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Williamsport Area Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 1650 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted August 26, 2014

This school sucks. I went there for high school and unless your in all Advanced Placement classes you're not going to learn close to anything. I personally felt like my learning had stopped after middle school until I started to teach myself via the internet and books. I was absent for close to half of the school year each school year and still had an b- grade point average while being in college bound classes, which should tell you something about their academic standards. One of the years that I was there they didn't even have a head principal. So overall I really disliked going to school here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2014

WAHS is a great school full of oppurtunities that smaller schools do not offer. I have worked here for over 3 years as a custodian and security on weekends, and never had to deal with a bad situation. You do have bad kids as with any school but the majority of the kids are great. The teachers and staff are very knowledgable and efficient. I would want my child to go here!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 7, 2013

Wow! Just read the review by the former teacher. She can't spell the word principal or use the proper for of the word, your (hint: in this case it should be you're). Obviously this school does not hire the best and brightest to teach our students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2011

Williamsport Area School District, especially the high school often gets a bad rap. I have had nothing but good experiences working as a substitute teacher at the high school. What the school does to include students with special needs is phenomenal! The way the regular education students treat the students with special needs is also commendable. The teachers I have substituted for are very experienced and dedicated to their profession. Their profession is also their passion!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 10, 2008

I spent the first 3 years of my teaching career at this school and it is scary. They have some of the best teachers, but the principles do next to nothing to help teacher have a good learning enrironment. Williamsport has a huge special education population and it is largly mainstreamed, so if your not one of the best and brightest your classes will be 20%-30% special ed. This will signifigantly influence want you are able to cover and the amout of attention the average student gets. Look at the PSSA scores...they have never made the benchmarks. Major problems.


Posted October 9, 2008

Please do not judge this school on test scores alone. There are quite a few students who will not answer the questions on the test to sabotage the scores. They think it is a joke. With all schools there are good and bad points, it is the same at WAHS. The education opportunities are vast. The music program is exemplary. There are many fine teachers and support staff at this school. What is it lacking? Discipline. And this is not the only school district that has allowed the students to be vulgar and disrespectful. Parents have forgotten to stand behind the authority figures. It is a problem that starts at home. Overall I am pleased with WAHS. My daughters have received a wonderful education from the teachers at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2008

I go to this school. It has an incredible music program and high educational standards.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 25, 2007

Music program is absolutly great. Marching Band placed 9th in the usa in large band. Overall great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2006

So many excellent programs to choose from - sports and music have been rated among the best in the state several times. Safe school with diversity. Most of the teachers are excellent and everyone has a chance to excel.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 29, 2006

This is a rather large high school. It is huge. The school has a pool, planetarium, horticulture program, childcare program, medical services program, auto tech, graphic arts, and a nationally known music program. The teachers are mostly very good. Teacher turnover is very slight. The student population is diverse. There are many fights. Despite these occurances my duaghter says she feels safe attending the school. Teachers are availabel if a student is willing to go to one for help. 'It's a lot better than middle school,' she stated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2006

A need for improvement in control in the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2005

Williamsport HS has a large number of exemplary teachers, almost all of whom are more than willing to spend hours of extra time teaching students material that goes above and beyond the classroom material. The nationally ranked orchestra program has recently performed for Laura Bush, the governor of Pennsylvania, and the first lady of Pennsylvania. Extracurriculars of all types are available. The Mock Trial team was in the top 10 in the state 2 of the last 4 years. Key Club is one of the strongest chapters in the state. Technology-related activities are rapidly growing, with state-of-the-art equipment available for student use. Basically anything that you want to do can be done at Williamsport. All that you need is the desire to do it.
—Submitted by a former 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.

333 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

335 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
59%

2009

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

329 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
32%

2009

 
 
26%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

341 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
79%
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%
Female59%
Male66%
Black38%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic58%
White70%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female70%
Male63%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic67%
White77%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students38%
Female33%
Male43%
Black7%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic36%
White47%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities (IEP)2%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students82%
Female86%
Male79%
Black73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic73%
White86%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)48%
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 71% 71%
Black 19% 15%
Two or more races 7% 2%
Hispanic 2% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2990 West 4th St
Williamsport, PA 17701
Phone: (570) 323-8411

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