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Solanco High School

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Posted January 14, 2011

Go to a school board meeting or two. Quite often included in there are students that do not meet the typical criteria I have grown accustomed to elsewhere. I think it is easy to disparage a school and it's effort when I only see a school as reflective of the community it represents. I disagree with a whole laundry list of things, I could fill a page, but I almost understand when operational realities are juxtaposed against state politics, local and school board prejudice and bias, union demands, nepotism along with an unrealistic evaluation of educational success. Stay on top of your kids, assume responsibilty for their actions and results, but don't necessarily agree to all of the advanced class mandatory req to get into the AP classes. Get involved, ask questions and don't always believe the answers. The school needs to eliminate subjective teacher analysis, drug testing for "co-op" participation, and after middle school they need to do a better job supporting I.T. in an agricultural enviroment. There are not many private options but if you have the where-with-all...that is what I recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

The principal is outstanding and cares about not only our kids who we intrust in her care,but she cares about her staff.And it shows in the enthusiasm of both teachers and kids to keep our country competitive on the world stage.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2008

In our personal opinion, this school is not motivated in helping Students. The concern seems to be more about the Staff than the Students. On the first day, dozens of Students were left without a last period class. How is this acceptable? Perhaps if the School would have been open all of last week, after a long summer break, this could have been noted prior to the first day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2008

Solanco High School is my home. I love this school and wouldn't want to be anywhere else. The teachers are caring and want to see you do good. Our sports teams have had success in the last few years and the school spirit is at an all time high. The PSSA scores are very good and we have a high % of above proficent test scores.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 23, 2007

My experience with Solanco High School has been mostly positive. I feel that the guidance counselors, specifically, really reach out to parents and students to help prepare them for college. I have been sent information about programs, courses and scholarship opportunities without asking. My son has access to AP courses and dual enrollment classes. (Much more that I ever received at my high school) My only negative comment would be that a few teacher my child has had were not very good. After dealing with these teachers, I finally gave up. I do recommend to other parents that they should not let their children take that teachers' class. Otherwise, I am completely happy with this high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2007

My child had a really hard time with adjusting to a new school.If it was not for the support and the personal dedication of the staff and teachers my child would not have been able to make the improvements with both social interaction and acedemics. I feel that the Solanco District has enabled my child to to grow and succeed. The Staff, Mr. Morse school VP, Guidance Counslcers, Teachers, Aides and key individules through out the district gave of themselves above and beyond what I have ever experienced in any other school. I am both impressed and grateful for the dedication these individuales exibit on a daily basis. My child was given the tools to succeed and the support needed to change a negative path into a postive road to succes. I notice negative reviews rarely have a name attached. Looking forward to '07-'08 school year. Thank you Solanco High School
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2007

Solanco High offers a wide array of sports, clubs, and classes, but they are lacking in basic education and discipline. I am in contact with the school so much regarding incidences that they now recognize me when I walk through the doors. My son is the small quiet type, and I feel he has been pushed through the system at Solanco. When I inquired about holding one of my kids back a year because of being behind, I was told the district frowns upon that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2007

My children agree with my enthusiastic and heartfelt approval rating of Solanco High School. You are doing a terrific job. Special thanks to the awesome teachers (you know who you are) for preparing all of my children so well for life after high school! We will continue to spread the word--Solanco High School is the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2007

The elementary schools and middle schools fare much better in the district than the high school in every way possible. Once you get to the high school its downhill especially as far as support. The principal only cheers for basketball in his announcements and ignores the other coaches and teams. The Athletic Director is known as rude and seems like he doesn't care about his teams successes. We do have a few wonderful teachers but for the most part they lack and the principal doesn't want to hear complaints from anyone. The kids keep complaining when they have a bad teacher and failing or doing much more poorly than they should be. They do care about the big district numbers such as PSSA's but they will not address a shoutout!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2007

I am very disappointed with this school district. There is absolutely not any school spirit and the teachers certainly do not support this in anyway. There are a few teachers who I would give 100% effort to, but are not usually looked well upon for their efforts by administration. Extracurricular activities are offered, however, lack the enthusiasm other schools have for their programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2005

This school was a major disappointment for me. Almost all the teachers have an 'I don't care' attitude towards the students and their performenace. I can't give specific departments or grade levels because they are so numerous.Students were given a passing grade without completing any work or attending class so they would pass onto the next grade. Although the school does seem to be trying to handle the drug and security problems much work is needed on the academic level. Students who are disruptive should be removed not passed through. It is unfair for the students who do try and it sends a poor example to the students that you can get by in life without working hard.Once I started college I had to take developmental courses because I wasn't at college level despite being on the honor roll every year throughout high school.
—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.

269 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
56%

2009

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

268 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

261 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
23%

2009

 
 
35%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

269 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
74%

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 Students57%
Female54%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female73%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students41%
Female33%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students80%
Female89%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
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 94% 71%
Hispanic 3% 9%
Black 2% 15%
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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585 Solanco Rd
Quarryville, PA 17566
Phone: (717) 786-2151

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