School Details

Solanco High School

585 Solanco Rd, Quarryville, PA 17566
(717) 786-2151
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1188 students 17 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

57%
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71%
70%
68%
41%
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79%
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
  • Solanco School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Solanco High School is a public high school in East Drumore Township. The principal of Solanco High School is Mr Gerard Rosolie. 1,188 children attend Solanco High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 27% of the 1,188 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Solanco High School is 17:1.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 94% 94%
Hispanic 3% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.7%
Asian 0.4% %
Multiracial 0.08% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27% 26%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    Go to a school board meeting or two. Quite often included in there are students that do not meet the typical criteria I have grown accustomed to elsewhere. I think it is easy to disparage a school and it's effort when I only see a school as reflective of the community it represents. I disagree with a whole laundry list of things I could fill a page but I almost understand when operational realities are juxtaposed against state politics local and school board prejudice and bias union demands nepotism along with an unrealistic evaluation of educational success. Stay on top of your kids assume responsibilty for their actions and results but don't necessarily agree to all of the advanced class mandatory req to get into the AP classes. Get involved ask questions and don't always believe the answers. The school needs to eliminate subjective teacher analysis drug testing for "co-op" participation and after middle school they need to do a better job supporting I.T. in an agricultural enviroment. There are not many private options but if you have the where-with-all...that is what I recommend.

  • (6 years ago)

    The principal is outstanding and cares about not only our kids who we intrust in her care but she cares about her staff.And it shows in the enthusiasm of both teachers and kids to keep our country competitive on the world stage.

  • (6 years ago)

    In our personal opinion this school is not motivated in helping Students. The concern seems to be more about the Staff than the Students. On the first day dozens of Students were left without a last period class. How is this acceptable? Perhaps if the School would have been open all of last week after a long summer break this could have been noted prior to the first day.

  • (6 years ago)

    Solanco High School is my home. I love this school and wouldn't want to be anywhere else. The teachers are caring and want to see you do good. Our sports teams have had success in the last few years and the school spirit is at an all time high. The PSSA scores are very good and we have a high % of above proficent test scores.

  • (6 years ago)

    My experience with Solanco High School has been mostly positive. I feel that the guidance counselors specifically really reach out to parents and students to help prepare them for college. I have been sent information about programs courses and scholarship opportunities without asking. My son has access to AP courses and dual enrollment classes. (Much more that I ever received at my high school) My only negative comment would be that a few teacher my child has had were not very good. After dealing with these teachers I finally gave up. I do recommend to other parents that they should not let their children take that teachers' class. Otherwise I am completely happy with this high school.

  • (7 years ago)

    My child had a really hard time with adjusting to a new school.If it was not for the support and the personal dedication of the staff and teachers my child would not have been able to make the improvements with both social interaction and acedemics. I feel that the Solanco District has enabled my child to to grow and succeed. The Staff Mr. Morse school VP Guidance Counslcers Teachers Aides and key individules through out the district gave of themselves above and beyond what I have ever experienced in any other school. I am both impressed and grateful for the dedication these individuales exibit on a daily basis. My child was given the tools to succeed and the support needed to change a negative path into a postive road to succes. I notice negative reviews rarely have a name attached. Looking forward to '07-'08 school year. Thank you Solanco High School

  • (7 years ago)

    Solanco High offers a wide array of sports clubs and classes but they are lacking in basic education and discipline. I am in contact with the school so much regarding incidences that they now recognize me when I walk through the doors. My son is the small quiet type and I feel he has been pushed through the system at Solanco. When I inquired about holding one of my kids back a year because of being behind I was told the district frowns upon that.

  • (7 years ago)

    My children agree with my enthusiastic and heartfelt approval rating of Solanco High School. You are doing a terrific job. Special thanks to the awesome teachers (you know who you are) for preparing all of my children so well for life after high school! We will continue to spread the word--Solanco High School is the best!

  • (7 years ago)

    The elementary schools and middle schools fare much better in the district than the high school in every way possible. Once you get to the high school its downhill especially as far as support. The principal only cheers for basketball in his announcements and ignores the other coaches and teams. The Athletic Director is known as rude and seems like he doesn't care about his teams successes. We do have a few wonderful teachers but for the most part they lack and the principal doesn't want to hear complaints from anyone. The kids keep complaining when they have a bad teacher and failing or doing much more poorly than they should be. They do care about the big district numbers such as PSSA's but they will not address a shoutout!

  • (7 years ago)

    I am very disappointed with this school district. There is absolutely not any school spirit and the teachers certainly do not support this in anyway. There are a few teachers who I would give 100% effort to but are not usually looked well upon for their efforts by administration. Extracurricular activities are offered however lack the enthusiasm other schools have for their programs.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school was a major disappointment for me. Almost all the teachers have an 'I don't care' attitude towards the students and their performenace. I can't give specific departments or grade levels because they are so numerous.Students were given a passing grade without completing any work or attending class so they would pass onto the next grade. Although the school does seem to be trying to handle the drug and security problems much work is needed on the academic level. Students who are disruptive should be removed not passed through. It is unfair for the students who do try and it sends a poor example to the students that you can get by in life without working hard.Once I started college I had to take developmental courses because I wasn't at college level despite being on the honor roll every year throughout high school.

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