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B-
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Ferndale Area Junior/Senior High School is a public school located in Johnstown, PA. It has 307 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 37% of students are at least proficient in math and 62% in reading.
About Ferndale Area Junior/Senior High School...
Address
600 Harlan Ave
Johnstown, PA 15905
Telephone
(814) 288-5757
Website

Ferndale Area Junior/Senior High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
62%
Percent Proficient - Math
37%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1120
28 responses
Average ACT
AP Enrollment
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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    A
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Cost of Living
    A-
  4. Good for Families
    B
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$42,027
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$640
National
$949
Median Home Value
$67,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
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  • Band and Chorus Concerts
    17%
  • Bon-fire and pep rally's.
    17%
  • Drama Performances
    17%
  • Marching Band and Football games
    17%
  • Homecoming Weekend Events
    8%
  • Pep rallies
    8%
  • Positive School Performance Incentive Days
    8%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
307
Free or Reduced Lunch
71%
40%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.5 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.5 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.5 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$51,103
Teachers in First/Second Year
14.5%
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.8 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.8 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.8 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$13,645/ year
National
$12,239
71%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
14%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses
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Ferndale Area Junior/Senior High School Reviews

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As a senior at Ferndale, you come to realize that having a small school is a good thing. It helps all the students and faculty at Ferndale stay close to each other. The only bad traits Ferndale has, I feel is that they do not challenge the students enough. Teachers tend to baby the students and let the kids goof off. Juniors and seniors are the only students I see that are challenged and act respectfully. The school lunches are pretty bad as well. We have the same lunches every week. Our sports have got exceptionally better in the past few years. Being a part of our schools varsity cheerleading was my favorite part of my high school experience. Cheerleading helped me stay in touch with the community with all of our service projects. It also let helped me get other students involved in our school, to show off school spirit.
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My experience at Ferndale Area Junior/Senior High School was by far the best High School experience. The teachers at Ferndale are very helpful and very accomodational. The food is outstanding. The Music Department at Ferndale is ranked among the top school districts that has a successful department and not many schools in Cambria County have a very big department, but ferndale does. The faculty and administration do a 1:1 iPads. Meaning there is no more paper pencil other than exams. The only thing I would like to see change at High School is curriculum, the curriculum is very, VERY college readiness curriculum. I think it needs to be a bit higher so the students at Ferndale knows what to expect at the college level. Other than that, this school has reached my expectancies!!
I like my school. Academics can be lacking at times for honors students like myself, since we have to be put in some classes with others who slow our pace due to the small size. On that, though, I believe the best schools are small because their is more time for each student.
We have a lot of amazing teachers at the school, but there are a few who make their classes a nightmare.
We have a wide variety of clubs to join from reading team to archery.
Our building is quite old and some things are being to fall apart, not to the point of being completely hazardous, but if they don't get fixed there'll be problems in the future.
Our sports teams aren't very good, but are still good experiences. And when our teams are doing well, the entire school rallies around them to cheer them on. The marching band is the best team at the school, and I definitely believe doing band or even color guard will make the Ferndale High School experience memorable and tolerable (to go to school).