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Hazleton Area High School

Public | 9-12 | 3245 students


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Posted September 30, 2012

Let me first say, the reviewer who said that kids coming out of this school are automatically disadvantaged, is incorrect. I graduated from HAHS in 2002 and I have recently obtained my PhD in nuclear engineering. There were some good teachers at HAHS and there were some great opportunities in advanced courses. With that said, I was also a self-starter and an over-achiever. I pushed myself without any help from staff at HAHS. I don't believe there's any school, no matter what curriculum they offer or how great the teachers are, that will guarantee your child's success. It takes motivation and dedication on the students' part and support from their parents. Having kids of my own now, I would not take a job in the Hazleton area because I would not want to send them to this district. I believe the whole district did get worse since I graduated. I hear they now have metal detectors at HAHS. I also heard they have since paid many of the teachers that were there during my time to take early retirement in order to get new, and probably less-qualified, teachers in there. So I give the school 3 stars for giving me a great start in life, but no more due to its current state.

Posted March 15, 2011

HAHS is THE WORST school I have EVER had to deal with. We moved around alot, my daughter had gone to 13 schools (with a 3.8gpa) prior to arriving at HAHS in her senior year. Her previous school offered drivers education, HAHS does not. Because of this, she was 2 credits shy of graduating on time. After lengthy discussions with the principal, summer school was not available to her because she did not fail any classes, he gave no option other than for her to complete another year of school. This news came in April of her graduating year. During my conversation with the principal, I was told "You'd better loose than southern accent and learn to talk like a coal cracker if you want to get along in this area" I will never forget those words. Nor will I ever forget the anguished sobs when my daughter realized that after all her hard work and stellar grades, she wouldn't graduate with her friends. She quit school 4 weeks before graduating. Thanks to the principal and Hazleton Area School District. Good job.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 11, 2011

Kids are actually graduating from this school and have no idea who JFK or MLK are. They are not prepared for life, college or anything else except to go to a community college that will take anyone. The students that do get into Universities and Colleges of mediocre standards, do so because they were bright kids to begin with. Those bright kids if given a proper education could have gone on to an outstanding university and have done great things.

Posted August 23, 2010

I am finally entering the year I have to deal with this school and these people. Although most of the teachers are good, forget it when it comes to guidence counseling for the most part it doesnt exsist. Dealing with these people is like dealing with the teens them selves , They only answer telephones when it doesnt interfer with their cell phone ringing, They are rude to just about everyone except their own kids. Unless your child doesnt speak english or is severely handicapped ,enabling the district to get more federal dollars , he/she doesnt matter. In the Hazleton Area High School average and better then average teens mean nothing to the bottom line. Thank God for school taxes, because if these people had recriut tuition they would all be hungry.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 14, 2009

This school is one of the worst. It is overpopulated and understaffed, yet it pays the highest salaries in the area. The school district pays preference to politics over education. And it is the only public high school choice in the valley.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 7, 2009

I attend this school, and I absolutely hate it. Everyday I walk in the school I cannot wait until the minute I walk out. The teachers are nice, but they rarely ever give one-on-one attention. If you want extra help teachers tell you to come early the next morning, as if they're entirely too busy to do it at that moment. It is entirely overcrowded as mentioned in every other post & there is a lot of harassment taking place. If you are not in a club, sport, or honor roll student you are not helped out at all. I've learned the hard way. I would not recommend sending your child here. It is so overcrowded we had to change an elementary school that was by the highschool into the '9th Grade Center' - how pathetic. For highschool students some can have classes in 3 different buildings ! HAHS is terrible.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 19, 2009

Overcrowding is a huge problem. The teaching staff is very good for the most part but you always have your slackers. Most care about the students very much. Constant principal shuffle is a mess. The new superintendent does not seem to be doing a great job. Graduation this year was a mess!! From wrong names of students being read to the nice day on tuesday only to have the ceremony changed to a downpour..

Posted September 30, 2008

I felt like a number and that the teachers only cared about the 'in' crowd while I was there. The teachers didn't help anyone who they didn't favor themselves and that hurt my education.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 22, 2008

The school is overcrowded and I am a mere number. I am 7th out of 865 in my 11th grade class and feel my only puppose for this school is to get funding with standardized test results. The white and hispanic differences are huge and there is apathy towards communication. Athletics is the most important things to this school, even over grades. The teachers are corrupt and if your not a varsity player then you are nothing. The district does not care about our views and is broke because of their stupidity. Half of this year's 9th grade failed their 1st semester. It is going downhill and thank god I'm leaving soon.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 4, 2007

This school is overcrowded and most children are merely a number. Community involvement with the school is nonexistent and the student and teacher morale is low. Too much emphasis is placed on athletic programs and not enough on educating our kids.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 20, 2007

The school is way too crowded, but that doesn't explain some truly awful teachers and administrators. The Science dept has some good teachers and English is strong in the higher grades. For being so crowded the security is good.
—Submitted by a staff

Posted February 27, 2007

I have two children currently enrolled and both excel academically. Academically our school excels, the intensive schedule helps students to take advantage of advanced courses in addition to the regular curriculum. But, the size of the school is entirely to enormous and tends to lessen the advantages. There are students of all levels and races, which encourage students to adapt to different cultures and circumstances. Extracurricular activities are exceptional, there is something for everyone. The down side to our school is its amplitude, there are far to many students for the staff and faculty to handle accurately. We significantly need more staff in all domains. Parent involvement is poor, to many parents tend to be less involved at the high school level. Safety in the school is taking very seriously but the size again blemishes our efforts. Our administration needs to make the necessary adjustments to benefit our students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 9, 2007

As the parents of three HAHS graduates we were pleased with the school. My children all enjoyed their time there. Had many friends and the choices of clubs and activities from which to choose. This is a fine school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 10, 2006

Two of my children graduated from HAHS and it was absolutely horrid. We counted the days till it was over. There is much harassment and violence between students, and the faculty and administration turn a blind eye. HAHS is too large for any real student camaraderie. There is only a handful of teachers that truly take an interest in the students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 8, 2006

I believe our school is too crowded. The teachers cannot control the classes and rules are broken every mintue. I think they need help. Our school is a mess.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted June 11, 2006

Although the overall education of my child is excellent, the peer pressure was tremendous. It's an interesting mix of city kids vs. country kids and in return has it's problems. Good school for a child who is not a follower.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted December 12, 2005

This school is overrun with torment and pain. The sceduling is block which is wonderful if I do say so but that wont last long.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 14, 2005

Our school is awesome. A girl is being featured on the hit tv show MADE on Mtv. The cheerleader got 2nd in Nationals down in Florda. Everyone in the school gets along for having 3000 kids. I would say as a senior the school is so much fun and i learn alot too. When i graduate I sure will miss it.
—Submitted by a student

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The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

747 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

742 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

725 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

713 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 Students42%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
English language learners2%


All Students57%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
English language learners4%


All Students30%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
English language learners0%


All Students77%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)40%
English language learners26%
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 61% 71%
Hispanic 37% 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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1601 West 23rd St
Hazleton, PA 18201
Phone: (570) 459-3221


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