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James M Coughlin Junior-Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 1007 students

 
 

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Posted April 4, 2014

My school is sadly not very good because everything is outdated the school was built very long ago and they don't have enough funds to get any new stuff for example AC for the summer when it is really hot so that is why I am doing this review because I hope to win money for my school so that it can be a better learning environment for the students and the teachers who attend coughlin high school
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 19, 2009

I recently had a very difficult teacher/student situation and must say the principal was superb. The teacher was not at all willing to listen until until the principal intervened and brought some leadership and sense into the situation. She may be direct but she certainly knows her role as a principal and has earned this skeptic's respect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2009

I transfered schools the first quarter of my sophmore year. I was very upset because I managed to get into AP classes at my old school but Coughlin wouldn't allow me to take them until my senior year because the administration wasn't willing to be fexible and allow me to take the courses I worked so hard to get into ever since 6th grade. Not only was I not allowed into more challenging classes, but the classes I was in were extremely easy for me. Some teachers were excellent while others I believed were not even qualified to be in a classroom. The new school year is going to start in about a week but I haven't gotten any letters home concerning the new dress code or any registration papers. I've searched online at the school website and called the school but am still uninformed and clueless.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 25, 2008

Hello, this is my third year at Coughlin, and just to say these three years have been the best experience so far. The staff and teachers that work at this school are amazing. Yes, as you may know, Coughlin is a very old school, but look at all the other schools in our city of Wilkes-Barre, such as G.A.R, & Meyers. All we need are some renovations, and we'll be good to go. If your considering sending your son/daughter here, I would highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 24, 2007

I graduated from couglin in 2007. The building it self is old (the main building), however it is in good condition overall. The newer building (the one with the gym) is in very poor condition, and should be replaced. For the most part the faculty is decent.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 28, 2007

the school is great. Is my son's third year in that school. the only bad thing is that the school is kind of old but other then that, the teachers are nice, friendly, and helps my son with anything. My son was scard to go to that school at first because people gave bad reviews about it, but now all he talks about is this school. This school should be rated 10 not 9. His grades improved, and if he's happy, then anybody in that school is happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2006

As a student at Coughlin, I'd like to take this chance to say some things parents must know, if considering sending their child to Coughlin. Yes, the building itself is very old. But, honestly, my school has some of the best teachers and staff you can find. The teachers will help you in anyway they can, and the principal is very on top of things. Plus, there is a wide range of classes to choose from...Psychology, Visual Communications, SAT Prep, many AP courses, Law in America, Photography...not many schools can beat that around here. Plus, compaired to other schools around this area, the crime rate is minimal. All in all, I'm proud of Coughlin.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 9, 2006

A nice variety of programs that are very good. Music, art sports and extracurricular activities are plentyful. Parental involvement fair to medium.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 24, 2005

I don't have anything bad to say about this school or the teachers. I just have a suggestion. Recently I attended the parent/teacher conferences. My suggestion is to make the school a little brighter. The hallways and the classrooms are so dreary and dull it's no wonder a large percent of the students are depressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2005

i didnt like it. the people were nice but the school is really old and there arnt many advanced classes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 12, 2005

I have two children graduate from this school. The preparation they received in the sciences and maths were of the highest quality. As a college freshman my son was tutoring 3 levels up in calculus. My daughter was selected from among 1200 applicants for an advanced study of science with the U.S. Navy. She attributes this to the more than solid foundation she received in science and math from Coughlin. We must remember that the outside appearance of a school/building means nothing if what is taught inside is not of top notch quality. My only recommendation would be to better enhance the English department, although I've seen an improvement in that department over the last 4 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2004

Most of the teachers are extremely talented. They take the time to relate to the student, which in turn assists in their learning process.
—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.

207 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

209 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

209 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
45%

2009

 
 
35%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

217 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
94%
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 Students58%
Female59%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female66%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students48%
Female40%
Male54%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic12%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students92%
Female98%
Male88%
Black100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities (IEP)59%
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 77% 71%
Hispanic 13% 9%
Black 8% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 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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Wilkes Barre, PA 18701
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