Exeter Township Senior High School

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Exeter Township Senior High School
Exeter Township Senior High School logo.jpg
201 East 37th Street
Reading, Pennsylvania 19606
United States
Type Public
Established 1955[1]
School district Exeter Township School District
CEEB code 394145
Superintendant Dr Robert Phillips
Principal William W. Cain
Vice Principal Jason Deane
Faculty 83
Enrollment 1,435[2]
Student to teacher ratio 14.4
Campus type Suburban
Color(s)      Blue      White
Mascot Eagles
Team name Exeter

Exeter Township Senior High School is a public secondary school located in Reading, Pennsylvania. The school is part of the Exeter Township School District. In 2010, the school reported an enrollment of 1,435 pupils in grades 9—12. The current principal is William W. Cain.


The first students moved into the school building on a 19.22 ha (47.5 acres) campus in September 1955. The Junior High School was opened in 1963, but the ninth grade pupils didn't move out of the senior high building until 1969. In 1980, a new library and science wing were added and the cafeteria and shop areas were enlarged. The school underwent major renovations in 2006, including the addition of a new cafeteria and new classroom wing. The school also renovated its football stadium, Don Thomas Stadium. In 2015, a new electronic, video accessible jumbotron scoreboard was installed in the stadium thanks to a $60,000 donation from Dairy Queen. Completion of the redevelopment saw the ninth grade move back to the senior high school.[1]


In addition to the basic curriculum subjects of English, mathematics and science, Exeter Township Senior High School also offers courses in art, business, family & consumer science, fitness & wellness, music, social studies, technology education and world languages. The school offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses in AP Chemistry, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Calculus, AP Microeconomics, AP Biology, AP United States Government and Politics, AP Physics B, AP United States History, AP Computer Science, and AP Psychology. Students who pass the end of course exams have the potential to be awarded college credits when they score a 3 or better. The amount and type of credit awarded is at the discretion of each college or university. In 2015, 72% of the Exeter Township students who took the exams earned a 3 or better.[2] Students who successfully complete the exam with a score of 3 or better have the exam fee refunded to them by the school district after the score reports are received. Students who want to take AP tests in non-offered AP course are also able to do so.

In 2015, the graduation rate in Exeter Township School District’s was 91.27%.[3] Due to the low academic achievement, the high school is eligible for extra funding under School Improvement Grants, for which the school must apply each year.[4]

Dual enrollment[edit]

The school offers a Dual Enrollment program with Reading Area Community College. This state program enables high school students to take courses at local higher education institutions. Students thus earn college credits whilst still enrolled at high school and having full access to activities and programs at their high school. The courses count towards high school graduation requirements and towards a college degree, with college credits offered at a deeply discounted rate. Initially, the state offered a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition, fees and books.[5] but the grant program was discontinued by Governor Edward Rendell in 2010-11 due to state budget crisis. Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[6] For the 2009-10 funding year, the Exeter Township School District received a state grant of $25,905 for the program.[7] Students may also attend the Berks Career & Technology Center (BCTC).

Graduation requirements[edit]

The Exeter District School Board has determined that a pupil must earn 28 credits to graduate including: a required class every year in math 3 credits, English 4 credits, social studies 4 credits, science 3 credits, plus one math or science credit, physical education (wellness and fitness/driver education/health) 2 credits, arts/humanities 2 credits and electives. A total of 30 hours of community service (for a non-profit organization) must be served in order to graduate.[8]

Under Pennsylvania School Board regulations, students must demonstrate successful completion of secondary level course work in algebra I, biology, English composition, and English literature for which the Keystone Exams serve as the final course exams.[9][10][11] Students identified as having special needs and qualifying for an Individual Educational Program (IEP) may graduate by meeting the requirements of their IEP.

Student assistance program[edit]

Exeter Township Senior High School provides a drug and alcohol abuse intervention program for students. It is the District’s policy to prevent and prohibit the possession and/or use, distribution, and/or intent of distribution of an illegal or controlled mood-altering chemical, medication, alcohol, or abused chemical not approved by the health office on school property, at school sponsored events, or school buses, and en route to or from school. The program has 3 facets: education, prevention and intervention

Classrooms for the Future grant[edit]

The Classroom for the Future state program provided districts with extra state funding to buy laptop computers for each core curriculum high school class (English, science, history, math), and to provide teacher training on the effective use of the computers and white boards to improve instruction. The program was funded from 2006 to 2009. The Exeter Township School District did not apply to participate in 2006-07. In 2007-08, the Exeter Township Senior High School was denied funding by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, but received $188,223 in 2008-09.[12] In 2010, the Classrooms for the Future funding program was curtailed by Governor Edward G. Rendell due to a massive state government financial crisis.

Tuition rates[edit]

Students living in a neighboring public school district and foreign exchange students may seek admission to Exeter Township School District. For such cases, the Pennsylvania Department of Education sets the amount the public school district pays to a charter school for each resident student who attends the charter school. This is the amount a nonresident student's parents must pay to attend the District's schools. The 2016 tuition rates for Exeter Township Senior High School was $10,775.88.[13]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Exeter Township School District offers a variety of clubs, activities and an extensive sports program. Eligibility for participation is determined by school board policy and Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association regulations. Under State law, all K-12 students residing in the district (including those who attend a private school, cyber charter school, charter school and those home-schooled) are eligible to participate in the extracurricular programs, including sports. They must meet the same eligibility rules as the students enrolled in the district's schools.[14]

The extracurricular program includes choir, drama (the school produces a play and a musical each year), fine arts, marching band, mock trial, orchestra, quiz bowl and Science Olympiad. Students produce a newspaper, a literary magazine and a yearbook.[2]

Boys' Sports Girls' Sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Bowling
Bowling Competition cheerleading
Cross country Cross country
football Golf
Golf Field hockey
Lacrosse Indoor track and field
Soccer Lacrosse
Swimming and diving Soccer (Fall)
Tennis Softball
Track and field Swimming and diving
Volleyball Tennis
Wrestling Track and field

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Betsy King, professional golfer
  • A.S. King, award-winning author
  • Michal Menet, Penn State football player
  • M.J. Smith, author
  • Taylor Bertolet, Los Angeles Rams Kicker
  • Karina Dunbar, actress and model
  • Austin DeSanto, PIAA Pennsylvania State Wrestling Champion


  1. ^ a b http://www.exeter.k12.pa.us/domain/93 Exeter Township Senior High School Through The Years. Retrieved on 2016-10-04.
  2. ^ a b c http://www.exeter.k12.pa.us/cms/lib6/PA01000700/Centricity/Domain/94/2015-2016%20school%20profile_reduced.pdf (PDF). Exeter Township Senior High School profile. Retrieved on 2016-10-04.
  3. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. "School Performance Data". Retrieved 2016-10-04. 
  4. ^ Pennsylvania State Government. "School Improvement Grants". PA.gov. Retrieved 2016-10-04. 
  5. ^ Pennsylvania State Government. "Dual Enrollment Guidelines" (PDF). PA.gov. Retrieved 2016-10-04. 
  6. ^ Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (March 2010). "Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement". 
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2009). "Pennsylvania Dual Enrollment Allocations to school districts for 2010-11". 
  8. ^ Exeter Township Senior High Student Handbook. ""The Soaring Eagle"". Retrieved 2016-10-04. 
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Keystone Exam Overview" (PDF). 
  10. ^ Pennsylvania School Board. "Keystone Exams Home". Retrieved 2016-10-04. 
  11. ^ Pennsylvania State Board of Education (2010). "Rules and Regulation Title 22 PA School Code CH. 4". 
  12. ^ Pennsylvania Auditor. "Classrooms for the Future Audit" (PDF). PA Auditor.gov. Retrieved 2016-10-04. 
  13. ^ Pennsylvania Department of education. "School District Tuition Rates" (PDF). PA.gov. Retrieved 2016-10-04. 
  14. ^ 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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