Penn (william) High School

  • Penn (william) High School serves 2,070 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 13% (which is lower than the Delaware state average of 43%) for the 2017-18 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 31% (which is lower than the Delaware state average of 54%) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • 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 2017-18 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).

School Overview

  • 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 grown by 6% over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students2,070 students
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Gender % This chart display gender of Penn (william) High School
Total Classroom Teachers125 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Penn (william) High School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 205 schools in Delaware (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2017-18 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 DataThis SchoolState Level (DE)
Overall Testing Rank#175 out of 205 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
13%
43%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
31%
54%
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Student : Teacher Ratio17:115:1
American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
3%
4%
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Hispanic
23%
18%
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Black
47%
30%
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White
25%
44%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
2%
4%
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All Ethnic Groups This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Penn (william) High School. This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in DE.
Diversity Score0.670.69
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Graduation Rate
83%
87%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
34%
37%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for free lunch in Penn (william) High School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for free lunch in Delaware by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.
Eligible for Reduced Lunch (12-13)
8%
5%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Penn (william) High School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Delaware by year, with the latest 2012-13 school year data.
School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameColonial School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, DE Dept. of Education

Nearby Public Schools

  • The nearest high school, middle school and elementary school to Penn (william) High School is The Wallace Wallin School (0.2 miles away)
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  
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.
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5  
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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