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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
South Fayette Township High School is a highly rated, public school located in McDonald, PA. It has 819 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 87% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.

South Fayette Township High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
87%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1230
254 responses
Average ACT
30
80 responses
AP Enrollment
19%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    A
Median Household Income
$80,344
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$928
National
$949
Median Home Value
$225,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
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Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
Poll
62%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.13 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 31 responses
Report
  • Homecoming, Kennywood Day, Annual Dodgeball game
    39%
  • Football Games
    19%
  • Mini thon
    16%
  • Prom
    16%
  • Band Concerts
    6%
  • Band Festivals
    3%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
819
Free or Reduced Lunch
13%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.16 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.16 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.16 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$72,906
Teachers in First/Second Year
18.2%
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.22 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.22 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.22 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
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Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$14,567/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.26 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.26 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.26 responses
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South Fayette Township High School Reviews

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When I attended South Fayette it had excellent opportunities for clubs, advanced courses, and sports. The majority of the teachers are great and truly care about helping students excel in their studies. Additionally, the transition to college after attending South Fayette was very smooth and I felt completely prepared. The only shocking thing about college was how the GPA scale was different than SF (SF has a weighted GPA for honors and AP classes, which can potentially make your GPA over a 4.0). The only drawbacks I can think of is its lack of diversity and the ever-changing graduation project. Otherwise, the school definitely prepared me for college and had many academic and extracurricular activities available for students.
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South Fayette has been a warm and welcoming environment to me since I moved into the district. Every aspect of the school is inviting. The clubs and sports teams provide an encouraging atmosphere for every student that wants to be involved. There is something for everyone at South Fayette. The recent addition to the school adds a new level of technology. The technological aspects of the school are like no other and assist in students in forming to the modern world. One thing I would like to change about South Fayette is the guidance department. The counselors, while helpful at some points, do not always seem interested in what problem you come to them with. At some points, they eat their lunch while meeting with students.
South Fayette is a growing, thoughtful, diverse community of learners led by a motivated new Superintendent. The vast majority of teachers are rock solid. Opportunities for involvement in sports, clubs, the arts are plentiful. That said SF could use some help in terms of diversity training as nearly a third of the population in the lower grades is now Indian. This is a small farm community that has grown in to a bit of an academic powerhouse. As families move in we are started to feel growing pains. Dads who are teachers are coaching varsity sports. Musical Theater instruction is weaker than communities surrounding us with slightly bigger schools. There is no school play only a musical. There is an unrealistic amount of pressure put on students to take AP and honors. We are a rapidly growing district and I hope as the years go on some of these issues will be addressed. There is a lot of good about South Fayette, but I know we can be better.