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Gettysburg Area High School

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Posted August 8, 2009

As a student, I may have a bit of a skewed view on my school, but for being inside, I think it is a great school. Most of the teachers are great, and a few are inspirational, luckily, I have had many of those amazing teachers. Yes there are a few teachers who are just bad at teaching, but you can't expect every teacher in the school to be an amazing, inspirational teacher. For how many teachers we have, I think we have a great number of quality teachers. Going into eleventh grade, I have already had been called to the Guidance office to talk about colleges twice, and the counselors always push to take the more challenging class, which I think helps. If you struggle, almost all teachers have days they stay after to help students, and other students can tutor you, or even other students. I love my school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 26, 2009

I agree with the comments made about the guidance office and teachers. Some teachers are wonderful and some are really bad. I have had a son graduate last year and currently have a daughter in the 11th grade. Both my children have been in the special education program and that program definitely needs some overhauling. These students struggle enough without getting lost in the system! There needs to be some reevaluation and hard looks at this very important program. They seem to be more interested in the 'gifted' students - they would be surprized at who is truly 'gifted'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2008

I agree with both reviews. I have put 2 students through the Gettysburg School System The high school needs a lot of work. My daughter struggled and got NO help, especially from the woefully lacking guidance department. My son was brilliant and involved and also got no help from the guidance department. he and I constructed his own successful college search. Art department is very good, but the band program is pitiful, and needs a total overhaul. So much talent is wasted. Discipline lacking throughout. A beautiful facility that lacks leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2008

I attended Gettysburg Area School District from k-12. This school is so mixed up its hard to rate. There are teachers at the high school that will change your life and teach you with incredible passion. Then there are also teachers that resent the most basic elements of education and should have been removed from the staff roster years ago. Administration is shaky to say the least but there are a few vice principals that know their stuff. I was prepared for college courses by my teachers but was not given college entrance guidance in any form that actually helped. The facilities were incredible and the schools love of the arts was a constant. Discipline was too reserved. As the previous review mentions, a little house cleaning would do a lot of good and a better guidance department.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 4, 2008

This school needs some work! Try a real counselor's office for starters. Vice-Principals, I feel your pain. You are qualified and doing your best, and you are not really allowed to use your expertise. Teachers are an odd mix between really good and really bad. Someone needs to clean house.
—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.

223 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

220 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

217 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
45%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

226 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
86%
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 Students64%
Female62%
Male67%
Black41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female76%
Male68%
Black41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students44%
Female42%
Male47%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students88%
Female92%
Male84%
Black78%
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)35%
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 83% 71%
Hispanic 9% 9%
Black 7% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
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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1130 Old Harrisburg Rd
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: (717) 334-6254

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