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South Western Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 1266 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted August 9, 2011

I'm only a sophmore at SWHS but already it's really not that bad! "teachers could care less"? NO way! From experience, one of my teachers told me I could stay after class just to be able to finish a test if I wanted to. Teachers always offer students to stay after, or come in early. Sure, there's always going to be mean students, there are mean people everywhere! If you join a club, sport, or any activity, you will really feel like a family. I'm not sure how many things I'm in, but I'm glad I do all of them because everyone is always so much fun to be around. And actually classes are really not huge at all! One of my classes only had about 17 students in it. I'm hoping to graduate from SW but if I don't I really hope, and I know that I'll make so many great memories just being here!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 30, 2011

I think this school has great school spirit. There are many programs and classes offered. Everytime I meet a student from this school, I am always impressed.


Posted July 30, 2010

This school is horrible. Most of the teachers could care less. They simply move on no matter if you understand the information or not. Also, really don't care to help you or even care if you pass the class. The kids are bad too. This school is so crowded, classes are huge, students are mean, and the lunch situation is just terrible trying to find a place to sit. Whatever problems you have won't go away easy because of the mean principal and guidance counselors who most could care less. I would consider Delone or homeschooling. Really anything over spending yours days here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 9, 2010

All the students are mean? Hahahahaha well sure, there's some bad kids anywhere you go, but if you get involved in activities at south west, like sports, or the MANY extracurricular activities, you'll meet plenty of quality individuals.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 19, 2008

I'm a Graduate of the class of 2008. I Like SW High School. Some of the Teachers are nice there and some are not, but I love that they have some many Activitys to do in SWHS. They also have a Study Hall for this school. Wich I beleave is good, because that gives the kids get there homework done. The food is good there. They also have a program called'L.I.U'. It is for Special Needs people. Overall I like SWHS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 25, 2008

5 stars great school and great staff


Posted May 3, 2006

South Western is a good school with lots of extracurricular activities. The teachers are pretty cool. I like it here. It is in a small town. I feel pretty safe here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 19, 2005

Block schedule-great staff-
—Submitted by a staff


Posted November 19, 2005

I think SWHS provided an excellent quality education. The parents aare quite involved and the extracurricular activities are numerous. I was involved in sports, clubs, plays and still managed to do very well in school. this education served me well as I went on to a great four year college and then law school. I graduated at the top of my class in law school and my first job was at a huge law firm in manhattan. I can assure you this high school has what it takes to enable your child to succeed if they are driven to.
—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.

281 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

280 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

277 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
41%

2009

 
 
45%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

280 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
89%

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 Students65%
Female65%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female68%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students46%
Female42%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students81%
Female91%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
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 92% 71%
Black 3% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Hispanic 2% 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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Hanover, PA 17331
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