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Mt Lebanon Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 1786 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted August 4, 2014

I am going into my junior year at the high school, and I love this school. The kids are nice, there are many clubs and activities (I personally partake in the superb theatre and choir programs). I have yet to meet a teacher that was mean to me. Since transferring to Mt. Lebanon, my grades and GPA have improved and I feel more and more prepared to take my SATS by day. Mt. Lebanon High School will help me get into the college of my choice, and I couldn't be more grateful.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 11, 2014

I'm a parent who in the near future will have had 3 children graduate from the high school. The Mt. Lebanon SHS is a large facility with something for everyone, but consistent with its larger size it can be intimidating and create disaffection for teens who don't find their identity. Maybe that's just the nature of the teen years. As in any school, there is a range in the quality of teachers, from truly outstanding educators to sub-standard performers. I would say the quality overall trends to the good+ level. It can be a rigorous and competitive environment, which is primarily influenced by the expectations of parents, community, and students themselves. Virtually everyone will emerge prepared and competent academically, but that is because the student cohort is strong & competitive enough to raise the tide for everyone. Beyond academics, the school district has a strong commitment to music, performance arts and studio arts, so the artistically inclined can find an expressive outlet. Additionally, there are numerous athletic opportunities, including a wide range of intramural sports for students who may not have "made the team." Overall, it's a very good public high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

As an alumni of Mt. Lebanon Senior High School and current college student. I can say that I am much more prepared for college classes than my peers. I feel MTL did an extraordinary job of preparing students for college and I am forever grateful. The relationships I formed with some of my high school teachers I will always cherish and I have only good memories from this great school. I owe my success in college to them and will be forever grateful.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 12, 2014

I do not feel the students here are ready for the math section of testing this year. Many students are complaining that they are not getting the skills they need to complete the math expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2014

Some nice teachers, some not so nice. My brother and and his boyfriend of over 10 years walked through the building to pick up my son once- they said a woman teacher called them freaks as they held hands at a certain moment. Not a very accepting school, this is 2014, they need to open up their eyes. If they can't accept people for their differences, then people are no longer going to accept Mount Lebanon as the great school it "was".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2013

Nice school that is getting redone! The math teachers and math substitutes here do an excellent job, very high standards! The students are very respectful and mature for High School level. My daughter use to come home and tell me how great her math sub was for the day. If their subs are that great, the rest of the school must be spectacular.


Posted June 6, 2012

I graduated MTL SHS in 1998 and still look back on my time there as a key factor leading to my success in college and beyond. MTL students always seemed to be better prepared than others I met in college and later in life, which I attrubute to the diversity of classes offered and the high standards to which the school holds it's staff and students.


Posted October 4, 2010

We have been very pleased with the quality of education our two children have received in the Mt. Lebanon school district. The vast majority of the teachers and administrators have been outstanding. The few that did not quite meet the level of outstanding were at least competent. The poor spelling and writing skills of the two negative reviews lead me to question their credibility and authenticity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2010

All three of our children went through and graduated from the Mt. Lebanon school system. Having gone to a city school I was highly impressed with the qaulity of the education offered. My oldest went on to Princeton and told me that she was well prepared for it. My other children also recieved excellent educations with and although not top achievers turned out quite well. When one of my children was asked About how Mt. Lebanon compared to a highly regarded private school where she taught. She replied that Mt. Lebanon was much better and more progressive in more ways than you could imagine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2009

I am quite surprised by the two bitter reviews. I have to wonder if they're from Mt. Lebanon. In 1961 my parents moved to Mt. Lebanon because of the school district. I think it's amazing that the school district has maintained excellence all of this time. Mt. Lebanon students were top performers on the College Board SAT at the end of 2006. Of the 630 public schools in the state, Mt. Lebanon students posted a combined score of 1741 which ranks 4th in Pennsylvania and 1st in the county among public schools, catapulting Mt. Lebanon ahead of all public schools in Western Penna. In addition, the critical reading and math scores were the highest ever received by Mt. Lebanon students. It's always on national lists of best high schools and it was rated 8th in the country for fine arts. There are many more achievements but the limit is 150 words.


Posted April 27, 2009

I graduated in 2006 and have many great memories at Mt. Lebanon. Most of my teachers were passionate and engaged. They prepared me well for college and life in general. The facilities aren't perfect, but the faculty and quality of education make up for it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2007

My son and daughter went through the school system, k-12. I always thought the schools were pretty darn good. After I relocated to Maryland, upon my younger child's graduation, I realized I was wrong. The Mount Lebanon Schools are great. The local high school, here in Maryland, is considered one of the best in the state and it doesn't come close.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

This school is really quite poor. The building is old, the students are rude and disrespectful and the teaching is subpar.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2006

Excellent college prep school, great academic range and achievement, great sports and facilities
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 4, 2005

I credit much of my success at my private liberal arts college with the educational foundation I received at Mt. Lebanon. It was the small, engaged classroom setting that encouraged me to pursue a smaller college, and I feel the frequent interaction I had with teachers and administrators made me more prepared to relate to adults academic or otherwise-- in a professional manner. The school makes a concerted effort to give its students a strong working knowledge of critical reading and writing; I consistently out-preformed my peers in my entry-level and freshman English classes and my experience in chemistry, biology, and physics labs made me feel comfortable in the college labs. Mt. Lebanon also offers a wealth of dance, music, art, and TV studio classes as well. The facilities are quite remarkable; I had access to a wealth of opportunities and was exposed to more than many of my college peers.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 15, 2004

Moved here in 1991 start my child here in 1996 and my 2nd child in 2003. My frist child thought the adminastration was horrible along with the Principal which has now change whom is no better. The Superintendint for this district is horrible and the school board is even worse. The teachers most of them are great but there are few that are like the adminstration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2004

My children have received excellent attention and education at the high school. Opportunities abound for fine arts, intellectual and athletic pursuits. New administration is fabulous.
—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.

420 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

435 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

433 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

440 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
97%
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 Students90%
Female91%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian97%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)63%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students94%
Female95%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian85%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)70%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students74%
Female71%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian77%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)34%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
Blackn/a
Asian97%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities (IEP)95%
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 90% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Black 2% 15%
Hispanic 2% 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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155 Cochran Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
Phone: (412) 344-2003

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