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West Scranton High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted April 2, 2013

This school is very old and in need of repair including no air conditioning- which causes a huge problem at the end of the year on the third floor when students are trying to concentrate on taking their final exams! The principal is lacking the skills needed to be an effective leader. Some of the teachers are very good and go the extra mile for ALL of their students, while the majority set a bad example, do not care to put in extra effort for the kids that need it, and the teachers and principal do not work well together. (The school does not even have a fax machine- if that says something.) I believe in the Scranton area high school students can choose whether to attend West Scranton High o Scranton High. I would choose Scranton High for sure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2010

I am a student at West, and I can honestly say that there are several excellent teachers. Unfortunately they are the minority and there are many teachers at West that can barely interpret the material they teach.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2009

Great school spirit. The interactions among the parents and the staff
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

This school might be a lot better if it were a little bigger. More educational diversity could then be offered. Sure we live in an economically depressed area but we could do more for our schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2008

This school has a very good academic selection for its students and I feel my child did very well in attending this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2006

I went to high school here and and currently earning my M.Ed. in curriculum and Instruction in ordr to become a teacher. It was the teachers at West Scranton High School that prepared me for my undergraduate and graduate education, and inspired me to pass on my love of learning to others.
—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.

232 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
62%

2009

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

232 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

233 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
23%

2009

 
 
26%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

230 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
87%
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 Students60%
Female62%
Male59%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female72%
Male73%
Black76%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students34%
Female29%
Male40%
Black22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic10%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students90%
Female91%
Male89%
Black89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)52%
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 76% 71%
Hispanic 12% 9%
Black 10% 15%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1201 Luzerne St
Scranton, PA 18504
Phone: (570) 348-3616

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