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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
McDowell High School is an above average, public school located in Erie, PA. It has 2,319 students in grades PK, 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 61% of students are at least proficient in math and 80% in reading.
Address
3580 West 38th St
Erie, PA 16506
Telephone
(814) 835-5402
Website

McDowell High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
80%
Percent Proficient - Math
61%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1120
424 responses
Average ACT
26
77 responses
AP Enrollment
11%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B-
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Cost of Living
    B
  4. Good for Families
    B+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$57,342
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$815
National
$949
Median Home Value
$155,500
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
67%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.45 responses
Poll
69%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.45 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 112 responses
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  • Pep rallys
    22%
  • McDowell Mob and Game Day Crew at sporting events
    21%
  • Graduation
    18%
  • My own sporting events
    12%
  • Performing Arts
    11%
  • ROTC events and community service
    4%
  • Nothing
    4%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,319
Free or Reduced Lunch
38%
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.50 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.50 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.50 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$68,880
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.6%
53%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.72 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.72 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.72 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$13,142/ year
National
$12,239
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.73 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.73 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.73 responses
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McDowell High School is a very diverse and cultivated type of school. There are many different types of people within a school building. You have your college ready students and also your not so college ready students, with a mix of kids who would like to join trade school and or some type of post secondary school. Luckily for me, college is my plan to live a successful life. At McDowell, teachers have the goal to prepare their students for whatever path they would like to travel. The academics are grat at McDowell, the administration gives you thr freedom to choose the difficulty of classes you would like based upon teacher recommendations, previous history, and preserverence. McDowell gives you all of the tools and resources you need at your as a high school student which leads to a perfect learning atmosphere. Overall the school in itself is great. The staff, the administration, the parents you name it. I am glad to be known as a Trojan!
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I spent my junior and senior year at McDowell after moving from Colombia, South America. I loved my HS career at McDowell, the faculty was always nice to me and they did their best to help with anything I needed. The students were really nice, I didn't encounter many racist comments but when it happened it was addressed immediately. Regarding clubs and activities, I had the honor of being part of the debate team and it was an incredible experience, not only the coach is funny and friendly if not the students create an atmosphere that makes you feel like if you are part of a special family. Overall my experience at McDowell HS was excellent, I highly recommend this HS to people who are looking into it. My advice to my underclassmen is to get involved, HS is so much fun when you join a club or activity that you are passionate about.
The overall quality of teachers, teaching styles, knowledge, interest in students, communication skills, and consistency in grading truly depended upon the course you were taking. For example in many of my math classes throughout the years we did not have various teaching styles or a chance to show communication skills because it was all the same, we would go in the teacher would teach we would do the work and class was over. Just as simple as that! But another example would be Science classes which ranked high on all of the above because there was many chances for activities and labs to take part in the teachers would always be willing to help the students because they had to go desk to desk to check up on everybodys lab work. Those 2 are very good examples I believe.