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Penncrest High School10

Media, PA | Delaware County

September 29, 2014

I do not recommend any school in the Rose Tree Media SD, particularly for special education students.

Submitted by a parent

July 8, 2014

Penncrest is a great school but is mostly based on academics and college which isn't a bad thing it just a lot of pressure on a student. And the music teachers are definitely great (except for a certain band teacher) but the choir teachers position was cut this year and she moved to the middle school. Although I love Penncrest it is all about academics and doesn't even consider what we actually want to do after High school I really don't know how knowing how to graph a equation is going to help me with my acting but who knows right.

Submitted by a student

June 4, 2014

I am a graduate of Penncrest High School. This school is focused on test scores and grades, but it does offer a range of valuable extracurricular activities. The AP programs are excellent and when I attendend the arts program was beyond compare. However, for a troubled, or unmotivated, student, one can easily fall to the wayside. The guidence department was focused on college bound, graduating students, not fostering those who may need extra attention to make it through each year of high school. These conditions may have changed since I was a student.

Submitted by a student

December 6, 2013

Excellent academics but lacks the values and respect found in a Catholic school. Special education are okay - thus the only reason my child attend there versus the local Catholic high school. Great for the average or above-average learner who does not value a religious education. Even with a strong religious upbringing and continued religious teachings at home, there is a difference in my child's religious values vs. my children who attend Catholic school. I also see the difference with the friends and parents. Many do not even know the parents or care when they drop them at your home. No community. But great academically/

Submitted by a parent

July 17, 2012

As a graduate of Penncrest, I would recommend this school to anyone. Teachers are the best, class size small, and school is very tight-knit. Academics are superior and sports/clubs are nationally-recognized, loved my time at RTM

August 18, 2011

I am a graduate of Penncrest. I can't think of one good thing to say about this high school. I was very unsatisfied with the teachers and students during my 4 years at this school. I made no friends and was excluded of my junior and senior year proms. Those are memories I will be left with for the rest of my life. Being the only kid without a date to the prom is a horrible memory. My child development class in junior year was a nightmare. My classmates would exclude me of all activities in the class and the teacher obviously didn't care. I was the only kid in the class that failed child development that year. I would not recommend this school to anyone. The teachers are terrible and so are the students. I was outcasted and intentionally excluded in this school and would never go back.

Submitted by a student

April 6, 2010

I currently attend Penncrest High School. I have only recently been attending here and I absolutely LOVE it. I get really good grades and I understand what is being taught. Except for math because i am just a hopeless case in that subject...lol...but my grades have improved in it though. KEEP ROCKING PENNCREST!

Submitted by a student

February 25, 2010

Our daughter and son both graduated Penncrest with Honors. Our daughter Graduated Penn State, Marshall of her college and will be attending U of Penn. Our son is currently attending honors classes at NYU. and was selected for an intership with the New York Daily News. What more can I say, Thank You Rose tree Media & Penncrest.

Submitted by a parent

October 4, 2009

Penncrest High School is one of teh best high schools I have had the privilage to have a child and a grand child attend. As a Professor and now a University president, I know how to evaluate a good high school, and Penncrest HS, Rosetree media School District is about as good as a school can get. Their individualizewd instruction leaves no child 'left behind' and enables every student to progress to the limits of their imaginationa nd ability. Of special interest is their creative arts, which enabled my daughter to develop her artistic interests and eventually becoem a distinguished graduate in Arts from Penn State University. Her experiences at Penncrest gave her the confidence to recognize her artistic ability and provided her the academic underpinnings to become not only a successful and talented artist, but a great citizen as well, always willing and able to give back to her community in both the USA and abroad. This is a high school as a school should be, and I wish in retrospect that I might have been so fortunate had I attended such a school. Thank you very much for considering this extraordinary school for your award. Kindest Regards, Orien L Tulp, PhD, MD, FACN, CNS Professor and President University of Science Arts and Technology Montserrat, British West Indies Long time Resident, Media PA 19063

Submitted by a parent

April 27, 2008

Many people consider private schools better than public school. That is not necessarily true at all. The teaching at this school, especially in level 1 and AP classes is superlative. Our physics program owns as does our science Olympiad. Last year, we sent 8 kids to the University of Pennsylvania. That should give you a good idea of how good this school is.

Submitted by a student

March 5, 2006

my daughter was thinking about attending a catholic school instead of penncrest, but she is know a junior and is very happy with her decision to stay. The quality of academics is outstanding, with an honors track and many AP courses available. There is a whole music wing, and each of the ensembles (band, chorus, and orchestra) are award-winning. There are also many clubs for students to be involved in, as well as a career center with college resources that both students and parents can use. Overall, Penncrest is a great high school, and my second daughter will be attending in the fall.

Submitted by a parent

January 4, 2006

The quality of academic programs at Penncrest High School is amazing. The students are always being challenged to do better, and they learn to make themselves better in the process. The teachers truly care about the students, and that, I believe, is why the students are always succeeding. Also, the music, art, sports, and other extracurricular activities are fantastic as well. There are an abundance of activites to become involved in at Penncrest High School and each one has a good amount of students participating in it. The band, chorus, and orchestra hold exceptional ratings, and the sports teams do their best every year. The students show and have a lot of school spirit, making them proud to attend this school. The parent's are also very involved, not in an intrusive or bad way, but in a way that supports everyone at Penncrest High School.

Submitted by a student

August 5, 2005

I was a student at Penncrest. The teachers were very friendly and offered help whenever I needed it or any other student for that matter. I believe that if you are an African American student it is harder for you then you white counterparts for the mere fact that there really isn't anyone to identify with except with the jantorial staff, at least when I attended 2 years ago. Hopefully, that has changed.

Submitted by a former student

February 4, 2005

I am a alumn now in the education field myself. Penncrest needs many more improvements. Penncrest has sports teams and afterschool programs similar to other schools in the area. There are strong, committed teachers who include various forms of assessment to accommodate diverse learners. Then there are teachers who merely put notes on overheads everyday. One of the biggest drawbacks is the tracking system. Students are separated into the basic (struggling), honors(average), and academically talented sections for most classes. This lack of inclusion and integration does not allow students to work with diverse abilities. Those in the lower tracks can only 'rise' by scoring A's for 6 consecutive semesters in each subject area. The GPAs are configured based on this ranking system so the ones who have A's in the honors track will always have a lower GPA than those upper track students.

Submitted by a former student

January 9, 2005

Penncrest has it all. The teachers, special programs if needed, sports for all, great music department. Some of my friends are sending there children to private HS they are throwing there money away as far as I am concerned. Penncrest is better than any private school in the Phila. area.

Submitted by a parent

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