Pine-Richland High School
|Pine-Richland High School|
|700 Warrendale Rd., Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
Allegheny County, 15044-6040 Coordinates:
|School district||Pine-Richland School District|
|Superintendent||Mr. Brian Miller, July 2013-June 30, 2017 (salary $153,500)|
|Principal||Mr. John Pietrusinski|
|Enrollment||1,467 pupils (2013), 1,466 pupils (2009-2010)|
|Athletics conference||WPIAL section AAAA|
|Tuition||for nonresident and charter school students HS -$9,633.40 |
Pine-Richland High School is a large public high school located at 700 Warrendale Road, in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania. It is the only high school in the Pine-Richland School District and is located in Pine Township, Pennsylvania. In 2013, the school's enrollment was 1,554 pupils, with 5% coming from a low income home and 11% receiving special education services. Eight percent of students were identified as gifted. According to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 100% of its teachers were rated "Highly Qualified" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Pine-Richland is 88% white, with other ethnicities comprising 12% of the student population.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2010, the school reported an enrollment of 1,467 pupils in grades 9th through 12th, with 81 pupils eligible for a federal free or reduced price lunch. The school employed 1 01 teachers yielding a student teacher ratio of 14:1. According to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 100% of its teachers were rated "Highly Qualified" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
- 1 History
- 2 Graduation Rate
- 3 Academics
- 4 College Remediation Rate
- 5 SAT Scores
- 6 Classrooms for the Future grant
- 7 Dual enrollment
- 8 Graduation requirements
- 9 Early graduation
- 10 AP courses
- 11 Tuition
- 12 Wellness policy
- 13 School safety and bullying
- 14 Extracurriculars
- 15 Pine Richland Arts
- 16 Sports
- 17 Notable alumni
- 18 See also
- 19 References
Richland High School was opened in September 1956, which allowed the students who transferred from other schools the final two years of their public education at PRHS, along Bakerstown-Warrendale Road in Richland Township. The first graduating class was June, 1958. The former building closed in 1993 and became Richland Elementary School in 1994. The new High School became Pine-Richland High School instead of Richland High School and was opened at its current location in Pine Township in 1993. The Pine-Richland Stadium was built on the new secondary campus between the middle school and the high school in 2001.
The current building was opened in 1993, with two gymnasiums and a pool, along with nearly 80 classrooms and office space, and a large auditorium. An addition opened in 2000 with modifications to the original building, plus nearly 30 more classrooms and the new district office. Another addition to the school was completed in October 2012.
In 2013, Pine-Richland School District’s graduation rate was 96.7%. In 2012, the District’s graduation rate was 97%. In 2011, Pine-Richland High School's graduation rate was 98%. In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4 year cohort graduation rate. Pine-Richland High School's rate was 98% for 2010.
- According to traditional graduation rate calculations
Pine-Richland Ranks as one of top US Public High Schools "Newsweek Magazine" ranked PRHS 841 out of the top schools in the US in 2009 and was the fourth highest ranked high school in Pennsylvania. "U.S. News and World Report" awarded Pine-Richland High School a 'Silver' Rating, placing PRHS in the top 604 in the nation. Students continuously out perform national standards, particularly in the sciences and math. The school has a graduation rate between 93-98%, depending on the graduating class. A number of students go on to ivy league or equally high caliber schools each year.' Pine Richland also offers a Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program that brings
Western Pennsylvania region ranking
In 2013, Pine-Richland's eleventh grade ranked 11th out of 104 western Pennsylvania high schools based on the last three years of student academic achievement in Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSA) in: reading, math, writing and three years of science. (Includes schools in: Allegheny County, Beaver County, Butler County, Fayette County, Westmoreland County, and Washington County).
- 2012 - 16th
- 2011 - 18th
- 2010 - 13th
- 2009 - 10th out of 105 western Pennsylvania high schools based on three years of student academic achievement in PSSAs in: reading, math writing and one year of science.
- 2013 School Performance Profile
Pine-Richland High School achieved 95.1 out of 100. Reflects on grade level reading, mathematics and science achievement. In reading/literature - 90% of the students tested were on grade level. In Algebra 1, 80.76% showed on grade level skills, with 49% achieving advanced. In Biology, 73.9% showed on grade level science understanding, with 27% advanced. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2,181 public schools (less than 73 percent of Pennsylvania public schools), achieved an academic score of 70 or higher. Pennsylvania 11th grade students no longer take the PSSAs. Instead, they now take the Keystone Exams at the end of the associated course.
- AYP Status
In 2012, Pine-Richland High School improved to achieve AYP status. In 2011 Pine-Richland High School declined to Warning AYP status due to lagging reading and math skills of students who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP). In 2010, Pine Richland High School achieved AYP status.
- PSSA Results
PSSAs are NCLB related examinations which were administered from 2003 through 2012. In 2013, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania changed its high school assessments to the Keystone Exams in Algebra 1, Reading/literature and Biology1. The exams are given at the end of the course, rather than all in the spring of the student's 11th grade year.
- 11th Grade Reading
- 2012 -88 % on grade level, Males - 84% / Females - 93% (4% below basic). State - 67% of 11th graders are on grade level.
- 2011 - 81% on grade level, Males - 71% / Females - 92% (9% below basic). State - 69.1% of 11th graders are on grade level.
- 2010 - 79%, Males - 75% / Females - 84% (11% below basic). State - 66% 
- 2009 - 79% (7% below basic). State - 65% 
- 2008 - 77% (9% below basic). State - 65% 
- 2007 - 82% (5% below basic). State - 65% 
11th Grade Math:
- 2012 - 85% on grade level Males - 84% / Females - 86% (7% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level.
- 2011 - 76% on grade level Males - 72% / Females - 81% (11% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 60.3% of 11th graders are on grade level.
- 2010 - 77% Males - 77% / Females - 79% (13% below basic). State - 59% 
- 2009 - 77% (9% below basic). State - 56%.
- 2008 - 77% (11% below basic). State - 56% 
- 2007 - 83% (8% below basic). State - 53% 
- 11th Grade Science
- 2012 - 62% on grade level, Males - 61% / Females - 64% (2% below basic). State - 42% of 11th graders were on grade level.
- 2011 - 62% on grade level Male - 56% / Female - 67% (7% below basic). State - 40% of 11th graders were on grade level.
- 2010 - 57% Male - 60% / Female - 55% (7% below basic). State - 39%
- 2009 - 51% (5% below basic). State - 40% 
- 2008 - 54% (6% below basic). State - 39% 
Science in Motion Pine-Richland High School took advantage of a state program called Science in Motion which brought college professors and sophisticated science equipment to the school to raise science awareness and to provide inquiry-based experiences for the students. The Science in Motion program was funded by a state appropriation and cost the school nothing to participate. Westminster College provided the science enrichment experiences to schools in the region.
College Remediation Rate
According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 21% of the Pine-Richland 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. 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. 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.
In 2013, Pine-Richland School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 549. The Math average score was 583.5. The Writing average score was 550. The College Board reported that statewide scores were: 494 in reading, 504 in math and 482 in writing. The nation-wide SAT results were the same as in 2012.
In 2012, 331 Pine-Richland School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 543. The Math average score was 561. The Writing average score was 535. 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, 295 Pine-Richland School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 546. The Math average score was 571. The Writing average score was 533. Pennsylvania ranked 40th among states with SAT scores: Verbal - 493, Math - 501, Writing - 479. 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.
Classrooms for the Future grant
The Classroom for the Future state program provided districts with hundreds of thousands in 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 2006-2009. Pine-Richland School District applied to participate in 2006-07 receiving $314,383. In 2007-08, Pine-Richland received $300,000. The high school received another $45,413 in 2008-09 for a total funding of $659,796. In Allegheny County the highest award $835,286 was given to Highlands School District. The highest funding state wide was awarded to Philadelphia City School District in Philadelphia County - $9,409,073. In 2010, Classrooms for the Future funding was curtailed statewide due to a massive state financial crisis.
Pine-Richalnd 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. Pine-Richland High School has agreements with the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), University of Pittsburgh and LaRoche College. The University of Pittsburgh and LaRoche College approved courses are taught during the school day by Pine-Richland High School faculty certified as adjunct professors. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate. Initially, the state offered a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition, fees and books. Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions. The grant was discontinued by then Governor Edward Rendell in 2010 due to a multibillion dollar state budget shortfall.
For the 2009-10 funding year, Pine- Richland received a state grant of $5,691.00 for the program.
Pine-Richland School Board has determined that a pupil must earn 24.5 credits to graduate including: a required class every year in English 4 credits, social studies 4 credits, math 3 credits science 3 credits, Physical Education and Health 2.5 credits and electives 8 credits. Effective with the class of 2016, graduation requirements have been changed to reduce the Physical Education and Health credits to one credit and the social studies credits to 3 with one more credit to be selected in Mathematics, Science or Social Studies. A student must earn 6 credits to be promoted from 9th grade to 10th grade.
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.
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. Students’ Keystone Exam scores shall count for at least one-third of the final course grade. 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. Individual student, school or district reports were not made public, although they were reported to district officials by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Students may chose to carry eight credits each year and/or take courses during the summer in order to graduate at the end of their junior year. These pupils may choose when to participate in a high school graduation ceremony.
Students have access to a wide variety of AP Courses. Students have the option of taking these College Board approved courses and then taking the College Board's examination in the Spring. Students, who achieve a 3 or better on the exam, may be awarded college credits at US universities and colleges. Each higher education sets its own standards about what level of credits are awarded to a student based on their AP exam score. Most higher education give credits for scores of 4 or 5. Some schools also give credits for scores of 3. High schools give credits towards graduation to students who take the school's AP class. In 2013, 100% of Pine-Richland School District students who took an AP course scored a 3 or better on the exams.
College Board Award
In 2011, Pine-Richland School District achieved the College Board's AP District of the Year Award. This honor roll consists of the 388 U.S. public school districts that simultaneously achieved increases in access to AP® courses for a broader number of students and also maintained or improved the rate at which their AP students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam.
Students who live in the Pine-Richland 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 Pine-Richland 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 rate was $7,927.55 for the high school.
Pine-Richland School Board established a district wellness policy in 2010. The policy deals with nutritious meals served at school, the control of access to some foods and beverages during school hours, age appropriate nutrition education for all students, and physical education for students K-12. The policy is in response to state mandates and federal legislation (P.L. 108 – 265). The law dictates that each school district participating in a program authorized by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq) or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq) "shall establish a local school wellness policy by School Year 2006." Most districts identified the superintendent and school foodservice director as responsible for ensuring local wellness policy implementation.
The legislation placed the responsibility of developing a wellness policy at the local level so the individual needs of each district can be addressed. According to the requirements for the Local Wellness Policy, school districts must set goals for nutrition education, physical activity, campus food provision, and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness. Additionally, districts were required to involve a broad group of individuals in policy development and to have a plan for measuring policy implementation. Districts were offered a choice of levels of implementation for limiting or prohibiting low nutrition foods on the school campus. In final implementation these regulations prohibit some foods and beverages on the school campus. The Pennsylvania Department of Education required the district to submit a copy of the policy for approval.
Pine-Richland High School offers both a free school breakfast and a free or reduced-price lunch to children in low income families. All students attending the school can eat breakfast and lunch. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty level are provided a breakfast and lunch at no cost to the family. Children from families with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of the federal poverty level can be charged no more than 30 cents per breakfast. A foster child whose care and placement is the responsibility of the State or who is placed by a court with a caretaker household is eligible for both a free breakfast and a free lunch. Runaway, homeless and Migrant Youth are also automatically eligible for free meals. The meals are partially funded with federal dollars through the United States Department of Agriculture.
In 2013, the USDA issued new restrictions to foods in public schools. The rules apply to foods and beverages sold on all public school district campuses during the day. They limit vending machine snacks to a maximum of 200 calories per item. Additionally, all snack foods sold at school must meet competitive nutrient standards, meaning they must have fruits, vegetables, dairy or protein in them or contain at least 10 percent of the daily value of fiber, calcium, potassium, and Vitamin D. In order to comply with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 all US public school districts are required to raise the price of their school lunches to $2.60 regardless of the actual cost of providing the lunch. In 2014, President Obama ordered a prohibition of advertisements for unhealthy foods on public school school campuses during the school day.
Pine-Richland School District provides health services as mandated by the Commonwealth and the federal government. Nurses are available in each building to conduct annual health screenings (data reported to the PDE and state Department of Health) and to dispense prescribed medications to students during the school day. Students can be excluded from school unless they comply with all the State Department of Health’s extensive immunization mandates. The School's nurse monitors each pupil for this compliance. District nurses also monitor each child's weight.
Highmark Healthy High 5 grant
Pine-Richland School District participated in Highmark Healthy High 5 Health eTools for Schools which enabled mobile data collection of pertinent health and physical fitness screening data on students K-12 in a database held by InnerLink, Inc. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Health eTools for Schools also provided interdisciplinary research-based curriculum in nutrition, physical education and physical activity to participating districts. The program was discontinued in 2013.
School safety and bullying
The Pine-Richland School District administration reported there were zero incidents of bullying in the High School in 2012. There were 10 incidents involving local police including a bomb threat and weapons in the school. Each year the school safety data is reported by the district to the Safe School Center which publishes the reports online.
The Pine-Richland School Board has provided the District's antibully policy online. All Pennsylvania schools are required to have an anti-bullying policy incorporated into their Code of Student Conduct. The policy must identify disciplinary actions for bullying and designate a school staff person to receive complaints of bullying. The policy must be available on the school's website and posted in every classroom. All Pennsylvania public schools must provide a copy of its anti-bullying policy to the Office for Safe Schools every year, and shall review their policy every three years. Additionally, the District must conduct an annual review of that policy with students. The Center for Schools and Communities works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency and the Pennsylvania Department of Education to assist schools and communities as they research, select and implement bullying prevention programs and initiatives.
Education standards relating to student safety and antiharassment programs are described in the 10.3. Safety and Injury Prevention in the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Health, Safety and Physical Education.
The Pine-Richland School District offers a wide variety of clubs, activities and an extensive, costly sports program. Eligibility for participation is determined by school board policy and in compliance with standards set by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA). The District charges an $80 per year fee for students who participate in extracurriculars.
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.
Pine Richland offers a Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program that stresses honor and commitment.
Pine Richland Arts
Art displays and exhibitions occur year round in during the Pine Richland High School year. These displays include photography, drawings, paintings and self-portraits. The Annual Pine Richland Art Show takes place at the beginning of May each year, featuring portfolios of Advanced Placement art students and Alumni. The school is considered to have an above average art/music program compared to the surrounding schools.
The band course contains both a fall/winter marching band section and a later year ensemble experience. The Pine-Richland Rams Marching Band has a yearly repertoire consisting of an "opener," a tuba feature, a band dance (during which the drumline is featured), a colorguard feature, a dance team feature, a closer, as well as various other songs. The second part of the band course, the ensemble band, focuses on musical ability. Jazz Ensemble provides a venue where well-performing students can play jazz and blues music. Each year the school features a musical for which students must try out, including music from a selected pit orchestra.
The school also has a musical each year in the spring, which are consistently considered some of the best high-school musicals in the greater Pittsburgh area. The school competes at the Gene Kelly Awards each year, an award ceremony for local high-schools in the Greater Pittsburgh Area.
Started only in 2009, the high school started its own chapter of the International Thespian Society. Each fall, the club sponsors a fall production entirely run by students (with minimal help from adult supervisors.) Aside from the fall production, the club aims to help students explore the arts of theatre with workshops and sponsored talks.
The Pine-Richland High School's mascot is the Ram. The Rams baseball, girls soccer, hockey, gymnastics, and volleyball teams were all state champions in the 2005-2006 school year. There were five state championship teams in the year 2006, which include: women's volleyball, women's soccer, baseball, men's tennis doubles, and women's gymnastics. In 2005 the girls soccer team defeated the number one ranked team in the nation to win their first PIAA state title. In 2006, the Pine-Richland wrestling team were section champions. Pine Richland's competition cheerleading team won 3rd in the nation in the 2012-2013 school year.
According to PIAA directory July 2013 
- Jeff Calhoun — Tony Award–winning choreographer
- Stephen Frick — American astronaut
- Meghan Klingenberg — Midfielder for the Boston Breakers and the United States women's national soccer team
- Blake Lalli — First baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers
- Brandon Saad — Left winger for the Chicago Blackhawks
- Neil Walker — Second basemen for the Pittsburgh Pirates
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