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Minersville Area Junior-Senior High School

Public | 7-12 | 540 students

 
 

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Posted August 1, 2014

When you look at this school from afar, you don't see much glamour. However, it is unwise to judge a book by its cover. From experience of moving a lot and changing schools, I can tell you that Minersville by far has a great curriculum for students. Yes, the district is not wealthy nor is it the best in the country, however, this school has great potential. I have attended several "privileged" schools before and after Minersville High, and I can tell you the teachers there did not have the students best interest; they were more interested in tutoring on the side for extra money. The teachers, administration and staff of this school care about their students. And let me tell you, the school spirit in this town is amazing. I've never experienced a school in which students can be seen wearing their pride almost 24/7. Yes, there is drama which occurs everywhere! Yes, the school needs improvement, just like every other school in America. I would definitely advise anyone I know to send their child/children to this school. I would also advise that they take advantage of every opportunity in this school(academic programs, sports, arts, etc.). just like they should in any other school.


Posted June 20, 2010

If your a parent that has high aspirations for your children, then Minersville isn't the school for you. The majority of the students don't care about their coursework and just go through the motions while avoiding trouble. For the small percentage who do care and want to be prepared for college and get into a good school, the opportunity isn't provided. Minersville doesn't have the resources to provide challenging coursework. As a result, the 5 or 6 students who do want to take AP courses etc, are left without anything, which looks horrible on college applications. Besides a few exceptions, the quality of teaching is poor and the focus of the administration is mostly athletics, which Minersville is not particularly good at anyway.


Posted June 14, 2009

Minersville gets a beat down time and time again because we're not the biggest and the best. However Minersville has a rich tradition and I see the district heading to a period of prosperity. I'm an alumnis, graduating in 2008, so I'm familiar with how our school is functioning recently. I'm also an education major (music) so I'm familiar with what needs to be worked on and where our strong points are. Our core subjects in Minersville are very very decent, students complain of course like the ones below and others b/c the feel the need not to do the work and not to work with the instructor. This, of course is a fallacy, and perhaps dicipline must be reformed in the district. Softball tends to thrive in Minersville, as does baseball (2007 state champs) and all other sports have their off and on seasons, all being very reputable however.


Posted June 5, 2009

This school is horrible! The curriculum is below substandard and there is no concern for the students' future once they leave the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2006

The school does not work with all the problems.. and this school is the worst school that has the most drama..I would never tell anybody to send there kid to this school the only thing good at this school is there sports program like soccer football and softball..they are the only good things at this school
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

90 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

90 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
71%
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

The state average for Math was 76% in 2012.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
75%
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

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
52%

2009

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
31%

2009

 
 
33%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
75%
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%
Female91%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)72%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female80%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged67%
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

Math

All Students64%
Female66%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female69%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students59%
Female53%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students87%
Female92%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
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

Math

All Students49%
Female56%
Male42%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female65%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students39%
Female40%
Male38%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students79%
Female83%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)60%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 95% 71%
Black 2% 15%
Hispanic 2% 9%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Battlin Miner Dr and Low Rd
Minersville, PA 17954
Phone: (570) 544-4761

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