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Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 1188 students

 
 

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Posted June 8, 2013

MASH is a terrific school! I have kids at both ends of the spectrum-one in all accelerated classes and one with special needs. I have been amazed at their ability to meet the needs of both. The teachers and staff are excellent and very accessible. Many of them attended MASH themselves and moved back after college to provide their children the same strong foundation. When we moved here, we had the choice of sending our kids to a really small school, really large one, or Mechanicsburg which has about 300 kids per grade. This has been a great fit for us as the school is big enough to offer plenty of sports and extra-curricular activities, but small enough that your kids can still make the teams and fit in. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2013

The school under-prepares the majority of students for the "real world." While I have been accepted my college of choice, the majority of my friends were not accepted to a college of near-caliber with significantly better grades. This is no fault of the teachers who are often understanding and willing to help the students; rather the school aims to teach kids to underachieve. Students rarely hope to even attend an out of state post secondary educational institution, relying on the state schools when they could be achieving much more. Nearby schools have implemented the IB program, aiding their students in the college process but there has been no talk of this at MASH. The students and staff are very bright, but it is not the ideal school to send your children to if your aims involve prestigious universities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 31, 2012

My child attended this school for 4 years. My son scored 720 Verbal SAT and 680 Math, was always in the top 10% for math/reading/science. Unfortunately Honors teachers lose papers, submit grades after losing papers, respond to emails with 'I haven't graded it yet'. If your child is bright, and wants good grades DO NOT GO HERE...Mulitple episodes of lost paperwork ranging from the Project dreams, to submitted work where my son had copies that it was submitted via email. The school tells you to use the website to check each individual class for your childs work, and it is NOT updated, so you will email a teacher who will tell you they haven't submitted or graded it until its too late. THIS has happened multiple times different teachers and different grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2011

I definitely learned a lot over my four years at MASH. Not only were there countless opportunities to get involved in sports or extra-curricular activities, but the dynamics of a good public school undoubtedly shaped the person I am today. The teachers are kind, helpful, and fully devoted to teaching. If you need ANYTHING, there is always a teacher or staff member that is more than willing to help you. Whether you're excelling or falling behind, there is some kind of program for you. AP classes have helped me get ahead in college so much that I have the potential to graduate in three years. I learned invaluable study tips and life lessons that I still practice today. Aside from high school pettiness, there really isn't anything wrong with this school. And yes, the dreaded Project Dreams is arduous and seems to be pointless, but after it's all said and done, you realize that you're happy that your school made you do job shadows. It certainly helped me figure out what I want - and more importantly didn't want - to do with my life.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 17, 2009

I think that the school does a wonderful job, both acidemically and with extra cirricular activities. The teachers and principals are all very nice and make for a good learning environment!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2009

The teacher-leadership excels, particularly in the 10th grade English department.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2007

I have two children in the district, a junior and a 4th grader. Both started in Northside Elementary and I'd like to extend some kudos for the falculty and administration there. Regarding the High School, over the years I've marveled at the quality of the teaching staff and their involvement with the students. Equally, I've been quite impressed with the level of support that the school gives both the students and parents. Whether it's a sporting event, a career day event or simply meeting the faculty & staff at various academic events I've found everyone to be encouraging, respectful, positive, and willing to hear my concerns and ready to offer student praise when earned. One thing more, I've recently had opportunity to meet the guidance counselors and the school nurse - they were extremely helpful, professional, caring and supportive - praises to all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2005

Great School! Really prepares kids for college, and the teachers actually care about the students. Definitely recommended to any looking for a sound education for their child.
—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.

269 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

269 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

272 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
54%

2009

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

277 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
91%
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 Students86%
Female85%
Male86%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)47%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female88%
Male86%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)67%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students63%
Female61%
Male65%
Black20%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students88%
Female94%
Male82%
Black59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
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 84% 71%
Black 7% 15%
Hispanic 4% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
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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500 South Broad St
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Phone: (717) 691-4530

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