents for help. There were few class options and even fewer extracurricular activities. Students were not encouraged to excel. I asked the GC what colleges I could go to that offered classes in computers or even game development i was ask do i really think that im college material? That shows how much they care about their students. The b.o.t and the principal ( Rich Sterner) showed bias toward students. If he didnt like you he would do anything he could to make it hard for you.


Posted October 1, 2012

I can't believe anyone feels there are enough extracurriculars at this high school, or that I can create something new! Can I form a volleyball team or a swim team? No. Where are the student interest clubs? Budget and size aren't excuses for the lack of class diversity here, it's poor choices of how to spend the money. The new school is a huge waste of space, and already too small. The football team doesn't need to have 3 jerseys at the same time. Don't get me wrong, there are some good teachers and coaches here. But I believe that to actually get a quality education, I'll have to wait until college. And believe me, when I leave, I'm never going to look back.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 8, 2012

I can't believe anyone feels there are not enough extracurriculars in the high school! In addition to athletics, the music department is EXCELLENT and there are opportunities for students to join tech programs, chess club (founded by a student), drama, student gov't, etc. If something is missing, any student would be welcome to fill that void with his own ideas. Class selection is sometimes lacking, but with the small size of the school and the increased budget pressures, that's not going to get any better. Students will take from Biglerville what they put in to Biglerville.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2012

I graduated from BHS, and I find the community rating to be greatly elevated. Some teachers showed bias toward students, and the leadership was indifferent to student progress (other than progress pertaining to standardized tests). There were few class options and even fewer extracurricular activities. Students were not encouraged to excel (i.e. few student-run clubs/organizations and few opportunities to interact with the intellectual community at large). Ethnic diversity is not celebrated, and the 'native' population does little to interact with the growing Latin community. If I had had a choice, I would have never gone to this school, as there are far better in the area.


Posted July 15, 2010

I went to BHS and in my opinion the school is severely lacking in several departments. The opportunity for extracurricular activities is severely limited. Also, if you question the rules, teachers or administrators you get punished. The material is lacking as well. Less material is covered in this school than in other nearby schools. Also, the teachers are becoming more and more frustrated with the limitations of what they can teach since the pressure for the students to pass the PSSA has increased.


Posted February 19, 2010

This is an excellent school! For the most part the teachers respect their students and want to help them. The macbooks that we have received have been a great learning experience and will help with the world's growing technology.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 3, 2009

Great atmosphere for fun and learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2008

THis school is a great school. It's great at educating our children and making sure they are in a safe enviorment. Biglerville HIgh School is very much worth the highest rank.
—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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

115 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

114 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
41%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

123 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
86%
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 Students61%
Female66%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female82%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students57%
Female56%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students87%
Female93%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)60%
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 78% 71%
Hispanic 19% 9%
Black 2% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
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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161 North Main St
Biglerville, PA 17307
Phone: (717) 677-7191

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