Exeter Township Senior High School

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Exeter Township Senior High School
Exeter Township Senior High School logo.jpg
Location
201 East 37th Street
Reading, Pennsylvania 19606

United States
Coordinates 40°19′12″N 75°52′16″W / 40.320°N 75.871°W / 40.320; -75.871
Information
Type Public
Established 1955[1]
School district Exeter Township School District
CEEB Code 394145
Principal William W. Cain
Faculty 82.3 (on FTE basis)[2]
Grades 9 to 12
Enrollment 1,435[3]
Student to teacher ratio 14.4[2]
Color(s) Blue and White[4]         
Mascot Eagles
Website
[3][5]

Exeter Township Senior High School is a public secondary school located in Reading, Pennsylvania. The school is part of the Exeter Township School District. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2010, the school reported an enrollment of 1,422 pupils in grades 9th through 12th, with 230 pupils eligible for a federal free or reduced price lunch. The school employed 93 teachers yielding a student teacher ratio of 15:1.[6] According to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 100% of its teachers were rated "Highly Qualified" under No Child Left Behind.[7]

In 2006 the school went through major renovations. The school received a new cafe and new classroom wing. The school also renovated their football stadium, Don Thomas Stadium, in 2006.

Graduation rate[edit]

In 2012, Exeter Township School District’s graduation rate was 91%.[8] In 2011, the District's graduation rate was 92%.[9] In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4 year cohort graduation rate. High School's rate was 91.85% for 2010.[10]

According to traditional graduation rate calculations
AYP status

In 2012, Exeter Township Senior High School declined to Corrective Action Level 1 due to low graduation rate and missing 50% of academic metrics.[15] In 2011, Exeter Township Senior High School was in Making Progress: in School Improvement II. In 2010, Exeter Township Senior High School declined in School Improvement II AYP status. Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the school administration was required to notify parents of the school's poor achievement outcomes and to offer the parent the opportunity to transfer to a successful school within the District. Additionally the school administration was required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, to develop a School Improvement Plan to address the school's low student achievement. Under the Pennsylvania Accountability System, the school must pay for additional tutoring for struggling students.[16] Due to the low academic achievement, the High School is eligible for extra funding under School Improvement Grants which the school must apply for each year.[17]

PSSA results[edit]

11th Grade Reading
  • 2012 - 71% on grade level, (9% below basic). State - 67% of 11th graders are on grade level.[18]
  • 2011 - 75% (12% below basic). State - 69.1% [19]
  • 2010 - 65% (16% below basic). State - 66% [20]
  • 2009 - 69% (14% below basic). State - 65% [21]
  • 2008 - 67% (17% below basic). State - 65% [22]
  • 2007 - 76% (12% below basic). State - 65% [23]
11th Grade Math
  • 2012 - 66% on grade level (17% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level.[24]
  • 2011 - 71% (13% below basic). State - 60.3% [25]
  • 2010 - 70% (20% below basic). State - 59% [26]
  • 2009 - 58% (20% below basic). State - 56%.[27]
  • 2008 - 56% (25% below basic). State - 56% [28]
  • 2007 - 60% (17% below basic). State - 53% [29]
11th Grade Science
  • 2012 - 50% on grade level (7% below basic). State - 42% of 11th graders were on grade level.[30]
  • 2011 - 48% (13% below basic). State - 40% [31]
  • 2010 - 45% (15% below basic). State - 39%
  • 2009 - 47% (10% below basic). State - 40% [32]
  • 2008 - 39% (17% below basic). State - 39% [33]

College remediation rate[edit]

According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 30% of the Exeter Township High School graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges.[34] Less than 66% of Pennsylvania high school graduates, who enroll in a four-year college in Pennsylvania, will earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Among Pennsylvania high school graduates pursuing an associate degree, only one in three graduate in three years.[35] Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, one in three recent high school graduates who attend Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges takes at least one remedial course in math, reading or English.

Dual enrollment[edit]

The Exeter Township Senior High School offers a Dual Enrollment program. This state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. Students remain enrolled at their high school. The courses count towards high school graduation requirements and towards earning a college degree. The students continue to have full access to activities and programs at their high school. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate. The District has an agreement with Reading Area Community College. Initially, the state offered a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition, fees and books.[36] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[37] The grant program was discontinued by Governor Edward Rendell in 2010-11 due to state budget crisis.

For the 2009-10 funding year, the Exeter Township School District received a state grant of $25,905 for the program.[38]

SAT scores[edit]

In 2012, 240 Exeter Township School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 502. The Math average score was 513. The Writing average score was 493. The statewide Verbal SAT exams results were: Verbal 491, Math 501, Writing 480. In the USA, 1.65 million students took the exams achieving scores: Verbal 496, Math 514, Writing 488. According to the College Board the maximum score on each section was 800, and 360 students nationwide scored a perfect 2,400.

In 2011, 244 Exeter Township School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 505. The Math average score was515 . The Writing average score was 495.[39] Pennsylvania ranked 40th among states with SAT scores: Verbal - 493, Math - 501, Writing - 479.[40] In the United States, 1.65 million students took the exam in 2011. They averaged 497 (out of 800) verbal, 514 math and 489 in writing.[41]

AP courses[edit]

Exeter Township Senior High School offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Students who take these courses and pass the end of course exams have the potential to be awarded college credits when they score a 3 or better. The amount and type of credit awarded is at the discretion of each college or university. In 2012 - 85% of the Exeter Township students who took the exams earned a 3 or better. In 2011, 87% achieved a score of 3. In 2010 - 72% of students earned a 3 on the AP exam. The College Board controls the AP exams, and dictates the course curriculum, while the courses are offered at the discretion of the local school board.[42] Students who successfully complete the exam with a score of 3 or better have the exam fee refunded to them by the school district after the score reports are received. Students taking the A.P. course receive a course ranking value of 1.10 if they take the exam or a 1.05 if they do not take the exam.[43]

Graduation requirements[edit]

Among Pennsylvania's 500 public school districts, graduation requirements widely vary. The Exeter Township School Board has determined that a pupil must earn 28 credits to graduate including: a required class every year in math 3 credits, English 4 credits, social studies 4 credits, science 3 credits, plus one math or science credit, Physical Education (wellness and fitness/Driver Education/Health) 2 credits, Arts/Humanities 2 credits and electives. A total of 30 hours of community service (for a non-profit organization) must be served in order to graduate.[44]

By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students must complete a project as a part of their eligibility to graduate from high school. The type of project, its rigor and its expectations are set by the individual school district.[45] At Exeter Township Senior High School the project is pass/fail and begins in the ninth grade.[46] Effective with the graduating class of 2017, the Pennsylvania Board of Education eliminated the state mandate that students complete a culminating project in order to graduate.[47]

By Pennsylvania School Board regulations, for the graduating class of 2017, students must demonstrate successful completion of secondary level course work in Algebra I, Biology, English Composition, and Literature for which the Keystone Exams serve as the final course exams.[48][49][50] In 2011, Pennsylvania high school students field tested the Algebra 1, Biology and English Lit exams. The statewide results were: Algebra 1 38% on grade level, Biology 35% on grade level and English Lit - 49% on grade level.[51] Individual student, school or district reports were not made public, although they were reported to district officials by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students identified as having special needs and qualifying for an Individual Educational Program (IEP) may graduate by meeting the requirements of their IEP.

Student assistance program[edit]

Exeter Township Senior High School provides a drug and alcohol abuse intervention program for students. It is this District’s policy to prevent and prohibit the possession and/or use, distribution, and/or intent of distribution of an illegal or controlled mood-altering chemical, medication, alcohol, or abused chemical not approved by the health office on school property, at school sponsored events, or school buses, and en route to or from school. The program has 3 facets: education, prevention and intervention

Classrooms for the Future grant[edit]

The Classroom for the Future state program provided districts with hundreds of thousands of extra state funding to buy laptop computers for each core curriculum high school class (English, Science, History, Math) and paid for teacher training to optimize the computers use. The program was funded from 2006 to 2009. The funding included mandated teacher training on the effective use of the computers and white boards to improve instruction. The Exeter Township School District did not apply to participate in 2006-07. In 2007-08, the Exeter Township Senior High School was denied funding by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The Exeter Township Senior High School received $188,223 in 2008-09.[52] In Berks County the highest award was given to Reading School District which received $1,294,497. The highest funding statewide was awarded to Philadelphia City School District in Philadelphia County - $9,409,073. In 2010, Classrooms for the Future funding program was curtailed by Governor Edward G. Rendell due to a massive state government financial crisis.

VoTech[edit]

Students may also attend the Berks Career & Technology Center (BCTC).

Tuition rates[edit]

Students who live in the Exeter Township School District's attendance area may choose to attend one of Pennsylvania's 157 public charter schools. A student living in a neighboring public school district or a foreign exchange student may seek admission to Exeter Township School District. For these cases, the Pennsylvania Department of Education sets an annual tuition rate for each school district. It is the amount the public school district pays to a charter school for each resident student that attends the charter and it is the amount a nonresident student's parents must pay to attend the District's schools. The 2012 tuition rates for Exeter Township Senior High School was $9,030.33.[53]

Extracurriculars[edit]

Exeter Township School District offers a variety of clubs, activities and an extensive, costly sports program. Eligibility for participation is determined by school board policy and Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association regulations.

By Pennsylvania law, all K-12 students residing in the district, including those who attend a private nonpublic school, cyber charter school, charter school and those homeschooled, are eligible to participate in the extracurricular programs including all athletics. They must meet the same eligibility rules as the students enrolled in the district's schools.[54]

Sports[edit]

The District funds:

According to PIAA directory July 2012 [55]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Exeter Township Senior High School Through The Years. Exeter Township Senior High School. Retrieved on 2008-04-20.
  2. ^ a b "Exeter Twp Shs". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2008-04-20. Students: 1343 (2005-2006) 
  3. ^ a b 2007-2008 School Profile (PDF). Exeter Township Senior High School. Retrieved on 2008-04-20.
  4. ^ Exeter Township Eagles. MaxPreps.com. Retrieved on 2008-04-20.
  5. ^ Exeter Township Senior High School website. Retrieved on 2008-04-20.
  6. ^ National Center for Education Statistics, Common Care Data - Exeter Township Senior High School, 2010
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Professional Qualifications of Teachers Exeter Township Senior High School, September 29, 2011
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 21, 2012). "Exeter Township School District AYP Data Table 2012". 
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Exeter Township School District AYP Data Table, September 29, 2011
  10. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 15, 2011). "New 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate Calculation Now Being Implemented". 
  11. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Exeter Township School District Academic Achievement Report Card Data table 2010, October 20, 2010
  12. ^ The Times-Tribune (June 27, 2010). "PA School District Statistical Snapshot Database 2008-09". 
  13. ^ The Times-Tribune (June 25, 2009). "County School Districts Graduation Rates 2008". 
  14. ^ Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (2008). "High School Graduation rate 2007" (PDF). 
  15. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 21, 2012). "Exeter Township Senior High School AYP Overview 2012". 
  16. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2012). "Pennsylvania Accountability System Frequently Asked Questions". 
  17. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 21, 2012). "School Improvement Grant". 
  18. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2012). "2011-2012 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  19. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "2010-2011 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  20. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "2009-2010 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  21. ^ The Times-Tribune (September 14, 2009). "Grading Our Schools database, 2009 PSSA results". 
  22. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 15, 2008). "2007-2008 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  23. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2007). "PSSA Math and Reading results". 
  24. ^ Pittsburgh Post Gazette (October 15, 2012). "How is your school doing?". 
  25. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Exeter Township Senior High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2011, September 29, 2011
  26. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Exeter Township Senior High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2010, October 20, 2010
  27. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Exeter Township Senior High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2009, September 14, 2009
  28. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Exeter Township Senior High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2008, August 15, 2008
  29. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Exeter Township Senior High School Academic Achievement Report Card, 2007
  30. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 21, 2012). "Exeter Township Senior High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2012" (PDF). 
  31. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "2010-2011 PSSA results in Science". 
  32. ^ The Times-Tribune (2009). "Grading Our Schools database, 2009 Science PSSA results". 
  33. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2008). "Report on PSSA Science results by school and grade 2008". 
  34. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (January 20, 2009). "Pennsylvania College Remediation Report,". 
  35. ^ National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, 2008
  36. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Dual Enrollment Guidelines". 
  37. ^ Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (March 2010). "Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement". 
  38. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2009). "Pennsylvania Dual Enrollment Allocations to school districts for 2010-11". 
  39. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2011). "Public School SAT Scores 2011". 
  40. ^ College Board (September 2011). "SAT Scores State By State - Pennsylvania". 
  41. ^ "While U.S. SAT scores dip across the board, N.J. test-takers hold steady". NJ.com. September 2011. 
  42. ^ The College Board (2012). "Exeter Township Senior High School AP Report" (PDF). 
  43. ^ Exeter Township Senior High School Administration, Program of Studies 2012-13, 2012
  44. ^ Exeter Township School District Administration, Student Handbook 2012-13, 2012
  45. ^ Pennsylvania State Board of Education. "Pennsylvania Code §4.24 (a) High school graduation requirements". 
  46. ^ Exeter Township Senior High School Administration, Student Graduation Project Handbook, 2010
  47. ^ Pennsylvania State Board of Education, Proposed changes to Chapter 4, May 10, 2012
  48. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Keystone Exam Overview" (PDF). 
  49. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 2011). "Pennsylvania Keystone Exams Overview". 
  50. ^ Pennsylvania State Board of Education (2010). "Rules and Regulation Title 22 PA School Code CH. 4". 
  51. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2011). "Keystone Exams". 
  52. ^ Pennsylvania Auditor General (December 22, 2008). "Classrooms for the Future grants audit" (PDF). 
  53. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (May 2012). "Pennsylvania Public School District Tuition Rates". 
  54. ^ Pennsylvania Office of the Governor Press Release, (November 10, 2005). "Home-Schooled, Charter School Children Can Participate in School District Extracurricular Activities". 
  55. ^ Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletics Association (2012). "PIAA School Directory". 

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