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Parkersburg High School

Public | 9-12 | 1829 students

 
 

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Posted June 26, 2012

BEST school in the state! The new administration is great! They are cleaning house and making the school much, much, better! I am a 2010 graduate and can't believe how much it has already changed! I give PHS 5 stars!


Posted October 12, 2010

Parkersburg High School offers the most well-rounded education in the state of West Virginia. In addition to the top-notch academics and teachers, PHS boasts many state champion men's and women's sports teams and award-winning music, theater, and art departments. Plus, there are dozens of clubs and organizations encouraging volunteerism and personal growth for teenagers. I think the best thing is that students are encouraged to be involved in many different activities. Football players are regularly seen in the choir and theater students participate in the robotics club, much to the happiness of the faculty and parents. It is a one of a kind school with over 100 years of history and pride within a close-knit community. This means that many students (like myself at one time), can create memories in the same space as their parents and grandparents did decades before. It is so cool to know that I learned French and chemistry in the same classrooms as my mother, father, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. It is a treasured family bond that I have rarely encountered with anyone else I have met in the places I have lived since high school graduation. What a great place to spend the 4 remarkable years before adulthood!


Posted December 1, 2009

the teachers and curriculum are great, but the administration is horrific! don't miss a day of school, even if you're sick because it's a hazard to get excused!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 26, 2009

I've been to this school for a year now (I'm a sophmore this upcoming school year) and I say this school could do way better. Especially in the academic system. This school only seems to fund the athletic field and emphasize that it's better, while the academinc is struggling to teach its students the right way. The theatre classes lack funds to go on field trips, the art classes don't get enough supplies. Also, many students skip classes or seem to not care about their school career. The school should reinforce their academics, and get students to want to learn. And maybe even stop bullying (there is a lot of disrespect amongst students.) So in the end...Fund the academic field!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 1, 2009

It is my first year at Parkersburg High School and I really like this school. Not only sports, but education is a big part of PHS. Parents don't really know what goes on in the classroom. I have had a great year here and I have learned alot. Every student is safe no matter what. Yes, the dress code is not like it was last year. The dress code is not that bad!! This coming from a student come on. If you don't what your kids to wear it don't buy it for them. Every school has it's faults. By the end of my 3yrs i will be ready for college. Also I'm glad we have a Freshman class now. I'm glad to have them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 18, 2009

I am a sophmore currently at PHS and I have to say that I definatley feel that I will not be prepared for college. My honors english class is a joke and the school's focus is on sports when they should really be focusing on academics. The standerdized tests may be good, but you don't know what is really going on in the classrooms.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 15, 2008

Parkersburg High School prepared my child well for her future. She was able to leave school and start on a great career. I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2007

Parkersburg High School may be called 'the School of Champions' for its nationally recognized athletic programs, however it fails to provide a challenging and rigorous education. The students are motivated to give their all on the field but are not adequately prepared for the academic intensity of college. If your son or daughter is interested in playing fantastic sports, then PHS is their dream school. But if' their looking for a high school that will get them a 5 on an AP exam and an SAT score over 1200, then PHS is nothe place for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2007

I dont feel there is a dress code, or perhaps just not inforced. Teachers dress code is not much better than students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2007

PHS really is great for preparing students for any college. The only down fall is that the athletics are extremely competitive, and sometimes you won't make the team unless you have connections
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 28, 2006

The range of extracurricular activities at PHS is quite extensive, with new clubs constantly being formed. The sport program is also well supported. However, I feel that teacher reviews and curriculum could be greatly improved at the school. I feel that my child, who is advanced for her age, does not receive the kind of stimulating and challenging coursework that she requires to live up to her potential. Perhaps more effective evaluations could be given on the staff, but overall, I do not think the fact improvement is needed can be ignored.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2005

PHS is an all around great school. It has a good acedemic program with many students competing in national events. It is probably most noted throughout the state as a strong athletic school, which was ranked in 2005 by Sports Illustrated as the top 13th school in the nation for it's athletics based mainly on the number of total victories and state championships in all the sports. Known as the 'School of Champions'. We have a fairly new principal and a brand new athletic director, but the winning tradition should continue. Parent involvement is good and there is a lot of activities for students to get involved in that are not all sports. The school has many other programs for students to accell. It is in a small town, so it's easy to get to know everyone.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 41% in 2012.

495 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

502 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
44%

2009

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 31% in 2012.

481 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
35%

2009

 
 
57%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 37% in 2012.

485 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2012.

402 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
37%

2009

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

403 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
54%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 45% in 2012.

392 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
66%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2012.

385 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2012.

386 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
43%

2009

 
 
51%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 35% in 2012.

372 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
38%

2009

 
 
68%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students43%
Black18%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Title I43%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities47%

Reading

All Students47%
Black35%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Title I47%
Students with disabilities6%
Students without disabilities52%

Science

All Students34%
Black31%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Title I34%
Students with disabilities6%
Students without disabilities37%

Social Studies

All Students44%
Black44%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Title I44%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities48%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the West Virginia 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: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students37%
Black36%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Title I37%
Students with disabilities5%
Students without disabilities41%

Reading

All Students51%
Black29%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Title I51%
Students with disabilities2%
Students without disabilities56%

Social Studies

All Students48%
Black50%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Title I48%
Students with disabilities5%
Students without disabilities0%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the West Virginia 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: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students46%
Black24%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Title I46%
Students with disabilities16%
Students without disabilities50%

Reading

All Students43%
Black19%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Title I43%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities46%

Social Studies

All Students38%
Black33%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Title I38%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities0%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the West Virginia 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: West Virginia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 94% 92%
Black 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Hispanic 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%N/A53%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2101 Dudley Ave
Parkersburg, WV 26101
Phone: (304) 420-9595

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