Saucon Valley High School
|Saucon Valley High School|
|2100 Polk Valley Road|
|School district||Saucon Valley School District|
|Color(s)||Red and Black|
|Vice Principal||Lorrie Gamble|
|Website||Saucon Valley School District|
Saucon Valley High School is a four-year public high school in Hellertown, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is located at 2100 Polk Valley Road, Hellertown, PA, 18055, within Northampton County.
It is the only high school in the Saucon Valley School District, which is consolidated in a single complex, the SVSD Campus, as of September 1999. The campus, spread across 106 acres (0.43 km2), combines the High School, Middle School, Elementary School, and administrative offices all under one roof, and also includes ball fields, playgrounds, stadium and track facilities.
Saucon Valley High School has high expectations for academic excellence. The graduation rate for 2006-2007 was 98%, with average SAT scores of 524 for reading, 537 for mathematics, and 510 for writing. 83% of students plan to attend a four-year college after graduation, and 24% plan to attend two-year college or technical school.
In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4 year cohort graduation rate. Saucon Valley School District's rate was 83% for 2010.
According to traditional graduation rate calculations:
Saucon Valley School District School Board has determined that a student must earn 28 credits in order to graduate including: English 4 credits, Math 4 credits, Social Studies 4 credits, Science 4 credits, Health/Physical Education 2 credits, Fine or Practical Arts & Humanities 3 credits, Computer Literacy 0.5 credit, Career Exploration 0.5 credit, Writing Course 1 credit and Elective Courses 5 credits. Beginning with the class of 2012 all students are required to take and pass four science credits which must include: Physics First, Chemistry, Environmental/Earth Space Science and Biology.
By law, all Pennsylvania high 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 State School Board regulations, for the graduating classes of 2016, 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.
11th Grade Reading
- 2010 - 74% on grade level (11% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 66% of 11th graders are on grade level.
- 2009 - 62% (21% below basic), State - 65% 
- 2008 - 74% (14% below basic), State - 65% 
- 2007 - 77% (12% below basic), State - 65% 
11th Grade Math:
- 2010 - 65%, on grade level (15% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level.
- 2009 - 56% (17% below basic). State - 56%.
- 2008 - 68% (17% below basic), State - 56%
- 2007 - 58% (15% below basic), State - 53%
11th Grade Science:
- 2010 - 42% on grade level (8% below basic). State - 39% of 11th graders were on grade level.
- 2009 - 42% (17% below basic). State - 40% 
- 2008 - 38%, State - 39%
According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 17% of Suacon Valley 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.
Students who fail an English, Social Studies, Science, or Mathematics course may make up the credit during the district's Summer Learning Academy. A student must have earned a 55% to be eligible for Summer Learning Academy. Students are expected to pass the end of course final exam. A fee is charged for each course taken during the Summer Learning Academy session.
The Saucon Valley High School does not offer the Pennsylvania Dual Enrollment program. This state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. Under the program, students have full access to all activities and programs at the 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. Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions. 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. If students get higher than a 55% they will not have to go to summer school.
Saucon Valley High School students participate in a range of sports, including football, baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, tennis, cross country, swimming, wrestling, field hockey, volleyball, lacrosse and more. The school competes in District XI tournaments, and is part of the Colonial League and PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association). Eligibility to participate is set by school board policies.
By Pennsylvania law, all K-12 students in the district, including those who attend a private nonpublic school, cyber charter school, charter school and those home schooled, 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.
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- Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. "High School Graduation rate 2007". Retrieved January 31, 2011.
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- Pennsylvania Department of Education (January 2009). "Pennsylvania College Remediation Report".
- National Center for Education Statistics
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- "Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement.". March 2010.
- Pennsylvania Department of Education. (April 29, 2010). "Report: PA College Credit Transfer System Makes Higher Education More Affordable, Accessible".
- "Saucon Valley School District Athletics". Retrieved 2008-07-19.
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