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Haverford Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 1781 students

 

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Posted May 27, 2014

I have 4 children in Haverford's School District, each with varying degrees of academic ability. All schools, ranging from elementary to high school have challenging academic programs and are appropriate to our child's needs. This is an excellent district, administered by educators who have a vested interest in our community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2014

Speaking as the parent of a former student, while there are some excellent teachers and challenging courses, there is a huge blind spot in the commitment to counseling. They have far fewer than the surrounding schools with which they compare themselves. Thus, for instance, higher performing students are not advised of the need to take AP courses in 10th and 11th Grade in order to be considered by selective schools (note: 12th Grade courses do not matter when transcripts are required by January 1st). Counselors only have time for problems and paperwork. Net result - embarrassing few students get to the Ivies or equivalents. If you have a bright student in 9th grade, get some outside help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2014

I am a parent of three HHS students. Overall, the school has a great academic program and is preparing my kids well for college. All three know what's required of them and take ownership of their work. I have recommended the HHS to friends and colleagues and they're happy I made the recommendation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2013

My oldest graduated from Haverford after receiving 4s and 5s on 4 AP exams earning 15 credits towards his college education. Great classes and preparation for the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

As a parent of two children who went through the entire school system in Haverford, I think there is a drop-off at the high school level. There are any number of excellent teachers, but the guidance program is weak, and students are not adequately challenged and counseled to apply to better colleges. In general, I haven't seen much striving for excellence or creativity, just pretty much a "business as usual" attitude from the administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2012

At first glance, I was suprised to see the rating listed as a "7". Honestly, this school is challenging for students and provides a solid, well-rounded education. What I like most about haverford is the mix of socio-economic groups since it most accurately represents the "real-world". My wife and I are very active in our childen's education and there have been times where we've assigned more work and asked our kids to spend more time on homework. Was it necessary? No. Havertown keeps pace with the "10 minutes" of homework per grade level. Also, there seems to be a disconnect with the elementary/middle school and high school rating. The elementary/middle school have an average rating of 9, but the high school is a 7. Frankly, we don't see a drop-off at the high school level. No issues from my family. I have and will continue to receommend Havertown School District to all of my friends and family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2012

My daughter is currently a sophomore at HHS and my opinon is that the school is ok - not exceptional and not terrible. The administration/guidance departments are AWFUL. The teaching overall is good (some really terrific teachers and some just average or below). Overally, I'd say it's an average suburban high school. The college statistics have been trending downward (60% for 2010) and most of the kids who do go to school end up at DCC. As I said, okay but not great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2012

On the whole, I have been shocked at how challenging Haverford High School is for those taking honors and AP classes. Based on the experience of my several children, I would say that, on the whole, the instruction is well above average although, like any school, there are outstanding areas of instruction (English, History, Sciene and Foreign Language programs are strengths) and a few clunkers (particularly in mathematics, where instruction is, to be charitable, uneven - so many of the math teachers fall short - and my kids are good at math). There are fewer school frills than the typical Philly Main Line school (no pool, less fancy, etc. . . .), but I would say that, for honors-level students, the education is just as good and, for those who like the arts and other extracurricular activities, the opportunities are excellent. The best thing I can say about the honors-level program at Haverford is that student are completely ready for a rigorous college education and will not be overwhelmed by the work because they are used to a lot of homework and demanding teachers. If you are trying to prepare your children for a future pursuing higher education, HHS is a superb choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2011

My daughter is in all Honors courses and is challenged. Haverford HS offers and array of AP courses and activities for student involvement. Rated as one of the Top 500 High Schools in the US by Newsweek Magazine I am glad we are in this district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2010

As a recent graduate of this school, I have to say that although I was academically prepared for college, I felt like life at HHS was bleak. The administration did little to foster students' individualism and dreams. Advisers did nothing to progress my academic achievement. There was no encouragement to work harder or to pursue schools beyond Penn State, or to even look at life as a possibility for helping others instead of a life of suburban fulfillment. For a decently well off middle class suburb, shockingly few Haverford grads attend the University of Pennsylvania, which is only 4 miles down the road. I think that this is indicative of the teachers and administration that lack passion for continual learning.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

I got a great education there - it was easier for me in college than for many kids from private schools, though they could definitely use more supplies and technology.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2008

Shocked at how good the education is here. Less frills but everything my son and daughter need for their future is here. Great parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2008

Academically the school is exceptional. I have now lived in many different states and have not found one school to offer the academica challenges that Haverford offers and the community takes for granted. The administration was somewhat uncaring and the lack of a pool was more than disappointing considering some of the best swimmers in the nation have graduated from Haverford (they attended Haverford but were forced to train elsewhere). Keep up the good work! - a former student
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2006

I just graduated from Haverford High School this year (no one calls it a senior high school, anymore). I have to say that HHS provides a good, well-balanced public school education without much extras. Unlike neighboring Lower Merion or Radnor, we don't extra money for things like astro turf, swimming pools, and student parking. The teaching is great for the most part and there are many great AP classes but some don't exactly prepare you for the AP exam. HHS also has a great arts program, including several good classes, as well as a diverse array of other extra-curriculars One area this school is seriously lacking is guidance. Unless it's a bona fid emergency, it's very hard to get an appointment with your counselor because there are only 5 counselors and 1 guidance secretary for almost 2000 students. It's just a mess for seniors. Scheduling causes many headaches for everyone and college counseling is virtually non-existent
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 21, 2005

Haverford is a great school for kids to grow and learn with each year they attend. The extracurricular activities are exceptional and very competative. Parents can also get invovled in a lot of different ways to help support their kids and the school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 1, 2005

Amazing school if your child is musically talented. The music program is top notch to the point where its influence might hinder other programs. As for academics- tremendous level of quality in the teachers who work there. The math deptartment offers many challenging courses.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 1, 2005

Excellent offerings in core academic areas. The school also makes use of a homeroom advisory period. Students keep the same advisory from 9th grade to 12th. It enables them to have an adult in the building they can seek for guidance that is not a teacher. I know many students and HR advisors develop very close bonds.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 16, 2004

My daughter will graduate June 2004 after a very exciting high school experience. She was on the varsity and junior varsity cheerleading teams. They qualified (with the help of their coach) as national competitors and placed in the top 15 in the country. As a result of her high SAT scores, she was accepted at five colleges and has received three academic scholarships. There are many caring teachers at the school that provide the environment to succeed. Some of the programs that I have been impressed with are as follows: the choral and theater groups, the school radio station, the variety of clubs, the advanced placement opportunities and the teams. All of this is made possible through the support of the school administration and the involvement of many caring parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

I have two students in the High School. One is a special needs student. I am thrilled to be able to say that this school goes out of its way to meet all of my childrens'needs! Haverford High School has excellent extracurricular activities and motivates its students to get involved!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

my third child will be graduatiing this coming school 2003-2004. this school is excellent in all of the above.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

414 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

414 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

409 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
40%

2009

 
 
47%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

422 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
92%
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 Students70%
Female71%
Male68%
Black35%
Asian91%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female85%
Male81%
Black69%
Asian86%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)42%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students44%
Female40%
Male47%
Black21%
Asian52%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White45%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students85%
Female89%
Male81%
Black72%
Asian91%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)49%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Black 5% 15%
Hispanic 1% 9%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
Visual arts
  • Architecture
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Marching band
  • Origami club
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Woodshop

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • SADD

Gifted & talented

Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School Leader's name

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Walking
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Lacrosse, Track and Field
  • Soccer
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball, Volleyball, Lacrosse
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Best Buddies
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Dance club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Game club
  • Marching band
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Origami club
  • Robotics club
  • SADD
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Woodshop
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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200 Mill Rd
Havertown, PA 19083
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Phone: (610) 853-5900

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