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Peters Twp High School

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Posted August 16, 2012

I have lived in Peters Township my entire life until recently, and it has been miserable from the beginning. The people in the community are some of the most superficial people I've ever met and only care about wealth and status (a common trait amongst a majority of the student population as well). My family moved specifically to get away from the arrogant, close-minded people. Along with this snobbish township, the academics are greatly lacking. The teachers barely have to teach due to the fact that most of the classes are online. I would advise parents and students to steer clear from this "bubble" of a community. Cheers!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 29, 2010

The teachers and academic programs are excellent in this school district. However, it is very difficult to overcome the lack of leadership. The building administration will say one thing in a meeting and turn around and say they never said it! It is a very confusing environment for children. We opted for a private school in the area. The families in the area are also quite arrogant and rude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2009

Peters is a good school, yeah kids can be close minded, but its like that everywhere. The excellent education you will receive can't be measured. If you are truly dedicated to succeed you most definitely will. And as far as not fitting in, i moved here in fourth grade, and at first i didn't fit in, but in middle school and beyond i found my niche. It takes everyone a little bit of time to find their comfort zone and the people you connect with. Also, if you want to make friends, you will. If someone is just quiet sitting there in class all day with their head down, why would someone approach you? If you have a good attitude you will make friends easily here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 8, 2009

I would advise any parent to keep their child away from this school. From personal experience, I found that the parents and students have a tendency to be closed minded. It has been seen that parents are not as dedicated to the education of their children as one would think they should be. The administration has a considerable amount of disfunction, which causes much tention between faculty and staff. I believe that if you are a parent considering this school district, you should speak to everyone, including the local authorities, before enrolling!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2008

The Best Experience I have ever had! I moved here when I was in 9th grade and had no problem fitting in at all. Teacher were the best, especially Mrs. Graff and Mrs. Beckjord. No dobut the best place ever!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 30, 2008

I guess this school could be considered a good school for people who have lived here all of their life. Personally, I have moved many times and this has been the worst school. Students are normally only accepted if they have always been here and have the family ties. You can easily spot out the kids who have moved here. Mostly everyone is closed minded, along with the teachers. If your son/daughter is entering in kindergarten or first grade then peters might be a great place for you, but if it's any later then your child will be mostly ignored by the kids and the staff.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 6, 2007

This is a very good School District. There are Several activities for Students To get involved in. For example if you are in to computers PTHS has a computer club, and they also have several academic courses to choose from including several AP courses
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 1, 2007

we left this high school after only a few months. this was the worst experience of our lives. our chidlren were completely ignored by the admin and teachers. teachers only cater to those they know. very small town thinking. limited ap/honors classes, limited clubs. only athletes are favored. no parental involvement. avoid at all costs. avoid pittsburgh in general.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2006

Overall, I think that the school is very good. However, my son has a learning disability and we've experienced some difficulty in getting his IEP on track with some of the teachers and administrative staff. Specifically, additional learning support in unstructured classes and OVR and OT. More inclusion of children with special needs and more empathy by the student body. Perhaps a class to teach how to be considerate/tolerant of others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2006

the music programs are the best YAY CHOIR!!! *hints that we need more members* and band is also a great class i like the school and stuff
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 9, 2006

I've had two sons at PTHS and couldn't be happier. There's no catering to the lowest common denominator. They push for excellence. There's an incredibly strong music program. The huge selection of AP courses includes AP music theory (my older son entered college as a sophomore due to all the AP credits he earned). It's a mostly white, preppy atmosphere, but my long-haired, counter-cultural son is popular and happy there. It's a welcoming place. The teachers really care. I've had letters and phone calls from them complementing my sons' work and behavior. There's been some strange political stuff with the principal, but it hasn't affected the quality of education. A great district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2006

The qulaity of academic programs is superior and wide in range. The bredth and depth of extracurricular activities is exceptional.Parents are very active as there are Booster groups for nearly every activity both academic and athletic and if totally combined in number would be astounding. The school is extremely safe and orderly. The physical plant is new and offers the most up to date technologies. A superb school for anyone to consider.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2006

Academic programs are great. The teachers in both band and choir are excellent and really make this kids learn. Parents seem to always be involved.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 14, 2006

A very nice place, and is safe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

Don't go here! Students are bored to tears! Too conservative. Low student involvement - students are not respected - so they rebel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2005

Very good school, the teachers are educated, supportive, and helpful. There are great art programs, and lots of extracurricular activities to choose from. The level of parent involvement is high, and teachers aim to involve the family in any problems encountered by the student. I graduated from Peters, as well as 2 of my brothers, and we all did very well in the environment.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 18, 2005

I am immenseky impressed with this school overall. However, the lack of intelligent leadership from the school administration and school board consequently lowers the Principal leadership score. Hoping that a new Superintendant can restore order and credibility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

I really like this school. Not only because I am a student there, but also because of the great staff, and friendly teachers. Every one of the teachers gives you grade A attention, and all the guidence members are kind and also show you around and all the scheduling processes you need.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2004

The high school was one of the most supportive environments I have ever been in. They encourage all students to strive for their bests in everything from sports and academics to social behaviors. The district as a whole is an impressive community when looked upon from afar. After leaving the state to go on to school, I have found that I am easily just as prepared for higher education if not more so than students I have encountered. Although there may not be a racially diverse student body, we were always given opportunities to meet with other school districts and students in countless activities. It was simply up to the student to take advantage of these chances. All in all, as a freshman at The Ohio State University, I am proud of by upbringing in Peters Township High School.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 5, 2004

Peters Township High School has no diversity whatsoever. This has always been a major concern of mine. My daughter tells me that she feels the students at this school are predjudice towards non-christian/non-caucasian peoples. This is clearly reflected from my stand point as well, seeing as there is only one african amercian teacher. It is a shame hese children will not get to mix with people of other cultures and backgrounds.
—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.

363 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

365 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

360 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

363 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%

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 Students81%
Female82%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)48%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female90%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)68%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students70%
Female65%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)52%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students98%
Female100%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White99%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)96%
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 96% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Black 1% 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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Mcmurray, PA 15317
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