Kennard-Dale High School

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Kennard-Dale High School is a mid-sized, rural, public high school located at 393 Main Street, Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania in York County. The High School is the sole high school in the South Eastern School District. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2010, Kennard-Dale High School reported an enrollment of 936 pupils in grades 9th through 12th, with 131 pupils eligible for a federal free or reduced-price lunch due to family poverty. Kennard-Dale High School mascot is a Ram. The school colors are blue and gold. The Pennsylvania Department of Education predicts a steady decline in enrollment to 746 students in 2020.[1] Kennard-Dale High School provides a free or reduced price breakfast and lunch to low income students. The program is funded with federal dollars through the United States Department of Agriculture.[2]

In 2012, Kennard-Dale High School reported employing 78 teachers, yielding a student–teacher ratio of 12:1.[3] According to an annual report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 100% of the teachers were rated "Highly Qualified" under No Child Left Behind in 2011.[4]

Graduation rate[edit]

In 2012, Kennard-Dale High School’s graduation rate was 90%.[5] In 2011, Kennard-Dale High School's graduation rate was 97%.[6] In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4-year cohort graduation rate. Kennard-Dale High School's rate was 92% for 2010.[7]

According to traditional graduation rate calculations


In 2012, Kennard-Dale High School improved to achieving Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status.[12] In 2011, Kennard-Dale High School declined to Warning status due to lagging student achievement in reading and math. In 2010, Kennard-Dale High School achieved AYP status.[13]

PSSA Results:
11th Grade Reading
  • 2012 - 69% on grade level, (13% below basic). State - 67% of 11th graders are on grade level.[14]
  • 2011 - 65%, (18% below basic). State - 69.1%.[15]
  • 2010 - 64% (22% below basic). State - 66% [16]
  • 2009 - 67%, (19% below basic). State - 65% [17]
  • 2008 - 72% (9% below basic). State - 65%
  • 2007 - 56%, State - 65% [18]
11th Grade Math
  • 2012 - 71% on grade level (17% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level.[19]
  • 2011 - 55% (20% below basic). State - 60.3% [20]
  • 2010 - 52% (31% below basic). State - 59% [21]
  • 2009 - 57% (25% below basic). State - 56%[22]
  • 2008 - 64% (19% below basic). State - 55% [23]
  • 2007 - 44%, State - 53%
11th Grade Science
  • 2012 - 52% on grade level (6% below basic). State - 42% of 11th graders were on grade level.[24]
  • 2011 - 42% (10% below basic). State - 40%[25]
  • 2010 - 44% (14% below basic). State - 39% [26]
  • 2009 - 50%, State - 40%
  • 2008 - 46% (5% below basic). State - 39%

College remediation[edit]

According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 34% of Kennard-Dale 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.[27] 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.[28] 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.

Dual enrollment[edit]

Kennard-Dale 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.[29] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[30] For the 2009-10 funding year, the South Eastern School District received a state grant of $6,310 for the program.[31]

SAT scores[edit]

Pennsylvania ranked 40th among states with SAT scores: Verbal - 493, Math - 501, Writing - 479.[32] 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.[33]

Dollars for Scholars[edit]

South Eastern Dollars for Scholars program has awarded 299 scholarships totaling $299,000. The program gives scholarships to graduating seniors for college and technical school tuition. The money comes from local fundraising efforts.

Graduation requirements[edit]

The South Eastern School District School Board requires students to earn 28.75 credits to graduation, including: 4 credits of English, 4 credits of Social Studies, 4 credits of Mathematics, 4 credits of Science (1 in biology), 3 credits of Arts and Humanities, 0.75 credits of Health, 1..5 credits of Physical Education. 1 credit in Technology, 1 credit for the graduation project and 5.5 elective credits.[34]

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.[35] At Kennard-Dale High School the project begins during students' freshman year and concludes at the end of their junior year. The graduation project has been modified. Students are no longer required to write a formal research paper/report of their graduation project or to complete a formal presentation among graduation project judges. See the South Eastern School District website for additional details regarding graduation project.[36]

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.[37][38][39] 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.[40] 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.[41] 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.

AP courses[edit]

Kennard-Dale High School offers multiple AP courses under the supervision of the College Board.

Students who earn a 3 or better (out of 5) on the annual AP exams given at the school may earn college credits depending on the policy at the receiving college or university. The Kennard-Dale High School student exam pass rate on the AP exams was 58% in 2012.[42]

Classrooms for the Future grant[edit]

The Classroom for the Future state program provided districts with hundreds of thousands of extra state funding to buy laptop computers for each core curriculum high school class (English, Science, History, Math) and paid for teacher training to optimize the computers use. The program was funded from 2006-2009. South Eastern School District was denied funding in 2006-07. In 2007-08 received $294,711 and $53,423 in 2008-09 for a total funding of $348,134.[43] The highest funding state wide was awarded to Philadelphia City School District in Philadelphia County - $9,409,073. In 2010, Classrooms for the Future funding was curtailed by Governor Rendell due to a massive state financial crisis.


South Eastern School District's students have access to a variety of clubs, activities and an extensive, costly sports. Eligibility for participation is determined by the school board policy and the standards set by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA).[44][45] [46] In 2012, the South Eastern School Board initiated an activity fee for all extracurriculars. The fee varies from $25 to $200. Students would pay $25 to participate in a club or activity. For athletics, students pay $50 per sport. No student pays more than $125 per year and no family would pay more than $200 per year. A waiver program is in place for families with serious financial constraints. School District spent $60,438 for the transportation of sports teams in 2011-12. Countywide nearly $1 million was spent on transporting public school sports teams.[47] Collectively, York County public schools spent over $9 million on sports budgets (does not include facility costs) in 2011-12.[48]

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.[49][50]

In 2012, the Obama Administration's US Department of Education issued a directive that public schools include students with disabilities in extracurricular activities, including sports.[51]


The District funds:


  1. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Enrollment and Projections Kennard-Dale High School, July 2011
  2. ^ Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center, The Pennsylvania School Breakfast Report Card, 2009
  3. ^ National Center for Education Statistics, Common Care Data - Kennard-Dale High School, 2010
  4. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Professional Qualifications of Teachers Kennard-Dale High School, September 29, 2011
  5. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 21, 2012). "South Eastern School District AYP Data Table 2012". 
  6. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "South Eastern School District AYP Data Table". 
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 15, 2011). "New 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate Calculation Now Being Implemented". 
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Kennard-Dale High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2010 data table, October 20, 2011
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Kennard-Dale High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2009, September 14, 2009
  10. ^ "2008 High School Graduation Rates,". The Times-Tribune. June 2009. 
  11. ^ Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children Report (2008). "Pennsylvania High School Graduation rates". 
  12. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Kennard-Dale High School AYP Overview 2012, September 21, 2012
  13. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "Kennard-Dale High School AYP Overview". 
  14. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2012). "2011-2012 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  15. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "2010-2011 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  16. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "2009-2010 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  17. ^ The Times-Tribune (September 14, 2009). "Grading Our Schools database, 2009 PSSA results". 
  18. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 2007). "Report Mathematics, Reading, Writing PSSA results by School 2007". 
  19. ^ Pittsburgh Post Gazette (October 15, 2012). "How is your school doing?". 
  20. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Kennard-Dale High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2011, September 29, 2011
  21. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Kennard-Dale High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2010, October 20, 2010
  22. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Kennard-Dale High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2009, September 14, 2009
  23. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 15, 2008). "PSSA Results 2008 Reading, Science, Writing and Math". 
  24. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 21, 2012). "Kennard-Dale High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2012" (PDF). 
  25. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "2010-2011 PSSA results in Science". 
  26. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "South Eastern School District Science PSSA Results 2010". 
  27. ^ Pennsylvania College Remediation Report
  28. ^ National Center for Education Statistics - IPEDS 2008
  29. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education - Dual Enrollment Guidelines 2010-11.
  30. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education. "Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement". Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  31. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 2009). "Dual Enrollment Fall Grants 2009-10.". 
  32. ^ College Board (September 2011). "SAT Scores State By State - Pennsylvania". 
  33. ^ "While U.S. SAT scores dip across the board, N.J. test-takers hold steady". September 2011. 
  34. ^ South Eastern School Board (2010). "Kennard-Dale High School Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2010 and after". 
  35. ^ Pennsylvania Board of Education. "Pennsylvania Code §4.24 (a) High school graduation requirements". 
  36. ^ Kennard-Dale High School Graduation Project Timeline 2010
  37. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Keystone Exam Overview" (PDF). 
  38. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 2011). "Pennsylvania Keystone Exams Overview". 
  39. ^ Pennsylvania State Board of Education (2010). "Rules and Regulation Title 22 PA School Code CH. 4". 
  40. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, State Board of Education Finalizes Adoption of Pennsylvania Common Core State Academic Standards and High School Graduation Requirements, March 14, 2013
  41. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2011). "Keystone Exams". 
  42. ^ US News and World Report, Kennard-Dale High School report, April 2013
  43. ^ Pennsylvania Auditor General (December 22, 2008). "Classroom For the Future grants audit" (PDF). 
  44. ^ South Eastern School Board (August 5, 2010). "South Eastern School Board Policy Manual Extracurricular Activities Policy 122". 
  45. ^ South Eastern School Board (August 5, 2010). "South Eastern School Board Policy Manual Interscholastic Athletics Policy 123". 
  46. ^ South Eastern School Board (September 2, 2005). "South Eastern School Board Policy Manual Intramural Athletics Program Policy 122.1". 
  47. ^ Vanolinda, Dick., York County schools struggle to control sports travel costs, York Dispatch, December 12, 2012
  48. ^ Dick VanOlinda., Pay-to-play a growing trend in area school districts, The York Dispatch, May 23, 2012
  49. ^ Pennsylvania Office of the Governor Press Release (November 10, 2005). "Home-Schooled, Charter School Children Can Participate in School District Extracurricular Activities". 
  50. ^ South Eastern School Board. "Extracurricular Participation by Home Education Students". 
  51. ^ US Department of Education, U.S. Department of Education Clarifies Schools' Obligation to Provide Equal Opportunity to Students with Disabilities to Participate in Extracurricular Athletics, January 25, 2013

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