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Shamokin Area High School

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Posted August 4, 2009

I am a parent who has children who have graduated and still attend this school district. The facilites are beautiful, the staff goes above and beyond to help everyone. Education is the top priority here. They help anyone who wants to achieve meet their goals. Parents must also be involved for a child to achieve. The sad reality is, this is a low income area and some parents do not make their children attend school or push them for success. That is the main reason drop out rates are higher and testing scores are low. When someone does not care, it reflects on those who do. I think that stinks, but it is the system. Shamokin is a fantastic place to raise children, a caring community, and a top notch education and experience if you want it. I wouldn't dream of being anywhere else, my kids feel the same.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2008

I am a current student at Shamokin Area High School. I know many people think this is a bad school, but I would not leave it for any other. It is big on education and they get you involved with sports,activities, and clubs. If you have a problem they have people their to help. All I know is that they want you to succeed almost as much as your parents do. I wish more people would see that. Shamokin is awesome and I would never leave it to go anywhere else.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 27, 2008

first off I am a student at SAHS. This is a great school. Education is a major priority over sports here. Also extracuricular activities are needed in a persons life. colleges dont just look at your SAT scores or you GPA. They look at what activites you participate in and how you balance everything between school, activities and family life. Students just dont try in our school, but for the few that do we dont deserve to be put down by saying that we go to a horrible school. Yes our school has donated such things as a beautiful Basketball gymnasium and Turf Football field because of succeses we've accomplished in recent years and they have been rightly desreved. But education is the first priority in our school examples such as being a dual enrollement program and the newly donated mac laptops so dont listen to that other person
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 26, 2007

This school has time and time again proved that sports is more important then a childs education. They spend more on sports and care more for sports then a quality education. What good is a great facility when drop out rates are high and the children do not believe they receive a great education. As a teacher and a parent I do not recommend this school at all for a quality education.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

131 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

127 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
27%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

135 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
92%
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 Students61%
Female58%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female66%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students31%
Female28%
Male35%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White31%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students84%
Female86%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged76%
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 97% 71%
Hispanic 2% 9%
Black 1% 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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2000 West State St
Shamokin, PA 17866
Phone: (570) 648-5731

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