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3940 Peters Mountain Rd
Halifax, PA 17032

(717) 896-3416
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September 23, 2014
Not bad cirriculum but can be a working parent an have your child in between two buses because they wont work with you. You basically have to be living off welfare with no interest in working.

- submitted by a parent

July 11, 2011
To all the reviewers who say the teachers aren't giving challenging work: The pressure to "dumb down" everything is coming from "the top"- teachers are upset about it but afraid to say anything. Seniors WILL get their diploma no matter how little work they do - teachers don't have a say in that policy. In fact there are teachers who have boycotted graduation as a silent protest because there are many there who don't deserve their diploma.

- submitted by a community member

May 20, 2011
My grandaughter is a special needs child and I really don't feel Halifax Schools are doing right by her. She is going to second grade next year and she hasn't done what is required of first grade. I don't want her lost in the school system for the next twelve years.

- submitted by a community member

April 14, 2010
As a former student, Halifax is certainly a town where politics dominates both academically and athletically. Also, some teachers, especially in the HS, cannot teach and compensate by giving pointless projects and absurdly easy tests (even at honors level). Almost all teachers have too many classes (i.e. 6 or 7 per day) to be effective, if they tried teaching. HS seems very concerned about socializing and preventing partying (by even monitoring facebook accounts). If the teachers completed their jobs more effectively and gave more meaningful (i.e. college-preparatory) homework, maybe students wouldn't feel the need to party (since they would have intelligent ways to spend their time). Bullying may be a problem, although bullying is worse in school districts that stress socializing over academics, since you're value becomes 'how popular am I?' rather than 'how prepared for college am I?'.

- submitted by a community member

April 13, 2010
I currently have children attending schools here in Halifax . I know first hand that athletes do not recieve special treatment when it comes to academics/grades. If anything the concept of not favoring athletes is taken too far by a number of teachers. I also do not feel that a child graduating from here is prepared for any college, even if taking Honors. One of my kids (who IS smart & athletic) has been consistently bullied since elementary, no one will do anything about it & I've begged for help too. A good # of teachers are more concerned about socializing & who's who than teaching w/ any understanding or fairness. Faculty is #1 here, NOT THE STUDENTS. Do right by your child & don't send your kids here, its all small town politics.

- submitted by a parent

October 09, 2009
Not up to date with other area schools. Not creative with students especially with the lower grades. That is comparing several other schools. Does not put the student first. Parents ask for something for the student it does not take place. You can speak with several people and still no action . 2 Yrs in a row

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2009
I think Halifax does not compete with the bigger schools in the area because they are unable to attract high quality teachers. Many of the teachers get too involved in their students lives and actually get caught up in High School Gossip. There are some very intelligent teachers at this school however they are brought down by the ones that are sub par.

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October 01, 2008
I personally do not feel that Halifax Area High School prepared me for college life. While I am proud to admit that Halifax has some very incredibly talented and caring teachers, it also has teachers and a high-school principal who do not seem to understand how challenging college is compared with their math, history, and science programs. The school seems more interested in preparing students to play sports in college than pass calculus, economics, and chemisty classes at a challenging liberal arts college. It is worth noting that in 2008, Halifax 11th graders had one of the worth math PSSA scores in the state of Pennsylvania. Furthermore, even though I scored 'advanced' on the math section, I still did not feel prepared for college-level calculus. Finally, in response to another student's review, I DO admit that Halifax is better than Millersburg (which completely fails to prepare students for college).

- submitted by a student

July 13, 2008
I switched to Halifax Area School District in 9th grade to escape the miserable excuse for a school district, Millersburg. I enjoyed my years at Halifax High School. The students were a lot nicer, the teachers were kind and caring, and the whole system seemed efficient. There were lots of athletic students there, but I never got the vibe that the school district catered to them. From what I personally witnessed, all the students were treated the same. Those that needed extra help received it. And students were not given homework assignments based on their grade level. I was in the proficient and advanced grade level, and my homework load was never any different from the other students. Honors classes were more difficult, but that is only to be expected. My only regret was that the Horticulture teacher quit and couldn't be replaced.

- submitted by a student

January 17, 2008
Halifax Area High School is an okay school. The teachers, for the most part, are kind and accessible to students and parents. In fact, the teachers do a good job educating the students who want to learn. Here is the problem. The administration and teachers refuse to fail many students who really deserve to fail. Teachers are constantly pressured to pass the athletic students. In addition, the teachers themselves are too kind to students, even when the administration and coaches do not pressure. The teachers hate to see students denied a diploma. Therefore, while the Advance Placement and Honors students have hours of homework and 80s, the Academic and Basic students have little or no homework and 90s.

- submitted by a student

August 19, 2005
August 2005--Our oldest son just graduated and spent 12 years in the Halifax Area School system. We have two other sons, 11th grade and 5th grade respectively---both of these sons have been in the system since kindergarden. Each of our sons are quite different (Gifted program for one, average student is one case and one requires an EIP for a Reading Learning Disability). In each category, to date, we have had their needs addressed in a comprehensive and professional manner----the key is staying involved as a parent, as the administration and teaching staff demonstrate an appreciation for this approach. Athletic teams and quality of coaching has been effective---extra activities like Student Council, Yearbook Club, Big Brother, Release Time, etc. have very good people involved in leadership roles. We have experienced the Honors Program on several occassions---the quality level of the teaching has been effective and beneficial to our sons.

- submitted by a parent
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Halifax Area High School
3940 Peters Mountain Rd, Halifax, PA  17032
(717) 896-3416
Last modified Halifax Area High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Halifax Area High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 13 reviews. Top