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Pocono Mountain West High School

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Posted October 4, 2013

I graduated from West in the class of 2013 and I can honestly say that nothing better prepared me for coursework in college than this school's Advanced Placement classes. The AP teachers definitely know what they are doing and will prepare you for the future. And the college credit awarded from the exams saved me thousands of dollars in classes, take advantage of these courses!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 3, 2013

This school has had so much turnover in staff in recent years. PMSD is not promoting quality education for our children to be challenged against there peers. Unless your kids in Honors courses which is excellent advance placement courses ...It seems that they promote school sports more than quality in education. It doesn't even rank close to other high schools in the area. Also this is the only school district not promoting a school uniform policy. All the other school have adopted this about 2-3 years ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

I am a senior of year 2013-2014 and I moved in the area in 10th grade. My school experience has been nothing but drama. The students here have a horrible attitude towards school. The only thing that thy have going on for the students is sports. It seems to be the only thing they care about and I am sick of it. This needs to change
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 14, 2012

what make the school rate good are the children and parents and teachers, and monitors and all the people who are concern not only for their child education, but for their community. PMWHS offers great importunity for the public to use their high school for different situation, fundraiser, learning course and much more,it would be nice if more parents and people in our community would stick together more and built this school much better because it has the potential in it we just need the man power. like its about time west gets its own football field lights and lets have own home games at home not at eat.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2009

This school was nothing less than extraordinary. I graduated in June 2007. The experiences and education i recieved from PMWHS is something i cherish on a daily basis. the staff is nothing short of outstanding, from the hall monitors to the athletic coaches, to the individual classroom teachers. Another review i read stated that the teachers let the students run the classes. this is true in a way, but not in the negative light it has shed on it. the teachers provide the opportunity for students to move at their own paces. they teach the material and assign work. some students need extra attention, which i can assure you, they are not denied. all in all, this school impacted me in very good ways. i'll never forget my days at PMW, and i'm proud to be a panther!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 5, 2008

its a great high school with a highly diverse population. plus they have Zone Property, a musical group whose skills and talents are highly commendable.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 30, 2007

I am now entering West as a senior and I can honestly say this school is great. There are pros and cons, but what school doesn't? If one is concerned about their education then this school is for them. West offers many different electives that can give you a taste into each different subject before stepping into college. Along with the electives, 3 different levels of performance for each class is offered so each child can have the same oppritunity to graduate with decent grades. Sometimes problems arise, but it's not a bad school. And as one review said, it's not all about the after school activities. It's a well rounded school. West offers way more than any other school around, both class and activitiy wise.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 7, 2007

I had such high hopes comming to High School, but west settles for mediocricy. They don't push their students to strive and the teachers let the students run the class. I can't wait to get out of West.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 23, 2007

I graduated from West in June, and I can honestly say that I loved going there. The school recieves such a bad reputation for events that can happen, (and do happen) in any other school in America. I can say that I There are some kids in the school that make it bad for everyone else...and I think that every school has those kinds of kids. There is nothing you can do about it, so if you just make your high school career memorable by surrounding yourself with amazing friends, maintain good grades and join other clubs/activities/sports/...you should have no problem at
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 16, 2007

I went to this school from 9th to 10th and i hate it. I am not going to this school next year. I am an honor student and some of the teachers are horrible. all this school seems to focus on is after school activities. I don't reccomend seding your children to this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 30, 2007

This school gets a bad reputation for no reason in my opinion. Its a very good school. The students and teachers share a great connection throughout the year. The extracurricular activities are great and many of the students are involved.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2006

I graduated from Pocono Mountain West in 2004 and feel that it was an excellent school to attend. The teachers were excellent and truly connected with the students. It wasn't uncommon to see them on a Friday night at the football games or in the gym at a basketball game cheering on their students in the company of other students. The population of the school may be a slight downside, but it is in the process of being fixed. I loved every minute of being a West and I wouldn't change it for anything. If the parents and the students are both involved with the learning experience then the time spent at west will truly be wonderful -Chris
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 19, 2006

I recently graduated from Pocono Mountain West HS. My experiance there was amazing. I believe this school has a huge variety of after school activities. Plus, their music programs are among the best in the nation. Education wise, they are decent. Throughout my entire High School experiance, I took honors classes. I can say that every teacher I encounterd gave me useful information, plus more. The teachers challanged us, but would make sure we understood the topic at hand. Now that I am registering for classes at the university I will be attending this year, I am one semester ahead than the other students. Plus I have already earned 12 college credits from my high school classes. I can't speak for the regular classes, but I can say that their honors program is outstanding. In fact, one of the students graduating from my class will attend Stanford University.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 25, 2006

The experience I had at this school was probably the worst of my entire life. The kids there are terrible. They have a horrible attitude, and are so completely uneducated and ignorant that it's sickening. Most of them can barely read. When the teacher would ask different students to read from whatever book we had in front of us, very few of them could even get simple words like 'through', 'historical', 'triumphant'.. sometimes even words like 'they' or 'where' would confuse them. Most of the teachers are bad. Their teaching style and attitude are horrendous, and often very frustrating. The staff were worse. I left after 10th grade, and am now homeschooled.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 6, 2006

The music program is great. The kids work hard and the staff is tough but amazing. Though race seems to be all anyone focuses on, the kids like it there. Its just a good place to be.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 5, 2005

This school is extremely generous, always opening their hearts and wallets to people in need. Recently, they donated over $15,000 to a school that they adopted in Louisiana. The money was collected by the students hard work and dedication. It's times like this when I'm proud that my children attend WHS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2005

The music program at this school is top notch but that is about all the good i can say
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2005

The biggest disapointment of a school I have ever encountered. The education was so lacking that I had to move my children from here. The classroom's are overflowing and the teacher's overworked. The fighting among the student body is unnerving and often. The control of this school is lost due to the huge influx of new students entering every day. It just cannot accommodate this huge flow. It is a small town school unable to cope. My daughter is an honor student and could not be provided honor classes because there wasn't enough teachers to teach. Only after many, many phone calls to department heads was she accommodated. This is a school that you, as the parent, may need to work hard to get the education your child needs and deserves. I'm not sure if it is worth the trouble.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2005

'This school has been a big disappointment. It is probably fine for most kids, but our eighth grader needs accelerated learning opportunities which have not been available. Its outstanding music program dramatically deteriorated while my child was here, so that it is at best mediocre currently. The special advanced algebra class for 8th grade was cancelled just before he reached 8th grade, and the caliber of most of his English teachers has been shockingly poor. It has therefore given none of the advantages of a huge school, with all of the disadvantages. I can recommend it only in contrast to most of the other public schools in the district.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2005

From what it looks like, the school cannot keep up with state standards. Discipline is a big issue. Too much violence, the student-teacher ratio has increased.
—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.

468 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

468 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

467 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
20%

2010

 
 
19%

2009

 
 
20%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

455 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
81%
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 Students58%
Female60%
Male57%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female65%
Male54%
Black51%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students19%
Female21%
Male18%
Black9%
Asiann/a
Hispanic14%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White32%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Students with disabilities (IEP)1%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students69%
Female77%
Male63%
Black59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
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 37% 71%
Black 34% 15%
Hispanic 27% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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