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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
James M. Coughlin Junior/Senior High School is a public school located in Wilkes Barre, PA. It has 949 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 42% of students are at least proficient in math and 65% in reading.
Address
80 N Washington St
Wilkes Barre, PA 18701
Telephone
(570) 826-7201
Website

James M. Coughlin Junior/Senior High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
65%
Percent Proficient - Math
42%
Average Graduation Rate
89%
Average SAT
1090
93 responses
Average ACT
25
10 responses
AP Enrollment
8%
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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    B
  4. Good for Families
    B-
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$31,248
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$672
National
$949
Median Home Value
$76,700
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
58%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.12 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.12 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Football Games
    45%
  • Lunch
    18%
  • Basketball Games
    12%
  • Soccer games
    9%
  • Talent Show, Track and Field Meets
    9%
  • Bands- marching, concert, wind, jazz
    3%
  • Volleyball games. Spanish club. School trips.
    3%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
949
Free or Reduced Lunch
100%
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.13 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.13 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.13 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$72,161
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.9%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.18 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.18 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.18 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$14,849/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.21 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.21 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.21 responses
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James M. Coughlin Junior/Senior High School Reviews

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Everyone at James M. Coughlin high school is so passionate about education and eager to help anyone in need. In my 4 years at Coughlin, I always felt welcomed with open arms, seeing smiles around every corner I turn. I have met some of the most down to earth people at Coughlin!!!
One change I would like to see come to Wilkes Barre Area School District is a new high school building. In my 10th grade year, our main school building was shut down and we were forced to seperate grades into two different schools. Growing up watching High School Musical, my high school years were nothing like that, with everyone together and the seniors getting that feeling of superiority to the freshmen. I just hope my little cousins get the chance to get to attend a brand new high school!!!
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Coughlin is home to some of my favorite memories from high school. I am proud to be apart of the field hockey team that won the district championships twice while I was attending Coughlin. It is the place where I met my best friends and discovered who I am and what I want to do with my life. I become incredibly close with some teachers which made my high school experience incomparable to most. The AP teachers here are wonderful and truly care about their students. They really prepare you for the exams and teach a class that truly prepares you to enter a college environment. The only thing that Coughlin lacked was facilities. I hope a new school is built soon so Coughlin to reach its potential that I know I could be. Overall, I loved the four years I spent here and would not want to change a thing about them.
Coughlin High School is both good and bad. Teachers at the school are amazing. I have never felt spoken down to, and during my entire time there, I have never necessarily had a hard time understanding any topic due to guidance from my teachers. Unfortunately, the school is falling apart. Because of the splitting of Junior and Seniors from Freshman and Sophomores, I feel like it takes away from the high school experience.