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B-
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
William Penn High School is a public school located in New Castle, DE. It has 2,084 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 11% of students are at least proficient in math and 36% in reading.
About William Penn High School...
Address
713 East Basin Road
New Castle, DE 19720
Telephone
(302) 323-2800
Website
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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
36%
Percent Proficient - Math
11%
Average Graduation Rate
83%
Average SAT
1030
253 responses
Average ACT
23
12 responses
AP Enrollment
21%
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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-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$55,806
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,100
National
$949
Median Home Value
$169,800
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
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.24 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.24 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 59 responses
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  • Football games
    25%
  • Homecoming Week
    24%
  • Spirit weeks
    17%
  • Basket ball games
    10%
  • Spirit Week
    7%
  • Pep rallies
    5%
  • Wrestling meets
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,084
Free or Reduced Lunch
51%
56%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.27 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.27 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.27 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$74,553
Teachers in First/Second Year
21.1%
66%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.35 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.35 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.35 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$14,668/ year
National
$12,239
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.34 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.34 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.34 responses
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William Penn High school is the largest High school in Delaware, that offers the most course selections than other local high schools. William Penn has courses that prepare students for careers beyond high school. The courses that they offer is a great opportunity for students that take that course to already have that knowledge and can input it into college. The courses that they offer in the school connect to degree programs and lead to college ready ness. Not just the courses that the school offers are great but the clubs, students have a variety of choices to select that they can stay after school for, but is also a great way for students to engage and interact with other students that have the same interest with them and can be a great way for students to make friends. William Penn also has lots of sports and some of the best athletes. The Teachers are very supportive of the students and help them.
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I feel that there is a lot left to improve when it comes to William Penn High School. Their motto is College and Career Ready, however, upon entering the collegiate level, I struggled immensely with the transition due to the lack of preparation in the classes that I needed the most. Several departments are struggling to find the time and resources to teach the students what they need the most. There are good instructors at this school, but they just aren't given what they need. I feels like all of the resources are being given to athletics, which is important as well, but needs to have a focus on academics just the same.
I like how diverse my school is. We have students from all over the world. I like that my school has teachers that will take the time to teach their students and will be happy to answer any of their questions. There are teachers who deeply care for their students. I like how my school offers a lot of different programs and career paths such. I also like how my school offers job opportunities and internships for the students. I do not like how my school is sometimes flexible concerning the punishments and consequences already set forth in dealing with those who do not follow the rules. Also, I do not like how if the students who cannot speak English are placed in overcrowded classrooms with one teacher. I believe they need to invest in more bilingual teachers so those students can have the same opportunities as English speaking students and not be in overcrowded classrooms.