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Whitehall High School

Public | 9-12 | 1411 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted June 12, 2014

Great school!!!!! !!!!! !!!!!!! !!!!!!! !!!!!!! !!!!! !!!!!! !!!!!!! !!!!! !!!!!!! !!!!!! !!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!! !!!!! !!!!!!! !!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2014

This is a great school!!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy with everything. My son is 11 years old and he is happy too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2013

Recently found that students and staff don't have administration's respect. The old adage you have to give to receive applies here. Don't expect your child to grow as a person in this environment. Truly disappointed to find that what the community says turns out to be true. Academics count but if kids are treated like a number, they will learn no one cares about them and return the favor. Of course there are a few kids whose parents really take the time so this does not apply to the whole school but it certainly applies to more than it should. Congratulations to those staff that care and manage to survive in Whitehall school district. Since all the posts below are old I guess apathy goes hand in hand with the attitude. From a really sad grandmother.


Posted August 31, 2012

Enjoyed my time at WHS. Students should try to be with the happy and supportive groups of students that are typically in the music and honors programs. Many science class offerings highlight the school's focus. Students are mostly outgoing and have good relations with teachers, however, some loud behavior is apparent through hallways and buses. Teachers are not too strict but welcoming if you respect them. Although neighboring Parkland and CCHS have better reputations, WHS has a balance of size and diversity.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 15, 2012

Send your child here if you want him or her to be guaranteed to have a juvenile record before they finish school thanks to their "Zero Tolerance" policies. No consideration of cirmcumstances whatsoever. So much for their anti-bullying stance. If the bully is beating up your kid, your kid gets a citation and an out of school suspension for being on the receiving end of the blows. What a great school! I regret bringing my kid back into the system from cyber school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Whitehall schools have great teachers and are just great schools
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

I am a new mathematics teacher at Whitehall High School. I've been welcomed warmly by the staff and the students. It's a wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2009

As a student at Whitehall since K (now going to 11th grade) I can say that I am happy with it. It's become more strict over the years, but what school hasnt? There are alot more AP classes offered and the techers really know what they are talking about. They are constantly taking more classes to improve their knowledge. There are many science courses to choose from. Whitehall prepares you with writing. Alot of different clubs/activities and sports to chose from
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 17, 2008

whitehall is a good school wiht good extra-curricular programs,the teachers are good and try to help alot and encourage you,but i find it ironic that too many of the students fail.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 31, 2008

Its a good school! It's turing out to one of the better schools
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 7, 2008

WHS School in Whitehall is probably one of the top schools in Pennsylvania. Recently, in 2008, studies have shown Parkland's scores average 83% for 9th Grade Math and WHS got 92%! It is incredibly good school with good teachers,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2008

I do not enjoy writing bad things but Whitehall is a very terrible school. Way too strict, teachers have favorites, no free time what so ever, and poor saftey
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2007

As a teacher in another 'High rated' district and having sent my children to Catholic grade school, Whitehall-Coplay school district is a breath of fresh air. It seems that most of the teachers like what they do and do it well, they are professional and it's apparent that many have their Masters+ degree. The courses are challenging and diverse. The school district is very community-oriented and it has provided my children with an awareness of the community they live it which was/is so lacking in Catholic school. Overall, it's been an extremely positive experience for my entire family. I would recommend this school district to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2006

Just so-so. As of 2002 there were only 3 AP courses offered. The school administration seemed mostly interested in passing kids through the system. They spent much time encouraging votech programs over college prep. Send your kids to Parkland or CCHS rather than Whitehall.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 14, 2005

A great school with quality teachers who know their content.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 25, 2005

The academic programs are good and the teachers show concern. You can either be emailed or called if your child is not doing well in school. The teachers are very helpful and the vocational technical institue that they are bused to gives them an outlet to different mediums. Sports is readily available and the coaches are helpful in involving your child. The parents are very involved with the booster club and hosting events to raise money for school uniforms and trips.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2005

I went to Whitehall (c/o 2000) and I feel like I was sufficiently prepared for college in a writing way, much stronger writer than many college classmates. But, there weren't many AP course offerings. Lots of GREAT science classes and teachers. Tons of extracurriculars, good school in all.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 18, 2004

I find Whitehall-Coplay School District to be a very excellent school district. It is not to big nor too small. The test scores are very good. The faculty is caring and well educated. Socially it is a very good school as well and has excellent diversity. Athletically it is also a good school. I would recommend this school over any in the Lehigh Valley area... they produce top academic students everyear.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2004

First of all, writing negative reviews is not something I enjoy doing. But, attending WHS was really disappointing and I think, the worst academic experience. Teachers whom lack basic skills in their subjects, non-challenging courses, 'favortism', bad attitudes, and one completely ignorant, close-minded student body is what your children will probably see if attending WHS sometime in the future.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

353 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
58%

2009

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

353 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

349 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
45%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

355 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%

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%
Female65%
Male58%
Black41%
Asian94%
Hispanic40%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female72%
Male61%
Black33%
Asian65%
Hispanic45%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)15%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students49%
Female50%
Male48%
Black18%
Asian59%
Hispanic22%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students88%
Female93%
Male83%
Black79%
Asian94%
Hispanic68%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)43%
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 67% 71%
Hispanic 19% 9%
Black 8% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3800 Mechanicsville Rd
Whitehall, PA 18052
Phone: (610) 437-5081

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