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Moon Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 1139 students

 
 

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Posted October 11, 2013

The middle school and high school facilities look great, especially the high school auditorium. The school seems to have a good arts budget. Which is a good thing, because the school can't do anything else better. Overall, what a waste of my years. I never fit into this school socially, and the school has done POORLY at handling bullying, even with the new Olweus program. The school lunches have never been very good. In the high school, they aren't as bad, but they're still mediocre. You may then ask, "Well what about the teaching staff?" There are a select few teachers that are outstanding, and others that are decent. The majority are poor. I never knew there could be so many teachers in one building that can't teach well at all. And most of them don't help out well with bullying either. This place is a WASTE of tax dollars, and all the parents thinking that this school offers a "quality education" are HUGELY mistaken. Avoid Moon; there are plenty of better schools around (i.e Quaker Valley, USC, Mt. Lebanon, South Fayette...). And the senior projects are a waste. Why focus on senior projects when you can focus on BETTER TEACHING SO WE DO BETTER IN COLLEGE/REAL WORLD?
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 10, 2013

This school is the best in the area, no question. With the new campus built and the great staff members, this school is just well rounded and amazing. I am a sophomore and I have been going to Moon my whole life and I am proud to say so.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 13, 2011

I stayed in Moon Twp., in spite of the high taxes, because the school is basically a good one. On the plus side, colleges seem to accept these students readily. The teaching staff is extremely supportive. The sports programs are top-notch. There is a lot of new technology available to the students. However, there are some issues. The old principal did not do anything to help students who didn't "fit in the box." The new principal has promised more than he has delivered so far. I have tried to be an involved parent, but I have not gotten a lot of help from the administration. I have heard the same thing from other parents whose kids aren't the "cookie cutter" students. The curriculum does need to be updated; the most recent updates have been piecemeal. All in all, it is a decent school, but there are some things that need to be improved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

... all of my science teachers have been great teachers, and all but one of my history teachers have been really great teachers! One of my least favorite parts of the school, is the lunch food. It is so gross. Chunky mashed potatoes, yellow pepperoni inside the pepperoni rolls (even the nurses told me not to eat them) COLD chicken, pink burgers (I don't even know if it's even real MEAT!) They also have this really gross pizza that has like a whole wheat crust. You can't really tell it's that kind of pizza until AFTER you get it, which is unfortunate for me, because I'm allergic to wheat and shouldn't eat that much at a time. I don't even think the lunch ladies approve of the food, but, I do like the lunch ladies... They, for the most part, are very nice!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 30, 2009

I would readily recommend Moon Township schools to anyone. My children have done well there, academically, athletically and socially. The principal of the ms and hs was great; he readily addressed any issues I had and made it a point to touch base with my kids regularly. In return the students there loved him and respected him. As for the curiculum, my children have learned a great deal, and the honors classes have been challenging for them. All of my kids teachers have always made every effort to stay in touch and let us know how our kids were doing, either by email, a phone call or a note home. But as with anywhere (1) parents must be involved in their kids lives (2) you will have good and bad no matter where u are. Great schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2009

The schoool is always cold. The lunches are good but thats about the only thing. Also freshman dont get much choices. I dont like the math ethier
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 11, 2006

I'll add to these other reviews. Some of them make this school sound excellent and some make it sound horrible. It's really somewhere in between, closer to good than bad. 1. Scheduling for freshman is pretty bad. We only get 2 electives because of health and gym, but we learn to deal with it. 2. The Integrated Math system is great. I personally like it better than the normal math systems. It gets you a variety of maths in three levels building off one another. One bad thing is that colleges get confused by it, so now we are eliminating it :( 3. Having no windows is bad. We never know what it's like outside and the classrooms are like dungeons. 4. The school is cold. It's not that big of a deal, but I'm just saying... 5. Although they keep delaying the new school, it's going to be really good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 15, 2005

The school is an excellent place to learn but the conditions of the school need improvment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2005

Moon area offers a large selection of classes on all levels. they have college in high school and AP classes as well as offering many industrial arts and technology classes. the teachers are very good and if you want to learn you will. the parent involvement is not that high because it is not needed. The sports programs are consistently among the best in the state. their are countless extracurricular activities available. this is a safe and good school with many students going to very good colleges.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 18, 2004

Ok, so the school had a few problems. 1.Mold-has been taken care of by an outside organization. 2.Spending all their money on an astroturf field-they had to due to a local university ripping up their grass one. It was uneconomical to do otherwise. 3.Classes are large,classrooms are small-this is being taken care of by a new scheduling system that fills all of the classrooms. 4.Taxes-can't live with them, can't live without em :p 5.Food-just got a new food service this year. Food is hard to make likeable for everyone.Btw-the pepperoni rolls are good 6.Getting class choices-freshman don't have a whole lot of choices due to their health classes and freshmen orientation classes. 7.Getting study halls-going into the school during the summer to fix scheduling problems always gets rid of this. 8.No windows-there are no windows because they didn't have airplane proof glass back in the day it was built. I put down all the other rumors at next post!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2004

Mom gets to put down all the 'rumors' about mhs: 1.'The children can't read'-they are required by law to know how to read by 1st grade. 2.'The school board solution is to build a new school with all the old faculty still there'-you cannot replace an entire faculty! btw, the new school is planned to be the best in the state. 3.'The school does not comunicate with the parent and the curriculm is atrocious.'-The school immediately communicates with the parents if any problems arise. 4.'Moon teaches integrated math, it is difficult for the student and does not work.'-Integrated math is a series of books that work together. It works excellent. 5.'The curriculm needs to be updated'-it is updated every year 6.'How would you like to see a pepperoni roll with black pepperoni in it and cheese that's half rubber and half some sticky slimy stuff.'-It's called cheese and slightly burnt parents don't know about the school-ask a student
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2004

Moon school is not the school it used to be. It is a political maze. We have an astroturf football field and the children can't read. Nor are there teachers willing to tutor them. The school board solution is to build a new school with all the old faculty still there. The school board runs the school, the teachers and the students. School taxes continue to rise and educational quality continues to decrease.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2004

Great school, great faculty, great students! I mean when 5 students in 2 graduating classes get accepted in the Naval academy, I think the school is doing a good job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2004

No Child is to be left behind. Well in Moon your child will be left behind. The classes are to large. The classrooms are to small. The school does not comunicate with the parent and the curriculm is atrocious. Just an example; Moon teaches integrated math, it is difficult for the student and does not work. Children need consistency. The curriculm needs to be updated. Enough is enough! The taxes are premium and this is unacceptable! The Children should come first.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2004

This school could not be much worse. The course selection is way behind the times. They have almost had to close it due to a bunch of mold growing all over the school. I'm not going to even start on the cafeteria food. How would you like to see a pepperoni roll with black pepperoni in it and cheese thats half rubber and half some sticky slimy stuff. When picking classes, you will rarely get what you select as a freshman, because they dont have enough classrooms and teachers or something like that. They even asked us what classes we were going to take over a half a year early, and half of everyones scheldules were full of study halls because the classes they wanted were full. And there are no windows in any classroom, and none in the entire school that can be opened, unless they hid one somewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


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Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

284 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

286 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

282 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
51%

2009

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

286 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
94%
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 Students76%
Female82%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female86%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students54%
Female55%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students97%
Female99%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)79%
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 89% 71%
Black 6% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
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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904 Beaver Grade Rd
Moon Township, PA 15108
Phone: (412) 264-9440

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