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Boiling Springs High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 686 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted December 12, 2012

I am the parent of a graduated and current high school student who has attended South Middleton School District since kindergarten. Positive things. It is a small school and community. I know most of the families/friends of my children. Negative things. There are some teachers that are excellent, but most are mediocre. My child is an average student who in many ways seems to have fallen through the cracks. Unless you have a bright student or one with special needs, there is not much attention given to the average. This carries over to the guidance counselor office as well. It is very disappointing, especially from such a small school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2012

As a former student of Boiling Springs high, I can say that this school went far beyond my expectations. I went into high school thinking it was going to be uncomfortable and confused. The students and teachers will do everything they can to make new students of any race, feel at home. In my junior year, I was even given the opportunity to work with students who came in with disabilities, or challenges in their life. I was sad to hear that I wouldn't be graduating a Bubbler, but I'll never forget what that school offered me.


Posted November 8, 2012

As a former student, the only strength this school district has is an affluent community that provides students up-to-date technology and reading material. With the exception of the English department, the majority of the teachers are sub-par at best and most of the new staff are incompetent in regards to teaching methods and understanding individual learning differences among students. I attend a 4 year University and the only post-graduate preparation I have used was taught to me by my English teachers. The counselors are overloaded with students and students who are in dire need of social services do not get the care or attention they need to flourish in an academic setting. The counselors provide referrals to social services because there is no licensed social worker for the entire school district. Students are either labeled as college bound or are expected to pester their counselor into giving them information on colleges. If you have been there since kindergarten chances are you will be haunted by students who are forgotten, and social stratification that is early established. Half my graduating class is pregnant and/or raising kids in this town hoping to send them there. Ew
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 15, 2010

The school's strength lies in its close-knit community. However, due to its small size, the curriculum is restricted. And don't kid yourself, despite the seemingly idyllic atmosphere, there are all the problems with alcohol and drug use that many people associate with larger school districts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2010

Great student body, very welcoming and accepting to new students. The teachers are very willing to help students outside of class and go out of their way to help their students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 26, 2009

Great School. Very welcoming to military students. Guidance counselors are very easy to work with
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2009

Fantastic education for my children. We moved around a lot and this is excellent choice for the mobile family to move here, be welcomed into a small community with outstanding educational opportunities for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2007

It is a small school. My children graduated from that school district, and they will not even send their children there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2005

I think boiling Springs high school is a good school. But I along with many other people think they should get Mr.Gallegher back. He was a good vice priciple and he is missed. The new vice principle is too strict!
—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.

172 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

170 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

177 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
36%

2009

 
 
42%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

176 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
87%
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 Students59%
Female61%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female84%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)32%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students40%
Female38%
Male42%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students88%
Female98%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)52%
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 93% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Hispanic 2% 9%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 15%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4 Forge Rd
Boiling Springs, PA 17007
Phone: (717) 258-6484

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