School Details

Blackhawk High School

500 Blackhawk Rd, Beaver Falls, PA 15010
(724) 846-9600
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 8-12 1017 students 15 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Blackhawk School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
68%
60%
75%
75%
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93%
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83%

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
  • Blackhawk School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Blackhawk High School is a public high school in Chippewa Township. The principal of Blackhawk High School is Mr Scott Nelson. 1,017 children attend Blackhawk High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 23% of the 1,017 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Blackhawk High School is 15:1. Beaver Area Senior High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 97% 97%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 2%
Multiracial 1% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.5%
Hispanic 0.2% 0.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.04%
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23% 18%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    Left this school for a better Cyber school Too much bullying and favorites also too many drugs They pay more attention to sports Then right from wrong I'm glad I left

  • (4 years ago)

    this school does not take bullying serious!! I pulled my girls out from the high school for this reason!

  • (5 years ago)

    So here's the deal As a graduate of BHS I find it hard to rate this school on the whole; but rather each student's experience with individual teachers will more likely shape his or her experience than anything else. That said I shouldn't complain; I ended up graduating at the top of my class and currently attend a university ranked in the top 30 in America for my major. Several of my teachers were excellent. However I also credit my GIEP and individual work (ie taking classes independently and teaching myself by reading textbooks). Although that skill is useful especially for science/engineering-minded students the Math dept. is weak at best the computer science dept. is incredibly strong and the English dept. save for honors English and AP is totally useless.

  • (6 years ago)

    I graduated from Blackhawk and have since gone on to Penn State and received a degree in Computer Engineering and currently work for the government. My major required extensive knowledge in math and science and I felt Blackhawk provided me with the knowledge I needed to succeed. Good School.

  • (6 years ago)

    I've had 3 daughters in this school who were all disappointed. The first two left after one year opting for Cyber School. The largest complaint was the favoritism and lack of reality to the drug problem among students. There is a lot of unnecessary bullying by sports members that the faculty turns a blind eye to. We have been through several school districts in the United States and this one is the worst I have entered so far. Don't feel the quality of education is there and locals like to keep the school the way they had it in the 70's. Over all highly disappointed in the high school...it could be run better if some families that are the 'powers that be' were not so dominating and the school not so accomodating to them.

  • (8 years ago)

    A very good school with very dedicated teachers and administrators.

  • (9 years ago)

    After graduating from Blackhawk I felt confident and prepared for college and the real world. The teachers there are amazing and the variety of athletic opportunities should not be taken for granted. I feel I was very blessed to attend this high school and recieve the opportunites it offered.

  • (9 years ago)

    As a current student of Blackhawk High School I Can tell you that Blackhawk is just a school for sports as mentioned before the sports players get 'special' attention and rarely get in trouble for mischeif they cause. Like all highschools there are many social groups and at Blackhawk students never have to sit by there selves at lunch or worry about not fitting in. If I may also add the academic programs that this school offers high scores and many CP and AP classes. Blackhawk has also reached the states higest Englis/Reading PSSA scores in the state. Over all Blackhawk is a good school but is greatly overshadowed by sports.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great academics but easily overshadowed by sports. Harassment runs rampant and staff tend to turn a blind eye to it. Extracurriculars are typical of most high schools but they offer enough quality programs that any child should be able to easily find something they fit into.

  • (9 years ago)

    I have two children who both graduated from Blackhawk. One has already graduated from Penn State and the other is in college now. They received an excellent education in all areas especially writing and math. Their college calculus classes were a review after AP Calculus from Blackhawk. I attribute all their academic success to the wonderful supportive teachers they each had through the years. Neither of my children were involved in major sports and yet they were always recognized for their academic achievements. I am proud to say that my children graduated from Blackhawk and had the strong basis starting in elementary through senior year.

  • (9 years ago)

    Blackhawk High School has a very broad diverse curriculum. Students can tailor their course work to include specific areas of interest such as Vo Tech Cisco or College Prep courses. Most of the teachers are interested in the students and available for student or parent concerns. The greatest weakness is the math department. It seems that several teachers do not do a good job of getting math concepts across to the students. There are numerous extracurricular activities for all students and interests much more than just sports. Examples of these are 2 plays/year chorus band many clubs and sports. Parents seem to be generally involved and interested in the activities of their children but I am not sure how involved they are with academic concerns.

  • (10 years ago)

    Having viewed the school from the inside I feel as if the high school does not respect and except as they say they want to. Blackhawk is a district that only cares about the appearance it gives off esp. in sports. Athlitics recieve most of the money in the school and those students recieve special attention and are not except to preform in academics as normal students just because they can throw a ball. The teachers also so not care about the students but what comes in the mail every two weeks. The only way for a student to be noticed is to be way above the average way below the average or to play a sport.

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