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Pottstown Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 779 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted May 21, 2014

This school is full of bullies and it's getting worse.The staff and bully students all have the same mentality:Thugs.They do absolutely nothing to prevent the bullying and the parents of them are no better.


Posted September 25, 2013

Pottstown, it's better than you think :) My ninth grader is enjoying honors classes, and has made many friends since transferring in from another local school. I'm pleased she earned "advanced" on her PSSAs. One improvement I'd suggest is -- I'd like to see more information on the school's website. This weekend is Homecoming, but I don't know if there's a dance. It would be great to see the calendar include the school's social events.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

Pottstown high school is a fantastic school. My children are getting an excellent education there, taking honors and AP courses. Pottstown has a great music program as well. My kids can't wait to get to school, they study hard every night, that speaks volumes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

Pottstown Senior High School is a great neighborhood school with teachers that truly care about their students and their student's families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2012

After being in the Pottstown School District my entire life, I am now a senior at Pottstown who takes Honors & AP Courses and will be attending La Salle U. I have realized over my years in the high school that my parents have made a poor decision in choosing these facilities for my education.The computer classes are a joke, the lunches are horrible, government controlled, and sometimes made me sick. The nuggets have gray meat. It's public school with school uniforms which states it's suppose to stop violence but it has only stayed the same if not worsened. The school spirit is poor because of the lack of winning in literally ALL sports. Most students do not get along with each other and there are 2 major cliques in this school which consist of somewhat "ghetto" students & "emo" or "punk" students. I would never send my children here for the lack of great teaching and an incredibly ridiculous school board. I wouldn't doubt that sometime in the near future, the Pottstown School District will be entirely almost a "prison feel" instead of a high school experience. If I had to say one good thing about this district, it would be my free blocks where I could go home my senior year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 7, 2010

I worked as a teacher in this district and was often appalled at the lack of proper grammar usage among my fellow teachers as well as the lack of professionalism. This is a poor school district, and it's up to the teachers to lead by example and to provide these underprivileged children with good role models. Unfortunately, many of the teachers care as little for their own education as they do for their students' educations. What district hires teachers who don't even have a basic grasp of the English language? That said, there are teachers there who do care, are good role models and who do their jobs very well. Unfortunately, they are in the minority.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 16, 2009

I graduated from the Pottstown High School in June 2009 after being in the district since Second grade. Pottstown High School has a great diversity of students and personalities, as well as a unique staff that each bring a new way of teaching the students. PHS has a wide variety of sports and clubs that way everyone can find something they're interested in. On a bad note however, the administration board doesn't seem to know what they are doing. Last year the Drafting courses were cut due to 'lack of interest' and 'it isnt a valued job in PA' however the class always had 25+ students when there was only 14 computers and Drafting is one of the top ten jobs in PA. The food is overpriced and terrible, at full price and reduced. However, overall PHS is a great school with a wonderful staff, and a great sense of spirit.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 20, 2006

I am a single parent who has raised both a son and daughter who have attended/attending Pottstown High School. Prior to moving to the district out of Pottsgrove, I was very hesitant. I later learned that it was what my children wanted because of the constant distractions among students at Pottsgrove. I couldn't be happier about the choice I made. I have watched my children excel in the Pottstown High School. I have one who is attending Penn State University while the other, 11th grader, is maintaining a 4.0 GPA, enrolled in AP and or Honors courses and has plans of attending Penn State as well. I support Pottstown School District completely. The challenged my children in ways the other school did not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2005

I found the academics to be on par with state requirements. I am especially impressed with the high level of cooperation given to me as a parent wanting to be actively involved in educational decisions about my children. I was not made to feel like I was interfering. Quite the opposite--I was made to feel that my opinions were appreiated and valued. There are a wide variety of activities to suit every personality. I am very pleased with my experience thus far and, best of all, my children like going to school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2005

If you send your child here there's a chance they'll get a decent education. Terrible school board and administration, but there are a few shining stars among the teachers.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 5, 2005

I have a child in the Pottstown Senior High School and quite frankly I feel as though the education system has skipped my city. Thanks to George W. Bush's ridiculous law, No Child Left Behind, his school is plastered with labels that accuse the students of being underachievers, merely because they cannot perform well on a given test. Well, let me tell you, sir, my son is a genius but growing up in Pottstown, as he is forced to do because I am on food stamps and cannot afford to send him to the Hill, he will not have the education he needs and deserves. The cafeteria food is also very unfortunate. Oh, and our administration building likes to employ people to do absolutely nothing. This is outrageous. I give my son's school a downgrade.
—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.

180 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
54%

2009

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

183 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

175 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
21%

2009

 
 
20%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

178 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
73%
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 Students55%
Female53%
Male57%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female68%
Male53%
Black49%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students25%
Female13%
Male34%
Black11%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students76%
Female86%
Male68%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)34%
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 50% 71%
Black 39% 15%
Hispanic 10% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 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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750 North Washington St
Pottstown, PA 19464
Phone: (610) 970-6700

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