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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Penn Hills Senior High School is a public school located in Pittsburgh, PA. It has 1,333 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 40% of students are at least proficient in math and 51% in reading.

Penn Hills Senior High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
51%
Percent Proficient - Math
40%
Average Graduation Rate
81%
Average SAT
1060
238 responses
Average ACT
27
15 responses
AP Enrollment
18%
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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$52,099
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$793
National
$949
Median Home Value
$89,800
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
53%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.15 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.15 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 41 responses
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  • Friday Night Football Games
    32%
  • Spirit Week
    20%
  • Homecoming
    17%
  • Prom
    12%
  • Varsity Senior Nights
    10%
  • Field trips
    7%
  • Pep rallies
    2%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,333
Free or Reduced Lunch
55%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.18 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.18 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.18 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$75,190
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.9%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.29 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.29 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.29 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$22,737/ year
National
$12,239
73%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.30 responses
27%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.30 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.30 responses
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Penn Hills Senior High School Reviews

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Although Penn Hills High School may be seen in a muddy light by others, the relationship that I have created with my friends and the many lessons I have learned from all my teachers have made me the hardworking person I am. At Penn Hills High School, we try to make a difference and impact with what we are given. We aren't given a lot, but that has given me the push I need to keep going and prepares me for the uncertainty and haphazardness of life. Things aren't going to be handed to you in life. Through hard work and keeping your own identity, it is proven that you can do anything, All in all, you don't need lots of money to succeed in life!
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Penn Hills is just your typical public school. It's all about how you make of it. Biggest advice I could give is that you should join as many activities, clubs, and sports you can. Before you know it you'll be graduating in a blink of an eye. Start going to games with friends and make sure to stay on top with your assignments!
The Penn Hills senior High is an enjoyable district that has provided men with a high school experience I'm grateful for. Despite socio-economic problems the district has preserved throughout and provides an adequate jumping off point for the future. My greatest privilege here was the teachers and staff who I will always remember for their guidance. My biggest gripe would be the Administration who put our district in the struggle it currently endures.