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Central Dauphin East Senior High School

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Posted August 28, 2013

The issue with CD East lies within the school district. For years this school has been ignored by the district in favor of their sister school, Central Dauphin High School. When the school boundaries were last redrawn, the disparity between the two school became even greater, yet no one on the school board or within the administration has the guts to admit it. While I believe the diversity at East High is one of its' greatest attributes, it is also one of its biggest problems. There is a major lack of parental support of the school in most areas such as sports, curriculum, and alumni. The quality of many of the teachers and administrators is poor either because they lack the support of the district or they simply don't have the skills to perform the job they were hired to do. The district has turned a blind eye to these issues for years and show no signs of correcting them. . Financially, there is such a huge gap between the two schools it's almost impossible to comprehend. CD's alumni association raises thousand of dollars annually while East High's alumni struggles to make ends meet. How the school board continues to ignore these inequities amazes and saddens me.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 27, 2012

Unfortunately, my son who is a sophmore attends Cd East. He has always had difficulty in certain subjects and for some reason would have hoped that he would have received guidance from teachers and guidance couselors in order to can forget it!! They are no help at all!! I attempt to touch base with his teachers on a regular basis on how he is doing..most of the time no responses. I feel bad for the kids who need the help and want to learn, but cannot and will not receive it. I have sooo much to say and so much has happened at this school but unfortunately cannot mention it on here. Just a nightmare of a high school :-(
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 18, 2012

As a graduate of East High I would like to say my high school education taught me a lot about the real world. I was exposed to a diverse environment and I am a much better person for it. I was very involved in arts, athletics, and student government. The teaching staff there is very understanding and well rounded. I am now enrolled at Penn State University Park, and my experiences at East prepared me very well for college life. East High school has it downfalls, but so does every other high school in the country. High school is what you make it, and if you chose to be successful as Central Dauphin East High I can promise you will be extremely successful in the real world.

Posted December 16, 2011

My step son moved into our home last year & we had to sign him up at East for his Senior year. My son went to a high school in Virginia for 3 yrs & notice this school was smaller & more crowded. When he started he was surprised to see so many students hanging in the halls even after the bell rang. Once in class he notice most never listen to the teacher & the teacher never took attendence. My son who had issues in his last school took advantage of this & started to skip class. His mother called & never got a call back so she emailed & only got one response but nothing became of it so he continue to skip. When confronted about this he said nobody cares & he saw herion being passed in the hall so he wanted to part of that so again his mom emailed about this & again got no where. After about 3 months he called his mom & told him he was back in Virginia & not going back to that school. We hear about these issues all the time but after so many years you would think the school district would address these issues but have not. How many children are going to miss out on a good education because of these issues? School choice may be the only solution even if the district does not like it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 7, 2011

I had the opportunity to be at Central Dauphin East High School and at Central Dauphin High School. The Difference between the two high schools is heart wrenching. At East High teachers have to spend most of their time and energy on discipline rather than at teaching. Any teacher who can teach at East High for more than a few years should be given a medal for putting up with constant disrespect and lazy students - yet they are required to put up with it year after year. I found out that before the economy went sour, so to speak, East High had the highest turnover rate in the district. At Central Dauphin the kids are usually ready and willing to work and do what is expected - it's much easier to teach students like that. At East High, however, it's a whole different story. The majority of students don't do any work outside of class and many don t know what it means to go home and do homework or study. Something needs to be done about the inequity at the high schools. Maybe the district should look into having one 9th/10th grade building and one 11th/12th grade building.

Posted April 12, 2011

I have sat in on classes in this school, and observed teachers that had no control over their class. The disruptive students were not disciplined, and the teacher would/could not remove them from the room. The students that were in the class that wanted to learn could not due to the incompetence of the teacher. I am also greatly disappointed with the administration at this school. They say they are there to work with the parents, but so often they will quote school policy and block the parents' involvement. They will go so far as to not admit to making mistakes at the expense of the child and refusing to rescind a punishment (detention/suspension) that they never earned. I will do everything I can to make certain that my other children will never enter the halls of this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 6, 2011

The teachers are more concerned about marking a tardy than homework or teaching or addressing the real problems - traffic in hallways students blocking students, fights, blocking lockers. Homework holds very little weight and is rarely graded, which results in students not doing it at all and the teacher yelling at them for ten minutes and losing instruction time. This is not fair to the students who do their homework even though not graded. The focus at this school is testing testing and more testing. The purpose of midterms and finals in a high schools is ridiculous. The students are being tested on material they have already earned a grade for and now have to test for the curriculum for half a year. Most teachers have given up because of lack of support from the administration. There are parents at cd east who care but administration wares them down by ignoring them. over and over again. So for the teachers who say parents don't care look in the mirror ~ you too have been worn down by the administration.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 29, 2010

I hate that I left my Senior at this school for four years. I'm now looking to pull my others from this horrible school district. It is not fair how the school board has drawn the lines between CDHS and CDEHS and created more inequalities at EHS. The administration has to face the problems and challenge those students who are there to learn (which is fewer than average). The problems in the city schools are moving into EHS and it is getting worse every year.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 6, 2010

I am currently a teacher at this school, and I can tell you from experience that it is out of control. There is no presence of administration and the teachers are so overwhelmed with discipline problems that they do not stay long. What is sad is that there are a lot of really great students at this school, but expectations are low and grades are inflated. Most of the students' families do not value education, and their students come to school for the social aspects only. We need a strong administrator--one that can come in and set standards and not sway from them. This school will never improve until major changes are made.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted April 27, 2010

I used to work there and you wouldn't believe the grade inflation that goes on. Students receive points for notebook/folder checks, they get stickers for participation and points for doing flashcards in class and these are high school students. Some teachers hardly give homework and some only assess students by giving a minute amount of tests and quizzes in a marking period. Students' grades get inflated by points they earn while doing class work, such as graphic organizers, and not by what they really know. There are good teachers with high expectations at East, but they seem to give up on homework and things since so many of these East students don't do anything except disrupt the students who want to learn. Many students are rude, disrespectful, loud and disruptive. East has the highest teacher turnover rate in this district and no one one seems to question why.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted September 16, 2009

so far 2 out of 3 of my youngest children have graduated from east=)
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 5, 2009

This school has to raise it's academic and athletic standards soon or they will keep losing goal oriented students and athletes to the private schools. Teachers need to raise the bar, and be willing to go beyond just the paycheck. Some are fantastic! A really great school. Just needs some fine tuning and some major athletic changes. Nice campus and facilities.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 2, 2008

Students who are 'middle of the road' or in need of specialized education are lost in the maze of miscommunication and mismanagement. Without strong parental advocacy, these students are left behind. Even with parental involvement, it is an extremely difficult journey.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 9, 2008

I work at East. I love my job. It is very diverse and yes there are problems but kids will be kids no matter what school they go to. We could use more parental guidance and parents should not take their childrens side before going over every aspect with the faculty. We have 4 of the best principals. They are fair to the kids and fair to the staff. The teachers do the best that they can and if a child doesn't want to learn we cannot twist their arms.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted February 1, 2008

I am overall impressed with the academic program. The diversity within this school is great because that is the real world. We all can get along.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 29, 2008

The diversity of the school is what worried me when we first moved to the district. Now, I think its one of the school's strongest points. Based on my own children's standardized test scores, I am content with the academic program. I am disappointed with the sports teams, except BB, and I don't understand how we can have so much talent and not develop strong teams. Every teacher that I have had interaction with has been helpful and keeps me up to date on necessary infor/changes regarding my children via email. I really appreciate that.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 16, 2007

As a retired teacher from this school I am giving this school as honest as an evaluation as possible. I have taught in three different states, with an Intermediate Unit and two different school districts here in PA. As other have noted there were and still are some outstanding teachers who really care abut their students.That being said, there are those teachers who appear to be there only for the pay check. The sad part about this is it is the kids who suffer in the end. This is a culturally diverse school and the academic needs of the pupils are great. The art program there is outstanding. The sports and extra curricular program are very weak. Safety is an also an issue in this school. There are some parents who care very much,but the vast majority of them either don't care or can't. This affects the whole school.
—Submitted by an administrator

Posted February 15, 2006

Great school for art, music, ect, but not a great sports program. This school has a lot of great teachers and is academically acceptable. Very diverse student population.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted September 22, 2004

Some of the teachers are great and some can care less about the students. Last year a 1/4 of my sons teachers used the homework hotline. The others had to be reminded quite a bit to keep it updated. Why is our tax money going to this service if it is not updated on a regular basis? I felt like I had to keep baby sitting some of the teachers to keep updating the hotline. And these are the teachers that are teaching are education. If they cared about the kids they would be doing their job properly. When I questioned one of the teachers about updating the homework hotline, she told me they did not understand how to update it. And these teachers are teaching are kids.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 26, 2003

The obvious inequities between the two high schools in this district make it hard for the students at this high school to compete, many families are more focused on survival and services are limited. This school is large yet has a hard time filling sports team rosters. Some teachers are wonderful - some are absolutely horrid.
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

262 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

262 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

263 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

279 students were tested at this school in 2012.








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


All Students44%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
English language learners5%


All Students53%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
English language learners0%


All Students33%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
English language learners0%


All Students70%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
English language learners19%
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.

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Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 38% 71%
Black 33% 15%
Hispanic 13% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 3%
Two or more races 6% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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626 Rutherford Rd
Harrisburg, PA 17109
Phone: (717) 541-1662


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