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About This School

Karns City High School is a public high school in Fairview Township. The principal of Karns City High School is Mr David Beck. 769 students go to Karns City High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 36% of the 769 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Karns City High School is 15:1. Worthington Baptist Christian Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 99% 99%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.5% 0.7%
Hispanic 0.1% 0.06%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.06%
Multiracial 0% %
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36% 38%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a former student of Karns City and I had a great time while I was there. The teachers did not judge students on their athletic ability but on their character and willingness to work hard. The assistant principal was not biased towards football players. I had the opportunity to play football for him from my Sophomore through my Senior year and I saw many of my teammates coming out to practice late because he had given them detention. The teachers at KC do a great job preparing the students for College. I do not attend a state university but a private institution and I felt very prepared. The teachers were very personal with the students which was great. If you showed them respect you got it back. But if you didn't do what you were supposed to and didn't respect the teachers they took proper action. I had a great time at Karns City and would love my kids to go there. -Giff '09

  • (4 years ago)

    my children all went to KCHS. My boys where not athletic and they where not star students. .I've asked for tutoring and was turned down. I was told there where others who needed it more. What the heck . They (teachers and especially principles) judge kids on there appearance instead of accepting them for who they are. Kids in high school are just trying to find themselves find where they fit in. If your not athletic this can be very hard. I don't think the assistant principle should also be the football coach. He is not fair to the students who aren't athletic. I feel my boys where constantly bullied not by kids though but by faculty. Now my daughter who is a star student has had no problem at all with KCHS. So I guess it like this. If your child struggles in school don't go to KCHS.

  • (7 years ago)

    A lot of teachers here are wonderful and excellent and other teachers are there for a paycheck. The school would benefit best from a complete renovation in administration. Administration needs to rethink what their motives are for public education. They definitely show favoritism towards staff and students. The students who were outgoing star athletes and worked to get wonderful grades were the ones that were worked with to succeed while others were left out. Thank God for College to actually prepare me for life and a career. Obviously many would consider me just a bitter student but the school has potential they just refuse to reach it. Education has the possibility to make or break lives.

  • (8 years ago)

    I was a student at KCHS for 4 years. I played football and track. The school district did seem to care more for sports than the academics but the sports are what kept most of the students out of trouble. The teachers at this school are like no other teachers I have had. They are your friends when you respect them. Some of them even give their home phone #'s to their students just incase they need help while they are at home. No ordinary teacher would do that. The asst. principal did not judge you by your athletic ablility but by your personality and potential. These teachers want you to succeed in life and are willing to help you as much as they can to make it happen. But you have to be willing to succeed also. This is a good school environment for any student. Nathan Class of 2008

  • (9 years ago)

    Although my experience with Karns City was somewhat limited to my student teaching experience I must comment about what I've seen. I think that the school has some fantastic teachers that care about nothing more than to see their students succeed. However many students are used to living up to only mediocre expectations from previous teachers so they are not sure how to blossom to their potential. By all forces working together the school would do much better in the area of academics but it seems to me that everyone's out for number one. To the students who read this attention to the advice of your teachers because with the number of misspellings I've seen on this forum I'm highly disappointed at the quality of education one can assume from reading these reviews!

  • (10 years ago)

    I'm an alumn from the class of 2000 at KCHS. I've managed to keep a 3.5 average at Duquesne University for the last 4 years. This would perhaps lead one to believe I was well prepared for University life. However this is absolutely not the case. Back when I graduated and thus was exiled from the 'garden of eden' of KC I had a hardened shell. Once in college it was like a ray of hope. People were friendly academics were the focus and life was not only liveable but enjoyable. Thank god I escaped the KC walls to find the real world. I sincerely hope that Karns City has found some way to escape the prejudice and politics that I suffered when I was a student.

  • (10 years ago)

    In my opinion KCHS isn't the best school in the world. When I get older and have kids personally I'd rather send my kids to Butler than this school. The asst. Principal favors people and centers kids out just because they're different. Most of the teachers don't care about how the students feel there are a few who do. They make fun of the students and don't care about what they think. They yell at whoever they want if they're not a cheerleader or a football player son or daughter neice or nephew they get in trouble whether it's because of their shoes pants being to baggie shorts being to short etc.

  • (10 years ago)

    Like most of those who posted comments I am also not a parent but former student. However I would have to disagree with the previous comments. The new football field was done because that was what the district had to use the money for. It was not the district's decision. That said I believe KC provides an adaquate education for most. However if you do not plan on attending a state university you will probably not be prepared for college. The district places a lot of emphasis on lower level students often losing the best and brightest in the shuffle.

  • (11 years ago)

    I think Karns City needs to do a full reevaluation of their school. I am a former student of K.C.H.S. and being a student there was very hard work. Students either gave up and failed or they simply dropped out. Yet let's spend all of our money for a new football field and track and whatever is left over we will put into the rest of the school. Education should be the number 1 priority at a school. Everything else should follow education. Participation in sports can happen anytime but high school gets the students ready for life on their own and KCHS is not doing a good job of it. Discipline is also a major factor at KCHS.

  • (11 years ago)

    The Karns City High School has nothing else in mind other than sports. The football field shows that. All they care about is kids being in sports not the academics. If your child would get into any type of problems the disciplinary action would be to the fullest extent unless your child plays some sort of sports then they are just told not to do it again and are on their way. Parents beware! If your child is not athletic and you are thinking about moving to this district don't! Academics are the bottom of the list in this school. Sports sports sports.

  • (11 years ago)

    This school only worries about football and winning. Whatever happened to teaching and caring about your kids. The principals are awful and unfair unless you are a football player. Too much favortism in this school. I've seen it!

  • (11 years ago)

    I'm not a parent but I am a recent graduate. Karns City High School could have a lot of things going for it if they would place more emphasis on education instead of extracurriculars. I enjoyed the years I spent there because the teachers there were extremely caring individuals. That said they and the district itself in no way prepared me for college. I was lucky in that I am self-motivated and I had wonderful parents who encouraged me and provided an atmosphere that fostered creativity and intelligence. What the other person said about the test scores are true though. They did make it blatantly clear that opting out of taking the test would not be criticized but the school only hurt themselves. Instead of those who would score lower not taking it those who probably would have scored higher opted out. The most frustrating thing to happen while I was at KC was the installation of the astro turf. It was an extravagant and disgusting display of the heavy emphasis of sports at the school. 'Yes we have students who can barely read at the sixth grade level but let's not spend money on educating them let's build a brand new athletic complex to impress people.' The lack of AP classes or even challenging classes at that makes a diploma from Karns City High School worth nothing more than a receipt from Wal-Mart. It's just saying 'Congratulations you showed up enough days to pass.' What is most sickening though is that parents are either oblivious or ambivalent when it comes to their children's education or lack thereof. Take a stand and demand that the district educate your children instead of just babysitting them.

  • (11 years ago)

    Lowest Common Denominator can best describe this school. Although it s made some progress over the years academic take a far back seat to athletics and the scores show. The administration even encouraged students not to take assessment tests for religious reasons to thwart state insight to their third-rate education. Unless your son can throw a ball or your daughter do cartwheels your best bet would be a inter-district transfer private school or home school.

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