Manheim Township School District

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Manheim Township School District
Type and location
Country United States
Location Lancaster County
Pennsylvania
Students and staff
Students over 5,000
Colors Blue and White
         
Other information
Website Manheim Township School District

Manheim Township School District is a suburban, public school district of over 5,000 students in nine schools located in Manheim Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The district is well known in the Lancaster County region for its academic achievement, popular quiz bowl team, and performing arts group. The district draws students from a single eponymous township of approximately 23 square miles (60 km2), with over 13,400 residential dwellings, and about 31,300 residents as of 2006. The district's public school population of over 5,000 students in kindergarten through twelfth grades is distributed over nine school buildings: there are six elementary schools (grades K-4), a single 5th and 6th-grade building, one middle school (grades 7 & 8), and one high school (grades 9-12). The district students are 81% white, 7% Asian, 4% black and 8% Hispanic.[1] The district's high school finished construction in 2008. The district budget in 2005 was over $57,000,000. The district's Manheim Township Landis Run Intermediate finished construction in 2012.

The district's colors are blue and white. A traditional rival of the district is Hempfield.

Academic achievement[edit]

Manheim Township School District was ranked 39th out of 498 Pennsylvania school districts in 2010 by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The ranking was based on student academic performance based on the PSSAs for: reading, writing, math and two years of science.[2]

  • 2009 - 34th
  • 2008 - 30th
  • 2007 - 38th out of 501 Pennsylvania school districts.[3]

In 2009, the academic achievement, of the students in the Manheim Township School District, was in the 85th percentile among all 500 Pennsylvania school districts Scale (0-99; 100 is state best)[4]

Graduation rate[edit]

In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4-year cohort graduation rate. Manheim Township High School's rate was 94% for 2010.[5]

According to traditional graduation rate calculations:

High school[edit]

PSSA Results
11th Grade Reading
  • 2010 - 79% on grade level (9% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 66% of 11th graders on grade level.[10]
  • 2009 - 83% (8% below basic), State - 65%[11]
  • 2008 - 82% (6% below basic), State - 65%[12]
  • 2007 - 84% (6% below basic), State - 65%[13]
11th Grade Math
  • 2010 - 70% on grade level (16% below basic). State - 59% of 11th graders are on grade level.
  • 2009 - 77% (13% below basic). State - 56%
  • 2008 - 79% (11% below basic). State - 56%[14]
  • 2007 - 77% (8% below basic). State - 53%
11th Grade Science
  • 2010 - 58% on grade level. (8% below basic), State - 39% of 11th graders were on grade level.
  • 2009 - 64% (6% below basic). State - 40%
  • 2008 - 54% (6% below basic). State - 39%
College remediation

According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 29% of Manheim 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.[15] 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.[16]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 high school offers the Pennsylvania dual enrollment program. This state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. 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 state offers a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition, fees and books.[17] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[18] The Pennsylvania College Credit Transfer System reported in 2009, that students saved nearly $35.4 million by having their transferred credits count towards a degree under the new system.[19]

In 2010, the district received a $2,379 state grant to be used to assist students with tuition, fees and books. The grant program was discontinued in 2011, but the dual enrollment program remains available.

Comparison to other Lancaster County school districts[edit]

Map of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts. Manheim Township School District is in orange at the center of the map.
2012 SAT: average scores
Lancaster County schools
School District Verbal Math Writing Total
Cocalico 498 515 491 1504
Columbia Borough 463 471 431 1365
Conestoga Valley 508 523 492 1523
Donegal 501 488 476 1465
Eastern Lancaster County 490 506 468 1464
Elizabethtown Area 510 522 486 1518
Ephrata Area 508 523 477 1508
Hempfield 519 547 499 1565
Lampeter-Strasburg 526 542 512 1580
Lancaster 415 426 402 1243
Manheim Central 510 514 496 1520
Manheim Township 537 557 524 1618
Penn Manor 497 516 479 1492
Pequea Valley 479 494 466 1439
Solanco 487 489 460 1436
Warwick 522 532 499 1553
County average 498 510 479 1487
Pennsylvania average 473 481 450 1404
U.S. average 497 514 489 1500
Possible on each test: 800 points
Source: Public School SAT Scores, PA Department of Education [1]
U.S. Average Source: 2011 SAT Report, CollegeBoard [2]
Pennsylvania System of School Assessment
2011-2012 PSSA proficiency levels for Lancaster County schools
School District 3-5 Reading 3-5 Math 6-8 Reading 6-8 Math 11 Reading 11 Math
Cocalico 82.7% 86.1% 85.8% 89.5% 68.1% 61.4%
Columbia Borough 60.9% 72.4% 53.2% 67.3% 46.8% 45.3%
Conestoga Valley 76.3% 84.9% 83.9% 90.0% 82.7% 75.0%
Donegal 73.1% 82.5% 71.5% 82.9% 62.3% 51.8%
Eastern Lancaster County 72.5% 81.7% 79.9% 84.0% 74.4% 68.1%
Elizabethtown Area 70.8% 80.3% 76.6% 85.4% 72.2% 67.3%
Ephrata Area 77.4% 87.7% 79.1% 85.4% 72.3% 75.7%
Hempfield 85.5% 89.8% 86.5% 88.8% 76.6% 73.8%
Lampeter-Strasburg 89.0% 91.0% 86.9% 90.7% 86.1% 81.0%
Lancaster 50.5% 63.5% 46.4% 55.4% 43.9% 32.6%
Manheim Central 76.6% 83.7% 84.3% 90.1% 64.6% 64.5%
Manheim Township 80.1% 90.2% 85.9% 88.0% 77.7% 72.1%
Penn Manor 75.5% 86.4% 80.7% 85.6% 76.3% 69.7%
Pequea Valley 77.7% 86.4% 68.9% 74.4% 72.2% 52.0%
Solanco 82.9% 88.5% 85.6% 87.9% 69.6% 56.5%
Warwick 79.5% 83.7% 86.6% 87.1% 77.8% 72.8%
Source: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/school_assessments/7442

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Times. "Diversity in the Classroom - Manheim Township School District". The New York Times. Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ Pittsburgh Business Times (May 1, 2010). "Statewide Honor Roll.". 
  3. ^ "Three of top school districts in state hail from Allegheny County,". Pittsburgh Business Times,. May 23, 2007. 
  4. ^ "2009 PSSA RESULTS Manheim Township School District,". The Morning Call. Retrieved March 2011. 
  5. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 15, 2011). "New 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate Calculation Now Being Implemented". 
  6. ^ "Manheim Township School District Academic Achievement Report Card 2010 data table". Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Manheim Township School District Academic Achievement Report Card 2010". 
  8. ^ The Times-Tribune (June 25, 2009). "Manheim Township School District Graduation Rates 2008". 
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. "High School Graduation rate 2007". Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  10. ^ "2010 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results". 
  11. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 14, 2010). "2009 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results". 
  12. ^ "The 2008 PSSA Mathematics and Reading School Level Proficiency Results (by Grade and School Total)". August 2008. 
  13. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. "PSSA Math and Reading results by School and Grade 2007". 
  14. ^ "Math PSSA Scores by District 2007-08 Manheim Township School District Results". The Times-Tribune. June 25, 2009. 
  15. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (January 2009). "Pennsylvania College Remediation Report". 
  16. ^ National Center for Education Statistics
  17. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. "Pennsylvania Department of Education - Dual Enrollment Guidelines.". 
  18. ^ "Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement.". March 2010. 
  19. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. (April 29, 2010). "Report: PA College Credit Transfer System Makes Higher Education More Affordable, Accessible". 

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