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State College Area High School is Ranked Among Top 40 High Schools in Pennsylvania

by on April 25, 2013 10:31 AM

State College Area High School is getting high marks in the latest rankings published by U.S. News and World Report.

The high school was ranked 32nd among Pennsylvania schools. Nationally, the school district’s only high school came in at No. 1,046.

The rankings are based on schools' statewide standardized test scores, advanced placement test performance and evaluations of scores for minority and economically-disadvantaged students, among others.

“It’s a recognition that we’re very pleased to have,” said Julie Miller, public information specialist for State College Area School District, “As we feel we have a comprehensive education.”

According to the report, State College Area High School students outnumbered teachers 12-to-1, below the national average of 15-to-1.

In addition to this, the U.S. News and World Report rates students as 32% prepared for college based on students’ success on advanced placement exams. Of the students who take AP exams, 31% successfully pass. Like the student-teacher ratio, the high school’s readiness rating is above the national average.

These statistics have given State College Area High School the classification of a “silver medal school."

Ali Fogarty is a staff writer for Onward State and frequent contributor to She is a junior at Penn State studying Political Science.
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