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Forest Hills High School

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Posted January 17, 2014

If you ever want your child to become something in life, don't send them to Forest Hills. As a student, I must say there is nothing offered here. There are barely any AP classes, you can only choose from about 8 clubs who do absolutely nothing, the staff would rather sit you in front of a movie then actually teach, and if you are involved in anything other than sports, you are non-existing. I've tried over the years to get a better art program into the school and the guidance councilor told me "it would never happen, so quit trying." The few teachers who want to help me get into college told me to transfer schools because I would never get anywhere with the horrid education I was receiving. After receiving 80+ awards for this school and not getting any sort of recognition(not even a good job; just a two word email saying, "That's nice" when my mother told the Principal), I found out that the only thing this school is good for is producing washed up, "Home Town Hero" sports stars from Nowhereville, PA. If you want to succeed, don't go here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2010

My four year old has entered the PreK program this year. We are having a little difficulty with behavior. We have had one meeting with several staff members. Not one had a single suggestion on how to handle this situation. They provide inappropriate forms for us to fill out. The hand out pamphlets that are inappropriate. Their answere is they know the forms need some work. These are supposed to be TRAINED professionals. Can't say I agree.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2010

Forest Hills, while a great high school experience, lacks the courses, guidance, and other criteria that I need as a student. If you have ambitions at this school, it means nothing unless, unfortunately, they revolve around football. As an honors student, and founder of several successful organizations and clubs, I was excited to speak to my guidance counselor at the high school, but was unsatisfied when i found out that FH doesn't offer any AP classes until 11th grade, whereas other schools offer them as early as 9th grade. If you aspire to receive the top-tier education at the collegiate level, as I do, the guidance counselors, basically, laugh in four faces and hand you an application for UPJ. Teacher quality is poor, half of them are jerks and the other half are to busy scheduling football strategies to teach a class. All in all FH has terrible academics. Period.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 4, 2009

This school is focoused far to much on sports and far to less on schooling. The education given to the students is less teaching and more just reading to them of a slide show. You'r child would be better off reading from his/her own textbook.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 1, 2004

I graduated from this school in 1995 and feel that the lack of cultural diversity is not preparing the students for life beyond Sidman, PA. I think it's a shame that the students are required to attend school on Martin Luther King day, but have off for the first day of hunting season. Just because there are not African Americans that attend the school, that doesn't mean that the students shouldn't be taught respect. If there is a choice between sending my child to this school or home schooling my child, he will be taught at home.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 18, 2004

My son graduated from this school in 2000. When Mr. Bernazolli came, it was terrific. All kids received more equal treatment. That's why I rate the principal's leadership at the highest level. Do whatever you have to do to keep him at Forest Hills . He's the best!
—Submitted by a parent


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Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

157 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

156 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

155 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
38%

2009

 
 
31%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

160 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
85%
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 Students62%
Female68%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female73%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students52%
Female51%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students84%
Female97%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
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 98% 71%
Black 1% 15%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 9%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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489 Locust St
Sidman, PA 15955
Phone: (814) 487-7613

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