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South Fayette Twp High School

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3 stars

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Posted August 4, 2014

I used to attend South Fayette High School, but due to my horrible experience here, I chose to transfer to the much better Mt. Lebanon High School. The teachers here tend to either not be good at teaching or they are mean to kids. Out of my years at this school (4-9), I only had about 2 teachers that were both good at teaching and nice to their students. Not to mention, the rules and regulations are outrageous. Yes, it is important to have rules for safety reasons, but the majority of the rules in the handbook are used to oppress students such as not allowing a student to transfer out of a class, unless they are failing.. However, if the class was too easy, like one was for me, they won't let you move up and try to challenge yourself. And at the high school, a system called Arena Scheduling (a system for signing up for classes for the following school year) can mess up a student's academic schedule, which is what happened with me. Out of eight of the classes I planned on taking my sophomore year, I was only able to be in one of them due to arena scheduling. If you ask me, it is only in place due to laziness of the counselor. Do your child a favor, don't send them to South Fayette.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 27, 2014

This is an excellent school with a stellar performance history. Many have formed an opinion based on a one-sided media report with incomplete facts.


Posted April 16, 2014

This school's principal had a bullied special needs student arrested for recording a bullying incident. I would never send my kids to a school like this, where the principal is the biggest bully of all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2014

The principal of this school called the police on the VICTIM of bullying and the kid was charged with disorderly conduct. He got in trouble for reporting the bullying. Bullies received no punishment as far as anyone can see. Most certainly they didn't have the police come intimidate them. What kind of environment are we providing for the kids?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

Is this the school that is being sued because a child with learning disabilities is being constantly bullied and he uses his ipad to record his tormenters and gets in trouble? That is messed up and downgrades the school to zero stars. Any school that rewards a bully and blames the victim needs a public shaming and major overhaul.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Have found the administration to be robotic at enforcing inane rules that punish the kids for no reason. There are students of the month and they're ALWAYS the same kids. The parents are in competiton to see who can be the top room mothers and their kids are the favorites. If you're not a jock who was ready for the big leagues by the age of 5 you have no chance. Why on earth would they start school on August 21st? I'm sure if they put their thinking caps on, they could come up with a way that high schoolers don't have to catch their buses at 6:30 AM but maybe they're too busy looking good to think of things like that. Generally its an OK school but the principals are meatheads.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2012

Excellent school district elementary to middle to high school! Great teachers who are involved and like to teach. Storng leadership from the principals. Excellent opportunities for advanced learning and each student is enouraged to try their very hardest. The coursework can be demanding, but the kids push themselves and each other. SF focuses on the academics, arts and athletics equally. Where other school districts are cutting the arts and athletics, as well as AP opportunities, SF is a strong supporter of each of these. TRADITION, PRIDE AND EXCELLECE do matter at SF, and it shows!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2012

I am a current student at South Fayette High School and i've realized everything the first person said. I love my school don't get me wrong, but when teachers CANNOT afford books but they're building a NEW k-2 building, there's something wrong. Another point of concern, is the high school only pay attention to the students with High GPA's or Low GPA's, no one in the middle. They push us to do well in academics and athlelics that if you aren't good in those two areas, you don't get paid attention to PERIOD. The majority of the teachers are GREAT, however there are a few that aren't liked, but thats every high school, you can tell what teachers care and what ones don't. Overall, if you have a child that is a shining star in academics or athleltics, this is the school where they'll get recongized. Other than that, it's really not worth the time.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 18, 2012

My children enjoy being in this district and wouldn't hear of moving elsewhere. They are doing well academically. There are technology courses available. On the minus side, there's not enough communication to the parents in the high school if the child is not keeping up and most homework is not posted anywhere. There's too much homework. They don't have enough variety in their sports program. The neighboring districts have a wider selection of sports available. They don't do enough for special needs students. What's with not letting the kids used the restroom in high school? They have a few minutes between classes and can barely make it to their next class but are not allowed to use the restroom during class time. The activity bus is too late. Most clubs or activities last a half hour to an hour and the kids are stuck waiting hours for the activity bus if there's no one available at that time of day to pick them up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2011

Too much money spent needlessly on extravagant buildings and too much teaching to the test. School administration is more concerned with achieving high state test scores than they are with truly educating students and teaching them a love for learning
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2010

Excellent curriculum amd sports programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

I went to south Fayette myself. I have loved my kids being there also. Very involved teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2010

This is not the school district for you if your child is interested in the performing arts. If you are not in the marching band, where the students do all of the choreography, then you are definitely inline for an inadequate education. The drama program is a joke, and the seniors this year were cheated out of a spring musical.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2008

This school is in need of an educational re-structure. The focus needs to be taken off of how much money they receive from the state for high test scores, and back into the classrooms. You cannot learn if it is all geared toward a good score on a standardized test.


Posted August 31, 2007

The quality of academics has trended positive for the past 15 years. The availability of extracurricular activities has also trended positive. Parental involvement is greatly encouraged. Overall this is a wonderful school district. My son was a very bright child and was accepted to an exclusive college, was granted a prestigious scholarship, and began with a head start due to his high scores on the AP courses. The investment in the school campus infrastructure will be proven beneficial when considered in historical perspective.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

It has become a very political climate ruled by an elite few. The good teachers are leaving the school district, 2 have left in the past year. Some of the remaining teachers are mediocre. The administration is more concerned with state test scores than if the students are actually learning anything. Above average students get left behind, too few classes for them to take, or none offered at their level. Hiring is influenced by favoritism and nepotism. Discipline is handed out unequally and in a black or white philosophy, no gray areas. Definitely going downhill.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

With all due respect to the person who posted prior to me, as an 2003 graduate of South Fayette, SF has an excellent educational program. The computer labs, wireless classrooms, numerous AP courses with labs, and many other aspects contribute to the overall educational atmosphere.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 8, 2004

This school is run by people who only care about how the school looks to other districts and spare no cost. They built a 25 million dollar high school while teachers don't have textbooks because there is 'no money ' in the budget for books. Meanwhile they throw a lavish dedication for the new high school, with filet migon, ice sculptures, and purchased dishes, flatware, stemware, etc. for 400 though we had older dishes that they could have used. The teachers could do alot with the students given the opportunity but the door is always slammed in their face because apparently teaching our students is lower on the totem pole than the elite image of how the school looks to others.
—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.

162 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

159 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

166 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

167 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
92%

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 Students93%
Female93%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female89%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students59%
Female61%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students92%
Female98%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
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 90% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Black 3% 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

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