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9-12
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Fairless Hills, PA

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705 Hood Blvd
Fairless Hills, PA 19030

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(215) 949-6700
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May 27, 2014
PHS is a very large school with 3000+ students moving between two adjacent campuses. It has many wonderful traditions, great school spirit, and many great opportunities, but there is stiff competition for those opportunities. I've had two kids herel, one who completed 4 years and graduated and one who is a freshman. While we are generally satisfied, and both kids were able to find a niche (one with theater and German Club, one with Marching Band), I can see how a child without a specific focus or interest could find the school very overwhelming. The honors / AP program seems great, and my older daughter had great teachers in honors courses, but the regular track is average and has both teachers who inspired by kids and less-than-wonderful teachers who have bored, or demovited, my kids. Kids must be able to advocate on their own behalf, e.g. to ask for help, to sign up for activities, to find opportunities, and my younger daughter, who is on an IEP, is struggles to ask for the help from teachers that she needs. My kids have also encountered a subculture of drug use and drinking which has caused them to, drop a class, drop a friend, and avoid certain social circles.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2013
Pennsbury High School presents many opportunities, but it is not a particularly nurturing environment so students must rely on their own motivation to get what they want out of it. My daughter had more good teachers than bad ones, found extracurricular activities that sparked her interest and creativity, and seems to be reasonably well prepared for college. But I think it is possible for students who are less confident or clear on their needs to fall thru the cracks of the huge community. The few times I felt the need to advocate on her behalf, the administration responded quicklyand appropriately.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2013
This school is absolutely terrable. there are almost no teachers who will help/ work with you without giving you attitude. there are many fights and people cursing and drama going on. I feel that i have learned nothing throughout all my years here. there are bugs all over the school. I was afraid to even put feet on the ground because of all the ants and other bugs there are. there are cockroaches in the bathrooms and its a unhealthy and unsafe environment for kids and teachers to be in. Walking in between buildings can be nice when its warm but its brutal when its cold. Even if its cold and below freezing they will still make you walk. even if there are busses theres only about 5 to transport every kid and than you get introuble for being late to class. the teachers are conceited. I have friends who go to other schools and they seem to never have any problems like pennsbury does. If you are at a disadvantage with learning disabilities or have money issues pennsbury gives you problems and wont work with you to be more succesful. they sometimes will give you homework to do online and if you dont have a computer they wont give you credit. pennsbury is a terrable school. dont go there

- submitted by a student
April 03, 2013
The school is fine if you are all honors or AP students. The exextracurricular activities take too much time out of the students, which switched the priority as a student. Instead of spending more time on academic work, the students spent more time in exextracurricular activities, i. e. the "famous" marching band takes at least 20hours/week in September, at least 30hours/week (couple times around 40hours) in October and November. They leave the poor kids no time to manage even though the exextracurricular activities suppose to help the kids to learn how to manage their time.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2013
Very good school, though not quite the level of nearby richer Council Rock area high schools. Old building, although well maintained. Pennsbury still has the same gym from when the school was built back in the mid 1960's. It's an embarrassment, considering the modern gyms in other schools in the area. There are issues with the teacher's contracts at times. They have a very good wage and benefit package, which sometimes comes into play at contract negotiation time, when the union is asking for more or the board is asking for concessions. A couple of strikes over the years. Overall, good teaching staff, yet some of the older ones are just putting in time until retirement.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2012
As parents, we are very happy with the Pennsbury High School. This school offers every AP class, and has great arts and sciences. Their programs are top notch and well organized - i.e. world class marching band, young engineers / programming clubs, full set of athletic programs, etc. School pride is very evident, and I always get a good feeling when I'm around the students. For whatever reason, the students I meet are always well mannered and show good respect to adults. This speaks volumes for the school leadership - almost like a "we expect more" attitude. This is great to see as a parent.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2010
Currently, I am a junior at this school, and I don't like it at all. You VERY rarely get teachers that truly love what they do. For the majority, they are just there to make money. As an honors student, I feel as though the pressures are way too high. In parallel classes the teachers just don't care. In honors, they leave you on your own expecting that you should know everything. And in AP you have 3 to 4 hours of homework every night. Although the education were getting is VERY good, we are taught the wrong way. Were taught to memorize now, and forget later, which is why a lot of us are good test takers, but have trouble when we get to college because we never learned that common knowledge. Most of the students are miserable, and the general atmosphere is bad. Most of the students are relatively nice, but I use that term very loosely. All in all, on my graduation day, I'm going to be the happiest person alive, I cannot wait to leave Pennsbury.

- submitted by a student
March 04, 2010
Pennsbury is a great school and they understand students problem and help students any time

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2010
Overall, PHS is an average school. Most teachers do not seem to care about what they're teaching, with some exceptions. they just use the textbooks and force students to copy notes. they have an i-don't-care attitude. the school is also too big. PHS uses two campuses, and students have to travel back and forth, which can be tiring. they rid of the shuttle buses, so students have to walk everyday, except when it's raining/snowing. the administrative staff are the most unsupportive and so impatient. but PHS offers many extracurricular activities and have decent classes to choose from. they also have a good music program.

- submitted by a community member
February 07, 2010
Pennsbury HS comprises well over 3000 students who travel between two buildings separated by the school football field. Previously, it had been segmented as a 9/10 school in one building and an 11/12 school in the other. Plans to reorganize once again are being discussed. The HS has some outstanding curricular and extracurricular programs, including highly respected theater and music programs, as well as offering a wide variety of AP classes. On the down side is its very size. Classes have been large, and with cuts in tax revenue, they are likely to grow larger. Pennsbury HS is a school where self-motivated, talented students cannot only survive, but thrive. But for the rest, parents must be vigilant and active to make sure that their children are getting the education and services they need--not because teachers and administrators lack desire, but simply because the school is so large.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 14, 2010
I am proud to live in the Pennsbury district and have a child being educated here. Overall, the staff and administration exhibit extrodinary committment to the students and a willingness to work with parents for student success.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
i use to go there. but when i waa there was so many teachers would stay after and help me with mork i had problems with. there were understanding to my sistuations and they helped me home problems. this school is great

- submitted by a community member
October 01, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 16, 2009
I give this school a 9. It has wonderful dispcipline, values and caring teachers. My child could not have gotten a better education.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2009
My graduating class had just over 100 students. The school was located in Yardley. I believe I received a good High School Education, which was my most important goal.

- submitted by a student
March 21, 2009
My daughter is currently enrolled in 10th grade at pennsbury and BOY ! she loves it there. She is a very athletic student and found that even though it was hard to make the sports teams, it was worth it because of her team's excellence. she finds it a little hard to get around because of the shuttle and largeness of the schools, but other than that, loves it. she has a ton of help from teachers and her peers with work. one downside is the fact if you are envolved with a sport or after school activity, you have to leave classes early due to the intense athletic schedules. although she may miss some work here and there, she always has a teacher that can help her out! PHS (:

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November 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2008
Excellent school district providing a proper balance of educational opportunities, involved teachers, strong athletic programs, and diverse social community. Student body talent and ability surpasses other local school districts. Large class size provides competition amongst students while teachers continue to provide personal attention.

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September 23, 2008
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November 30, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 27, 2007
I hate to admit it but Pennsbury was/is one excellent place for academics and sports. Speaking as a newly graduated student I have found that the foundations laid upon me during my high school career is what is carrying me through college. I have also found that I have scored higher on my college entrance exams then my fellow peers. Parent involvement was not very evident,but we had a very supportive staff in terms of teachers,principles,etc.,The academic curricula is great. There were many different outstanding programs for gifted students. Overall I had a good Pennsbury experience

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October 15, 2007
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August 17, 2007
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- submitted by a student
July 24, 2007
As a current student at PHS, I have much to say about the school. The school in general is excellent. The academic sometimes can be very demanding due to many intelligent students at Pennsbury. Even though many teachers do push you in order to success, mostly it is the fellow classmates who help you to success. Making friends at Pennsbury, I believe is very easy. It might seem like there are cliques, such as popular, jocks, nerds etc., but everyone fits in. No one is left out. If you are an athlete, Pennsbury is definitely the school for you. All the sports team is very comeptitive. Most of the sports team make it to the stae level. Overall, Pennsbury might lack in food services, and locking bathrooms just because they want to, it is an excellent school.

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May 20, 2007
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- submitted by a student
February 27, 2007
Honestly, I believe the school is too big. The school is set up as 2 separate campuses which are about a 1/2 mile apart. The students shuttle by bus, or walk, between the buildings. Therefore, when transferring from 1 building to another they are often late. This logistic problem really needs to be addressed. The athletics are top notch as are the extracurricular activities. The school has a lot to offer and does address the needs of everyone. They have a terrific special education program and offer many AP classes as well. For being a large school, the students needs are met well.

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December 19, 2006
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December 16, 2006
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December 14, 2006
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February 26, 2006
As a student of PHS, I can give a fairly good evaluation of the school. As far as 'principal leadership' goes, there is none, unlike the middle and elementary schools. I don't even know the principals' names. The teachers in high school, are the best. I can remember much about each teacher I have had, and have done exeedingly well in most academic activities because of them (although my spelling and grammer need improvement). Where extracurricular activities are concerned, there are countless things to chose from! Most teams have at some point brought home national titles, exept the football team, which is expiriancing a losing streak. The walking between buildings is awful, many students use the chance to cut class or smoke. Although the attemts to controll this is greatly improving. Parental involvement seems to vary on how much parents want to be involved. The school functions with or without them equaly.

- submitted by a student
November 28, 2005
The teachers in this school district are fantastic, but they are asking for too much, and my children are suffering needlessly because of it. I wish the faculty would learn to accept what they are getting, and realize that it is all about the children.

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July 20, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 23, 2005
As a graduate of the class of 2004 from Pennsbury, I believe that you can benefit from this school, but only if you strive to be the best to your abilities. You must push yourself, because mostly no one will do it for you. The teachers are there for you, but showing initiative to work to your potential allows the teachers to focus on you. There are many activities available to get involved with, so joining one will make the student more attractive on college applications. Pennsbury can be a wonderful experience, just make sure to realize that there is life after high school, and what you plant will be what you reap.

- submitted by a former student
October 10, 2004
I'm a former student of PHS, and you know what, this school is the greatest. For those of you parents out there who think 'this school doesn't challenge my child enough,' you are just fooling yourselves. Because this school is the best of the best. For instance, right before I graduated, my math teacher had the class take a practice math entrance exam (something every prospective college student has to take) to ready us for the test. When the time came to take the actual test, I scored in the top level. Meaning, I was able to bypass all the intro. math courses and move on to the advanced stuff. This just proves you are dealing with the best. So, for those of us who have actually experienced PHS on a first level basis, we thank you for providing us with something that will last us forver, an excellent education.

- submitted by a former student
September 30, 2004
Okay. I am not a parent but a recent graduate from this high school. I've read what many of these parents have said about the school, the teachers and the administration support. I would like to state that I disagree with them almost entirely. Through my high school career I only experienced 1 teacher that I had a problem with because when I didn't understand something he wouldn't try to explain it to me. In all my other classes the teachers would go out of their way to make it convenient for the students. What parents don't understand is that the feedback they get and what they see is only from what they hear from their children and other parents. They have no first hand experience at Pennsbury. As a teen I would have to say that parents don't have a clue as to what is really going on.

- submitted by a former student
February 23, 2004
My son received an excellent education at Pennsbury HS. The teachers present a challenging program. The english department is phenomenal. He is currently a student at a first tier university and has a 3.9 GPA.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
As with any public school, students who strive to succeed and work hard will do well at Pennsbury. Many kids go on to great colleges and universities. For those students who are not motivated or lack discipline, they could have a tough time.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2003
We had two children go to Pennsbury High. It seemed more like a factory to get students through than a place to educate them. Were we to have the choice again, we would choose private school. While they have some teachers who are very good and motivated, they have too many who don't care, don't like it and don't want to be there. The school has a real problem with discipline and violence which is a major detractor from education. One of our sons was tested as gifted and yet he learned little and became very demotivated at Pennsbury High. Questions in class that challenge convention are not tolerated at Pennsbury. We would recommend private school to anyone who could afford it over Pennsbury High.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2003
90% of teachers are non supportive... office staff is 95% non supportive of STUDENTS, principal is nice.. but still NON supportive probably 80% of time.. now have crazy plans to move students between buildings that is being kept on the QT, just glad we're getting out of here... those coming in the future.. hope your kids are gifted and have student advocates to help you make up IEP's that will get the kids what they need.. good luck .. you'll need it.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
School Administration refers to Student Body as 'The Population' much as a prison might. The top 10-15% and the bottom 10-15% have good opportunties and are treated well. Those kids caught in the middle 70-80% are treated like throw aways. They are pretty much on their own. The administration doesn't seem able to control things like tardiness and truency. On any given day you can walk into the school first thing and see the hall crowded with students waiting to get tardy passes.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
I currently attend PHS and LOVE IT! The teachers are incredibly helpful, the support staff is extremely friendly, and the extracurriculars are amazing. There are so many choices for courses that there's something for everyone...challenging but rewarding.

- submitted by a community member
August 25, 2003
I believe this to be the very best school there is, from its great after school acvivities to its award-winning classroom teachings. I would be proud to send any of my precious children to the school as I am also an alumni of Pennsbury. In my mind and the minds of many other people that I talk to about the school district of Pennsbury it is unanimous, this is the best school and should be ranked number 1 in any and all areas.

- submitted by a former student
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Pennsbury High School
705 Hood Blvd, Fairless Hills, PA  19030
(215) 949-6700
Last modified Pennsbury High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pennsbury High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top