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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Penn High School is a highly rated, public school located in Mishawaka, IN. It has 3,345 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 58% of students are at least proficient in math and 76% in reading.
Address
56100 Bittersweet Rd
Mishawaka, IN 46545
Telephone
(574) 259-7961

Penn High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
76%
Percent Proficient - Math
58%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1200
683 responses
Average ACT
27
275 responses
AP Enrollment
22%

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    A-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$46,853
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$690
National
$949
Median Home Value
$116,600
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
78%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.72 responses
Poll
69%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.72 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 268 responses
Report
  • Friday night football games
    21%
  • Toga Day for Seniors
    17%
  • Prom
    16%
  • Clubs
    9%
  • Winter Formal Dance
    8%
  • Basketball games
    6%
  • Theatre Productions
    4%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
3,345
Free or Reduced Lunch
20%
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.77 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.77 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.77 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.2%
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.109 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.109 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.109 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$9,944/ year
National
$12,239
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.121 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.121 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.121 responses
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Penn High School is a school not only full of exceptional staff, but full of lively student like myself thriving to further their education. I have experienced all different aspects of Penn high, loving every moment of it. I never take for granted how well my school is with their academic and out of school opportunities. With Junior year coming to a close, I wanted time from my teachers to get extra help. None have denied a opportunity to help myself or any others. This school is something special!
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There are incredible opportunities through Penn. I have been blessed with the ability to learn about the biomedical sciences, participate in two high level choirs, and take multiple AP classes at the same time!
Penn High School is a very sports oriented school. A lot of focus is placed upon it's athletes and since it's a pick of the litter with such a large school, chances of sub-par individuals being on a team is unlikely. There is also a lot of stress placed on academics, particularly standardized tests. Teachers do their best to find loopholes and have the kids not fall asleep but you can only make math so exciting. There are dozens of clubs to join and volunteer opportunities so unless you don't try any thing you are going to be able to find a group to be in. Penn is well known for their robotics lab and other facilities which are a great opportunity for those interested in engineering. Parents are probably most involved in the music aspects at Penn, but also quite a bit elsewhere(gotta love the Granger moms). For high school, it's not the worst and there are dozens of opportunities offered in various ares of education not usually found at secondary school so you can't really complain.