James M Coughlin Junior Senior High School

80 North Washington St,

Wilkes Barre, PA, 18701-3108

Tel: (570)826-7201
Grades: 9-12

1,007 students

James M Coughlin Junior Senior High School serves 1,007 students in grades 9-12.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is higher than the PA average of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 23% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 29%.
James M Coughlin Junior Senior High School operates within the Wilkes-barre Area School District.
The school district's 84% graduation rate is lower than the PA state average of 88%.

Overview

The student population of 1007 students has declined by 7% over five years.
The teacher population of 68 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Total Students 1,007 students
James M Coughlin Junior Senior High School Total Students (1987-2012)
Gender % 51% Male / 49%Female
Total Classroom Teachers 68 teachers
James M Coughlin Junior Senior High School Total Classroom Teachers (1987-2012)
Students by Grade James M Coughlin Junior Senior High School Students by Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.39 is less than the state average of 0.47. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (PA) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 15:1 14:1
James M Coughlin Junior Senior High School Student : Teacher Ratio (1987-2012)
American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
1%
3%
James M Coughlin Junior Senior High School Asian (1989-2012)
Hispanic
12%
8%
James M Coughlin Junior Senior High School Hispanic (1996-2012)
Black
7%
16%
James M Coughlin Junior Senior High School Black (1988-2012)
White
77%
71%
James M Coughlin Junior Senior High School White (1988-2012)
All Ethnic Groups
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.39 0.47
James M Coughlin Junior Senior High School Diversity Score (1988-2012)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
38%
34%
James M Coughlin Junior Senior High School Eligible for Free Lunch (2000-2012)
Eligible for Reduced
Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
6%
6%
James M Coughlin Junior Senior High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (2000-2012)

District Comparison

The district's student population of 6,964 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The district's graduation rate of 85% has decreased from 98% over five years.
School District Name Wilkes-barre Area School District
Number of Schools
Managed
9
3
Number of Students Managed 6,964 1,559
Wilkes-barre Area   School District Number of Students Managed (1987-2012)
Graduation Rate 84% 88%
Wilkes-barre Area   School District Graduation Rate (1992-2008)
District Total Revenue $93 MM $21 MM
District Spending $90 MM $20 MM
District Revenue / Student $109,783 $12,476
District Spending / Student $105,645 $11,944
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2012 (latest year available) NCES, PA Dept. of Education

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is G A R Memorial Junior Senior High School (0.9 miles away).
The nearest middle school is Wyoming Valley West Middle School (1.2 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Heights/murray Elementary School (0.6 miles away)
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School Reviews

  • Recommended May 21, 2012 - I did my Student Teaching at Coughlin from January-May 2010. Out of the 3 high schools in Wilkes-Barre, Coughlin is far and away the best academically. It helps that many of the students, teachers, and parents care across the board, as learning is a team effort. Their sports programs are strong, and their fine arts department is strong as well. Since the building is over 100 years old, the facilities are increasing need of major renovation. However, the pros greatly outweigh the cons at this relatively superior area high school. - Posted by Teacher
  • Recommended May 21, 2012 - This facility is fine, it is structrally sound, and the conditions are not as bad as everyone makes them out to be, the school is big and old. So it''s not perfect, when I graduate, I will be proud to be an alumni from this school. Its not infested to the point where its a problem, you will see a cockroach at most twice a year, and people need to just accept that as an old school, its may have them. This school is top of the line in technology with every room possessing a smart board, computer for the teachers purposes, a giant library and a grand auditorium. Teachers are excellent and well educated and fair, extra help can always be found. We have an excellent football team, as well as track, soccer and newly founded lacross team. We have excellent club activities such as Key Club, Go Green Club, and Langauge Clubs (Spanish, French & German) and an excellant Drama Club. Though the school, like most schools in the area, lack an LGBT club. Students are always provided with what they NEED by the staff. The cafeteria food is above average. I reccomend this school extremely to anyone will to make something out of their lives. - Posted by Student/Alumni
  • Recommended September 06, 2010 - This facility has no air conditioning, no availability to get hydrated via water fountains, students are not free to get a drink when deemed necessary in intense heat conditions. There is no heat in the fall and winter months. If any parent had these living conditions at home it would be deemed as neglect and unfit living conditions and children services would be involved. How is it that we can house many students in a facility that is not equipped to handle seasonal weather and make it a safe environment for teens. Also, I am bein told that the students on many occassions, especially in the basement area have seen quite frequently: cockroaches. I have to wonder of the food is ok to heat under these extreme unfit conditions. - Posted by Parent

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