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Norwin Senior High School

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4 stars

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16 reviews of this school


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Posted October 2, 2013

NO GIFTED PROGRAM. Way to care about your best and brightest Norwin, shame on you! Put some more money into that stadium!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

Norwin teachers do not treat the kids well at all. They are very strict and they are so competitive. They want to win but sometimes that is too much. Norwin does have a great music program but you have to be willing to put in the effort.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2013

Outstanding theatre program! Strictest school I know. Very much overreact to everything. Most teachers are average, some are great, and some are god awful at explaining things slowly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 8, 2012

This school has a great music program, and challenging academics. Most teachers are good. A few are great. I have found that there is little parent/teacher/administrator communication, and problems are ignored. Parents are not considered important. Students are not treated with respect. There are ridiculous, nit-picky rules, probably created by not treating students with respect. Add to that the enormous volume of homework; 4-6 hours per night, much more on weekends and holidays. Graduates have told me they have an enormous amount of free time in college and can actually relax.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2010

I consider myself lucky to work in this district and be a part of such a professional, caring, dedicated school district. Compared to other school districts in the area, Norwin is miles ahead of various districts in many different avenues. ....a great place to work!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 27, 2010

the kids and teachers are mean and have not to much desire the school is loaded with drugs too
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

The teachers are hands on, and it has a great sports program
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2008

I highly disagree with every person that said students weren't treated well. As an '07 graduate, I received nothing but incredible treatment by each and every one of my teachers. Every teacher that I had made themselves very accessible, and though most held very high standards for their students, they were also willing to give extra help. Now, upon being a second year college student at a selective university, I am able to see what a great education I was given. Despite my peers being honors college students, most haven't had the solid foundation that Norwin provides. Consider yourself/your child very fortunate if they were able to have a Norwin education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 11, 2007

Norwin has a great educational program. Its teachers rank among the best in Westmoreland County. They are caring and take our children's education seriously. Besides academics, their extra-curricular activities are tremendous. I'm proud to be a Norwin parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2006

Norwin does not have a bullying policy that works. The teachers and administrators I have approached do not even consider a problem. During parent orientations they provide info on bedtime, homework responsibilities and sports; but they did not even mention in oral or written form a policy for mutual respect or bullying.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2005

Horrible how the kids are treated
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2005

Best music program in Pennsylvania! Great faculty and staff throughout the school. Students very well prepared for college. Provides access to AP courses, gifted programs, and a variety of extra-curricular activites.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 26, 2005

Norwin has an excellent music program and competitive sports teams. Academics are strong as well. As a graduate of this school I feel the ciriculum taught was relevant; it gave me a very good base for college.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 9, 2004

My son is graduating from Norwin in May, 2005. I am so very impressed with the quality of the education he has received. The teachers are extremely professional and instill in the kids a passion for learning. I am very proud to tell people and my colleagues that my son goes to Norwin. We were also informed by a few of the universities my son visited that Norwin has an excellent reputation and meets high academic standards. Congratulations to a committed administration, faculty and school board. Thank you for making my son's high school experience a very positive one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2004

Norwin has provided my children with a wonderful, well-rounded education. I commend the teachers and administration on doing a fine job. Keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2004

Norwin school district is the most hypocritical school district in Westmoreland County. They do not care about their students.
—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.

380 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

379 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

377 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
56%

2009

 
 
55%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

388 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
92%
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 Students70%
Female70%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female83%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)45%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students56%
Female51%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students92%
Female95%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)37%
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 97% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Black 1% 15%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 9%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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North Huntingdon, PA 15642
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