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Emmaus High School

Public | 9-12 | 2566 students


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Posted January 13, 2013

This school has some of the highest standards I have ever seen in a public school. From the academic rigor, to the discipline code, to the extra curricular opportunities, EHS offers students every opportunity to succeed, and the community is very supportive as well. I would not hesitate to send my child to Emmaus, and anyone who says otherwise needs to take a long, hard look at their expectations and the other public schools in the area.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted November 23, 2011

The outstanding education my daughter received at Emmaus High School led to a full tuition 4 year scholarship at a prestigious private college. She entered college with 27 credits she accumulated through AP courses. With a solid academic preparation she obtained at EHS she was able to graduate with highest honors from college and obtained 2 scholarships for graduate study. She is presently in an honorable career with an outstanding firm. The parents of many of her classmates could write virtually the same message.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 9, 2011

Where to begin? The administration is poor to say the least; the only high point is that they manage to keep most of the kids out of prison, and even that is questionable. They hand out Saturday detentions to the point that it looks like a regular school day when the kids are entering the building, and most are for minor infractions. There is a rampant drug problem among the children in the school and in no way is this being addressed. The students are questionable at best and are lacking in most moral areas and have little to no interpersonal skills unless you count threats and fighting among characteristics that are positive. I pulled ALL of my children out and actually opted to educate them elsewhere. I would rather pay Central Catholic ungodly sums of money (and we are not Catholic) than send my children to EHS. This saddens me as I am a graduate of EHS myself and have family who had taught for East Penn for years. They agree, times have changed, the families have changed and so have the teachers. Attitude reflects leadership, all of which are lacking in the EHS of today.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 4, 2009

My son is in his 12 year of school, and the teachers and staff have done an outstanding job preparing Michael for the next level of education. He has made it to AP courses,because of the support provided by the counselors and teachers. Thank you EHS!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 28, 2009

Having 3 kids and a grandchild who have gone through Emmaus, I can safely say the focus of the school and the district is on the college-bound student. Programs and encouragement for those students has been and continues to be very good. However, this school discourages and in fact has a tendency to 'push out' those students who will terminate their education after high school or who look toward a trade school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 7, 2009

Emmaus H.S. is the most overcrowded and unprofessional school. The grading system horrible and last year I was told in many classes there were only a 'class set of books'. The administration had no clue until I brought it to their attention.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 23, 2008

I graduated last year and it was such a great school. The teachers were helpful and nice, the activities and sports always kept things exciting, and the students really showed a lot of school spirit. I'm so glad I went to this school!
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 21, 2008

EHS has great teachers and more extracurricular activities than anyone could imagine. My favorite part of the education was the availability of a strong computer science program. It has enabled me to excel in the field of IT Project Management. As others have mentioned, the 65/74/84/92 grading system will be a disadvantage when colleges look at a students GPA. However, many students took honors and AP classes which gave .5 or 1 GPA point extra (an A from an AP class is worth 5 points when calculating your GPA instead of the usual 4). The school has been facing an overcrowding issue for many years now. I always found it nice that many parts of the school were new or remodeled.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 28, 2007

most of the teachers are great. the district has all the extracurricular activities for students with various interests. Emmaus field hockey is renowned, as well as basketball, and band. Due to the downtown emmaus area, some students have bad influence and lower the school grades, but most students do well. The school is getting really populated, and there should be an action taken to minimize the problem that is going to rapidly enlarge in the future. LOVE the principal, but he is retiring and i don't know how the new principal is going to lead us. Also, ESPD has made the most student and teachers names on the Hall of the Fame. 7 teachers and 9 students (im almost positive), where the other school districts can't even reach.ESPD is over all great, but the grading system frustruates the students.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 12, 2007

Very strong academic and extra curricular activities. Produces many outstanding students, many attending the best colleges in the country. Strong administrators as well as a strong athletic director who has improved our facilities immensely. Very large student body creating positive competition. Plans to split the high school will offer better opportunities to more students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 7, 2006

Emmaus High School needs to split into two schools. Strong athletics teams should not be the goal of public education. I am sorry to see the new principal leave after so short a tenure, as I believe she had a positive impact on the school. The district needs a new, strong Superintendent with vision and leadership to correct severe and worsening overcrowding problems and to give guidance on how to regain lost academic leadership in the region.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 7, 2006

The Emmaus High School offers a tremendous array of academic programs and outstanding acivities for all students. Great teachers and principal. The school building is totally unorganized (result of many years of organic growth), leaving many students and parents lost (literally). The unique grading system (91% is not an A) left my students at a disadvantage when applying to colleges that look at GPA.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 9, 2006

The High School Emmaus is the reason we moved from NY to PA. The academic programs for all levels of learning is great. They have a lot of extracurricular activities encouraging the kids to participate. The guidance staff are exceptional in helping with all matters. Taking time out to listen and advise both children and parents. I have been extremly pleased with the achievements my children made this year in their New School. Emmaus High School is a great place for teenagers to learn and find themselves.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 8, 2005

There ware way too many students in the school.More than what is listed on the site. The halls are always crowded and the time limit from one class to another is too short making it hard to get to class on time. The honors programs is a nice bonus for the students, and there a lot of clubs and sports to get involved in. Nice atmosphere overall.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 23, 2004

The administration seems to be lacking in capability, because they have as of 2/23/04 have not calculated a GPA score for students so far in the 03/04 school year. The teachers are of fine quality, but some students fail out of complete disrespect for the teacher and their lesson, as a result, No Child Left Behind is holding the teacher accountable for those who independantly choose not to participate.
—Submitted by a student

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The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

558 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

557 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

547 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

574 students were tested at this school in 2012.








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


All Students67%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities (IEP)35%
English language learnersn/a


All Students81%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)45%
English language learnersn/a


All Students52%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
English language learnersn/a


All Students89%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)57%
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 84% 71%
Hispanic 7% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Black 4% 15%
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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500 Macungie Ave
Emmaus, PA 18049
Phone: (610) 965-1651


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