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Halifax Area High School

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Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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?'.


Posted 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


Posted October 9, 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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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Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
29%

2009

 
 
41%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
97%
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 Students46%
Female41%
Male51%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female80%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students33%
Female23%
Male43%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students84%
Female90%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
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 96% 71%
Hispanic 3% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Black 1% 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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3940 Peters Mountain Rd
Halifax, PA 17032
Phone: (717) 896-3416

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