Penn (william) High School
Penn (william) High School serves 2,070 students in grades 9-12.
Penn (william) High School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Delaware 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 15% (which is lower than the Delaware state average of 42%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 30% (which is lower than the Delaware state average of 53%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is higher than the Delaware state level of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 75% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the Delaware state average of 56% (majority Black).
Penn (william) High School's student population of 2,070 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 125 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Total Classroom Teachers
Students by Grade
Penn (william) High School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 204 schools in Delaware (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of Penn (william) High School is 0.67, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.69. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year Data
State Level (DE)
Overall Testing Rank
#176 out of 204 schools
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
Student : Teacher Ratio
Two or more races
All Ethnic Groups
Eligible for Free Lunch
Eligible for Reduced Lunch (12-13)
School Statewide Testing
School District Name
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, DE Dept. of Education
I have to echo the sentiments of the previous parent. I too was new to the area and heard many negative things about WP. My daughter in graduating this year and has had a very positive experience at WP. The school has a very good acdemic program. The Teachers and Staff are very responsive and the facility is well maintained inside and out. This school rivals any of the charter schools in the area. I think we need to support our public schools and the teachers and staff there. They do a wonderful job.
New the area 7 years ago, many neighbors told me how 'bad' it is at WP. We decided to see for ourselves, and we're glad we did. The staff and faculty are very responsive and helpful. My children both did very well academically and socially. Both were (are) involved in both the music program and sports. The facilities are a matter of pride. You will not find a dirty bathroom, hallway, or classroom at Penn. Coaches, teachers, administrators should all be recognized for all they do at William Penn.
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