Spring Grove Area High School

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Spring Grove Area High School
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Spring Grove Rockets Logo
Address
1490 Roth's Church Road
Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, York County 17362
United States
Coordinates 39°53′6″N 76°52′46″W / 39.88500°N 76.87944°W / 39.88500; -76.87944Coordinates: 39°53′6″N 76°52′46″W / 39.88500°N 76.87944°W / 39.88500; -76.87944
Information
School type Public, Secondary
School district Spring Grove Area School District
Superintendent Robert Lombardo[1]
Principal Rosemary Cugliari[2]
Faculty 83 teachers[3]
Grades 912[3]
Gender Co-educational
Enrollment 1,248[3]
 • Grade 9 311
 • Grade 10 351
 • Grade 11 315
 • Grade 12 281
Color(s) royal blue, red and white
Nickname Rockets
Feeder schools Spring Grove Middle School
Information 717-225-4731[3]
Website
Spring Grove Area School District

Spring Grove Area High School is one of two, public secondary schools within the Spring Grove Area School District. The School is located in Spring Grove, York County, Pennsylvania. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2010, Spring Grove Area High School reported an enrollment of 1,235 pupils in grades 9th through 12th, with 276 pupils eligible for a federal free or reduced-price lunch due to the family meeting the federal poverty level. The school employed 85.50 teachers, yielding a student–teacher ratio of 14:1.[4] According to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 100% of its teachers were rated "Highly Qualified" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.[5] Students attending the school have access to the free or reduced price breakfast and school lunch programs. The meals are partially funded with federal dollars through the United States Department of Agriculture.[6]

Spring Grove Area High School's instructional hours are 7:20 am – 2:30 pm. Spring Grove Area School District operates an anonymous tip line for students to provide information involving potential student threats upon individuals and/or property

Graduation rate[edit]

In 2012, the graduation rate at Spring Grove Area School District was 91%.[7] In 2011, the graduation rate was 95%.[8] In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4-year cohort graduation rate. Spring Grove Area High School's rate was 92% for 2010.[9]

According to traditional graduation rate calculations
  • 2010 – 89%[10]
  • 2009 – 88%
  • 2008 – 88%[11]
  • 2007 – 88%[12]

Academics[edit]

AP classes are a recent addition to Spring Grove's offered curriculum.

In 2012, Spring Grove Area School District remained in Warning status due to missing all reading metrics measured in 11th grade.[13] In 2011, Spring Grove Area High School declined to Warning Status due to lagging student achievement in mathematics. In 2010, the school achieved AYP status under No Child Left Behind.[14]

PSSA Results
11th Grade Reading
  • 2012 - 70% on grade level, (13% below basic). State - 67% of 11th graders are on grade level.[15]
  • 2011 - 74% (17% below basic). State - 69.1%[16]
  • 2010 – 72% (13% below basic). State - 68% [17]
  • 2009 – 62%, State – 65%[18]
  • 2008 – 65%, State – 65%
  • 2007 – 68%, State – 65.4%[19]
11th Grade Math
  • 2012 - 68% on grade level (17% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level.[20]
  • 2011 - 62% (20% below basic). State - 60.3%[21]
  • 2010 – 65% (20% below basic). State - 59% [22]
  • 2009 – 56%, State – 56%
  • 2008 – 58%, State – 56% [23]
  • 2007 – 59%, State – 53% [24]
11th Grade Science
  • 2012 - 45% on grade level (11% below basic). State - 42% of 11th graders were on grade level.[25]
  • 2011 - 33% (17% below basic). State - 40%[26]
  • 2010 – 43% (10% below basic). State – 39% [27]
  • 2009 – 40%, State – 40%[28]
  • 2008 – 40%, State – 39%[29]
  • 2007 – Tested, The state did not make the results public.

Science in Motion Spring Grove Area High School took advantage of a state program called Science in Motion which brought college professors and sophisticated science equipment to the school to raise science awareness and to provide inquiry-based experiences for the students. The Science in Motion program was funded by a state appropriation and cost the school nothing to participate.[30]

Graduation requirements[edit]

The Spring Grove Area School Board has set that a minimum of 25 credits, including English 1 credit/year in Grades 9–12, Social Studies 1 credit/year in Grades 9–12, Math 3 credits, Science 3 credits, Health/Wellness 2 credits, Arts and Humanities courses (art; music; world language) along with various other credits.[31] The project is completed during the junior year and consists of two components: a tangible project and an oral presentation.[32]

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.[33] Pupils earn 1 credit for completion of their graduation project. Seniors must complete graduation project in their 11th grade year to be eligible for senior release. Effective with the graduating class of 2017, the Pennsylvania Board of Education eliminated the state mandate that students complete a culminating project in order to graduate.[34]

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.[35][36][37] 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.[38] 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.[39] 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.

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. Spring Grove Area High School did not apply to participate in 2006-07 or in 2007-08. Spring Grove Area High School received $188,223 in 2008-09.[40] In York County the highest award was given to West Shore School District - $1,023,131. 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 statewide due to a massive state financial crisis.

Dual enrollment[edit]

Spring Grove Area 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.[41] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[42] For the 2009–10 funding year, the school district received a state grant of $19,929 for the program.[43]

College remediation[edit]

According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 32% of Spring Grove Area 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.[44] 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.[45] 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]

In 2012, 169 Spring Grove Area School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 486. The Math average score was 513. The Writing average score was 481. The statewide Verbal SAT exams results were: Verbal 491, Math 501, Writing 480. In the USA, 1.65 million students took the exams achieving scores: Verbal 496, Math 514, Writing 488. According to the College Board the maximum score on each section was 800, and 360 students nationwide scored a perfect 2,400.

In 2011, 201 Spring Grove Area students took the SAT exams. The district's Verbal Average Score was 490. The Math average score was 511. The Writing average score was 480.[46] Pennsylvania ranked 40th among states with SAT scores: Verbal - 493, Math - 501, Writing - 479.[47] 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.[48]

Extracurriculars[edit]

Spring Grove Area High School offers a wide variety of clubs, activities and an extensive, costly sports program. Eligibility for participation is determined by school board policy and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA).[49] The District does not charge an activity fee to students regardless of how costly the program or sport is to run. Spring Grove School District spent $68,480 for the transportation of sports teams in 2011-12. Countywide nearly $1 million was spent on transporting public school sports teams.[50] The total extracurricular budget for the District in 2007-08 was $711,420 and grew to $969,482 in 2010-11. Collectively, York County public schools spent over $9 million on sports budgets (does not include facility costs) in 2011-12.[51]

Extracurricular activities available at Spring Grove include academics, such as Science Olympiad, Team America Rocketry Challenge, Student Launch Initiative, Envirothon, Vex Robotics, and Physics Olympics, and clubs, such as Key Club, GSA, Hacky Sack Club, Academic Booster club, Art Club, Book Club, Debate Club, Drama Club, Film Club, FBLA, Future Educators Club, History Club, Journalism, Link Crew, National Honor Society, Peer Mentoring, Physics Club, Power of One Club, Psychology Club, Project Harmony, Recycling Club, Rocket Scientists, SADD, Student Council, Ski Club, Spanish Club, Tech Squad, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Ultimate Frisbee, Yearbook, and York County Science and Engineering Fair.

By Pennsylvania law, all K-12 students residing 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.[52]

Sports[edit]

The School provides:

According to PIAA directory July 2012 [53]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b c d "Spring Grove Area Senior High School". publicschoolreview.com. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
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  5. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Professional Qualifications of Teachers Spring Grove Area High School 2012, September 21, 2012
  6. ^ Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center, The Pennsylvania School Breakfast Report Card, 2009
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Spring Grove Area School District AYP Data Table, 2012
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "Spring Grove Area School District AYP Data Table". 
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 15, 2011). "New 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate Calculation Now Being Implemented". 
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  14. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "Spring Grove Area High School AYP Overview". 
  15. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2012). "2011-2012 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  16. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "2010-2011 PSSA and AYP Results". 
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  53. ^ Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletics Association, PIAA School Directory, 2012