West Scranton High School

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West Scranton High School
Address
1201 Luzerne Street
Scranton, Pennsylvania, 18504
United States
Information
School type Public high school
Established 1935
School district Scranton School District
Principal Robert Gentilezza[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1300 (approx.)
Campus type Urban
Color(s) blue and white          
Mascot Invader
Information 570-348-3616
Website

West Scranton High School, is a community-based school in the "West Side" neighborhood of Scranton, Pennsylvania opened to the public in 1935, first as a junior high facility and later as a high school. One of the oldest schools in the area, it has about 32 clubs and 17 sports. It hosts grades 9 through 12. Robert Gentilezza is the school's current principal. The school colors are royal blue and white and the school's mascot is the Invader. It is a public school hosting approximately 1,000 students, with the average number of students in each grade being about 250.[2]

Academics[edit]

The West Scranton High School Curriculum allows students to take classes which correspond with their learning interests by offering academic, vocational, or business learning tracks. The school offers specialized courses for Honors and AP. The Advanced Placement classes include:

  • Chemistry
  • U.S. History
  • European History
  • Calculus AB
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • U.S. Government and Politics
  • Environmental Science[2]

The high school also offers Vo-Tech classes, held at another location.

Achievement[edit]

In 2010, West Scranton High School is in Making Progress School Improvement level I - AYP status due to chronic low achievement of its pupils. In 2009, the school was in School Improvement level I - AYP status.[3]

PSSA Results
11th Grade Reading
  • 2010 - 62% on grade level (19% below basic). State - 67%.[4]
  • 2009 - 70%, State - 65%[5]
  • 2008 - 66%, State - 65% [6]
  • 2007 - 74%, State - 65%[7]
11th Grade Math:
  • 2010 - 60% on grade level (24% below basic). State - 59%.[8]
  • 2009 - 48% (26% below basic), State - 56% [9]
  • 2008 - 52%, State - 56%
  • 2007 - 55%, State - 53% [10]
11th Grade Science:
  • 2010 - 23% on grade level (23% below basic). State - 39% of 11th graders were on grade level.
  • 2009 - 23% (25% below basic), State - 40% [11]
  • 2008 - 17% (40% below basic), State - 39%[12]

In 2008, a study was conducted of public schools in Lackawanna County and Luzerne County. It found that of the 10 public school districts in Lackawanna County, Scranton School District academic achievement ranked 7th in math and 9th in Reading. In 2004 the district was in School Improvement Level 1 AYP status. In 2005 the district was in School Improvement Level 1 AYP status. In 2006 and 2007, the district made AYP. In 2008 the district declined to Warning status.[13]

Extracurriculars[edit]

Scranton School District offers a variety of clubs, activities and sports. Eligibility to participate is set by school board policies.[14]

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.[15]

Sports[edit]

  • Baseball
  • Basketball (Boys and Girls)
  • Bowling (Co-Ed)
  • Cheerleading (Football and Basketball)
  • Cross Country
  • Dance Team
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer (Boys and Girls)
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis (Boys and Girls)
  • Track and Field
  • Twirling
  • Wrestling

The school's biggest athletic rival is the Scranton High School Knights, who share a football stadium - Memorial Stadium, located outside Scranton High School - with the Invaders. Each year, the two teams meet in "The Bell Game," usually in late October. The winner of the football game takes a large bell, to remain in the victor's school until the following meeting.

Famous alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "West Scranton High School Homepage". Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "West Scranton High School Brochure". 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 2011). "WEST SCRANTON High School - School AYP Overview". 
  4. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education Report. "2010 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results". 
  5. ^ West Scranton High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2009, Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2009
  6. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. "2008 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results". 
  7. ^ West Scranton High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2007, Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2007
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 2011). "West Scranton High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2010". 
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 2009). "2009 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results". 
  10. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. "2007 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing Results". 
  11. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 2009). "Report on Science PSSA 2009 by Schools". 
  12. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. "Science PSSA 2008 report by school and grade". 
  13. ^ The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development (May 2009). "Lackawanna and Luzerne Indicators Report - Education". 
  14. ^ Scranton School Board. "Scranton School District Athletic/Extracurricular Code of Conduct". 
  15. ^ Pennsylvania Office of the Governor Press Release, (November 10, 2005). "Home-Schooled, Charter School Children Can Participate in School District Extracurricular Activities,". 

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