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Scranton High School

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Posted October 2, 2013

this school is great. So many great things ,great activities and everything so you should go here . I graduated from here and i loved it here . My friend goes to the nearby school Riverside and thats a great school too . They should put Riverside into the Scranton School District and then that would be awesome
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2013

This school and Riverside are the best schools in this area. There are very well classes like Honors, Law, Marketing, Engineering , etc. The principal is outstanding. I have NO problems with this school or with sending my child here. My children love it in this school and my grandson is in Riverside Junior-Senior High School this year and i had NO problems with that school either. So if you are looking for somewhere to send your child you should either send your child here otherwise if you are not in this district then you should send them to Riverside if you live in Moosic or Taylor
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2011

School and education are what you make it. Scranton High is a great opportunity, but that is what it is. you will only get the education you put in to it. The school has great teachers, and decent staff. They do the best the can with the amount of students attending. Throughout my years at Scranton, I was never much of a trouble, so Im not personally familiar, but I've had friends who were in and out of trouble. Some dropped out, some graduated. but it was of their own choice or lack of effort, or private situation. But I went from summer school in the 7th grade, to graduating with honors from attending this high school. My teachers and friends helped me some, but most of it was through my own effort.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2010

How come the high school has no free school bus passes for the students.. or school buses,, some people have a hard time making ends meet or owning a car..and buses are at times far away from their homes..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

There does seem to be genuine enthusiasm on the part of a certain percentage of the student body but I detected an underlying current of fear from a larger segment of the student body. It seems that there are two factions of students at war with each other here, something that really needs to be addressed soon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

I think Scranton High School is the best because it has a great academic and sports programs. All three of my grandchildren have or are attending this school and are doing very well with their grades. It is a school that is color blind as far as the student population goes. There are many opportunities to make new friends of many different heritages. Which is a great step for better world peace and understanding. I think that they deserve to win this prize. B
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2009

This school and the administration are FIRST CLASS!! I woudln't send my student to any other school in the area. My student left here with a top of the line education and attending a Ivy League school and graduated with a 3.8. Way to go SHS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2008

My son is going into his Sophomore year and we have had nothing but problems with the staff of the high school. With one or two exceptions. My son is autistic and we have not gotten any support for his disability, have been told there is nothing to evaluate him with his behavioral difficulties (although the IDEA law says otherwise) and he has been repeatedly let down by staff and administration. If we could afford a private school, we would move him in a heartbeat. We are in the process of finding other families in similar situations to get support and ideas on how to move forward. As for support OUTSIDE of school - he is in therapy 10 hours a week. I would not recommend this school to anyone with a child with any learning difficulties -but its a great one for the 'star athlete'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

The administration of this school is very poor. There has been consistent failure to meet the needs of children with special needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2005

The teachers at Scranton are excellent, good communication, willing to meet anytime & always call w/ updates. Extracurriculars are varied and accessible w/ great moderators who are truly interested in what they do. Most of the clubs and sports have their own parent supported booster clubs which vary in participation from my experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2004

My daughter transferred to Scranton High, from a Catholic school in her freshman year. During her freshman year it was noted that there was a learning disorder that had not previously been picked up. The counselors and teachers worked digilently with my daughter without any embarrassment to her. The support she received from the school transformed her grades, attitude, and personality giving her confidence, assurance and a positive attitude with herself, her school and the counselers. The empowerment that was instilled in her was dramatic. My view on Scranton High is one of excellence. The course of corrective action is indeed to be commended. They represent a team effort. If the student wants the help and the parent involvement is there any student will benefit in Scranton High School.. It is a great school, with deep concerns for the progress and direction of the student. No complaints here...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2004

To the parent who states that the school does not handle her son's discipline problems well, I would ask what are you doing to handle your son's behavior problems? The school cannot be the 'parent' to 1800 students. Parents must accept the responsibility of parenting their own children. As an inner city school with all the problems that implies, the school provides the opportunity to obtain an excellent education to all students who wish to take advantage of this opportunity. If your son has discipline problems, put the responsibility of dealing with this issure where it belongs, with you and your son. The school can provide you with guidance, but you need to do the hard work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

My child is a very intelligent boy, but he has discipline problems and just about passes. How do you really handle students who just do not fit 'in the general mode'? I do not wish to be a critic, but I do not think you handle students like him very well.


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Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

397 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

396 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

388 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
41%

2009

 
 
41%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

386 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
93%
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 Students49%
Female49%
Male49%
Black26%
Asian68%
Hispanic30%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
English language learners32%

Reading

All Students57%
Female64%
Male50%
Black46%
Asian55%
Hispanic34%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
English language learners15%

Science

All Students31%
Female32%
Male31%
Black14%
Asian25%
Hispanic16%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
English language learners3%

Writing

All Students84%
Female90%
Male78%
Black74%
Asian80%
Hispanic68%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)47%
English language learners61%
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 61% 71%
Hispanic 18% 9%
Black 13% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 0%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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63 Munchak Way
Scranton, PA 18510
Phone: (570) 348-3481

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