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PAHS, Renaissance Ranked Among PA's Best by US News

See where Phoenixville high schools ranked in the state and in the entire U.S.

U.S. News and World Report has once again ranked Phoenixville Area High School among the state's best.

The school is ranked 25th best in Pennsylvania and 1,094th in the nation in the new poll, posted here on the US News Website.

The rankings are determined by a number of factors including: teacher to student ratio (15:1), college readiness, math and reading proficiency of students (based on standardized test results).

The top 26 ranked high schools in the nation had a 100 percent college readiness ranking. Phoenixville's ranking is 29.8 percent.

Also in Phoenixville, Renaissance Academy Charter School garnered a number 53 ranking in the state and was put at 1,932 nationally by the magazine.

The top ranked high school in the nation is in Dallas, Texas. Click here to see the entire US News list of nationally ranked high schools.

Gilligan May 13, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Madeleine is obviously selling real estate in Springford and is desperately trying to bust on Phoenixville, to no avail. Historically, Phoenixville has been ranked about 88th (out of 545, decent, about top 10%), so this is a nice jump. http://www.schooldigger.com/go/PA/districtrank.aspx So bite me and all the above Madeleine.
madeleine pearce May 13, 2012 at 03:29 PM
failure of a political unit is when they start believing their own propaganda
madeleine pearce May 13, 2012 at 07:20 PM
you are using two different references,even a mexican school in california does better than phoenixville in national rankinking
David Curran May 13, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Curious remarks Madeline. I think we all can agree you are a "glass half empty" kind of person. I hope we improve our position next year, and the year after that, and the year after that... I am not sure you would feel the same way.
Here and there May 14, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Congrats to the PAHS students and teachers on this great accomplishment.
madeleine pearce May 14, 2012 at 12:44 AM
college readiness less than 33% and you call that an achievement ? talk about spin
David Curran May 14, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Madeline I think you are interpreting these numbers incorrectly. You state" 33% college readiness" (implying 66% are not prepared for college), while the article uses a variable,college readiness ranking which along with other academic measures ( test scores, etc) yields a score that is well above average. There is still room for improvement; but at least we seem to be moving in the right direction. All numbers aside, the kids in this community are a pretty good bunch. Couple bad eggs? Of course, but the good far outweigh the bad- I see it all the time
madeleine pearce May 14, 2012 at 03:47 AM
well where i live i checked the college readiness index of the lowest high school out of three and it was 51% , far above 29% you must be a teacher who doesnt like the accountability of numbers
madeleine pearce May 14, 2012 at 03:49 AM
the original comment was one of the best which i think is misleading ,it would be like saying one of the nicest al queda leaders
Here and there May 14, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Madeleine if your aren't a resident of Phoenixville why do you even care what our schools are even doing? I am also curious to know what the rank is of your districts High School since you have so much to say about Phoenixville.
Wendy May 15, 2012 at 12:25 AM
What a difference it makes when Educator's are allowed to do....THEIR JOB. Welcome to the competitive world of academic achievement.
madeleine pearce May 15, 2012 at 04:35 AM
i attended that school in the 60's and it was the worse thing that ever happened to me ,i feel sorry for anyone who is trapped there,and am shocked that they dont long for a better environment our local high is ranked 146 nationally far above phoenixville ,we sent my daughter to private school anyway
MPorchik May 15, 2012 at 11:42 AM
50 years is a long time to hold onto hatred. The fact is the district is in the top 3% in the state and the top 5% in the country, not sure how you view that as bad if 95% of the districts in the country are worse.
Kathleen G May 15, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Let's just be thankful Madeleine isn't teaching our children - they'd all be hateful.
madeleine pearce May 15, 2012 at 03:27 PM
you must have learned math in phoenixville because it doesnt add up
MPorchik May 15, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Who is this comment directed at? Not that difficult to hit the Reply button on a comment so it is linked to that comment.
Gilligan May 15, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Can we all just ignore Madeleine the troll, skipper?
Megan Inmon May 15, 2012 at 08:15 PM
We should be proud to have two great schools here in Phoenixville-I applaud all of the teachers, students and administrators at both of these schools.
madeleine pearce May 16, 2012 at 04:30 AM
read an objective school analyzer and phoenixville is in the top 20% and cat is in the bottom 20% and barkley is top 40% not impressive when you consider this is only public schools and the private schools would drive the public percentage way down if they were included so you are delusional to call phoenixville one of the best
P-villian May 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Please Madeleine some of the BEST teachers are at PAHS and CAT. Not only do they care about our children in school, they care about them after too. If you are so proud of your district, where is it? As a parent of a CAT student, I couldn't ask for a better education for my child.
MPorchik May 16, 2012 at 11:34 AM
madeleine, are you trying to say that US News & World Reports isn't objective? The rankings account for Public, Charter, and Magnet schools. Private schools are going to rank higher because they have more money to spend per student, and are selective in which students attend so to compare them to public schools wouldn't make sense. Your earlier statement that you attened PASD in the 60's and it was the worst experience of your life shows that you are not being impartial and objective when viewing this report. I won't bother responding to any of your future posts as you obviously have a personal ax to grind and trying to discuss the issue is like talking to a 4 year old having a tantrum.
JK May 16, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Mporchik- Wouldn't you like to know the rankings including everyone? Afterall, these kids will be together after high school and competing to get into the same colleges. I think PASD is moving in the right direction but there is still a lot of work to do. In briefly looking at the metrics used for this ranking it seemed that not all area public school districts were eligible. PASD should be commended for their quantity of AP classes but they need to get their test scores up. They need to keep working on those. With their budget and pension obligations PASD had a daunting task ahead of them.
MPorchik May 16, 2012 at 01:33 PM
jk - I realize the rankings don't include all public schools. OJR isn't even listed, but I think the rankings included most. Based on this info, the school is in the top 3% of PA. Add in missing schools, how many would rank higher? They may drop to 4%, which is still pretty good. Private schools only select the best students so their numbers would skew the comparison, PASD can't say no to residents. My kids are currently in Kindergarten and 4th grade, hopefully the High School will be ranked higher by the time they get there.
madeleine pearce May 16, 2012 at 03:32 PM
save your money for private school
Randy Morin May 17, 2012 at 01:47 PM
PASD offers plenty for kids to be successful. The support system at home and the relationship students have with their parents is for more important than what school they attend.
madeleine pearce May 19, 2012 at 10:58 PM
yes its true a good family can counter the bad influence of attending phoenixville schools
Beelzebub May 21, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Madeleine, Well said. Good Phoenixville Schools can counter the bad influence of bad family. You hit it right on the head. Thanks again for all of your insightful comments. You really do bring a lot of productive discourse to the table. Kudos!
Beelzebub May 21, 2012 at 03:51 PM
When I graduated from Phoenixville High, 85% of the students were attending college after graduation (and I believe that included CAT students). If someone actually contacted the school district, we would have the actual current college attendance rates. I'm sure they still track it. I would bet that it is well above 33%.
madeleine pearce May 22, 2012 at 04:41 AM
you have a good sense of humor for someone who lives in the shadow of a nuclear reactor, maybe it is gallows humor
Jaxxon June 25, 2012 at 01:35 AM
So PAHS bests the Edison charter school, Renaissance, by a large margin. However, it seems like PAHS's ranking is just for HS students and Renaissance, although included in HS rankings, is a KG-12 school, no? Anyone know if Renaissance's rankings were calculated just on HS data? I would assume so, but . . .

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