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Ephrata Senior High School

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4 stars

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Posted December 22, 2013

As a senior who's put up with this school for 3 years, I believe that it's only average. The Arts in Ephrata are spectacular, but the school itself still has lots of wiggle room in their budgeting skills (Their art programs are poorly funded, the teachers usually have to fund it themselves.) The parental involvement seemed shallow to me: The only involvement my parents really had was my grades, which in essence, does not reflect me as a person or student. The student body is a rather discriminating kind as a whole. If you don't confine perfectly, someone will be out to get you for your entire career. And when reports were filed against said discrimination, most cases were swept under the rug. Overall, Ephrata isn't the best, it's also not the worst. It still needs improvement in funding programs and caring for their students. They should also have mandatory spelling tests.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2010

I am giving Ephrata 5 stars because of their Special Education Department and the Music program. In Special Ed they are outstanding with the students and the individualized attention they provide. Very cooperative with the parents and their needs, too. Music program is outstanding. Washington Education Center is a viable option for alternative education, though I question the motivation it provides for the students. My experience is that WEC offers another way for students to beat the system. Still for some it probably is a good option. I will not rate the sports program because that is no indication of a school's value in my opinion. Finally there are a few teachers who allow students to slide by and pass them on just to get rid of them but these are clearly the exception. Most teachers I have dealt with are very concerned and take their job seriously.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2009

Ephrata is a terrible school, believe me I went there. The students are mean, and very unwelcoming. I went there last year and it was the worst year of school for me I hated it. The teachers are horrible they really don't care what you do. I do not recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 4, 2006

I believe that the Ephrata High School is a great school, in a wonderful district. The teachers all seem genuinely concerned for students and take an interest in them. There is an abundance of extracurricular activites, sports, and music activities for students to be a part of, all of which are supported by the school and parents alike. Parents seem to have as much involvement as they wish. This depends on the parent, but for those wishing to be involved, this is very easy to do.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 1, 2006

The sports teams may not be great, but the music department makes up for it. Ephrata has a strong music department with a concert choir, concert orchestra, and concert band. They provide a quality education from qualified professionals. Parents are free to email or call teachers at any time. The teachers are willing to work with your child to give them the best education possible.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 24, 2005

Music program is excellent, especially the marching Band. The sports teams are mediocre but Ephrata has exciting 'other' extracurricular activities. Academic programs push students to develop their skills. The german program is one of the best in pa.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 13, 2004

This school is a very hard to review school. The teachers are good. The school does try to help with 'Special needs' children. But, yet, I feel they just pass students along, without the student actually learning the content of what was taught.
—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.

282 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

280 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

276 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
55%

2009

 
 
55%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

289 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
88%
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%
Female81%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female79%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students62%
Female59%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students88%
Female92%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
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 87% 71%
Hispanic 7% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Black 2% 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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803 Oak Blvd
Ephrata, PA 17522
Phone: (717) 721-1478

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