Ridley High School

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This article is about the Pennsylvania high school. For the Ontario secondary school, see Ridley College.
Ridley High School
901 Morton Avenue
Folsom, Pennsylvania 19033
United States
Coordinates 39°53′30″N 75°20′07″W / 39.8918°N 75.3353°W / 39.8918; -75.3353Coordinates: 39°53′30″N 75°20′07″W / 39.8918°N 75.3353°W / 39.8918; -75.3353
Type Public High School
Established 1934
School district Ridley School District
Principal Ken Acker
Faculty 130
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2140
Color(s) Green and White         
Mascot Green Raider

Ridley High School serves the Ridley School District. It is located in Folsom, Pennsylvania. The new high school opened in September 2001. In 2010, Ridley High School had 2,067 students with 146 teachers. There were 1,071 male students and 992 females. Low income students - 445.[1] The principal is Ken Acker.


The original building, previously known as Ridley Township High School, was completed in 1934 and was built, in part, by funding from the Works Progress Administration. The library, auditorium, and gym additions of the old school, built in the late 1960s still stand and are used as a community center. In 2001 a new building was constructed. The sports teams use the community center gym for indoor training. The school had added a pond for the students involved with environmental classes and activities. Ridley also has a natatorium.

Academic achievement[edit]

In 2011, Ridley High School was in Corrective Action II 2nd Year AYP status due to continuing low reading achievement among black male students. In 2010, the school was in Corrective Action II 2nd Year AYP status due to chronic low student achievement in reading and math.[2] The Pennsylvania Department of Education required the school administration to develop and submit for approval a School Improvement Plan to address the low achievement.

11th Grade Reading

  • 2011 - 72% on grade level, (14% below basic). State - 69.1% of 11th graders are on grade level.[3]
  • 2010 - 78% on grade level (10% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 66% of 11th graders are on grade level.[4]
  • 2009 - 64% (14% below basic). State - 65% [5]
  • 2008 - 65% (18% below basic). State - 65% [6]
  • 2007 - 65% (16% below basic). State - 65% [7]

11th Grade Math:

  • 2011 - 79% on grade level (9% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 60.3% of 11th graders are on grade level.[8]
  • 2010 - 78%, (10% below basic). State - 59%
  • 2009 - 71% (13% below basic). State - 56%.
  • 2008 - 73% (13% below basic). State - 56%
  • 2007 - 70% (15% below basic). State - 53%

11th Grade Science:

  • 2011 - 32% on grade level (22% below basic). State - 40% of 11th graders were on grade level.[9]
  • 2010 - 31% (20% below basic). State - 39%
  • 2009 - 25% (19% below basic). State - 40% [10]
  • 2008 - 32% (16% below basic)s. State - 39%

College remediation rate[edit]

According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 39% of the Ridley 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.[11] 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.[12] 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.

SAT scores[edit]

From January to June 2011, 334 students took the SAT exams. The district's Verbal Average Score was 475. The Math average score was 497. The Writing average score was 455.[13] Pennsylvania ranked 40th among state with SAT scores: Verbal - 493, Math - 501, Writing - 479.[14] 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.[15] http://www.ridleysd.k12.pa.us


Ridley High School offers many Advanced Placement (AP) courses, in addition to the standard college-prep and Honors classes. RHS offers AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Calculus AB & BC, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics 2, AP Psychology, AP United States History, AP United States Government and Politics, and AP European History.[16]

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. Ridley High School did not apply to participate in 2006-07. In 2007-08, the high school received $589,355. The school received $106,189, in 2008-09.[17] Ridley High School used the funding to purchase several hundred macintosh laptops, WiFi enabled printers, and touch sensitive smartboards.


The district offers a variety of clubs, activities and sports. Eligibility for participation is determined by school board policy.

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.[18]


Ridley sports teams compete in the Central League and include:


Ridley High School's literary-arts magazine serves as an outlet for student creativity. Windscript won the Gold Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association of Columbia University in 2006.[19]


The Ridley High School yearbook is a student publication. The all color book is a compilation of student interests, activities and achievements. Pages have been featured in Josten's (publisher) Look Book and the National Scholastic Press Association's Best of the High School Press. Best of the High School Press, NSPA’s slick, full-color book showcases examples of the finest student journalism in the country.

Notable Alumni[edit]


  1. ^ National Center for Education Statistics, Ridley High School School Directory Information, 2010
  2. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "Ridley High School AYP Overview". 
  3. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "2010-2011 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  4. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "2009-2010 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  5. ^ The Times-Tribune. (September 14, 2009). "Grading Our Schools database, 2009 PSSA results,". 
  6. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 15, 2008). "2007-2008 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2007). "PSSA Math and Reading results". 
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "Ridley High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2011" (PDF). 
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "2010-2011 PSSA results in Science". 
  10. ^ The Times-Tribune. (2009). "Grading Our Schools database, 2009 Science PSSA results,". 
  11. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (January 20, 2009). "Pennsylvania College Remediation Report,". 
  12. ^ National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, 2008
  13. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2011). "Public School SAT Scores 2011". 
  14. ^ College Board (September 2011). "SAT Scores State By State - Pennsylvania". 
  15. ^ "While U.S. SAT scores dip across the board, N.J. test-takers hold steady". NJ.com. September 2011. 
  16. ^ Ridley High School. "2016-2017 Course Selection Guide" (PDF). Retrieved June 23, 2016. 
  17. ^ Pennsylvania Auditor General (December 22, 2008). "Classrooms for the Future grants audit" (PDF). 
  18. ^ Pennsylvania Office of the Governor Press Release, (November 10, 2005). "Home-Schooled, Charter School Children Can Participate in School District Extracurricular Activities". 
  19. ^ Columbia University. "2006: Awards For Student Work Crown Awards". Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Retrieved April 17, 2016. 

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