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Plymouth, PA
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150 Wadham St
Plymouth, PA 18651

(570) 779-5361
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June 02, 2014
Wyoming Valley West is a great school. It's facility and staff truly care about the children's education and go out of their way to make the learning experience a positive and educational one.

- submitted by a student

August 13, 2012
Many of the teachers at Valley West don't seem to care if a student passes or fails. Tenure has taken away any incentive to become a good teacher.

- submitted by a parent

November 12, 2009
I am a graduate of this high school who is currently enrolled at a senoir military college, and i could not even begin to tolerate some of the reports I had to do while in high school. Quite to the contrary of what seems to be popular belief, the junior class research paper is very effective in preparing students for college. Sure, the students may not need to write at such a level during their freshman years in college, but what will a student, who has not had to do such a project before, do when presented with the requirements for their senoir thesis? For the students currently attending the highschool, it is wise to continue to work hard to get where you want to go. Do as you need to as long as you are certain you will not regret it later. As for my alma mater, -Fides Semper Omnia-

- submitted by a community member

September 26, 2009
My daughter will be graduating in 2010 and I am so thankful that will I won't have to deal with this school anymore. I don't feel they should have a dress code. It doesn't make them better students. Just look at their PSSA scores, instead of getting better they went down. Some of the teachers are not one bit fair, and my daughter was penalized because she was absent, with a doctors excuse. The 11th grade research project was so involved that even a college wouldn't expect it of a student. It was concentrated more on the rules they made such as 100 index cards than on the actual content of the paper. Instead of spot checking, they had to sit for an hour and match the sources. They should be more concerned on teaching them how to write. No wonder the PSSA scores are so low.

- submitted by a parent

September 14, 2009
I think the school is great and my daughter is having no problems

- submitted by a parent

February 22, 2009
There are some good teachers here. The music and arts programs get shamelessly shafted by the sports programs. (See multi million dollar turf installation compared to a stage littered with holes and broken curtains/flys) Its a shame. This school fosters sports so much. I (and the rest of the cast of the Fall Drama this year) have been forced to end a rehearsal early just so the football team could watch clips of their last game. I don't care for this school, I wouldn't recommend sending any artists or musicians from your family there. The athletes though, will do just fine.

- submitted by a student

May 31, 2008
I'm a sophomore (class of 2010), and I have to say that WVW has really made me who I am. Sure, the actual building itself is terrible, as are some of the teachers and students, but overall the learning experience is very thorough. On the other hand, however, I do wish the school had more mature students and less dirtbags.

- submitted by a student

September 05, 2007
the school is good for those who are above average grades. For the child who is middle of the system to lower side, forget about it, they will just fall through the cracks.

- submitted by a parent

April 14, 2006
I think Valley West is a great school. There are many electives as well as activities and sports. Considering the geographical size of the district and the amount of students I think as long as parents stay aware and informed their child will do great at this school. My child is involved in few things, not everything and at this point is doing extremely well. Her Elementary School (Dana) and Middle School years were great. I have had no problems with teachers at any school in this district.

- submitted by a parent

October 25, 2005
As long as your kids get the right teachers, and it is hard not to, your child will be very prepared for college here.

- submitted by a student

January 30, 2005
I was a 1999 grad. from WVW and spent my entire education in the school district. How many times did I ask my parents to home school me because of WVW? One too many! High School, was the worst. When I attended, students in the Honors Programs where the students who got the attention & recognition. I was not a terrible student, but a quiet one and for that I was penalized by teachers & students. The building itself was not built for the geographical location. It was originally designed for Texas I believe. The inside was built to cut corners. You bake in the summer & freeze in the winter. Some areas had not even been updated from when it had been orginally built. Holes in walls, chipping paint, small bathrooms. Thank God I live on the beach in NC now!

- submitted by a student

September 03, 2004
I am a 2001 graduate of WVW, and I honestly wish that I wasn't. I had trouble in math and I was totally lost by my senior year. I noticed that none of the teachers tried to work at a level that was steady. Instead they picked the smartest kid in the classroom and worked at their level, leaving the rest of us in the dust. Also aside from the very few teachers there that really do care, most of them can't even remember your first name by the end of the school year. I now have a two year old son, my husband and I are greatly considering not to send our child to WVW when its time. Knowing how the teachers act and knowing the chances are high that my son might fall into the wrong crowd, we rather spend the money for a private school.

- submitted by a student

September 02, 2004
I am a graduate of WVW and my son attends now. The school had some teachers that were 'good' teachers when I attended, but now almost 25 yrs later, 98% of the teachers in this school do not belong as teachers.

- submitted by a parent

July 06, 2004
I have three children who attend the wvw school district. I find the school district and the teachers are only concerned about the money and not the students. My kids range in age from 8-16 and have experienced elementary to high school. If you as a parent do not spend at least 15hrs with your kids each week your kids will not succeed. The teachers do not teach anymore they want the parents to teach. The elementary school at state street is a disgrace and only push the kids when its time for the state testing. Two weeks on multiplication two on division and two weeks on fractions so the kids have some idea what to do for the test. What about our kids learning don't give raises to the teachers when the kids are not being taught!

- submitted by a parent

May 24, 2004
I graduated from Valley West a few years ago so I'm not that far removed from the situation. I feel I received a fabulous education there. I can honestly say a great majority of my teachers went above & beyond the call of duty. I formed such great bonds with them b/c I cared about my work and they appreciated that. I have thrived @ a large university thanks to everyone I received through my years in the school district. I think those that complain about the teachers need to realize these teachers cannot force the unwilling. We do not have the Penna. Teacher of the Year for kicks.

- submitted by a student

February 25, 2004
I am the step parent of a couple of kids who have graduated from this school. One had absolutely no business graduating, but was allowed to, merely so the teachers wouldn't have to deal with her for another year. I am not impressed at all with the education received in this school district. If I lived in that area, I would move or send my kids to a private school. Another note, they really need to enforce attendance and attitude issues. A uniform would be an excellent idea, or at least some semblance of a dress code. When at sporting events you can always tell who is from WVW and who is from the other school.

- submitted by a parent

January 31, 2004
Athletes are given special attention and lighter discipline sentences when they break the rules. the principal overrules the two assistants on a constant basis. Threaten legal action and you get your way. They do not enforce the attendance policy. Mid-term and final exam curves are outrageous and teachers give out higher grades due to the flack from guidance and administration on what can we do to get this student through. The computers are old and slow. the rooms vary considerably in temperature. They threaten constantly about cars in illegal spots will be towed but never do. Study halls are held in the cafeteria with a playground atmosphere and a pig sty in the afternoon because the floors arent swept until after dismissal.Aalcohol and drug problems are swept under the rug from atop.

- submitted by a community member

December 13, 2003
The main focus at his school is not its academic curriculum, but the after-school sports programs. The staff encourages the glorification of the students who excel in sports. Very little attention is paid to academic achievements and accomplishments. Years ago, WVW was proud of their History Day and Science Olympiad winners. Now, it appears that all they get is a little ceremony at the end of the year. Whatever happened to the math competitions and science fairs? Most likely, my child will not accomplish much in life catching a football as he would trying to reach higher goals such as a doctor or lawyer.

- submitted by a parent
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December 09, 2003
When I was at school there I found that there were some teachers that generally didn't care but there were some that really did care. Mr. Faust, Mr. Deremer (principal), Mr Asklar, Gail Evans, Mr. Furman, Mr. Rittenhouse, etc....

- submitted by a community member

November 28, 2003
I am a 1995 Graduate of this school, If this school has bad teachers why was Mr Nick voted Teacher of the year? The school as a quality educational program but the students must be willing to learn. My cousin is now a freshman and is enjoying the school.

- submitted by a community member

September 25, 2003
Only the self motivated will learn at this school. The teachers' union protects the inept and incompetent. Most teachers at this school fall into one or both of these catagories.

- submitted by a parent

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Wyoming Valley West Senior High School
150 Wadham St, Plymouth, PA  18651
(570) 779-5361
Last modified Wyoming Valley West Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Wyoming Valley West Senior High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top