School Details

Pleasant Valley High School

Route 209, Brodheadsville, PA 18322
(570) 402-1000

(out of 10)

Public Grades 10-12 1602 students 15 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Pleasant Valley School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Pleasant Valley High School is a public high school in Brodheadsville. The principal of Pleasant Valley High School is Mr John Gress. 1,602 students attend Pleasant Valley High School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 30% of the 1,602 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Pleasant Valley High School is 15:1. Triumphant Living Heritage is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 9%
White, non-Hispanic 79% 79%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Asian 2% %
Hispanic 11% 10%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%
Multiracial 0.2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30% 26%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    No school is 100% perfect but Pleasant Valley is not a terrible school. Attending there most of my life but not all I have seen good schools compared to bad. In my experience many of the teachers care about their students and well being and would always take the time to help in whatever necessary. Now in college majoring in education I realized how I took advantage of my teachers and didn't appreciate what they were doing for us. The constant homework and trying to get us to study is what college is all about. Not all teachers are perfect and theres always rom for improvement but with the standards they are given its difficult to be a good teacher while reaching requirements. All in all Pleasant Valley School district is definitely a decent district. Always room for improvement but with our government who knows what the future will bring.

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is the worst school ever the teachers dont care wat u do.they give u an ID but u mine as well not were it. it is really no point the teachers hate them and so do the principals and all u do is nothing. ~A student in The Worst School Ever

  • (1 year ago)

    I currently attend PVSD as a now senior of 2014 and in my years of attending the school system has gone downhill. Most teachers are just working for a paycheck and really don't care. The little amount of teachers that actually care are amazing teachers. Most of the learning support teachers are really disrespectful to the disabled while only a couple are respectful and actually help. The schools spending is absolutely ridiculous. Instead of spending money on a new gym auditorium etc. they should fix the classrooms add WORKING heating for the winter and air conditioning for the warmer months. The current principle is the most caring principal I have ever witnessed. Also the school doesn't do well with bullying. They oversee the actual issue and don't do anything about it.

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm not impressed with the high school. There is no real interest from the teachers to the students. People mostly just working for a paycheck. The principal is the only one who cares. Considering putting my kids in private school as I do not feel they are getting an adequate education and might struggle in college.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is amazing. Teachers are very helpful in and outside of classrooms. The students are supportive of each other while having fun at the same time. Everyone strives to do well and improve the overall learning environment. All in all PVHS is the best around Monroe County area - Go Bears!

  • (2 years ago)

    I'm not saying the district doesn't have issues but our experience has been fine. I don't like how they spend money; like building a new gym auditorium and redoing the football field instead of adding classrooms or fixing what they have. My child is an Honors student so his teachers have been great with the exception of one course which is a HL course not Honors. The teacher assigned a lot of "busy" work as punishment because he was at wits end with the other students' behavior. In my opinion and I'm not saying anyone who has previously posted is guilty if your child was brought up to respect others this kind of stuff would not happen. The kids in my child's honors courses have parents who are very involved in their education and contact the teachers keeping an open line of communication going to parent teacher conferences. Unfortunately not all parents do that and believe the schools should raise their children. It's not just the school's fault if your child is having a bad experience it's the children and how they were raised sometimes your own. Take some responsibility get involved do something because doing nothing gets the same results.

  • (3 years ago)

    I go to Pleasant Valley High School. Let's put it this way the school is terrible. The end.

  • (3 years ago)

    Pleasant Valley is definitely not a school to be proud of. In the middle school most of the staff admits they do not like children or their jobs. The students are put into two different "grades" of classes the HL and CC classes. The HL classes are treated with more respect and courtesy but the work is harder. The CC classes are treated with much less respect and do not get the help they need. Teachers in this school are stereotypical when it comes to the different classes of students. The teachers are also downright lazy when it comes to their job. The few good teachers give adequate work care about their students and their grades and do not complain to the students about their personal life.

  • (4 years ago)

    Personally I love PV. The teachers care and the work can be difficult but also very simple. There are so many clubs and groups to be apart of. School here is enjoyable.

  • (6 years ago)

    hi im currently a student at pleasant valley high school and im in the 10th grade. i think this school is okay and that there is always room for improvement and there is no perfect school. but the way the teachers teach sometimes is weird because it doesnt have anything to do with the tests/quizes/homework. i think there are way to many rules but it doesnt matter because they dont enforce it that much and even if they did the students wouldnt listen. the school is getting overcrowded and they need to do something about it immediately. it makes no sense how the 9th grade is in a middle school and how also the other grades got moved down one. they should make the high school three floors because then there would be enough room and also more space for the 9th 10th 11th and 12th grade.

  • (6 years ago)

    I personally think this school is terrible. The teachers rarely have any interest in their students they express themselves to be superior to the students and co-workers. Everything seems to be very disorganized and cheap. I would not recommend sending any child to this school especially the middle/high school.

  • (9 years ago)

    My child has attended Pleasant Valley school since first grade. The school system in general has been disappointing. The high school even more so. There are not enough teachers. Classrooms are too large and the quality of education suffers. Every year a large majority of students scheldules are wrong at the beginning of the year and since there are not enough guidance counselors to handle the amount of schedule conflicts it usually takes weeks before a student can get into the correct classes making them miss several weeks of classroom work. If your child attends this school keep on top of their records because the office personal makes numerous mistakes on attendance and grade records. I strongly believe that this school's priorities are not in the students best interest or in academic excellence.

  • (9 years ago)

    It's a pretty good school. I graduated in June of 2005 and I can safely say that I got along with most of the staff. Mr. Dimmick is an incredible principal.

  • (9 years ago)

    The school is overcrowded they spend money on useless things.

  • (9 years ago)

    I graduated PV last year. Little attention is paid to individual students (heaven forbid you have a learning disorder) and some administration members posses a severe superiority complex. However the few friendly staff members almost make up for this. It is difficult to advance yourself through classes because the guidance department doesn't really want to be bothered with your schedule. They like to waste a lot of money on building too-small schools and then put students in modulars. It's wonderful.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is way behind most other schools. There should be a dress code.

  • (10 years ago)

    We just recently moved here from NJ where the school system just pushes the kids throuogh if they have IEPs and I am finding that Even though it takes my son longer to pick up on some things he is grasping it and getting pretty good grades on a 9th grade level where in NJ he was on a 6th grade level. As for my other two in the lower grades I am finding that the teachers expect more from the kids then they can give back. There are some lack of communitcation problems that we are dealing with but struggling through them and tring to get it resolved. The teachers need to be more involved in the kids then their paychecks at the end of the week. After all it was the kids that made them want to be teachers.

  • (10 years ago)

    I currently have two children in this school district. One in sixth grade and another a senior in high school. Fortunately for me my oldest has always been an honor student with no academic or behavioral problems. Of the few times there has been a personality problem with one of his teachers it was dealt with immediately and in a positive manner. The guidance counselors along with the principal have been very attentive to any problem we might have. No we don't get regular feedback from the teachers but they do provide an open-house parent-teachers meetings and immediate responses to phone calls. It is our job as parents to be aware of our children's progress especially when they reach the level of high school. We cannot expect teachers to also be our babysitters.

  • (10 years ago)

    Yet another alumni of Pleasant Valley here. I graduated with the Class of '95. While I like the school district I have to agree that some teachers did not seem to care when some students struggled in their class. I had trouble a few times and I had to approach the teacher for help myself. Was never offered help nor were my parents contacted by the teachers. My daughter is now attending Pleasant Valley Elementary school and so far we have had a great experience. I only hope that the high school has improved a great deal as far as teachers go by the time she reaches that level(she is only in 1st grade now). So while there is room for improvement I think Pleasant Valley is a great school.

  • (10 years ago)

    I'm an alumni student graduated in the class of 2002. I have noticed throughout my years at PVHS that there is a definite favortism between certain teachers and students based on the popularity of the student. Also certain extra-curricular activites are supported more than others in the school both financially and by general support and school involvement. Depending on what the student would like to take as after school involvement it can get pretty costly. Some of the teachers are very helpful and truly do care for their students others however are the complete opposite just pushing students through the system as well as being very negative towards students without a care about the student's feelings or how they are doing in the class. It's pretty much a 50/50 chance on getting either a really wonderful supportive teacher who will take the time to help the student and one who won't.

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