Salisbury High School (Pennsylvania)
|Salisbury High School|
|500 East Montgomery Street
Allentown, Pennsylvania, Lehigh County, 18103-5225
|School board||9 locally elected members (4 year terms)|
|School district||Salisbury Township School District|
|Superintendent||Mr Michael Q Roth, contract November 2012 through June 30, 2017 starting salary $135,000|
|School number||(610) 797-4107|
|Administrator||Director of Student Activities - Ms. Monica H. Deeb|
|Principal||Ms. Heather Morningstar $95,369 (2012)|
|Enrollment||577 pupils (2013)|
|Grade 9||158 (2012), 140 (2010)|
|Grade 10||144 (2012), 150 (2010)|
|Grade 11||133 (2012), 137 (2010)|
|Grade 12||142 (2012), 123 (2010)|
|Color(s)||Navy and White|
Salisbury High School is a small, suburban, public, co-educational high school located in Salisbury Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. In 2013, enrollment was reported as 577 pupils in 9th through 12th grades, with 19.9% of its pupils receiving special education services. Additionally, 10% of pupils were identified as gifted. The school employed 33 teachers. Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, in 2013, 100% of Salisbury High School teachers were rated "Highly Qualified" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The High School is no longer Title I school.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2011, Salisbury HIgh School reported an enrollment of 553 pupils in grades 9th through 12th, with 108 pupils eligible for a federal free or reduced price lunch due to the family meeting the federal poverty level. In 2011, the School employed 39 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 No Child Left Behind. The High School was a federally designated Title I school.
- 1 History
- 2 Graduation rate
- 3 Curriculum
- 4 Academic Achievement
- 5 AYP History
- 6 College Remediation Rate
- 7 SAT scores
- 8 Wellness policy
- 9 Renovations
- 10 Extracurricular activities and sports
- 11 Notable alumni
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Salisbury Township was started in 1753, and the educational system consisted of single room schools, however as time passed the need for an organized school district grew and Salisbury Township School District was officially founded in 1834. In 1955 the construction for Salisbury High School was planned, construction started in 1962 and finished in 1963.
In 2013, the Salisbury Township School District’s graduation rate was 96%. In 2012, the District’s graduation rate was 93.94%. In 2011, the graduation rate was 92.86%. In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4-year cohort graduation rate. Salisbury High School's rate was 92.35% for 2010.
- According to traditional graduation rate calculations
Among Pennsylvania's 500 public school districts, graduation requirements widely vary. The Salisbury Township School Board has determined that a pupil must earn 26.5 credits to graduate, including: math 3 credits, English 4 credits, social studies 3 credits, science 3 credits, plus 1 additional credits in either social studies or science, LifeSmarts 1 credit, Arts/Humanities 1.5 credits, Health 0.5 credit, Physical Education 1 credit and electives 7.5.
At Salisbury Township the graduation project includes; three types of projects: career research, community service, or creative work. The pupil receives one credit towards graduation upon successful completion, including a presentation. By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students were required to 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. Effective with the graduating class of 2017, the Pennsylvania State Board of Education eliminated the state mandate that students complete a culminating project in order to graduate.
By Pennsylvania School Board regulations, beginning with the class of 2017, public school students must demonstrate successful completion of secondary level course work in Algebra I, Biology, and English Literature by passing the Keystone Exams. The exam is given at the end of the course. Keystone Exams replace the PSSAs for 11th grade.
Students have several opportunities to pass the exam. Schools are mandated to provide targeted assistance to help the student be successful. Those who do not pass after several attempts can perform a project in order to graduate. For the class of 2019, a Composition exam will be added. For the class of 2020, passing a civics and government exam will be added to the graduation requirements. 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 identified as having special needs and qualifying for an Individual Educational Program (IEP) may graduate by meeting the requirements of their IEP.
Planned instruction in the following areas is provided to every student in the high school program: language arts, mathematics, science and technology, social studies, environment and ecology, the arts, the use of applications of computers and software, health, safety and physical education, and LifeSmarts. The following planned instruction is available to every student in the high school program: vocational-technical education, business education, world languages, technology education, and college level advanced placement courses.
There is a wide range of elective courses; many classes run with fewer students, often 10 to 30, than the maximum the state uses in its formula to determine building capacity.
Courses are designed to provide a general education and to prepare students for entrance into college or employment. Students enrolled in vocational and technical courses pursue their academic work at Salisbury High School and their laboratory work at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute. Honors courses are offered in English, social studies, mathematics and science. Advance Placement courses are offered in biology, calculus AB, English composition and literature, World history, and United States history. In partnership with Lehigh Carbon Community College, Salisbury High School offers dual enrollment courses in science and art. Distance Learning in science and mathematics are available.
The eleventh and twelth grade students at Salisbury High School may take dual enrollment classes. 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 are taught at the high school by Salisbury High School teachers who are approved as adjunct professors with local colleges. 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 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. Under state rules, other students that reside in the district, who attend a private school, a charter school or are homeschooled are eligible to participate in this program. In 2010, Governor Edward Rendell eliminated the grants to students, from the Commonwealth, due to a state budget crisis.
For the 2009-10 funding year, the Salisbury Township School District received a state grant of $7,445 for the program.
In 2013, Salisbury High School offered 5 Advanced Placement (AP) courses at a higher cost than regular courses. Students have the option of taking College Board approved courses and then taking the College Board's examination in the Spring. The cost was $89 per exam in 2012. Students, who achieve a 3 or better on the exam, may be awarded college credits at US universities and colleges. Each higher education institution 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. At Salisbury Township honors and advanced placement courses are weighted 1.10 in the calculation of class rank. At Salisbury High School 29% of students who took an AP course earned a 3 or better on the exam.
For 2013-14, Salisbury High School offered: English Literature & Composition AP, Biology AP, Calculus AB, World History AP and United State History AP.
- 2013 School Performance Profile
Salisbury High School achieved 85.8 out of 100. Reflects on grade level reading, mathematics and science achievement. In reading/literature - 84% were on grade level. In Algebra 1, 70% showed on grade level mathematics skills. In Biology, 58.7% showed on grade level science understanding. 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. This was the first year that school achievement was reported in this format instead of AYP.
In 2012, Salisbury High School achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status, even though the school continued to miss all mathematics metrics measured. In 2011, Salisbury High School was in Warning AYP status. Effective with Spring 2013, the Pennsylvania Department of Education discontinued administering the PSSA's to 11th graders. From 2003 through 2010, Salisbury High School achieved Adequate Yearly Progress status.
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, (3% below basic). State - 67% of 11th graders are on grade level.
- 2011 - 76% (7% below basic). State - 69.1%
- 2010 - 76% (11% below basic). State - 66% 
- 2009 - 70% (13% below basic). State - 65% 
- 2008 - 74% (14% below basic). State - 65% 
- 2007 - 68% (11% below basic). State - 65% 
11th Grade Math:
- 2012 - 69% on grade level (12% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level.
- 2011 - 53% (29% below basic). State - 60.3% 
- 2010 - 66% (19% below basic). State - 59%
- 2009 - 59% (22% below basic). State - 56%
- 2008 - 63% (15% below basic). State - 56%
- 2007 - 58% (20% below basic). State - 53%
11th Grade Science:
- 2012 - 58% on grade level (5% below basic). State - 42% of 11th graders were on grade level.
- 2011 - 46% (17% below basic). State - 40%
- 2010 - 50% (13% below basic). State - 39%
- 2009 - 39% (15% below basic). State - 40% 
- 2008 - 50% (12% below basic). State - 39% 
Science in Motion Salisbury High School did not take 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. Cedar Crest 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, found that 17% of the Salisbury 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, Salisbury Township School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 517. The Math average score was 524. The Writing average score was 516. 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, 81 Salisbury Township School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 487. The Math average score was 488. The Writing average score was 455. 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, Salisbury Township School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 504. The Math average score was 515. The Writing average score was 504. 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.
Salisbury Township School Board established a district wellness policy in 2006. 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.
Salisbury High School offers a free or reduced-price lunch to children in low income families. 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 lunches 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 campuses during the school day.
Salisbury High School provides health services as mandated by the Commonwealth and the federal government. A nurses is available 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. School nurses monitor each pupil for this compliance. Nurses also monitor each child's weight.
Highmark Healthy High 5 grant
In 2011, the Salisbury Township School District received funding through a Highmark Healthy High 5 grant. Salisbury High School received $9,647 which was used to purchase equipment for the Highmark Fitness Zone, an interactive physical education course integrating circuit training and active-play video games with traditional physical education lessons. Beginning in 2006, Highmark Foundation engaged in a 5 year, $100 million program to promote lifelong healthy behaviors in children and adolescents through local nonprofits and schools.
In 1989 due to the increasing size of the school's enrollment, renovations became needed. In 2002 the cafeteria was renovated and a second gymnasium was added. Plans to relocate the 9th grade from the Middle School building to the high school, including restoration of the 1962 building, a new wing, a new auditorium, and band room were approved; construction started after the 2008-2009 school year, with parts opening from autumn 2010 and other parts closing for reconstruction. In September 2011 the school moved over the Freshmen, who were previously located in the middle school building, which created the new Salisbury High School holding Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and the Seniors. Block scheduling came into effect for the 2011-2012 school year making the forty-three minute period into an eighty-minute block.
Bill Paulik Court
The second gymnasium was built in 2000 that held to first basketball game in 2002. The gym used to be called the "New Gym", Now called Bill Paulik Court. Paulik had a 30 year career with the Salisbury High School Boys Basketball team, having 539 wins and 241 losses. Paulik turned 80 years old this year when was honored on February 10, 2011, Senior Night for the Salisbury High School Falcons. The Falcons lost to their arch-rival Southern Lehigh 55-42 snapping the Falcons 11 game long winning streak. It was certainly a night to remember as Paulik a retired basketball coach, physical education teacher and athletic director who served for more than 30 years.
Extracurricular activities and sports
The Salisbury Township 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). In 2013-14, the Board approved $761,547 in budgeted spending on activities, not including facility costs.
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.
Salisbury High School offers many extra activities, including a Key Club, SADD, Debate Club (2008 LVIDA Finalists and 2009 & 2012 LVIDA Finals Champions) and Model UN organizations. Salisbury offers educational trips. One is the Bike and Boat program.
Salisbury Township School District offers twenty-one varsity, twelve junior varsity and twelve middle school sport programs. Students from grades 6-12 are actively involved in the athletic program.
- Middle School Sports
Salisbury participates in the Colonial League of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association's District XI. The Colonial League includes Lehigh Valley high schools deemed too small to participate in the Lehigh Valley Conference.
- Boys Basketball:1971, 1976, 1987, 1990, 1996, 2010 (6)
- Baseball: 1980, 1985–1987, 1996, 2003, 2011, 2013 (8)
- Boys Soccer: 1985-1987, 1992, 2003, 2010 (6)
- Rifle Team: 2006 (1)
- Swimming Boys: 2012 - 2014 (3)
Colonial League Titles
- Boys Basketball:1977, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2011
- Baseball: 1978, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2009, 2012, 2013 (12)
- Girls Basketball: 1989, 1990, 1993, 2010 (4)
State Championship Titles
- Swimming: 2013
The Salisbury baseball team was state runner up in 2011, the first time in history any Salisbury team played for a state Championship.
The school fields teams in most major sports, including boys baseball, boys and girls basketball, boys tennis, cheerleading, girls field hockey, girls softball, football, soccer, rifle, wrestling, and track & field.
Salisbury has the most Colonial League titles in Basketball (10) and Baseball(12). Salisbury usually makes the playoffs in both Boys Soccer and Boys Basketball. The Field hockey team has never made a district appearance. The District Swimming Team won districts in 2012 and has also proven undefeated throughout the normal season. Boys Soccer team gets their first district in 7 years beating Southern Lehigh their colonial Rival 2-1.
Southern Lehigh High School and Salisbury High School have been football rivals since the early 1970s, competing for "the old helmet trophy". Salisbury stole this helmet from them as a Senior Prank and since then, the two have been strong, and great, rivals. Salisbury has won the helmet 21 times, and Southern Lehigh High School has won it 21 times, currently holding the championship of the helmet.
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