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Garnet Valley High School

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Posted March 2, 2010

The academic programs are unparalleled, especially in the Accelerated Placement courses. GV's AP staffers are professional, knowledgeable, usually experienced in their respective fields, and actually educators, rather than adults that present information. There is tremendous funding for extra-curriculars, with the ability to create form new clubs if a niche isn't being met. Phenomenal sports programs. Terrible music program. It's large and well funded, does not provide a comprehensive music education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 21, 2009

I go to Garnet Valley High School and absolutely love every bit of it. The teachers, to students, and especially the unity between everyone at the school. You can basically compare the football games to a mini Penn State. Everyone comes out, the band, the cheerleaders, the fans. It's a great feeling when you look around and see your school as a team. Also, if you are looking for a school that has a wide variety of sports and activities, GV is the right school. The class choices are fantastic too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 10, 2008

If you child has special needs at all, Skip this district! We moved to this district to integrate our special needs child with so called regular kids. The kids are very clicky, over privileged. Entering a child into the elementary now high school level has been nothing but a nightmare. Teachers can not handle these students or just don't want to. There is very little guidance and dangerous bullying. Almost every parent I have met with a special child has taken there child out of the public school and have placed them back in the special schools. Designer drug use is also extremely wide spread and school taxes are so not worth the extremely high price we pay. The schools are attractive and new if that's all you really care about. Like sports...they have plenty. I am very disappointed, I expected so much more for my money!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2006

Despite the growth in population, GVHS has done an excellent job of holding all students to high expectations. The building is going through renovations in order to provide state of the art facilities. The staff does a good job of maintaining contact with parents. I feel that the school is safe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2005

The academic programs found at Garnet Valley are extensive and beneficial to all students. Garnet Valley provides an excellent education to all students while helping to develop social and professional skills. The academic programs found at Garnet Valley range from AP classes to Track three classes. By having this, this school provides ample opportunity for students on many levels to recieve a free and valuable education. Garnet Valley provides students with the chance to participate in many different activities. To begin, the music program is of average to above average size giving students the opportunity to participate in a variety of bands, singing groups, musicals, color guard, while attending a variety of competitions. With this, the sports program are open to all students but is usually based on student ability and talent. Finally, the extracurricular activities are everywhere from FBLA to Drama Club. Parent involvment can be seen on every corner.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 20, 2005

Former Graduate of this school: The academic programs are wonderful. There is a wide variety of classes and extracurriculars for all interests. Teachers are well knowledgeable in the areas they teach. Overall its a great school.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

350 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

350 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

348 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
51%

2009

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

363 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
98%
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 Students80%
Female80%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian95%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female92%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)57%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students62%
Female56%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asian74%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students93%
Female96%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)70%
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 91% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Black 2% 15%
Hispanic 1% 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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