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Marple Newtown Senior High School

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4 stars

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Posted April 16, 2014

Our school is ranked 21st in the state on schooldiggers.com based on the most recent Keystone exams. That is above Radnor, Conestoga and Great Valley. Only more good to come. With 60 million in renovations, a new Principal and great school spirit, my Freshman son has had only a great experience! Go Tigers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2014

Marple Newtown has potential to be a great school, but only if a student really searches for it to be so. Last year, I worked in spite of an oppressive administration, but this year, after being more friendly overall around school, I've realized that a lot of the staff is really willing to help me with my goals. Sure, every school has some bad teachers, and if they could just be fired like that everything would be easy- but that's not the case. The student body is disappointing at best, with a majority of underachievers. A few bright stars shine through though and really benefit from the resources the school has to offer. Don't take honors chemistry. Only advice when it comes to classes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 31, 2012

I am a Marple Newtown HS alumni that couldn't wait to get my kids back into my old neighborhood and into the school I was so proud of. This was the Biggest Mistake Ever!!. During the freshman night along with parents, the Principal and Vice Principal welcomed the students and the parents with a new change in attendance policy that sounded more like a threat than anything, very disrespectful to the parents. It appeared as if parents have no rights in this matter and the majority of parents I spoke with were very offended. Later that week I learned that over 10 parents withdrew their children from the Marple Newtown Senior High School, I am planning to do the same after hearing frightening stories from many families and how they were treated by the staff and administration when a problem occurred either with a teacher or a bully. I also found that approx 45% of the students in this district do not attend Marple Newtown, Hmm... I wonder Why?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2011

This school is awful. Suppressing talent and potential at every turn, this school works to depress and squelch any excitement the students could have toward learning. The teachers inadequacy is only bolstered by the administrations appalling aversion to work in any form. Switching out of this penitentiary is the best decision I have ever made.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 21, 2010

i transfwered away from marple cause my parents made me go to christian school. it was the worst decision of my life
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 5, 2009

I was an exchange student at marple , and it was the best I ve ever done. The people were so nice and everyone helped us. +++


Posted October 9, 2008

After transferring from the abysmal Upper Darby school district, I feel confident in saying that Marple Newtown is one of the best. It is a shame that this school is not more well known; it deserves more praise and attention. Ranked 35th on the list of 50 Best Greater Philadelphia School Districts. The music program, athletics, and class courses offered are outstanding. I've made friends to last a lifetime. I would recommend it to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 8, 2008

A horrible school for disadvantaged kids. The school just sweeps its 'problem students' into sub-par alternative schools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2008

Above average school that has stabilized after slipping for several years. Budget pressures from an older population and 30% of students attending private schools limit school district's ability to meet funding goals. Fantastic music program, excellent AP numbers and involved parents. Physical plant was refurbished several yrs ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2005

An underappreciated gem. The majority of the faculty are excellent teachers, the administration is very supportive of students, parents and teachers. A smaller high school with a broad range of activities in athletics and the arts.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted April 5, 2005

Once on top- now a fledgling academic institution. Caught in the budgetary dilemma realted to predominantly 65+ residents. Funding not availabel to provide the support needed. Teachers are good but the support for special needs has declined dramatically in last 3 years. Cut backs on supplies and activities. Substandard athletic fields. Poor facilities within the schools. Population shift to less involved parents.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 15, 2005

It is a sad state of affairs when the graduating class of 2005 is told that it is more important for a new football field to be constructed rather than allowing family and friends the opportunity to see their children/etc. graduate in person after 12+ years of work. when did sports become more important than acedemics in this district. knowing now what I know I would look elsewhere before choosing this district for my children. they have spoken loud and clear!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

It's a beautiful school. It was just recently renovated and it looks fantastic.
—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.

270 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

270 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

272 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
45%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

278 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
90%
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 Students67%
Female70%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asian89%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female82%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asian75%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students56%
Female50%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asian66%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students89%
Female95%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)52%
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%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
Black 2% 15%
Hispanic 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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120 Media Line Rd
Newtown Square, PA 19073
Phone: (610) 359-4218

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