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Juniata High School

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School type  Public High School
Faculty  50
Juniata High School

School board  9 locally elected, serves 4 year term without compensation
Superintendent  Mr Keith D Yarger, Salary $110,000 (2014) (contract August 2014 to August 24, 2017) Former Superintendent Mr. Richard Musselman (hired July 2011) contract through June 2014 Former Superintendent Kenneth Albaugh salary $114,000 2011, May 17, 2007 - February 2011
School number  NCES School ID: 421260006255
Director  Stephen Dreibelbis, Athletic Director
Principal  Mr. Edward Apple, salary $88,749 (2012)
District  Juniata County School District
Feeder school  Tuscarora Junior High School
Communities served  East Waterford, Mexico, Mifflin, Mifflintown, Port Royal

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Juniata High School is a small, rural, public high school which is one of two high school operated by the Juniata County School District. The students reside in the central and western portions of Juniata County in central Pennsylvania. The campus is located centrally in the county in Milford Township and is shared with the school's sole feeder school, Tuscarora Junior High School. Juniata High School provides grades 9th through 12th. By 2013, pupil enrollment had declined to 563 pupils, with 36.7% of pupils coming from low income homes. According to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 100% of the teachers were rated "Highly Qualified" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. In 2013, the school reported that 10% of the pupils received special education services while 3.7% of pupils were identified as gifted. The Pennsylvania Department of Education reported that 6 teachers were rated Non-Highly qualified by NCLB. They had failed to maintain their teacher certifications.


In 2009, Juniata High School served 622 students (336 males, 286 females) in grades 9-12. There were forty teachers on the faculty. One hundred ninety students qualified for the federal free and reduced lunch program due to family poverty.

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Graduation rates

In 2014, Juniata High School's graduation rate declined sharply to 85.5%.

  • 2013 - 90.54
  • 2012 - 88.24%
  • 2011 - 93%
  • 2010 - 97%
  • Opportunity Scholarship lowest achieving schools

    In May 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) released a report identifying two Juniata County School District schools as among the lowest achieving schools for reading and mathematics in the state. Both Lack-Tusarora Elementary School and Tuscarora Valley Elementary School were on the 2015 list. One hundred four (104) public school districts had one or more schools on the list.

    In 2012, 2013 and 2014, Juniata Senior High School was on the statewide low achievement list.

    In October 2015, Pennsylvania Auditor General DiPasquale reported that five schools in the Juniata County School District are among the 561 academically challenged schools that have been overlooked by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. On the list were: Lack-Tusarora Elementary School, Tuscarora Valley Elementary School, Tuscarora Middle School, Juniata Senior High School and East Juniata Junior Senior High School. He also reported the Pennsylvania Department of Education failed to take any action to remediate the poorly performing schools to raise student academic achievement or to provide them with targeted professional assistance.

    Parents and students may be eligible for scholarships to transfer to another public or nonpublic school through the state's Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program passed in June 2012. The scholarships are limited to those students whose family's income is less than $60,000 annually, with another $12,000 allowed per dependent. Maximum scholarship award is $8,500, with special education students receiving up to $15,000 for a year's tuition. Parents pay any difference between the scholarship amount and the receiving school's tuition rate. Students may seek admission to a neighboring public school district. Each year the PDE publishes the tuition rate for each individual public school district. According to the report, parents in 414 public schools (74 school districts) were offered access to these scholarships. Funding for the scholarships comes from donations by businesses which receive a state tax credit for donating.

    2014 School Performance Profile

    Juniata Senior High School achieved 67.6 out of 100. Reflects on grade level reading, mathematics and science achievement. In reading/literature - 81% were on grade level. In Algebra 1, 57% showed on grade level skills at the end of the course. In Biology, only 50% demonstrated on grade level science understanding at the end of the course. The graduation rate was 85.5%. Statewide, the percentage of high school students who scored proficient and advanced in Algebra I increased to 39.7% to 40.1%. The percentage of high school students who scored proficient and advanced in reading/literature declined to 52.5%. The percentage of high school students who scored proficient and advanced in biology improved from 39.7% to 41.4%.

    2013 School Performance Profile

    Juniata Senior High School achieved 70.5 out of 100. Reflects on grade level reading, mathematics and science achievement. In reading/literature - 70% were on grade level. In Algebra 1, 63% showed on grade level skills. In Biology, 37% showed on grade level science understanding. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2,181 public schools (less than 73 percent of Pennsylvania public schools), achieved an academic score of 70 or higher. Pennsylvania 11th grade students no longer take the PSSAs. Instead, they now take the Keystone Exams at the end of the associated course.

    AYP Status

    In 2012, Juniata High School's Adequate Yearly Progress measure declined to School Improvement I status due to missing 6 out of 6 academics metrics in reading and math, coupled a declining graduation rate. Juniata High School administration was required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, to develop a School Improvement Plan to address the school's low student achievement. Under the Pennsylvania Accountability System, the school district must pay for additional tutoring for struggling students. The High School is eligible for special, extra funding under School Improvement Grants which the school must apply for each year.

  • 2011 - Warning AYP status, under No Child Left Behind, due to declining student achievement in reading.
  • 2010 - Warning level for AYP status due to continuing, low student achievement.
  • 2009 - achieved AYP
  • 2008 - Warning AYP status due to low academic achievement
  • 2004 - 2007 - achieved AYP
  • 2003 - Warning AYP status due to lagging academic achievement
  • PSSA Results:

    Pennsylvania System of School Assessments, commonly called PSSAs are No Child Left Behind Act related examinations which were administered from 2003 through 2012, in all Pennsylvania public high schools. The exams were administered in the Spring of each school year. The goal was for 100% of students to be on grade level or better in reading and mathematics, by the Spring of 2014. The tests focused on the state's Academic Standards for reading, writing, mathematics and science. The Science exam included content in science, technology, ecology and the environmental studies. The mathematics exam included: algebra I, algebra II, geometry and trigonometry. The standards were first published in 1998 and are mandated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Education.

    In 2013, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania changed its high school assessments to the Keystone Exams in Algebra 1, Reading/literature and Biology1. The exams are given at the end of the course, rather than all in the spring of the student's 11th grade year.

    11th Grade Reading:
  • 2012 - 58% on grade level, (19% below basic). State - 67% of 11th graders are on grade level.
  • 2011 - 64%, (14% below basic). State - 69.1%
  • 2010 - 66% (25% below basic). State - 66%
  • 2009 - 72% (19% below basic), State - 65%
  • 2008 - 57% (20% below basic), State - 65%
  • 2007 - 62% (14% below basic), State - 65%
  • 11th Grade Math:
  • 2012 - 48% on grade level (30% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level.
  • 2011 - 61% (23% below basic). State - 60.3%
  • 2010 - 48% (35% below basic). State - 59%
  • 2009 - 52% (23% below basic), State - 56%
  • 2008 - 40% (33% below basic), State - 56%
  • 2007 - 42% (33% below basic), State - 53%
  • 11th Grade Science:
  • 2012 - 25% on grade level (26% below basic). State - 42% of 11th graders were on grade level.
  • 2011 - 31% (18% below basic). State - 40%
  • 2010 - 37% (17% below basic). State - 39%
  • 2009 - 34% (18% below basic). State - 40%
  • 2008 - 27% (17% below basic). State - 39%
  • Science in Motion Juniata High School took advantage of a state program called Science in Motion which brought college professors and sophisticated science equipment to the school to raise science awareness and to provide inquiry-based experiences for the students. The Science in Motion program was funded by a state appropriation and cost the school nothing to participate. Susquehanna University provided the science enrichment experiences to schools in the region.

    SAT Scores

    In 2014, 52 Juniata Senior High School students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 509. The Math average score was 505. The Writing average score was 483. Statewide in Pennsylvania, Verbal Average Score was 497. The Math average score was 504. The Writing average score was 480. The College Board also reported that nationwide scores were: 497 in reading, 513 in math and 487 in writing. In 2014, 1,672,395 students took the SATs in the United States.

    In 2013, Juniata High School students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 490. The Math average score was 471. The Writing average score was 474. The College Board reported that statewide scores were: 494 in reading, 504 in math and 482 in writing. The nationwide SAT results were the same as in 2012.

    In 2012, 77 Juniata High School students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 484. The Math average score was 487. The Writing average score was 478. The statewide Verbal SAT exams results were: Verbal 491, Math 501, Writing 480. In the USA, 1.65 million students took the exams achieving scores: Verbal 496, Math 514, Writing 488. According to the College Board the maximum score on each section was 800, and 360 students nationwide scored a perfect 2,400.

    In 2011, 67 Juniata High School students took the SAT exams. The school's Verbal Average Score was 508. The Math average score was 493. The Writing average score was 487. Pennsylvania ranked 40th among state with SAT scores: Verbal - 493, Math - 501, Writing - 479. In the United States 1.65 million students took the SAT exams in 2011. They averaged 497 (out of 800) verbal, 514 math and 489 in writing.

    The Pennsylvania Department of Education compared the SAT data of students in rural areas of Pennsylvania to students in urban areas. From 2003 to 2005, the average total SAT score for students in rural Pennsylvania was 992, while urban students averaged 1,006. During the same period, 28 percent of 11th and 12th graders in rural school districts took the exam, compared to 32 percent of urban students in the same grades. The average math and verbal scores were 495 and 497, respectively, for rural students, while urban test-takers averaged 499 and 507, respectively. Pennsylvania’s SAT composite score ranked low on the national scale in 2004. The composite SAT score of 1,003 left Pennsylvania ranking 44 out of the 50 states and Washington, DC.

    The Pennsylvania Department of Education reported that 71 percent of students in rural areas of Pennsylvania chose to continue their education after high school in 2003, whereas 79 percent of urban high school graduates opted to continue their education.

    Graduation requirements

    Among Pennsylvania's 500 public school districts, graduation requirements widely vary.

    All students graduating from Juniata County School District must have 23 credits as well as complete a graduation project in order to graduate

    By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students were required to 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. Effective with the graduating class of 2017, the Pennsylvania State Board of Education eliminated the state mandate that students complete a culminating project in order to graduate.

    By Pennsylvania School Board regulations, beginning with the class of 2017, public school students must demonstrate successful completion of secondary level course work in Algebra I, Biology, and English Literature by passing the Keystone Exams. The exam is given at the end of the course. Keystone Exams replace the PSSAs for 11th grade.

    All students have several opportunities to pass the exam. Those who do not pass after several attempts can perform a project in order to graduate. For the class of 2019, a Composition exam will be added. For the class of 2020, passing a civics and government exam will be added to the graduation requirements. 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. Students identified as having special needs and qualifying for an Individual Educational Program (IEP) may graduate by meeting the requirements of their IEP.

    Courses of Study

    Four Courses of Study are available:

  • General
  • College Prep
  • Construction Trades
  • Vocational-Agriculture
  • Vocational (Mifflin-Juniata Career and Technology Center)
  • Course Offerings

    There are several course offerings available at Juniata:

  • English
  • Social Studies
  • Math
  • Science
  • Physical Education/Health/Driver's Education
  • Foreign Language - Including French and Spanish
  • Business/Computers
  • Arts/Humanities
  • Vocational
  • Dual Enrollment The Juniata High School does not offer the Pennsylvania Dual Enrollment program which permits students to earn deeply discounted college credits while still enrolled in high school. The program is offered through over 400 school districts. Susquehanna University and Juniata College both offer courses to high school students in the region.

    College Remediation Rate

    According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 27% of the Juniata 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.

    AP Courses

    In 2013, Juniata High School offered 1 Advanced Placement (AP) course at a higher cost than regular courses. Students have the option of taking College Board approved courses and then taking the College Board's examination in the Spring. Students, who achieve a 3 or better on the exam, may be awarded college credits at US universities and colleges. Each higher education institution sets its own standards about what level of credits are awarded to a student based on their AP exam score. Most higher education give credits for scores of 4 or 5. Some schools also give credits for scores of 3. High schools give credits towards graduation to students who take the school's AP class. At Juniata High School 20% of students who took an AP course earned a 3 or better on the exam.

    Juniata High School now offers AP courses in U.S. History, Statistics, Calculus AB and BC, and English/Lit for the 2014-2015 school year.


    One of the facilities within the school is the Library which contains nearly 14,000 volumes, of which nearly 7,000 books have Accelerated Reader quizzes available. The library also has current magazines and archived magazine for the most recent three years. Newspapers are received daily and weekly, and there is a Vertical File collection available for student use, along with eight computers for general purposes.

    Wellness policy

    Juniata County School Board established a district wellness policy in 2006. The policy deals with nutritious meals served at school, the control of access to some foods and beverages during school hours, age appropriate nutrition education for all students, and physical education for students K-12. The policy is in response to state mandates and federal legislation (P.L. 108 – 265). The law dictates that each school district participating in a program authorized by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq) or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq) "shall establish a local school wellness policy by School Year 2006." Most districts identified the superintendent and school foodservice director as responsible for ensuring local wellness policy implementation.

    The legislation placed the responsibility of developing a wellness policy at the local level so the individual needs of each district can be addressed. According to the requirements for the Local Wellness Policy, school districts must set goals for nutrition education, physical activity, campus food provision, and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness. Additionally, districts were required to involve a broad group of individuals in policy development and to have a plan for measuring policy implementation. Districts were offered a choice of levels of implementation for limiting or prohibiting low nutrition foods on the school campus. In final implementation these regulations prohibit some foods and beverages on the school campus. The Pennsylvania Department of Education required the district to submit a copy of the policy for approval.

    The Juniata High School offers a free school breakfast and free or reduced-price lunch to children in low income families. All students attending the school can eat breakfast and lunch. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty level are provided a breakfast and lunch at no cost to the family. Children from families with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of the federal poverty level can be charged no more than 30 cents per breakfast. A foster child whose care and placement is the responsibility of the State or who is placed by a court with a caretaker household is eligible for both a free breakfast and a free lunch. Runaway, homeless and Migrant Youth are also automatically eligible for free meals. The meals are partially funded with federal dollars through the United States Department of Agriculture.

    In 2013, the USDA issued new restrictions to foods in public schools. The rules apply to foods and beverages sold on all public school district campuses during the day. They limit vending machine snacks to a maximum of 200 calories per item. Additionally, all snack foods sold at school must meet competitive nutrient standards, meaning they must have fruits, vegetables, dairy or protein in them or contain at least 10 percent of the daily value of fiber, calcium, potassium, and Vitamin D. In order to comply with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 all US public school districts are required to raise the price of their school lunches to $2.60 regardless of the actual cost of providing the lunch.

    Juniata County School District provides health services as mandated by the Commonwealth and the federal government. Nurses are available in each building to conduct annual health screenings (data reported to the PDE and state Department of Health) and to dispense prescribed medications to students during the school day. Students can be excluded from school unless they comply with all the State Department of Health’s extensive immunization mandates. School nurses monitor each pupil for this compliance. Nurses also monitor each child's weight. By policy, the students are required to leave all medications with the nurse's office.

    The Juniata County School District participated in Highmark Healthy High 5 Health eTools for Schools which enabled mobile data collection of pertinent health and physical fitness screening data on students K-12 in a database held by InnerLink, Inc. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Health eTools for Schools also provided interdisciplinary research-based curriculum in nutrition, physical education and physical activity to participating districts. The program was discontinued in 2013.


    The Juniata County School District offers a wide variety of clubs, activities and sports at Juniata High School. Eligibility to participate is set by school board policies. Students may be failing several courses and still participate in extracurriculars including athletics.

    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 home schooled, 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.

    The School offers: FFA, band and chorus, as well as Honor Society.


    According to Pennsylvania’s Safety in Youth Sports Act, all sports coaches, paid and volunteer, are required to annually complete the Concussion Management Certification Training and present the certification before coaching.

    Effective with the 2011-12 school year, students must pay a $250 fee (in advance) to participate in athletics. Booster clubs are responsible for funding all costs for a sport that is not covered by the athletic fee.

    Juniata High School participates in PIAA District VI:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling
  • References

    Juniata High School Wikipedia