School deserves it's 9 out of 10 rating here. Nice school, improved Keystone test score, PSSA (highest ever), area becoming more wealthier. Several remaining farms have been or will be sold for housing development. Extremely easy and convenient to get to downtown Pittsburgh. Plum schools are pretty good and very safe. A good, solid choice in the east suburbs. Much of the town is still rural and older and newer neighborhoods.
If you are moving to Pittsburgh, this school district continues to get better and I strongly recommend it. Plum is growing and the district continues to improve as seen by the 9 out of 10 rating. Plum is becoming one of the best in the east. The town has recently been rated as the 6th safest city in the United States. New schools are being built and many of the teacher staff have masters and doctorate degrees. Probably one of the reasons over 100 of the district's 300 teachers make over $100,000 a year. All the elementary schools are excellent and getting better. There has also been a lot of upscale housing developments and new ones on the way. Homes are available in the low 100k to 700k range but unfortunately inventory is low, especially with preexisting housing which is driving up home costs. Good schools, safe neighborhoods and demand for homes will continue to drive the prices up, but compared to other good school districts in other states, prices are still very affordable. Plum is a desirable Pittsburgh suburb which has an up and coming school district and a growing community of professionals that will is attracting families moving into the area. Buy Here Now!
I am very pleased with this high school. The guidance counselors and teachers have been incredible and worked hard to meet my child's needs. The music department is top notched with the best music wing and auditorium in the entire Pittsburgh region. Plum's auditorium rivals theaters in Pittsburgh's downtown cultural district. I do believe a lot of attention is focused on PSSAs. The high school grading scale is much higher than all the schools in the region, but I have heard that scale is being adjusted to the same level as the other high schools. I truly recommend this high school and the districts other schools. The area and district have become much more progressive. It you are looking for an area with good schools, safe and growing neighborhoods and reasonable housing (150-500k) than Plum is definately the place for you.
Very well educated teacher base, and I guess that justifies one of the highest teachers salaries in the region. Strong teacher union. Not sure if that is negitive or positive. Probably positive in attracting top teachers. It is known that Plum has an incredible retirement packages for their teachers and it appears younger and well educated instructors are filling positions throughout the school district. The high school is very lovely and I feel very safe here after relocating my family from DC. A lot of new homes are being built and will continue to drive up prices, but for excellent schools, low-crime and easy access into Pittsburgh, it makes it very worth it.
The school year just ended and qualified teachers is something that is definitely missing from this high school. This should be a major concern for all parents with students in this school district. Administrators and guidance help is positively nonexistant! I am looking for an alternative place for my children to attend school next year!!
My child is a special education student with an IEP. He has yet to pass a PSSA test and can barely write. Guidance/adminstration assures me he will graduate, but I don't know how if he can't pass the PSSA tests.
I only have one child but if I had other children I would definitely move out of the Plum Borough School District before that child reached high school age. It has to be among one of the worse high schools I have ever seen. If the teachers teach at all, it is to the PSSA tests. Try getting help for your child who is struggling and you get pushed around from guidance to teachers and back and forth. NO ONE will help and NO ONE wants to take responsibility for your child's learning!!!!! If you have a gifted child get out of Plum as soon as you can!
This is the last year I will have to deal with this school and am anxious for it to be over. If an average school, teach for standardized testing is for you, this is it. Keep in mind, it is a public school and they teach to the general population. If you have an above average student or an achiever, find somewhere else. If you think things will improve as your child gets higher in the grades, it doesn't.
PHS is just an 'ok' school. The administration is lacking, yes, and the teachers are a mixed bag. Some teachers are gems and others are just awaiting retirement and coasting throuugh. Some genuinely care about their students and some are just there for the paycheck. In my experience, PHS teaches extremely to standardized tests. The school in general is far too focused on athletics. There is very little student motivation and teachers do little to engage students in learning and excite students about education. There is a huge divide and tons of tension between teachers/administration and students/administration. Don't get me wrong though, PHS is not as bad as I make it sound, but with so many other brilliant high schools in the surrounding areas, one should explore other options before choosing Plum High School.
Teachers who teach AP classes seem more motivated than others. Most of AP teachers follow the requirement of the College Board guidelines. Most of teaches at this school do not cover enough materials so that students are not able to take various College Board SAT II tests. The honor classes are not very challenging and teaching pace is slow.
Despite long-held perceptions about Plum's dominance, I would say that Plum SHS is average at best. I graduated in 2009 and feel that my education was good in some ways and poor in many others. For example, the teachers at Plum Senior High are all intelligent individuals capable of teaching compelling, extensive concepts, but the overall faculty attitude is based in static apathy. The unfaltering trend amongst teachers is to find a methods of teaching that yield average results, and to rarely go the extra mile. Enriched courses are great but in regular classes, little is expected of students beyond staying awake. Very few students see knowledge as uplifting or helpful. There's a 50/50 chance that a given classroom will be noisy, disruptive and lacking respect and control. Students can be verbally bullied within earshot of teachers and they will ignore it. There's definitely an athelete obsession at Plum as well.
Moving into Plum was a great mistake for my kids. The kids here are mean and hateful. If you aren't born and raised here, you will never fit in unless you are an athlete or among the popular kids. Parents involved in the school system are out of control. PTA rules the school here. They hold the hands of these kids until they reach high school then release them and expect them to act like pre-adults. The teachers don't care and my kids have stated the classroom environment is out of control. I personally am pulling my children out and enrolling them in cyber-school.
I moved to Plum my freshman year and went to Plum High School because I didn't have a choice. I graduated in 2003 and I am so happy to get out of there. Everyone is very snobby and catty. Not that all high schools are like that but this one was ridiculous! If you don't do any after school activities you will hate it. The athletes are treated better than everyone else also. I also don't find the education I received to be satisfactory either. The teachers don't care.
This school is very competative in athletics but offers little in the way of academics.
As a graduate of the class of '99 I would have to say that I got the best education at Plum Senior High School. Everything is wonderful, from the classes, to activities, and the teachers. I truely feel that I couldn't have gotten a better high school education anywhere else.
I graduated in the class of 2000, and I'm more than satisfied with the education I received. In fact, after years of speaking to public school graduates from other areas, I've found that my education was far superior. I was, however, an honor student, and it seems the school catered best to the smart students as they enjoyed the lowest concentration of complacent teachers (which you'll find, to some extent, anywhere). Furthermore, many of my more creative and cultural hobbies were cultivated in Plum High. Make no mistake of it. Plum is a great public school.
Being a former graduate of the class of 2002, I feel that Plum has provided me with a real world education. I took this education to a private University were I have excelled in all fields. With the recent renovation Plum is a great school to attend. The environment is full of great teachers and staff. There are plenty of activities to be involved in. Plum is always high rank among other schools in the state of Pennsylvania and anyone would be a fool to go anywhere else
As a Plum graduate, I can say that Plum is an excellent school. Teachers are great, course selection is excellent, class size is great, etc. I went to a different high school for my sophomore and junior years and hated it. So, I decided to return to Plum for my senior year. It is an excellent school!
My daughter graduated in 1998. I was very satisfied with the school. Did find that Football Players and Cheerleaders were treated differently. Very snobby school. Education at Plum was very good.
As the parent of plum students as being myself a former plum student myself I have to say that Plum is one of the best schools in Western Pennsylvania. They pride themsleves on having some of the smartist and and most succesful students on the eastern coast. Almost every student is involved in an estrscurricular activity and the parents are always willing to help with the extracurricular activities.
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