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Blue Mountain High School

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Posted August 25, 2014

This school is a giant clique. If you aren't rich or good at sports, you're going to have a terrible time. If you belong to one of these two groups and hang out with someone who isn't, you're going to be mocked back into the fold. Certain compassionate staff members may try to stop bullying and harassment, but their hands are tied once a higher administrator gives the kid a slap on the wrist and sends them on their way. If your last name is on a building in this county, you could probably stop short of actually assaulting another person and face no real repercussions. There is no emphasis on real education, so long as you can regurgitate "facts" or be lucky enough to be chosen for a sports team. Athletes get their grades inflated, and special needs kids fall through the cracks. Have an IEP? Good luck getting the school to follow it. Want to take a class in the arts program? Plan to go elsewhere or take a extracurricular that isn't run and/or paid for by the school. Hope your child is good at fundraisers, because that's how everything that isn't a sports program is funded. Sadly, it's academically the best public school in the area, but I'd rather send my kids elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2011

I think we have excellent teachers, but our kids spend way to much time on sports. There are so many different sports that it is impossible to spend any family time togather. There is no such thing as dinner time; a time not only to eat but to communicate as well. It use to be family, church and then activities. Now it is either a game or practice to attend.


Posted August 22, 2008

This is an excellent school that has the students best interest in mind in preparing them for the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2007

The leadership of this school and district has tumbled! It's time that Mr. Orwig is brought back to the high school - he cares for the students, faculty and community as a whole!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2007

Well as a 2005 Graduate from Blue Mountain, I have to say I had an amazing experience. I was fortunate enough to establish great friends and receive a pretty decent education. In my third year of college, I am doing well and feel it was because I was well prepared. Mr Orwig was amazing.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 18, 2007

As a 2007 graduate of this school, I can say that I'm glad to be out. This school has a rigid, old-fashioned mindset where teachers think that lecturing and objective tests are the 'real education'. Dr. Knauer, the principal, was the only one who actually listens to kids and tries to make their education current and interesting. Unfortunately, she gets a lot of grief from the older teachers who don't want to change anything and who don't particularly like kids. She could have really made Blue Mountain a great school, but there are too many people who are only interested in themselves. She hired some great teachers, but now she left to go on to bigger things. Good for her. Bad for Blue Mountain.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 27, 2007

This school is riding on a long-ago reputation. The district leadership has crumbled. I've moved my family out of the district. You should too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2007

Seems to me tha BM is all about higher education. They don't have anything to offer for students who problably won't go on to higher education. It's as if these students don't matter. It's all about 'status' at BM
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2007

Blue Mountain is being run by a group of teachers with a board that wholly supports everything done by these teachers. The whole bunch of them is so resistant to change. The Mr. Orwig that was raved about in other reviews has left the principal position so that bright spot is gone. At Blue Mountain sports come first, academics second, and arts none.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2007

Hello ! I am a 2004 Graduate of BM! I loved BM and all it had to offer. The teachers are amazing and the dedication the put into teaching is truly remarkable. I am so proud to say that I am a Blue Mountain Graduate. The quality of academic programs is outstanding and the availability of music,art,sports, and other extracurricular activities is beyond perfect. I think attending BM was the best experience of my life. Mr.Orwig was a great principal and Mrs.Imchweiler was an amazing teacher. You should feel blessed to be able to send your children to such a an amazing school district.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 16, 2007

I feel that BM has helped me achieve what I have achieved up to this point. I would recommend Blue mountain to any parent. The teachers are great, but what really meant a lot to us former students was the support and dedication that the BM staff gave to every student. Mr.Orwig was an amazing principal and Mr.Kutz is an amazing coach as well as a teacher. Thank you BM for making me who I am today!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 13, 2007

I'm also 21 and a graduate of BMSD. I, just like the other comments here, was not a child of a PTA member, nor a jock or a cheerleader. I was a band member though, and I can tell you that the sports teams were the most favored by a majority (not all) of the staff members. I do agree that if you are not on a varsity sports team in this school you are practically invisible. It is a very cliquey school, however I did enjoy most of my time there. Most of the staff was awesome, however I heard a lot has gone downhill since Mr. Orwig's leave. Seeing as I'm doing very well in college right now, I have to give Blue Mt. some credit, because if I had gone to another high school I may not have been as prepared for college.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 15, 2006

I am 21 years old and a graduate of BMSD. I was not a scholar, or the most popular kid in school. I had a personality and got along with everyone. This school prepares the listener for what is out there. If you want real world preparedness, then goto college. I am working in the IT field now and hardly had any classes with computers in them, let alone in that field. However, I had fun with friends, teachers, and my studies anyway. Most of the teachers are decent, especially if I see them on the street now and talk to them. James Orwig was the best principal in BM history.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 20, 2006

I attended Blue Mountain High School and feel I received a comlete education that was far beyond any other school in the county. I was not a jock, or a cheerleader, or in the popular group and I still loved it. Teachers were amazing but of course you always have a couple you don't like. I came to college beyond prepared and way ahead of the rest of the incoming students. I am a junior and am still going through college with flying colors because i learned you need to apply yourself and can't get by doing minimal. Great school hope I can send my kids there one day!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 31, 2006

I don't know about the two before me, but I'm 21 and was a student at Blue Mountain my entire life. I was not the child of a PTA member, or a football player and the school prepared me for everything I have experienced in life and college. The main focus was college for me... because I was in college prep. The teachers are amazing. The activities are varied enough to meet most wants, but could use some improvement. The district doesn't have bad behavior or crime, it's in a nice location and the teachers are amazing.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 23, 2005

I am 22 years old. I went to Blue Mountain for most of my school years. Memories of BM still haunt me. I slipped through the cracks because I was not a child of a PTA member. I was not a child of a doctor. I was not a jock. There is no place for an everage person at BM. They did nothing to prepare me for the real world. They did not care about me. None of the teachers knew my name. I was ganged up on by teachers and students. There was no relief for my suffering. I am lucky to have made it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 8, 2004

I have found the administration to be rather aloof on more than one occasion. Further, I also found that beyond a champion football team, BMHS had little to offer extra-curricularly, especially with regards to the Arts Department. Having had children in other school districts on both the East and West Coasts, I was disappointed to see that more innovative, creative classroom approaches were not being implemented at Blue Mountain. The whole district seems stuck in some kind of a time warp.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2003

My second child is about to graduate in 2004. BM has afforded him a very good education. My daughter graduated this year, 2003 and just completed her first semester of college. She has done exceptionally, and I credit first her parents and then BM for her perparedness to achieve so well at a higher academic level. They have through AP courses and special education interest perpared my two childern well for succeeding in our economy today. They will both be great contributors to our society, that because of thier eductational beginings with BM and having parents who care to become involved at book level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2003

There is little or no connection between students and staff. The education students receive at Blue Mountain High School is limited to facts and formulas, and there is little done to foster creativity, to inspire, and to reach beyond the confines of the classroom. This school is rigidly traditional, and while the students may suceed on state-mandated standardized tests, that does not mean the students are prepared to be open-minded, compotent, and thoughtful members of society. My impression of this school was that it was rather backwards with regards to technology (few computers in each classroom, a library equipped with only a dozen or so units, and maybe one or two computer labs) and almost seemed resistant to embrace a more hands-on, interactive educational philosophy. Little is done for gifted and talented students, and their fine arts programs are horribly lacking in comparison to schools with much less funding available. Too much emphasis is placed on athletics and not enough on technology, music, art, and the theatre. There were also few (or no) AP course offerings available to help give university-bound students a competive edge. If you are looking for a school with where everything revolves around football, Blue Mountain is for you, but if you want your children to receive a well-rounded, pertinent education that is relevant to the world today, this might not be your best bet.
—Submitted by a parent


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Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

210 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

210 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

210 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

223 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
90%
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 Students68%
Female73%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female85%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students64%
Female63%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students94%
Female99%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)79%
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%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Black 1% 15%
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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1076 West Market St
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
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