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Oxford Area High School

Public | 9-12 | 1186 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted December 4, 2013

I am terrified to send my children to Oxford High School. The quality of parents in this district are directly reflected in the children. The sports programs are awful and quite honestly, a good ol boy network is well and alive as far as sports go. The coaches and teachers are simply not invested in growth and hence the children suffer and are a laughing stock amongst their peers at other great schools (Kennett, Avon Grove and Unionville). Again, terrified and sickened that Oxford is the district I purchased a home in with hopes that it would improve. There is a lack of private school options in the area and Avon Grove Charter School is outstanding academically but has no sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2013

What more can you ask from a high school, note the parent involvement in this school is average. I think our active involvement and the way we live, created the foundation for our son to make the right decisions when he was on his own in school. Our son was not traumatize by this move into 10th grade here, and he graduated in the top 7%. This a bad bunch of kids here as with anywhere, yet he is well balanced, found his way and tutored math, did sports, appreciated the differences in people, and had fun. The teachers are dedicated and most are raised here or nearby. It is a beautiful school and well maintained.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2008

Oxford High School has been a real disappointment to us. We are fortunate in having highly motivated kids. Those kids who aren't highly motivated don't fare very well. Many children fall through the cracks. The school cares predominantly about test scores rather than the content of a given course. We have had occasion to try to speak with the administrators and the principal regarding an individual circumstance and we were met with complete and utter resistance. Not only did they fail to adequately address our concerns, they were concurrently deeply unpleasant to deal with. Oxford's priorities appear to lie in the realm of sports and appearance (a mosaic of a hornet in the lobby of the middle school) at the expense of worthy programs that enable kids, in this complex world, to function well. The teachers, however, are dedicated though overworked professionals. We have been impressed by many of them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2007

The academics in this school are good on the honors and AP levels, but once students are in eleventh grade, they don't even have the option of taking all of those classes. Exrtacurricular activities are available, and the basketball teams are great. Parents tend to be more involved with their childrens' sports lives than academically. Oxford has poor test scores, but is now noticing an improvement because of the principal who has been with the school for two years now. He's definitely great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 11, 2005

I have only been here for 2 years, but my daughter has had a pretty positive experience. She is involved in the Chorus program and she enjoyed the Interior Design classes they offered. So far I have seen nothing but good things. I have emailed teachers many times and had almost immediate response from them. New high school being built and should be occupied this school year beginning in September.
—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.

260 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

260 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

259 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
39%

2009

 
 
41%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

263 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
83%
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 Students71%
Female73%
Male69%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female89%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students51%
Female47%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities (IEP)4%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students91%
Female96%
Male87%
Black82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)48%
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 76% 71%
Hispanic 18% 9%
Black 5% 15%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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705 Waterway Rd
Oxford, PA 19363
Phone: (610) 932-6640

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