Avonworth High School
|Avonworth High School|
|304 Josephs Lane
|Motto||"Large enough to matter, small enough to care."|
|School district||Avonworth School District|
|Color(s)||Red, White and Gray|
|Website||Avonworth High School|
In 2009, Avonworth High School was ranked 22nd out of 123 western Pennsylvania high schools, by the Pittsburgh Business Times, for academic achievement based on three years of the PSSAs on: reading, writing, math and one year of science. In 2008 the school ranked 45th of 123 high schools.
- Former graduation rate
The school achieved AYP status in 2010 and 2011.
- PSSA Results
- 11th Grade Reading
- 2011 - 81% on grade level, (11% below basic). 69.1% of 11th graders are on grade level.
- 2010 – 73%, State - 66% of 11th graders on grade level.
- 2009 - 74%, State - 65%
- 2008 - 78%, State - 65%
- 2007 - 70%, State - 65% 
- 11th Grade Math:
- 2011 - 70%, on grade level (17% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 60.3% of 11th graders are on grade level.
- 2010 – 69%, State - 59% 
- 2009 - 67%, State - 56% 
- 2008 - 77%, State - 56%
- 2007 - 65%, State - 53%
- 11th Grade Science:
- 2011 - 57% on grade level (9% below basic). State - 40% of 11th graders were on grade level.
- 2010 – 44%, State - 39%
- 2009 - 45%, State - 40%
- 2008 - 53%, State - 39%
According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 35% of Avonworth School District 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.
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 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.
The 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, including the graduation ceremony. 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.
For the 2009-10 funding year, the school district received a state grant of $1,839 for the program.
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 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.
- "Student Handbook 2006-07" (PDF).
- The Rankings: 11th Grade, Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools, Pittsburgh Business Times. May 15, 2009
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (2011). "Avonworth School District - School AYP Data Table".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 15, 2011). "New 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate Calculation Now Being Implemented".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Avonworth School District Report Card 2010 data table" (PDF).
- Avonworth School District Report Card 2009, Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2009
- Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children - Graduation rate at Pennsylvania High Schools 2007
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "AVONWORTH SHS = School AYP Overview".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "2010-2011 PSSA and AYP Results".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). 2010 "PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results" Check
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 2007). "PSSA Math and Reading by school and grade 2007".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 14, 2010). "Avonworth School District Academic Achievement Report Card 2010" (PDF).
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 15, 2009). "2009 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results".
- Pennsylvania College Remediation Report http://www.scribd.com/doc/23970364/Pennsylvania-College-Remediation-Report
- National Center for Education Statistics
- Pennsylvania Code §4.24 (a) High school graduation requirements
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 2011). "Pennsylvania Keystone Exams Overview".
- http://www.scribd.com/doc/24901214/Pennsylvania-Department-of-Education-Dual-Enrollment-Guidelines-2010-2011 Pennsylvania Department of Education - Dual Enrollment Guidelines.
- Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement. site accessed March 2010. http://www.patrac.org/
- Pennsylvania Department of Education Dual Enrollment Fall Grants 2009-10. August 2009
- Avonworth School Board (September 12, 2011). "Avonworth School Board Policy Manual Extracurriculars Policy 122" (PDF).
- Avonworth School Board (September 12, 2011). "Interscholastic Athletics Policy 123" (PDF).
- Pennsylvania Office of the Governor Press Release, (November 10, 2005). "Home-Schooled, Charter School Children Can Participate in School District Extracurricular Activities,".
- Avonworth School Board (December 6, 2004). "Non-Avonworth Student Participation in Extracurricular Activities Policy 122.1" (PDF).
- Official Mercury Morris Website
- Wisconsin Blue Book