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Southern Lehigh Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 1032 students

 
 

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Posted June 3, 2012

Moved into this district when my child was entering 6th grade. She's now graduated and we are very pleased with her experience and education at Southern Lehigh. It was recommended to me and widely recognized as one of the top handful of districts in the Lehigh Valley area and I couldn't agree more. Much smaller than the biggest districts in the region, but large enough to have lots of choice in academic programs (many AP classes) and extracurriculars, and competitive sports teams that are typically contending for their league title.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2012

II graduated from Southern Lehigh in 2008 and i'm not at all surprised by the community response to SLHS on this site. I loved the gifted teachers who taught us, the campus, and the general SLHS experience, but I'm not surprised by all the negative reviews. SLHS as a school is wonderful, but Southern Lehigh is filled with snooty complaining parents who are painting it as a negative place - it's a great school to attend and I'm proud to be alum. Don't let these low star reviews fool you - SLHS is the place to be and everyone in the Lehigh Valley knows it!


Posted April 27, 2008

I graduated in 2005 and enjoyed this school. It prepared me for college adequately, and my AP exam results got me 6credits at Kutztown. Very little could be done to make this school better. Like all schools some teachers will be better or worse than others. Not culturally diverse but that's ok with me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 6, 2008

I am an alumni of SLHS and was disappointed by the lack of assistance the school district gave to students who were not your cookie cutter southern lehigh student (ie white, decently wealthy althetic students). I felt judged and was disgusted by several occaisions when I witnessed the school covering up discipline areas instead of dealing with them. I did feel safe there, and recieved a mediocre education but feel they do not challenge the students unless they are enrolled in 'advanced' classes. Also felt they did not support extracurricular activities that were not football, field hockey or other 'traditional' high school sports. All in all, it's an alright school, but they seemed a little too ok with letting a LOT of students 'fall through the cracks'


Posted April 13, 2007

The administration staff at the high school seem to only worry about discipline and don't recognize the better students. Their is no senior class recognition. When it comes to the financial matters of the school, I would consider it a rip off. The district parents give a lot to the school, but the school does not treat students fairly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 6, 2007

Southern Lehigh doesn't support their extracurricular activities(No locker room for track, lacrosse or football). Southern Lehigh School District often declines parent involvement that would enhance the students' experience. They seem to micro discipline good kids. Many classes do not have text books for each student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2006

School is relatively good school. Because of demographics, the school is not diverse. Many teachers care, but many also take it as a job and don't teach but give instruction. School board try novel education programs that mostly fail Would be a better school if more attention given to AP courses and graduates getting into top colleges. Has a poor record of this but seems to be improving. Parent involvement and participation needed if school is to give best education for their child. Plenty of extracurricular activities and opportunities for students to grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2004

It is a very good school with a lot of opportunities for the students to excel. The only big problem is that I think the dress code should be a little more lenient. What is wrong with spaghetti straps and why do ur shoulders have to be covered? There is also a lot of school spirit for the football games and every other sport. I like it better then the school I used to go to. That's for sure. There are a lot of challenges and expectations from the teachers. We also got a whole bunch of new equipment and rooms, for example the gym and cafeteria.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2004

Southern Lehigh High School is a small school that has high standards. Sparkly clean. Our marching band is excellent, football team is okay. Curriculum is fairly rigid due to PA. state academic standards. School was just remodeled in 2003. Brand new gym, cafeteria, music rooms and classrooms added. We are not crowded, for now. Teachers are generally thoughtful and competetent, administration is tough but fair. There are less then a dozen ap classes and none can be taken before junior year unless a student/parent really pushes for it. Most students are content with challenge level.
—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.

233 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

237 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

230 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

234 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%

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 Students73%
Female72%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female85%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students60%
Female57%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students85%
Female89%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
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 89% 71%
Hispanic 4% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 2% 15%
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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5800 Main St
Center Valley, PA 18034
Phone: (610) 282-1421

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