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Vandergrift, PA
Students enrolled: 1,259

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240 Hyde Park Rd
Vandergrift, PA 15690

(724) 845-8181
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Amount of homework: Too much
July 20, 2015
We will have hours of homework, and in the end we don't get anything from it. All through high school teachers had us doing coloring packets. I thought that was supposed to be left in elementary school.

- submitted by a student
Develops grit: Strongly disagree
July 20, 2015
The school does not care about the students. I don't know how they even get decent ratings. Probable because they write them themselves.

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Develops respect: Strongly disagree
July 20, 2015
They don't respect students. If a students speaks up they are immediately shut down. No care is put into the students.

- submitted by a student

July 20, 2015
Everything about it is awful. I'm highly involved in sports and clubs and they all suck except for track. All my honors and AP classes are terrible. The staff is a disgrace. There is nothing good about Kiski. I wish I had went to a different high school.

- submitted by a student

October 21, 2014
i went to this school from kindergarten through 9th grade and honestly the education sucks. parents keep saying that "Kiski has excellent and challenging curriculum"..... stop kidding yourselves. I moved to one of the highest ranked 5% public schools in the nation. when I moved to my new school, the classes that I took my 9th grade year, my new classmates learned in their 7th and 8th grade year and I was taking average classes. im not saying that the students in kiski are not ready and aren't that smart, I still have friends that are really smart and got into great schools. im just saying overall, kiski will not prepare your kids for college. they are more worried about your test scores so that they can get their grants. and going with the comment about all of the AP classes kiski offers, there isn't that much offered, my school currently offers 12 AP classes, and about 4 college level classes. Sorry to disappoint those parents who think kiski is the greatest of schools, look at reality and compare kiski to other surrounding schools

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May 05, 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

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
no rating
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

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

December 07, 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

September 03, 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

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
no rating
September 02, 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
no rating
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

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
no rating
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

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

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

March 08, 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

November 21, 2005
Excellent updated school, with high quality facilities and programs. Very good teachers, overall a great school.

- submitted by a student

April 02, 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

December 09, 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 student

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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Kiski Area High School
240 Hyde Park Rd, Vandergrift, PA  15690
(724) 845-8181
Last modified Kiski Area High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Kiski Area High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top