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Reading Senior High School

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Posted June 28, 2011

I thought the experience would have been average with exception of supportive teachers and access to college search programs. As a senior in high school, my courses were a mixture of honors and general courses, due . to my previously having attended an out of country high school. When in honors courses, teachers spent more time with each student (overall more invested). In the general courses, teachers were less supportive with the exception of one teacher. Not to take away from the support this teacher provided, being misplaced in a general course helped me stand out from the rest of my classmates. I was connected with the college search program, which gave me access to the many possibilities regarding SAT testing preparation, college applications preparation, college visits, etc. I was accepted into all of the universities I applied to and joined a Patriot League university. Overall, I would rate the school average on student body, and exceeded my expectations on teacher/college programs/advisor support.

Posted March 6, 2010

Mr.campbell is turning it into a prison...easy to cut class...HUGE...great ppl
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 10, 2010

Reading HS is one of the best schools to get an education because it teaches you how to deal with the real life after high school RHS also has an amazing marching band and music program I think it is so cool that there is a high school still out there like this one
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 6, 2009

Reading High School has an outstanding faculty, excellent teachers and a great extracurricular program including band, football, basketball, cheerleading and more. The JROTC program offers discipline that many of the students can't find at home.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 5, 2009

My children graduated from RHS and my grandson is currently attending. It's a huge school with wonderful diversity. The academic opportunities are complimented by the an array of extra curricular activities - band, orchestra, sports and hundreds of clubs. Go, Red Knights!

Posted September 13, 2009

Reading High School is a school that has been plagued by the media. Every chance someone gets to give a negative look to the school, they take. When the people who are saying all the negative things about Reading High to begin with, have never even set a foot in the building during school hours to see how things operate. I welcome anyone who is pessimistic about this school to come take a firsthand look at all the hard work being put in to make this school functional.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 13, 2009

reading high isnt a bad school at all.i would know because im a jounior there this year. I can say reading high is the best high school I have ever been to, i dont wana change schools. I have great friends and teachers there. People make reading high seem like its a horrible school and its not.Its a normal and the best school in Reading,PA. Thank you!
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 10, 2009

As a student of Reading High School I think it is a great enviroment to learn in. Students who come in from other neighboring schools are sometimes frightened to do so and I just don't see why. The school just receives bad attention in the media and such, which gives the reputation that this is a horrible place, and that's completely false! I Love Reading High!
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 20, 2009

I think that anyones experience at rhs depends solely on what they put into it. It is an incredibly diverse school with many activities to get involved in, and some top notch teachers. As a student that has taken both courses at the Reading Public Museum through the high school's humanities program and taken advantage of the AP courses within the school, I have experienced amazing teachers all around. If you ask the same question to another student, depending on what they put into their experience at RHS, you may get the complete opposite. One thing that needs to be addressed within the school is the lowering of standards. This isn't the way to go about getting more students to pass. Police have recently been removed from the school, which I believe to be a horrible decision. Although the police still patrol outside, it is hard to handle potential crises.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 15, 2009

I am a student at RHS and to me this is a good school but their are some students who make this school look bad when it really isn't. yes our school has alot diversity and fights but what school doesnt? This school taught me to stand up for myself and be strong, the violence here isn't a good atmosphere but at least we're not being babyed or over protected from the real world. Violence isnt the answer but it is something that happens in everyday life.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 23, 2008

This is an EXCELLENT school! Anyone who has anything bad to say about Reading High has either never been there or wasn't there for long. It teaches teens about growing up in diverse enviroments and the number or extracurricular activities is numorous. They give out more money in scholarships that any other school in Berks County and they may not be considered to have the 'best' teachers, but they do have some of the most caring. I was a student set on settling on going to a community college and the school supported me and helped me until I was able to recieve a scholarship for free tuition in college. The school is amazingly big, but it makes it so much easier to meet new people. I can promise that Reading High has more to offer than half of the high school's in Berks County.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 15, 2008

its ok but there is lots of fights and kids are sometimes scared to go to school and learn
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 26, 2007

I was a former student at Reading High School last year. I remember last year a very notorious incident happend. Yes, the students are exposed to violent crimes and vigorous acts, but what about the other suburban schools? It's sad to see that Reading High has a notorious reputation because it does have a variety of good qualities to it! I can for sure say they have a lot of extra curriculars, programs, and available scholarships. The security currently is now very upgraded. More than 20 security guards and more cameras! Also, a better disciplinary system.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 4, 2007

This is an excellent school that allows a student to grow in a diverse environment. Every year the top students are accepted into prestigious schools such as Harvard and University of Penn because those schools are looking for diverse and well-rounded students. The teachers are hard working individuals who want to make a difference in a student's life and they do. I could afford to send my children to any school but I choose to send them to Reading where I feel they are learning to live in the real world with all types of individuals.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 20, 2005

The school offers many things to many students. They offer the most scholarships for college than any of the surrounding schools in the area. If you have a smart child then he/she could really benefit from this school. They offer an array of classes to choose from. Sometimes I feel that this school can be under rated for it quality in education.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted March 3, 2004

I think it is time for the school to forget about the uniform code, although it seemed like a good idea I think more harm has come out of it ie: suspensions, ISS etc. These teachers have enough to worry about without putting this on top of things. Other than that this is a great school and a beautiful school. 'Most' teachers really care about their students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 14, 2003

I'm not a parent but I am a student at Reading High, and the reputation that this school gets is unfair. You shouldn't judge this school if you don't know the facts about it. There are more clubs,after school activities,programs,etc... than all other berks county schools.

Posted August 26, 2003

This isn't really a bad school at all. Some people do think it is. All the students try their best and that's all they can ask for.

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The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

718 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

718 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

547 students were tested at this school in 2012.









The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

575 students were tested at this school in 2012.








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


All Students31%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
English language learners4%


All Students37%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
English language learners1%


All Students8%
Economically disadvantaged8%
Students with disabilities (IEP)2%
English language learners0%


All Students73%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)49%
English language learners22%
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
Hispanic 76% 9%
Black 12% 15%
White 10% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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801 North 13th St
Reading, PA 19604
Phone: (610) 371-5705


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