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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
South Western School District is an above average, public school district located in Hanover, PA. It has 4,175 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 53% of students are at least proficient in math and 69% in reading.

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High Schools in South Western School District

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
69%
Percent Proficient - Math
53%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1150
272 responses
Average ACT
26
14 responses

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
4,175
Free or Reduced Lunch
22.6%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$74,147
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.8%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$14,417/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    66%
  • Support Services
    30%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$65,000
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,109
National
$949
Median Home Value
$150,300
National
$184,700

South Western School District Reviews

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I transferred to South Western School District at the end of my freshman year of high school and spent the rest of my high school career there. I would describe my experience there as average. It wasn't dreadful, but I also would not describe it as joyful.
I believe that the academics were good in comparison to other schools, but I do not believe that the faculty truly cared for the students. I have overheard teachers openly gossiping about students when they are the very people supposed to be stopping that sort of behavior. There were also many times when faculty ignored bullying of other students. I also experienced a lack of guidance from my guidance counselor in helping me plan out my schedule. I often times had to find information out on my own that my guidance counselor could have easily found for me even after turning to him for help.
On the upside, the school had a good music program. It was large and full of talent. Athletics were also good.
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I believe that South Western offers great opportunities through academics, along with extra-curricular activities. South Western continues to grow and develop in this area, in which I am excited to see all of the growth that will be made in the years to come. However, with pros there comes cons. In recent years many have noticed how the climate of South Western has changed. Bullying has become more prominent and something needs to be done. The administration is trying to find ways to combat bullying but needs to show more progress to create a safe and open environment in which we as students can learn.
I am a graduating senior, and for the most part I enjoyed my time at southwest. I had good teachers and made lifelong friendships! I was also part of sports teams that made my experience really good.