Saucon Valley HS Ranked Among Top PA High Schools

U.S. News & World Report has released its 2018 edition of the U.S.’s Best High Schools, and among Pennsylvania high schools Saucon Valley is ranked one of the best.

The main entrance to Saucon Valley High School in Lower Saucon Township (FILE PHOTO)

Saucon Valley earned a bronze award from the publication this year for being a high-performing school based on state exam performance, and is ranked 151st out of 677 high schools in the state. That ranking puts it in the top 25 percent of PA high schools.

It is among 162 PA high schools that earned gold, silver or bronze awards.

In the Lehigh Valley, only three other high schools are 2018 U.S. News Best High Schools award recipients:

  • Whitehall High School (Rank: 123rd, Bronze Award)
  • Wilson Area High School (Rank: 68th, Silver Award)
  • Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (Rank: 46th, Silver Award)

The top high school in the state is Downingtown STEM Academy in the Downingtown Area School District in Chester County.

The majority of the schools in the Top 25 on the list are located in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia metropolitan areas.

Saucon Valley High School has a total enrollment of 737 students, 60 full-time teachers and a teacher-to-student ratio of 12:1, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Proficiency in math among Saucon Valley students is 88 percent on school exams, 88 percent on district exams and 70 percent on state exams, the magazine reported.

Proficiency in reading among Saucon Valley students is 90 percent on school exams, 90 percent on district exams and 70 percent on state exams.

Additional facts about Saucon Valley High School reported by U.S. News & World Report in its 2018 Best High Schools edition:

  • Graduation Rate: 88 percent
  • College Readiness Index Score (for a detailed explanation of how U.S. News calculates this score, click here): 12.5
  • AP Tested: 13 percent
  • AP Passed: 96 percent
  • Minority Enrollment (defined as “the percentage of the student body belonging to all ethnic groups besides white, non-Hispanic”): 10 percent
  • Economically Disadvantaged Enrollment (the percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price school lunches): 21 percent

To view the complete high school rankings for Pennsylvania, click here.

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About Josh Popichak
Josh Popichak

Josh Popichak is a journalist and publisher who is passionate about providing an open online platform and advocating for independent, local news. He has covered news--first in print, later online--in the Saucon Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania since 2005. In addition to writing extensively about local issues, he uses Facebook, Instagram and other social media to help personalize and broaden awareness of topics affecting the communities he covers. He also manages the Facebook pages for several local businesses as part of his business, Saucon Source LLC. He is a 1999 graduate of Bates College, where he was a history major and arts editor for the student newspaper.

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