Waynesboro Area Senior High School

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Waynesboro Area Senior HIgh School
Map of Franklin County Pennsylvania School Districts.png
Address
550 East Second Street
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, Franklin County 17268
United States
Coordinates 39°44′56″N 77°34′17″W / 39.7489°N 77.5713°W / 39.7489; -77.5713Coordinates: 39°44′56″N 77°34′17″W / 39.7489°N 77.5713°W / 39.7489; -77.5713
Information
Type Public
School board 9 elected members
Superintendent Dr Sherian Diller Contract July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015[1]
Administrator

Dr Wendy Royer - Assistant Superintendent, salary $110,000 (2012)[2] (Contract August 2012 through June 30, 2015)
Mr Thomas Dick - Business Manager
Purnell, Jean, supervisor $102,242 (2012)

Mclaughlin, Robert, Coordinator $87,179 (2012)
Principal Steven Papas
Faculty 87 teachers[3]
Grades 9th-12th
Age 14 years old to 21 years old special education students
Pupils 1,272 pupils (2013);[4] 1,190 pupils (2010)[5]
 • Grade 9 347 (2012), 350
 • Grade 10 289 (2012), 323
 • Grade 11 306 (2012), 228
 • Grade 12 275 (2012), 260 (2010)
Medium of language English
Feeder schools Waynesboro Area Middle School
Per pupil spending $10,200 (2008)
Per pupil spending $11,175.61 (2010)
Website

The Waynesboro Area Senior HIgh School is a midsized, suburban public high school located in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. It is the sole high school operated by the Waynesboro Area School District. It serves the boroughs of Waynesboro and Mont Alto, as well as all of Washington Township and Quincy Township, and a portion of Guilford Township. In 2013, enrollment was reported as 1,272 pupils in 9th through 12th grades, with 24% of pupils eligible for a free lunch due to family poverty. Additionally, 9% of pupils received special education services, while 1% of pupils were identified as gifted. Waynesboro Area Senior High School employed 87 teachers.[6] Per the PA Department of Education 1% of the teachers were rated "Non‐Highly Qualified" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2010, Waynesboro Area Senior HIgh School reported an enrollment of 1,190 pupils in grades 9th through 12th, with pupils eligible for a federal free or reduced-price lunch due to the family meeting the federal poverty level. The school is not a federally designated Title I school. The school employed 96 teachers, yielding a student–teacher ratio of 12:1.[7] According to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2 teachers were rated "Non‐Highly Qualified" under No Child Left Behind.[8]

Students may choose to attend Franklin Virtual Academy which is an online education program operated by a cooperative agreement of local Franklin County public school districts.[9] Additionally, students may choose to attend Franklin County Career and Technology Center for training in the construction, mechanical trades. web development and technology careers, culinary arts, landscaping, cosmetology, and allied health services.[10]

Waynesboro Area School District encompasses approximately 93 square miles (240 km2). According to 2000 federal census data, it served a resident population of 28,376. By 2010, the District's population increased to 32,386 people.[11] In 2009, the District residents’ per capita income was $18,503, while the median family income was $46,584.[12] In the Commonwealth, the median family income was $49,501[13] and the United States median family income was $49,445, in 2010.[14]

Graduation rate

In 2013, Wayneboro Area Senior High School's graduation rate was 87%.[15] In 2012, the graduation rate was 83%.[16] In 2011, the graduation rate was 85%.[17] In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4-year cohort graduation rate. Waynesboro Area School District's rate was 75% for 2010.[18]

Former calculation graduation rate

2013 School Performance Profile

Waynesboro Area Senior High School achieved 74.2 out of 100. Reflects on grade level reading, mathematics and science achievement. In reading/literature - 83% were on grade level. In Algebra 1, just 68% showed on grade level math skills. In Biology, 31% showed on grade level science understanding.[23] According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2,181 public schools (less than 73 percent of Pennsylvania public schools), achieved an academic score of 70 or higher. Pennsylvania 11th grade students no longer take the PSSAs. Instead, beginning in 2012, they take the Keystone Exams at the end of the associated course.[24]

AYP history

In 2012, Waynesboro Area Senior High School declined further to School Improvement Level I Adequate Yearly Progress status, due to a low graduation rate and lagging student achievement in both reading and mathematics.[25] Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the school administration was required to notify parents of the school's poor achievement outcomes. Additionally, the Waynesboro Area Senior High School administration was required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, to develop a School Improvement Plan to address the school's low student achievement. Under the Pennsylvania Accountability System, the school district must pay for additional tutoring for struggling students.[26]

  • 2011 - declined to Warning AYP status due to chronically low student achievement in math[27]
  • 2010 - Achieved AYP status.
  • 2009 - Warning AYP level for lagging student academic achievement[28]

PSSA Results

Pennsylvania System of School Assessments, commonly called PSSAs are No Child Left Behind Act related examinations which were administered from 2003 through 2012, in all Pennsylvania public high schools. The exams were administered in the Spring of each school year. The goal was for 100% of students to be on grade level or better in reading and mathematics, by the Spring of 2014. The tests focused on the state's Academic Standards for reading, writing, mathematics and science. The Science exam included content in science, technology, ecology and the environmental studies. The mathematics exam included: algebra I, algebra II, geometry and trigonometry. The standards were first published in 1998 and are mandated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Education.[29]

In 2013, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania changed its high school assessments to the Keystone Exams in Algebra 1, Reading/literature and Biology1. The exams are given at the end of the course, rather than all in the spring of the student's 11th grade year.[30]

11th Grade Reading
  • 2012 - 69% on grade level, (13% below basic). State - 67% of 11th graders are on grade level.[31]
  • 2011 - 70% (9% below basic). State - 69%[32]
  • 2010 - 66% (19% below basic). State - 66% [33]
  • 2009 - 52%, State - 65% [34]
  • 2008 - 61%, State - 65%% [35]
  • 2007 - 61%, State - 65% [36]
11th Grade Math
  • 2012 - 59% on grade level (16% below basic). In Pennsylvania - 59% of 11th graders are on grade level.[37]
  • 2011 - 60% (15% below basic). State - 60.3%[38]
  • 2010 - 65% (14% below basic). State - 59%
  • 2009 - 46%, State - 56% [39]
  • 2008 - 51%, State - 56% [40]
  • 2007 - 49%, State - 53% [41]
11th Grade Science
  • 2012 - 29% on grade level (18% below basic). State - 42% of 11th graders were on grade level.[42]
  • 2011 - 28% (21% below basic). State - 40%[43]
  • 2010 - 27% (29% below basic). State - 39%
  • 2009 - 20%. State - 40% [44]
  • 2008 - 20%. State - 39% [45]

Science in Motion Waynesboro Area Senior High School took advantage of a state program called Science in Motion which brought college professors and sophisticated science equipment to the school to raise science awareness and to provide inquiry-based experiences for the students. The Science in Motion program was funded by a state appropriation and cost the school nothing to participate.[46] Gettysburg College provided the science enrichment experiences to schools in the region.

College Remediation

According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 16% of Waynesboro Area School District graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges.[47] Less than 66% of Pennsylvania high school graduates, who enroll in a four-year college in Pennsylvania, will earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Among Pennsylvania high school graduates pursuing an associate degree, only one in three graduate in three years.[48] Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, one in three recent high school graduates who attend Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges takes at least one remedial course in math, reading or English.

Dual enrollment

Waynesboro Area Senior High School offers its students a dual enrollment program. This state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. Students remain enrolled at their high school, including the graduation ceremony. The courses count towards high school graduation requirements and towards earning a college degree. The students continue to have full access to activities and programs at their high school. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate. The state offers a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition, fees and books.[49] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[50] The Pennsylvania College Credit Transfer System reported in 2009, that students saved nearly $35.4 million by having their transferred credits count towards a degree under the new system.[51]

For the 2009–2010 funding year, Waynesboro Area School District received a state grant of $34,151 for the program.[52] In 2010, Governor Edward Rendell eliminated the grants to students, from the Commonwealth, due to a state budget crisis.

Other students that reside in the Waynesboro Area School District who attend a private nonpublic school, a public cyber charter school, a public charter school or are homeschooled are eligible to attend the university courses contained in the District's dual enrollment contract.

SAT scores

In 2013, Waynesboro Area School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 483. The Math average score was 481. The Writing average score was 464. The College Board reported that statewide scores were: 494 in reading, 504 in math and 482 in writing. The nationwide SAT results were the same as in 2012.[53]

In 2012, 132 Waynesboro Area School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 495. The Math average score was 496. The Writing average score was 473. The statewide Verbal SAT exams results were: Verbal 491, Math 501, Writing 480. In the USA, 1.65 million students took the exams achieving scores: Verbal 496, Math 514, Writing 488. According to the College Board the maximum score on each section was 800, and 360 students nationwide scored a perfect 2,400.

In 2011, 141 Waynesboro Area School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 488. The Math average score was 501. The Writing average score was 467.[54] Pennsylvania ranked 40th among states with SAT scores: Verbal - 493, Math - 501, Writing - 479.[55] In the United States, 1.65 million students took the exam in 2011. They averaged 497 (out of 800) verbal, 514 math and 489 in writing.[56]

Graduation requirements

Among Pennsylvania's 500 public school districts, graduation requirements widely vary. The Waynesboro Area School Board has determined that a pupil must earn 24.75 credits to graduate, including: math 4 credits, English 4 credits, social studies 4 credits, science 4 credits, Arts and Humanities 2 credits, Computers ! credit, Physical Education 1 credit, health 1 credit, Driver's Education 0.25 credit, Basic Oral Communications 0.5 credit, and electives 3 credits. Students who attend FCCTC have modified graduation requirements.

By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students were required to complete a project as a part of their eligibility to graduate from high school. The type of project, its rigor and its expectations are set by the individual school district.[57] At Waynesboro Area School District the senior project consists of four parts: a research paper, a related visual project, an organizational notebook, and an oral presentation. Effective with the graduating class of 2017, the Pennsylvania Board of Education eliminated the state mandate that students complete a culminating project in order to graduate.[58]

By Pennsylvania School Board regulations, beginning with the class of 2017, public school students must demonstrate successful completion of secondary level course work in Algebra I, Biology, and English Literature by passing the Keystone Exams.[59] The exam is given at the end of the course. Keystone Exams replace the PSSAs for 11th grade. Students have several opportunities to pass the exam, with those who do not able to perform a project in order to graduate.[60][61] For the class of 2019, a Composition exam will be added. For the class of 2020, passing a civics and government exam will be added to the graduation requirements.[62] In 2011, Pennsylvania high school students field tested the Algebra 1, Biology and English Lit exams. The statewide results were: Algebra 1 38% on grade level, Biology 35% on grade level and English Lit - 49% on grade level.[63] Individual student, school or district reports were not made public, although they were reported to district officials by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students identified as having special needs and qualifying for an Individual Educational Program (IEP) may graduate by meeting the requirements of their IEP.[64]

AP Courses

In 2013, Waynesboro Area Senior High School offered 8 Advanced Placement (AP) courses at a higher cost than regular courses. The student pays the fee for the exam which was $89 per test per pupil in 2012. Students have the option of taking College Board approved courses and then taking the College Board's examination in the Spring. Students, who achieve a 3 or better on the exam, may be awarded college credits at US universities and colleges. Each higher education institution sets its own standards about what level of credits are awarded to a student based on their AP exam score. Most higher education give credits for scores of 4 or 5. Some schools also give credits for scores of 3. High schools give credits towards graduation to students who take the school's AP class. At Waynesboro Area High School 21.36% of students who took an AP course earned a 3 or better on the exam.[65]

Tuition

Students who live in the Waynesboro Area School District's attendance area may choose to attend one of Pennsylvania's 157 public charter schools. A student living in a neighboring public school district or a foreign exchange student may seek admission to Waynesboro Area School District. For these cases, the Pennsylvania Department of Education sets an annual tuition rate for each public school district. It is the amount the public school district pays to a charter school for each resident student that attends the charter and it is the amount a nonresident student's parents must pay to attend the District's schools. The 2012 tuition rates are Elementary School - $7,204.27, High School - $7,741.60.[66]

Classrooms for the Future grant

The Classroom for the Future state program provided districts with hundreds of thousands of extra state funding to buy laptop computers for each core curriculum high school class (English, Science, History, Math) and paid for teacher training to optimize the computers use. The program was funded from 2006-2009. Waynesboro Area School District Administration did not apply for funding in any of the three years of the program.[67] The District was one of 50 school districts that did not apply for Classrooms for the Future grants. In Franklin County the highest award was given to Greencastle-Antrim School District $165,458. The highest funding statewide was awarded to Philadelphia City School District in Philadelphia County - $9,409,073. The grant program was discontinued by Governor Edward Rendell as part of the 2009-10 state budget.

Education Assistance Program

The EAP initiative provides extended learning opportunities and is designed to boost student achievement and help all students succeed by utilizing evidenced-based instructional models. The funding provides tutoring in Math and Reading for students in grades 7-12. Tutoring is provided during the school day, during study halls and after school. In 2010-11, the Waynesboro Area School District received $104,702.[68]

Wellness policy

Waynesboro Area School Board established a district-wide Student Wellness Policy in 2006 – Policy 246.[69] The policy deals with nutritious meals served at school, the control of access to some foods and beverages during school hours, age appropriate nutrition education for all students, and physical education for students K-12. The policy is in response to state mandates and federal legislation (P.L. 108 – 265). The law dictates that each school district participating in a program authorized by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq) or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq) "shall establish a local school wellness policy by School Year 2006."

The legislation placed the responsibility of developing a Student Wellness Policy at the local level so the individual needs of each district can be addressed. According to the requirements for the Local Wellness Policy, school districts must set goals for nutrition education, physical activity, campus food provision, and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness. Additionally, districts were required to involve a broad group of individuals in policy development and to have a plan for measuring policy implementation. Districts were offered a choice of levels of implementation for limiting or prohibiting low nutrition foods on the school campus. In final implementation these regulations prohibit some foods and beverages on the school campus.[70] The Pennsylvania Department of Education required the district to submit a copy of the policy for approval.

The Waynesboro Area Senior High School offers a free school breakfast and free or reduced-price lunch to children in low income families. All students attending the school can eat breakfast and lunch. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty level are provided a breakfast and lunch at no cost to the family. Children from families with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of the federal poverty level can be charged no more than 30 cents per breakfast. A foster child whose care and placement is the responsibility of the State or who is placed by a court with a caretaker household is eligible for both a free breakfast and a free lunch. Runaway, homeless and Migrant Youth are also automatically eligible for free meals.[71] The meals are partially funded with federal dollars through the United States Department of Agriculture.[72]

In 2013, the USDA issued new restrictions to foods in public schools. The rules apply to foods and beverages sold on all public school district campuses during the day. They limit vending machine snacks to a maximum of 200 calories per item. Additionally, all snack foods sold at school must meet competitive nutrient standards, meaning they must have fruits, vegetables, dairy or protein in them or contain at least 10 percent of the daily value of fiber, calcium, potassium, and Vitamin D. [73] In order to comply with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 all US public school districts are required to raise the price of their school lunches to $2.60 regardless of the actual cost of providing the lunch.[74] The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 mandates that Districts raise their full pay lunch prices every year until the price of non-subsidized lunches equals the amount the federal government reimburses schools for free meals. That subsidy in 2013-2014 was $2.93.

In 2014, President Obama ordered a prohibition of advertisements for unhealthy foods on public school campuses during the school day.[75] The Food and Drug Administration requires that students take milk as their beverage at lunch. In accordance with this law, any student requesting water in place of milk with their lunch must present a written request, signed by a doctor, documenting the need for water instead of milk.[76][77]

Waynesboro Area Senior High School provides health services as mandated by the Commonwealth and the federal government. Nurses are available to conduct annual health screenings (data reported to the PDE and state Department of Health) and to dispense prescribed medications to students during the school day. Students can be excluded from school unless they comply with all the State Department of Health’s extensive immunization mandates. School nurses monitor each pupil for this compliance.[78][79] Nurses also monitor each child's weight.[80]

School safety and bullying

The Waynesboro Area School District administration reported there were two incidents of bullying in the High School in 2012. Additionally, there were two assaults on students and no sexual incidents involving students. The local law enforcement was involved in fifty-one (51) incidents at the high school with forty (40) arrests.[81] [82] Each year the school safety data is reported by the district to the Safe School Center which then publishes the compiled reports online. Nationally, nearly 20% of pupils report being bullied at school.[83]

The Waynesboro Area School Board has provided the District's antibully policy online.[84] All Pennsylvania schools are required to have an anti-bullying policy incorporated into their Code of Student Conduct. The policy must identify disciplinary actions for bullying and designate a school staff person to receive complaints of bullying. The policy must be available on the school's website and posted in every classroom. All Pennsylvania public schools must provide a copy of its anti-bullying policy to the Office for Safe Schools every year, and shall review their policy every three years. Additionally, the District must conduct an annual review of that policy with students.[85] The Center for Schools and Communities works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency and the Pennsylvania Department of Education to assist schools and communities as they research, select and implement bullying prevention programs and initiatives.[86][87]

Education standards relating to student safety and anti harassment programs are described in the 10.3. Safety and Injury Prevention in the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Health, Safety and Physical Education.[88]

School Resource Officer and Police Officer grant

In 2014, Pennsylvania began a grant program providing funding for programs to address school violence and security. Eligible schools and municipalities could apply for up to $60,000 for a school resource officer and up to $40,000 for a school police officer.[89] Waynesboro Area School District applied and was awarded $26,680.[90]

Extracurriculars

The Waynesboro Area School District offers a variety of clubs, activities and an extensive, costly sports program.[91] The school board determines eligibility for participation in coordination with respective individual governing organizations.[92][93] Varsity, junior varsity and middle school athletic activities are under the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association.

By Pennsylvania law, all K-12 students in the district, including those who attend a private nonpublic school, cyber charter school, charter school and those homeschooled, are eligible to participate in the extracurricular programs, including all athletics. They must meet the same eligibility rules as the students enrolled in the district's schools.[94]

According to Pennsylvania’s Safety in Youth Sports Act, all sports coaches, paid and volunteer, are required to annually complete the Concussion Management Certification Training and present the certification before coaching.[95][96]

Coaches receive compensation as outlined in the teachers' union contract. When athletic competition exceeds the regular season, additional compensation is paid.[97]

Sports

The District funds:

Middle School Sports

According to PIAA directory July 2013 [98]

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