School Details

Peninsula High School

14105 Purdy Dr NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332
(253) 857-3530
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1383 students 20 students/teacher (WA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

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93%

End-of-Course (EOC) Exam

In 2011-2012 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Peninsula School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

19%
24%
22%
67%
76%
66%
79%
82%
72%

End-of-Course (EOC) Exam

In 2011-2012 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
89%
91%
84%
78%
88%
85%

High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE)

In 2011-2012 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Peninsula School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

36%
36%
19%
47%
56%
35%

End-of-Course (EOC) Exam

In 2011-2012 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Peninsula School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Peninsula High School is a public high school in Gig Harbor. The principal of Peninsula High School is Tim Winter. 1,383 students attend Peninsula High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Multiracial. 19% of the 1,383 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Peninsula High School is 20:1. Gig Harbor High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 94% 79%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Multiracial 3% %
Hispanic 1% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 2%
Asian 0.4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.3% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19% 24%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    I graduated a few years ago and I'm a junior now at the University of Washington Seattle. PHS has its flaws but if a student wants to succeed and be prepared for top colleges they can be. My first quarter at UW surprised me by being easier than my previous year at PHS (and I was taking chemistry and biology-major related courses). There's an endless list of great AP classes to take (I took nine over my four years) with great teachers. There's definitely a lot to take advantage of if a student wants to.

  • (3 years ago)

    I graduated from Peninsula in 2009. Peninsula is a school that offers students opportunities to really do well and succeed but students have to take some of their own initiative and drive to take those opportunities. I took 9 AP classes (Peninsula so many--the most in the area) and I passed 7 of them. I credit this to the great teachers. They really believe in the students and if a student puts in the effort and wants to do well teachers will respond to him/her. The school provides incredible academic programs students just need to have the motivation to take advantage of them (but a lot don't). Plus the students are awesome and accepting-- everyone in my graduating class was friends and there really isn't cliques or defining social lines.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a second generation graduate from PHS and raising a third generation I have to strongly support the school's outstanding leadership and dedication to student achievement.

  • (5 years ago)

    Peninsula High School is amazing. The teachers are so nice and the band and theatre and sports programs are so fantastic!! They have improved me personally in many ways. I really love Peninsula High School.

  • (5 years ago)

    I attended PHS and the staff is extremely committed to excellence and the student body is full of pride and creates a non-hostile environment.

  • (7 years ago)

    I was a student of PHS who has just graduated from college. When I look back I found PHS to be very interesting. It literally had many different aspects to it; some good and some bad. I found the teachers to be very supportive of the students. The administration did focus on punishment a lot more than encouragement though and that wasn't a great thing. I would do it all again if I could. There were countless extracurricular activities to do and I really do owe a thanks to those teachers who were involved but weren't paid for it. It didn't have as much snobbiness as another nearby school I visited. Overall PHS is great in many different aspects and I would definitely send my own kid there.

  • (8 years ago)

    Alot of the teachers do not have their hearts in the job and the ones that do have their hands tied behind their backs by having to teach for the wasl test. The security is getting better but it still needs work. Too much drugs are getting into the school still. The extracurricular activities are very good. The level of parent involvement varies depending on what activity or subject you are talking about. I wish more parents would voice their oppinions on the wasl and ited tests. Everything is based around them and not around preparing us for the real world. I would have to say the same thing about the senior projects. Too much hype is put into the senior projects. The skills that you are practicing reasearch and presenting for example are practiced all though school. This really is a waste of time for everyone.

  • (8 years ago)

    Great teachers but not a lot of parent involvement. It lacks greatly in funding for after-school activities. A good school for the area though. They have a great science department. Overall I had a pretty good experience there. A bit too much drug activity in the school.

  • (9 years ago)

    As my child has went up the ranks from elementary middle and high school it has become very clear that if you know the right people or teach within the district your child will be given preferential treatment. My child had to meet standards to be placed in honors level or accelerated classes but as the years have passed almost every student who's parent is a teacher or very involved within the school is eventually placed in these classes. Unfortunately this brings down the level of learning in the higher level classes and then my child is bored. Athletics are the same way. The athletic director for peninsula high school hires parents for positions that they are not qualified for and are only there because their child is finally a freshman. I hope other districts and high schools are more professional.

  • (10 years ago)

    I attended Peninsula High School for 2 years and I loved it! I always felt safe there. The teachers are great! They do an excellent job of explaining every thing. The school does a wonderful job of encouraging all the students to join some sort of club and they offer a club for every type of person. The school spirt is high at times but when it is low the school finds some way to encourage the students to bring it back up.

  • (10 years ago)

    peninsula high school has a wide range of kids. the school systum they have brings the students together making it hard for bulling and fighting in the school. students express them selfs in many different ways. it's a safe enverment good curriculum and there is a club for everyone and everything. no one can get left out because there is always something to do and or be in.

  • (10 years ago)

    I'm actually not a parent but I graduated from Peninsula High and I loved it. I learned so much and the teachers are great with one on one teaching and the school overall is friendly and also everyone is really school spirited.

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