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Pittston Area Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 1053 students

 
 

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Posted April 9, 2014

We were looking to move to area to be closer to our family and invest in the community. I had some concerns due to a family members horrifying story of bullying, racism and the lack of urgency to protect children. I spoke to the superintendent, he was great and very responsive. He had the principal of the high school call me to give me some more information. This is were things got very scary. He was not compassionate for the children, he was rude and from the information I received from all sides, instead of having the children's safety at a top priority it seems he was only interested in diversions and protecting himself. My opinion, I believe the superintendent should have been notified of the situations that had happen but he wasn't. So I believe this principal does hide thing and does sweep things under the rug, wich in turn can leave your children vulnerable and in danger in bullying situation.


Posted June 21, 2009

as each parent, and student will have their own expereinces, i as a parent, have had a horrible experience, i have been insshock at the treatment i have received in this general area, by a certain 'controlling group of ptos' parent commities & some employees there as well in other areas of the the community ', and i have also had the pleasure of meeting some very truely brilliant teachers, also................... it is ture that alot of students do go far from these schools, but its also true that there is a lot that never comes public, and swept under the 'rug' and dispossed of.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2008

Contrary to popular belief Pittston Area actually prepares one better for a rigorous college education than one would infer from its overwhelmingly negative publicity. I'm a 2005 graduate of the school, and I can't provide enough accolades to many of the district's gifted educators, who are worth every penny that the petty Greater Pittston community doesn't feel they are. Mrs. Ann Marie Roberts, who recently retired, should be especially lauded for her positive contributions to the district. As an aspring accountant, I resented the fact that she conducted her Chemistry classes as if she were the chair of an Ivy-league institution of higher learning, but when I opted to take a Genetics course as an elective here at King's College I absolutely breezed right through the course thanks to her brilliant instruction. She's just one prime example of some of the very talented minds who are (were) employed here.


Posted October 15, 2007

Both my wife and I along with two children attended Pittston Area High School. Combined we have 48 years of experience with the curriculum and the staff. Although we have had several great teachers and administrators, there are certainly more bad than good. The maturity of the students rivals that of the teachers and that is very unfortunate. Tenure allows teachers to coast by, and they certainly do. Their is a great deal of inequality as it pertains to student treatment. The rules only apply to some, and fairness is in short supply. It really depends on how the particular teacher or administrator is feeling that day. Their is no oversight of sub-par teachers and their backs are covered by admin, to the detriment of the student body.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2007

I am just about done with my first year in college and must say that I could not have been more prepared for it. I took a lot of good things out of Pittston, its academics and extra curriculars. As for teachers not caring, I could not disagree more. I know I could have gone to any one of my teachers in that school for anything and they would have and still will help me; that includes Dr. Lussi. If you make the effort to do well here you will because the school offers every opportunity.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 20, 2006

I believe that if parents show an interest and involvement, the teachers are very receptive to their requests. My daughter graduated last year from the honors tract and breezed through her first semester of college (especially the science classes and labs).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2006

As a former student of Pittston Area, I am nearing my bachelor's degree. Pittston Area is a fine school that offers very much to its students. The Honors Program is very challenging, and all of the Academic Programs do well to serve the purpose of educating the different types of students. The opportunities to succeed are there for your children.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 20, 2006

I do not feel that the teaching support needed for all the children's needs are being met. I have a child who excels on test and in the classroom but hates homework. Is it fair that 25% a grade is devoted to homework when clearly the child understands the material being taught. At least we have Mr. Haas to go to for help. Maybe the new school board will take the advice of the parents and make some changes. PA thrives on sports and lacks any classes in the fields of art or music.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2005

I am a former student of Pittston Area and I would not allow my children to go there when They grow up. I feel as though I lacked a decent education and no one really cared about it either. Very poor leadership in that school. All the school really seems to worry about it their sports, mainly the football team, not an education!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 6, 2005

Pittston are is not a very challenging school but students can put themseleves into honors classes if they feel the need for a challenge. Though clubs and activities are not very abundant you can definately find yourself in some good activities.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 24, 2005

Not the best school ever, but also not the worst. Teachers seem not to care, therefore safety tends to be an issue. Also, too much emphasis on football as well as other extra-curricular activities. There is an option to set up parent-teacher conferences every quarter, which I think is great. Like I said, some good points, some bad points.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2004

My children came from a Catholic School and when it comes to teaching and caring for the kids individual needs you can't compare. There are some good Teachers. The Office Staff at PA are so ignorant that it makes me sick. When I had problems with my daughter in 9th grade and 12th Dr. Lussi was the most ignorant and arrogant person that I have ever come in contact since my girls have been in school. I am dreading my other children going to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2004

My sound PAHS education allowed me to jump from Valedictorian to breeze through my freshman year of college - especially in chemistry. Soon I will have my Ph.D. in chemistry, and I owe it all to my excellent overall high school background. However, I would never go back to PAHS because of the disrespect shown to the students and teachers by the community.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

207 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

208 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

206 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
45%

2009

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

212 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
93%
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 Students80%
Female84%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female87%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students61%
Female54%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students92%
Female94%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)41%
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 95% 71%
Black 3% 15%
Hispanic 2% 9%
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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5 Stout St Yatesville
Pittston, PA 18640
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