Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School Rankings
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Culture & Safety
Health & Safety
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
- of students agree that they feel safe at their school.7 responses
- of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Free or Reduced Lunch
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
- of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses
Clubs & Activities
Clubs & Activities
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
- of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.8 responses
- of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.8 responses
- of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.8 responses
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Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School Reviews
Review Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School
This school seems to teach to the average and below average student. There is limited emphasis placed on raising the bar of academic expectations. Children have limited rewards for academic achievement vs. athletics. Class scheduling is a DISASTER!! There are not options for youth at the upper end for online classes. The dual enrollment system is a waste of money because many classes have limited use and exist simply to say they were offered. The AP class system does not stand the test of achievement for many students because of the limited acceptance of the class if they manage to pass and qualify. The curriculum is bare bones and only what the state requires. There is a limited passion for learning in this district. When there is opportunity for progressive academic experiences there are limited teachers willing to help or promote. I believe it is because they have limited comfort in teaching the higher academic and technological experiences. Children as challenged to look at a workforce with "traditional" careers - tradesman, teachers, accountants, pharmacy, nurses. However the children are not challenged to look at science and math based careers because the teachers and counselors don't know and understand these careers to open the eyes of youth to explore them. Many new careers are unknown to the general population and youth don't know therefore don't explore the possibilities.
It is a limited resource school in a very rural area. However, that being acknowledged, it is highly accessible by Interstate 80. The potential risk exists because of the number of ways in and out of the area. This also creates openings for drug and alcohol issues. As this corridor is a known area for drug traffic between NYC, Cleveland, Youngstown, Pittsburgh, Erie, and Buffalo The school nurse is readily available to students, but athletes and even phys ed students do not have access to a trainer. The school played the entire football season on the back of volunteers - some who through personal circumstance had specialized training. It is 15-20 miles to the closest hospital. The school did take precautions for lock downs for doors in classrooms and the office. In general, the perceived isolation of the school does create the appearance of safety. The school bus drivers are very compassionate and aware of the students and keep an eye open for changes in the area especially as it relates to child safety.
There are a few teachers who appear to genuinely care about the students. Some are engaging. Social studies is one where my children feel engaged and interactive. The science classes also appear to be mostly interactive, although some of the "facts" that are presented especially with regard to biological sciences are questionable and need to be better researched prior to presentation. Chemistry appears to be applicable and college preparatory for the students. The math is not acceptable. Children should have different teachers over the term of their tenure not only learn from one instructor who claims "I taught it once, it is your job to learn it." A significant number of parents hire tutors to assist their children in math - also not acceptable in a school of this size. However, the students that comprehend the math concepts appear to be well prepared - so I'm not sure where the balance is in this case. "average" I guess. English skills are functional, but college bound will have some struggles to write at a higher level of scholarly presentation.