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Plymouth-Whitemarsh Senior High School

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Posted January 28, 2014

I am graduating from this school and I would like to say this school is going downhill also. The kids here are getting worse, disrespectful towards others and mostly teachers, and it is not a good learning environment to be in. In every class I took there was never a kid who didnt interupt the class constantly. Also im disapointed on how much time this school wastes instead of doing something educational. We waste a lot of time on half days espically on "9:30" days theres just no point on going. I learn a lot more when im out of this school. I am taking a college course (dual enrollment) and the class compared t o average classes at this school has better learning experiences with respectful students. Overall this school is a poor environment for education. Teachers are alright but I feel like most of the time they are "babysitting" the students and wasting time disiplining students who are disrespectful instead of teaching. I simply can say im glad im leaving this school very soon.


Posted December 19, 2011

the school is going downhill really fast, and chances are its only going to get worse. they don't do background checks on teachers so interesting stuff is coming out about that, the kids are mean, and i think about 85% of the school is involved in drugs and alcohol not a very good environment because kids if they have money can get away with almost everything. as a school goes education wise its average. some teachers are helpful and then others are creeps. if you want your kid to grow up well rounded and have morals dont send them to this school/
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2010

I recently graduated from this school. I was a new student to this school as well, when I first came there I was bullied often(you know the whole new kid thing and being different) I was considered an outcast and others didn't want much to do with me because of that label more of the popular students gave me. A lot(not all) of the students were loud and obnoxious treating the teachers with disrespect I know most of their parents didn't want them to have. Many students treated class like a joke and the teachers had a hard time teaching what needed to be taught(not every class). The tech school program was quite nice, I went to the Computer Tech program and had a nice time, learned a lot. Though a lot of the students there were just sent there so the tech school program could "babysit" them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 28, 2009

The teachers and the education i recieved there deserve very one of these 5 stars. You'd have a hard time to find a better school in the county
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 28, 2009

All three of my children have had positive experiences at PW. My oldest is in her freshman year of college and is excelling. I believe this is due to excellent preparation at the high school level. If your child is motivated PW provides many opportunities for success. All three children went to a private grade school and acclamated to PW just fine. Socially they have made many new friends and are enjoying the whole high school experience. Our sports experience has been positive as well although I feel more needs to be done for the GIRLS sports teams. The boy's seem to take priority.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2007

PW has a great music program. My son was very prepared for his major in college thanks to their music program. The athletics department is equally as good. Although PW makes it a bit hard to achieve an equilibrium between academics, athletics and music, they are a well-rounded school for the most part
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2005

Extracurriculars are pretty good, teachers could teach to a higher standard.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 31, 2004

I am very pleased with the education provided to my children. My oldest transferred from a local Catholic school and excelled at PW. They have a state-of-the-art Science wing and course offerings that are geared towards college prep. She was well prepared for college and received several academic scholarships. My son is currently attending PW as a child in the Special Education department. He has succeeded during his first two years and the attention given to him has been tremendous. Most of his academic goals have been met and the growth I have seen in him is due to the caring teachers and classroom assistants he has encountered along the way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2004

A very well rounded school, an excellent faculty and a very good athletic department. Great music and arts program as well, you don't see that much anymore with the effects of standardized testing.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 6, 2004

I think it was an excellent, well rounded school. The bonus: In 10th grade students have the chance to attend the technical school, great for college prep!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 26, 2004

Not that great of a place considering CB west, east, and North Penn are not to far. All of which are far better with athletics and academics.


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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.

355 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

353 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

352 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
57%

2009

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

367 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
88%
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 Students76%
Female77%
Male75%
Black58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)40%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female87%
Male79%
Black66%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)34%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students48%
Female46%
Male50%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students92%
Female95%
Male90%
Black85%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities (IEP)66%
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 82% 71%
Black 10% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Hispanic 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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201 East Germantown Pk
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
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