Pleasant Valley High School (Pennsylvania)
|Pleasant Valley High School|
|Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania, 18322
|Motto||"Excellence in Education: A Community Commitment"|
|School district||Pleasant Valley School District|
|Faculty||107 teachers |
|Enrollment||1,537 pupils (2010)|
|Student to teacher ratio||14:1|
|School color(s)||Royal blue and white|
|Website||Pleasant Valley High School|
Pleasant Valley High School is a midsized, rural, public high school in Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania. The school's name was given by its founder, John C. Mills, who took it from a common name for the area of the locals.
- According to traditional graduation rate calculations
In 2011, Pleasant Valley High School declined to Corrective Action II 3rd Year status due to chronic low student academic achievement. In 2010, the high school was in Corrective Action II 2nd Year status due to continuing low student achievement. In compliance with No Child Left Behind, the administration was mandated to notify parents about the low achievement and that they could transfer their child to a successful school in the district. Additionally, the administration was required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to develop a School Improvement Plan and to submit it for state approval.
- PSSA Results
11th Grade Reading
- 2011 - 70% on grade level, (13% below basic). State - 69.1% of 11th graders are on grade level.
- 2010 - 69%, (14% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 66% of 11th graders are on grade level.
- 2009 - 65% (17% below basic). State - 65% 
- 2008 - 59% (22% below basic). State - 65% 
- 2007 - 65% (15% below basic). State - 65% 
11th Grade Math:
- 2011 - 65% on grade level (15% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 60.3% of 11th graders are on grade level.
- 2010 - 62%, (19% below basic). State - 59% 
- 2009 - 58%, (17% below basic). State - 56%.
- 2008 - 39% (35% below basic). State - 56% 
- 2007 - 45% (31% below basic). State - 53%
11th Grade Science:
College Remediation Rate
According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 25% of Pleasant Valley High School graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges. Less than 66% of Pennsylvania high school graduates, who enroll in a four-year college in Pennsylvania, will earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Among Pennsylvania high school graduates pursuing an associate degree, only one in three graduate in three years. Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, one in three recent high school graduates who attend Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges takes at least one remedial course in math, reading or English.
From January to June 2011, 310 Pleasant Valley School District students took the SAT exams. The district's Verbal Average Score was 479. The Math average score was 486. The Writing average score was 455. Pennsylvania ranked 40th among states with SAT scores: Verbal - 493, Math - 501, Writing - 479. In the United States 1.65 million students took the exam in 2011. They averaged 497 (out of 800) verbal, 514 math and 489 in writing.
The Pleasant Valley School Board has determined that a pupil must earn 28.5 credits to graduate including: Math 4 credits, English 4 credits, social studies 4 credits, science 4 credits, Physical Education 2 credits, Health 1 credit, Drivers Ed theory 0.5 credits, Arts/Humanities 2 credits, Computer Lit 0.5 credits and 6 PSSA Enhancement/electives. Each student in the High School, sophomores and juniors, must be registered for at least 8.0 credits per year. Seniors are required a minimum of 6.5 credits. Students who score below the proficient level on the 11th grade PSSA test must enroll in and demonstrate proficiency in a 9 week 1⁄2 credit course in Math and/or Reading prior to graduating called PSSA Enhancement.
By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students must complete a project as a part of their eligibility to graduate from high school. The type of project, its rigor and its expectations are set by the individual school district. Completion of the graduation projects earns the student 0.5 credit towards graduation.
By Pennsylvania School Board regulations, for the graduating class of 2016, students must demonstrate successful completion of secondary level course work in Algebra I, Biology, English Composition, and Literature for which the Keystone Exams serve as the final course exams. Students’ Keystone Exam scores will count for at least one-third of the final course grade. In 2011, Pennsylvania high school students field tested the Algebra 1, Biology and English Lit exams. The statewide results were: Algebra 1 38% on grade level, Biology 35% on grade level and English Lit - 49% on grade level. Individual student, school or district reports were not made public, although they were reported to district officials by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
The high school offers a Dual Enrollment program. This state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. Students remain enrolled at their high school. The courses count towards high school graduation requirements and towards earning a college degree. By state regulation, the students continue to have full access to activities and programs at their high school. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate. For the first few years of the program, the state offered a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition, fees and books  Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions. For the 2009-10 funding year, Pleasant Valley School District received a state grant of $7,422 for the program.
The district has a strict dress code which limits the type, style and colors of clothing and jewelry students may wear.
The district offers a wide variety of clubs, activities and sports. Eligibility for participation is determined by school board policy.
By Pennsylvania law, all K-12 students in the district, including those who attend a private nonpublic school, cyber charter school, charter school and those homeschooled, are eligible to participate in the extracurricular programs including all athletics. They must meet the same eligibility rules as the students enrolled in the district's schools.
Pleasant Valley has had athletic successes in many different events. For over a dozen years, the baseball team was undefeated. All of the school's teams participate in the Mountain Valley Conference.
Pleasant Valley Wrestling The wrestling program has grown strong over the past several years. In 2002-2003 the school was ranked top 10 in the PIAA AAA rankings. They were also ranked top 50 nationally. 2 wrestlers in 2010 medaled in states.
Pleasant Valley Football The Pleasant Valley Football program has been a major contender in the Mountain Valley Conference (PA) (MVC) for quite some time, winning the District 11 Championship in 1999 and numerous Conference Championships. Since then they have been MVC champions a few more times and have continued to be a top competitor in the MVC. The New Football Coach Jim Terwilliger was hired in March 2009. Terwilliger, the former Harlon Hill Trophy winner (Division 2's Heisman Trophy) is trying to put the Bears back in the MVC race. The Proudest part of Pleasant Valley Football's history is "The Old Oaken Bucket". It is an annual rivalry game between the Pocono Mountain East Cardinals and the PV Bears, which has been played since the 60's. For 8 years, up until the 07-08 season, the bears have kept the bucket. This is an individual record for the most times in a row either of the teams have had the bucket. Also Pleasant Valley has had the bucket, the trophy given to the team who wins the game each year that really is a bucket with a football trophy topper on it, the most times out of all 40+ years they have been playing this game. Pleasant Valley currently holds "The Bucket" after an emotional game that came down to the last play. Pleasant Valley won 24-19. Pleasant Valley leads the series with Pocono Mountain.
Pleasant Valley Marching Band The 2010 Pleasant Valley High School Marching Band was crowned the USSBA Group 4A Pennsylvania State Champions with their show "Western Portraits". The show included songs such as The Magnificent Seven, Silverado, and Hoedown.
- National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core Data - Pleasant Valley High School, 2010
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "Pleasant Valley School District AYP Data Table".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 15, 2011). "New 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate Calculation Now Being Implemented".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pleasant Valley School District Academic Achievement Report Card 2010, 2010
- The Times-Tribune (June 27, 2010). "PA School District Statistical Snapshot Database 2008-09".
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- Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (2008). "High School Graduation rate 2007".
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- Douglas C. Arnold, Ph.D., Pleasant Valley School District Newsletter, November 2011
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "2010-2011 PSSA and AYP Results".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "2009-2010 PSSA and AYP Results".
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- Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 15, 2008). "2007-2008 PSSA and AYP Results".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (2007). "PSSA Math and Reading results".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "Pleasant Valley High School Academic Achievement Report card 2011".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pleasant Valley High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2010, 2010
- Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pleasant Valley High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2008, 2008
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- Pennsylvania Department of Education (January 20, 2009). "Pennsylvania College Remediation Report,".
- National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, 2008
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (2011). "Public School SAT Scores 2011".
- College Board (September 2011). "SAT Scores State By State - Pennsylvania".
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- Pleasant Valley School District Administration (2012). "Program of Studies 2012". Unknown parameter
- Pennsylvania State Board of Education. "Pennsylvania Code §4.24 (a) High school graduation requirements".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Keystone Exam Overview".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 2011). "Pennsylvania Keystone Exams Overview".
- Pennsylvania State Board of Education (2010). "Rules and Regulation Title 22 PA School Code CH. 4".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (2011). "Keystone Exams".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Dual Enrollment Guidelines".
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (March 2010). "Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement".
- Pennsylvania Department of Education (2009). "Dual Enrollment Grants 2009 10 Fall Grants by School District".
- Pennsylvania Office of the Governor Press Release, (November 10, 2005). "Home-Schooled, Charter School Children Can Participate in School District Extracurricular Activities".