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Kiski Area High School

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3 stars

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Posted May 5, 2014

My child is graduating this year and I do not feel that my son had the help that he needed with his disability. Kiski directs attentention to the students that are in sports or are in the top 10%. At the tech school one particular teacher swore at the students and wouldn't give much help. I am very disappointed as a parent..and would look to send my children elsewhere. I give Kiski Area a one out of 5.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2011

Kiski is clean, well organized, and has excellent teachers. Punishments for misbehavior are fair and reasonable, and the entire school is a good learning enviornment. Along with academic aspects, the school has second to none fine arts programs and a state caliber wrestling team. Support for the team is amazing, and the students always back eachother, led by Wrestling and MMA hall of fame coach who has the record for the second most wins in the W.P.I.A.L.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 17, 2010

This school is poor at providing additional supports for students who are struggling with emotional as well as psychological disorders. It appears that Mrs. Ross is more concerned about the financial burdons and the costs of programs rather than providing children with enhanced and supplemental programs. I rate this school a 1 of 5 stars because Mrs. Ross hardly ever returns service providers phone calls as well as concerned parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2009

Kiski Area High School is ashame.I wish the teachers would teach.Instead they make comments on kids they dont know.Even the teacher or adult that gave the information dont know.Be teachers and educate and if you cant be honest about it.Some are built for teaching others are not.I dont think kiskis students come first(well maybe some).A student didn't do anything and still gets inschool/out of school, etc. whats up with that?If I was to grade kiski right know on discipline(which they dont have-they want to control somebody-i guess because they like the authority they probably never had before in time. You dont get respect like that from students! So please kiski work harder on educating our kids.Let their voices count as well as the parents.All parents not just your chosen ones.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2009

I was a student at this school for two years, and i thought the school was great. Always very clean and organized with great class environments for learning.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 3, 2009

It is a great school if you want to be harassed ,it has terrible discipline, unrealistic ideas of how to live your life, they don't give you education on the real things in life , they just throw a bunch of paper work at you and you finish it yourself. There are so many problems with this school , not to mention the size of it. i do not recommend enrolling your child here , the pressure of it all is not worth it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2009

This is a decent school for the average student. However, it lacks many of the upper level classes, and offers very few AP courses. If you want your child to go to an elite university, then send them elsewhere. Very few students have been able to get into a Top 20 college from Kiski Area.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 2, 2008

As stated by a poster below that NO ONE ever makes it to top Universities out of Kiski, this is not true. This year and last year students from Kiski have went on to Princeton, Harvard, Case Western, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Berkley, Penn, and numerous other accredited colleges!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2008

Being a student of kiski area who just graduated this year, I know that kiski has a great fine arts program, but honestly thats about it! The teachers honestly don't care about their pupils and instead of have a firm hand in discipline and such, they would rathered be your friend! No joke! Hear me out, kiski is by far one of the greatest districts in the state of pennsylvania, though I think it is going to fall through the cracks if it continues to have the amount of favoratism that it has and the lack of discipline.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2008

Mediocre. Beats most small schools around but cannot compete nationally. Great place to send kids for local college prep. None ever make it to 'nationally ranked' universities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2008

I find amazement in those parents that blame the school for all their childs failures. I am the mother of 4 children that attended Kiski Area Schools their entire life. My children have all graduated from Kiski, gone off to college and they are now leading 'very' successful lives. However, I was a parent that parented my children and did not expect the school to do my job in that area. Kiski is a far cry from a bad school and the parents that think it is need to take their golden spoon out of their mouth long enough to help their child accomplish what they feel the teacher is missing. BTW... I got an Atty, a Lt. in the Army and 2 nurses out of a Kiski education. The person commenting that the children are the worse children in the state probably needs to check their own kid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2008

Kiski High school is a disgrace. The teachers are of the lowest quality and do not have a complete knowledge of the subjects they are being handsomely paid to teach. The students are the most inmature and ignorant children in the state. The technology is very poor and from what my son tells me slow and obsolete. The school should be very ashamed of itself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2008

Fine arts, especially instrumental and choral music is A-1 in this district. Parental involvement is much higher than our previous school district, and it makes all the difference!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2006

The school is a very good school. However, it tends to be very strict and the cirriculum is quite challenging.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 21, 2005

Excellent updated school, with high quality facilities and programs. Very good teachers, overall a great school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 2, 2005

I am very unimpressed with this school. The lack of disapline and academics. Most of the teachers I have run into care more about chatting with others than teaching. Regret getting my kids into this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2004

This was a great school education wise. The teachers are all great and prepared me well for college. However, The higher officials of Kiski Area are not so great. Somebody had a brilliant idea to change the school around and update the football field. None of these issues we every discussed with any of the students who are the main people that go to school. Theold school was much better because it had a nice courtyard, and the old football field was certainly alot nicer because of the highly recognized Student section that was once located at one of the endzones. I say for a good education this school is acceptable but if you want your opinion heard then you better not go here. I graduated in 2004 whenever the school renovations were going on, and got the shaft on every thing. I did like this school but now i dont.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2004

This high school has great potential, caring faculty, and a recent change in administration. The high school currently offers 7 AP courses and 1 weighted English 11 class. There is a gifted program through grade 8.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

302 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

302 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

315 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
45%

2009

 
 
49%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

315 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%

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 Students78%
Female79%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)57%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female84%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)79%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students54%
Female54%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students96%
Female96%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)63%
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 95% 71%
Black 5% 15%
Hispanic 1% 9%
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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240 Hyde Park Rd
Vandergrift, PA 15690
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