State College Area High School

  • State College Area High School serves 2,318 students in grades 8-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 85% (which is higher than the Pennsylvania state average of 46%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 82% (which is higher than the Pennsylvania state average of 63%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • State College Area High School placed in the top 10% of all schools in Pennsylvania for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 5%, and reading proficiency is top 20%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is lower than the Pennsylvania state level of 15:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 17% of the student body (majority Asian), which is lower than the Pennsylvania state average of 34%.

Top Placements

State College Area High School places among the top 20% of public schools in Pennsylvania for:

School Overview

  • State College Area High School's student population of 2,318 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 197 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 8-12
Total Students2,318 students
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Total Classroom Teachers197 teachers
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School Comparison

  • State College Area High School is ranked within the top 10% of all 2,814 schools in Pennsylvania (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has stayed the same over five school years.
  • The diversity score of State College Area High School is 0.31, which is less 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 DataThis SchoolState Level (PA)
Overall School Rank (16-17)#220 out of 2814 schools
(Top 10%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
85%
46%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
82%
63%
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Student : Teacher Ratio12:115:1
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Asian
8%
4%
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Hispanic
3%
11%
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Black
3%
15%
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White
83%
66%
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Two or more races
3%
4%
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All Ethnic Groups This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in State College Area High School. This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in PA.
Diversity Score0.310.53
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Graduation Rate
92%
86%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
16%
44%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
2%
3%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameState College Area School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, PA Dept. of Education

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  3.67 out of 5  (3 reviews)
5  
State High is an excellent school that far exceeds the expectations of a typical public high school. The vast majority of the student population is friendly, hard-working, and generous to others. Most of the teachers are incredibly helpful and kind to their students, and will always dedicate time after class to help those who are struggling. There are a variety of programs and clubs available to students that cover many interests, such as DECA, the Peer Advocate Program, HOSA, and so many more. The only downside is that this school is very challenging, and students are expected to take on the difficult responsibilities of the work-heavy classes at State High. This school will absolutely prepare its students for the challenges of college coursework. However, I couldn't recommend a more accepting, polite, and supportive school environment.
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1  
State High is a huge, anonymous school that provides an elite education to elite students and a totally average education to everyone else. The shiny new building is impressive but if your kid wants to be in the school play or actually participate on a sports team, good luck with that. The non-advanced curriculum is uninspired. SCASD is the first to tell you they are a world-class school district, but in our experience, they are entirely average.
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5  
While the facilities are outdated, nothing else is! The school is very technologically advanced and have laptop carts(30 Mac laptops) in almost every classroom. Staff are always being trained with new information and are presented with new teaching techniques. There are hundreds of student clubs to join that are founded on everything from anime to environmental to community service, art, swing dance, christian athletes, hot steppers etc. State High, as it is often referred to, wins many athletic and music awards each year and are held high in both areas. There is an alternative school called Delta for those who do not like learning in the State High setting. They are able to study unique subjects and get more one-on-one time with teachers. Delta is located only a few blocks from State High, so many Delta kids can walk to the original high school for classes not offered at Delta.
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