80 N Washington St
Wilkes Barre, PA 18701
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
3/
10
Bottom 50%
James M Coughlin Junior Senior High School serves 876 students in grades 9-12.
James M Coughlin Junior Senior High School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Pennsylvania for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 35-39% (which is lower than the Pennsylvania state average of 45%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 56% (which is lower than the Pennsylvania state average of 62%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is higher than the Pennsylvania state level of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 35% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the Pennsylvania state average of 34% (majority Black and Hispanic).

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James M Coughlin Junior Senior High School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Pennsylvania for:

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School Overview

James M Coughlin Junior Senior High School's student population of 876 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 55 teachers has declined by 11% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Total Students
876 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
55 teachers
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School Rankings

James M Coughlin Junior Senior High School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 2,797 schools in Pennsylvania (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of James M Coughlin Junior Senior High School is 0.54, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year Data
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State Level (PA)
Overall Testing Rank
#1999 out of 2797 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
35-39%
45%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
56%
62%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
16:1
14:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
2%
4%
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Hispanic
17%
11%
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Black
13%
15%
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White
65%
66%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
3%
4%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.54
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Graduation Rate
85%
86%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
86%
46%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch (13-14)
7%
5%
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Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, PA Dept. of Education

School Reviews

  4.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
5  
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.
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5  
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.
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2  
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.
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 876 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 16:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 35%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 85% (Btm 50% in PA)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 35-39% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 56% (Btm 50%)
  • Diversity Score
    : 0.54 (Top 30%)

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