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Crestwood High School (Pennsylvania)

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Type  Public
Number of students  1,062 in 2011
District  Crestwood School District
Color  Red, White, and black
Faculty  52
Grades  9-12
Phone  +1 570-474-6782
Mascot  The Comet
Lowest grade  Ninth grade
Crestwood High School (Pennsylvania)
Principal  Mr. Christopher Gegaris
Athletics  Soccer, Field Hockey, Football,Tennis, Golf, Swimming, Cross Country, Track and Field, Basketball, Wrestling, Soft Ball, Baseball, Lacrosse
Athletics conference  Wyoming Valley Conference
Address  281 S Mountain Blvd, Mountain Top, PA 18707, USA

Crestwood High School is a ninth through twelfth grade, suburban, public high school located on Route 309 in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, United States. It is the only high school in the Crestwood School District (Pennsylvania), which encompasses an area of 110 square miles (280 km2) with a combined population of 19,383. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2010, Crestwood High School reported an enrollment of 1,062 pupils in grades 9th through 12th, with 194 pupils eligible for a federal free or reduced price lunch. The school employed 52 teachers yielding a student teacher ratio of 20:1. According to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 10 of the school teachers were rated "Non‐Highly Qualified" under No Child Left Behind.


In 2010 and 2011, Crestwood High School achieved AYP status under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Students at Crestwood High School may choose from numerous academic, athletic, and co-curricular programs, but mainly focusing on humanities, mathematics and science, business, fine arts, and vocational-technical programs. This allows students not only to be prepared for 2 year or 4 year colleges, but also the workforce or military service. Added on to the High School's building, in 2000, was the seventh through eighth grade Middle School.

In December 2006, an F2 tornado tore through the back area of the high school. There was no serious or irreparable damage done to the section. The roof of the high school gym collapsed while the girls' basketball team was inside, but no one was hurt. Crestwood School District website is Crestwood School District

Graduation rate

In 2011, Crestwood School District's graduation rate was 97% In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4 year cohort graduation rate. Crestwood High School's rate was 93% for 2010.

According to traditional graduation rate calculations:

  • 2010 - 97%
  • 2009 - 97%
  • 2008 - 94%
  • 2007 - 94%
  • Graduation requirements

    The Crestwood School Board has determined that a student must successfully complete 23 credits which include: 4 credits of English, 4 credits of Social Studies, 4 credits of Mathematics, 4 credits of Science, 2 credits of Arts & Humanities, 2 credits of World Language, 2 credits of electives and 1 credit Health/Physical Education.

    By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students must complete a graduation 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. At Crestwood High School the project consists of: a research paper and an oral presentation.

    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 shall 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.

    PSSA results

    In Pennsylvania high schools, the PSSAs are administered to all the eleventh grade students.

    11th Grade Reading:

  • 2011 - 71% on grade level, (13% below basic). State - 69.1% of 11th graders are on grade level.
  • 2010 - 67% (17% below basic). State - 66%
  • 2009 - 71% (14% below basic), State - 65%
  • 2008 - 72% (12% below basic), State - 65%
  • 2007 - 66% (15% below basic), State - 65%
  • 11th Grade Math:

  • 2011 - 59% on grade level (21% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 60.3% of 11th graders are on grade level.
  • 2010 - 55% (24% below basic). State - 59%
  • 2009 - 53% (22% below basic), State - 56%.
  • 2008 - 61% (24% below basic), State - 56%
  • 2007 - 49% (26% below basic), State - 53%
  • 11th Grade Science:

  • 2011 - 46% on grade level (10% below basic). State - 39% of 11th graders were on grade level.
  • 2010 - 40% (15% below basic). State - 39%
  • 2009 - 45%, State - 40%
  • 2008 - 40%, State - 39%
  • College remediation

    According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 19% of Crestwood 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. 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.

    SAT scores

    From January to June 2011, 170 Crestwood School District students took the SAT exams. The district's Verbal Average Score was 503. The Math average score was 516. The Writing average score was 495. 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.

    Dual enrollment

    Crestwood High School offers a Dual Enrollment program. This state funded 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. The students continue to have full access to activities at their high school. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate. The state offers 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. The Pennsylvania College Credit Transfer System reported in 2009, that students saved nearly $35.4 million by having their transferred credits count towards a degree under the new system.

    For the 2009-10 funding year, the Crestwood School District received a state grant of $32,644 for its dual enrollment program.

    Online grade book and technology

    The high school provides parents and students with online access to the student's grades and assignments. The school received several state Classroom For the Future Grants. These grants paid for the high school to acquire laptop computers and white boards for use in the core curriculum classrooms (English, History, Science, Math). The CFF grant program was funded from 2006-2009. Crestwood School District did not apply for funding in 2006-07. In 2007-08, it was denied funding. The high school received $187,656 in 2008-09.


    The district offer a wide variety of clubs, activities and sports teams. Eligibility to participate in all extracurriculars is set by school board policy.

    Some of the sports programs make it to Regional and Districts Championships, and some make it to States. The field hockey team has won four state titles, the most in Pennsylvania, and makes it to states almost every year, the basketball team has won five District Championships in the past six years, and the tennis, track and field and wrestling teams have also placed at Districts. In 2004, a turf stadium was added for the football, soccer, field hockey teams, and Marching band performances. The school's mascot is the Comet. Its colors are red and white with a touch of black.

    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.

    "Kids for Cash"

    Crestwood High School was one of the schools in Luzerne County impacted by the Kids for cash scandal, which was exposed in 2008. Former judge Mark Ciavarella, who was the epicenter of the scandal, gave talks to the student assembly every year.

    Communities Served by Crestwood High School

  • Dorrance Township
  • Fairview Township
  • Nuangola
  • White Haven
  • Wright Township
  • Slocum Township
  • Dennison Township
  • Rice Township
  • Penn Lake
  • Notable graduates

  • Martin Bibla, class of 1997, college football for the University of Miami, professional football for the Atlanta Falcons.
  • Diane Madl Olympic Field Hockey Member.
  • Sara Silvetti, class of 2000, 2008 Olympic Field Hockey Member and U.S. Field Hockey National Team Member.
  • References

    Crestwood High School (Pennsylvania) Wikipedia

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