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Perkiomen Valley High School

Public | 9-12

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted September 7, 2012

I would have given it 5 stars, but while the English, Social Studies, Languages and Math Departments are doing a great job the Science Department has been a huge disappointment. For six years now my kids have been taking science classes at the high school and the teachers are mostly professionals who moved from the lab to the classroom. Unfortunately they don't know how to teach to the middle. They teach for perhaps the brightest kids, or perhaps for pleasure of the sound of their own voices, but apart from the Chemistry Classes none of my kids -- who do very well in other subjects -- have felt like they understood or liked their science classes. Earth Science, Biology, Physics.... it's all been a wash-out, and the PSSA test scores demonstrate the short comings of the teaching in this area. I have seen no progress or even awareness that there is a problem with the science department, but I feel like our kids have not been well served. Apart from that, this has been a great high school for my kids. There's lots of parent involvement, lots of care and enthusiasm from teachers and staff. There's an atmosphere of mutual care and respect all around, a very good thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

My daughter has had the best education and teachers at this school. She loves to go to school which makes learning easier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2009

Perkiomen Valley School District prepared me well for post high school life. I went to numerous elementary schools before ending at South and I loved it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 3, 2009

Very happy with elementary and middle school experience. High school has fallen flat. Homework is assigned over the weekends and impacts family time in a negative way. Not as much support for the arts as in lower grades. Teachers and administrators are consumed with standard test results and this overshadows individuality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

They have a musical or play every marking period!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2007

We were pleased with the elementary and middle schools, but very disappointed with the high school. Few of the teachers - and none of the administrators - had any creative or innovative 'spark'. The district plays to the lowest common denominator, and there is no incentive or desire to be innovative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2005

There is a great parent involvement with teachers as well as with programs that your child could be involved with. There is also a large support for the arts and sports and the encourage all of the students to become involved in something.
—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.

438 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

438 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

433 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

439 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
91%
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%
Female75%
Male77%
Black65%
Asian87%
Hispanic50%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female89%
Male79%
Black67%
Asian87%
Hispanic58%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students66%
Female60%
Male71%
Black41%
Asian78%
Hispanic25%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities (IEP)28%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students94%
Female97%
Male92%
Black90%
Asian100%
Hispanic82%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged84%
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 86% 71%
Black 6% 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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509 Gravel Rd
Collegeville, PA 19426
Phone: (610) 489-1230

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