School Details

Fairfield Area High School

4840 Fairfield Rd, Fairfield, PA 17320
(717) 642-2004

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 420 students 13 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
  • Fairfield Area School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Fairfield Area High School is a public high school in Hamiltonban Township. The principal of Fairfield Area High School is Mr Wayne Sherrard. 420 students go to Fairfield Area High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 13% of the 420 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Fairfield Area High School is 13:1. Abraxas Leadership Development Program is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 96% 96%
Hispanic 2% 1%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Asian 0.2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Multiracial 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13% 15%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Fairfield school district is a terrible school! The administration is worthless! The high school principal is way out of his league and the superintendent doesn't seem to care. So many children are bullied and nothing is done about it. I pulled my daughter out 1/2 way through her senior year b/c of bullying and the school didn't bother to call and find out why she hadn't been in school for 2 weeks. Finally I called them and told them she was going to homeschool for the remainder of the year. They couldn't have cared less that she left because another student came into her classroom during class with a teacher present and was threatened. That was the final straw to the 4 years that my daughter had to deal with being bullied by the same person. Nothing was done to the student for her behavior and the school was made aware several times. If you want a safe environment for your child DO NOT SEND THEM TO FAIRFIELD PA SCHOOLS!!!!!!!!! My suggested to improve the school is to evaluate the administration and make changes accordingly we need more qualified experienced administrators and teachers.

  • (1 year ago)

    I attended Fairfield K-12. I have nothing negative to say about this school. I had wonderful opportunities great teachers that were fair across the board. I had homework every night and kept my grades up to play sports. They have a wonderful tech. prep program that was very educational! I loved the small school atmosphere.

  • (1 year ago)

    My children have went to this school since kindergarten and if I had it to do over again would choose somewhere else. The administration does not seem to care about anything but making sure students do well on the assessment tests that determine how much money the school gets from the state. My children have not been very prepared to take SAT/ACT test even though they are honors students. There are zero AP classes and the grading scale starts at 92 to get an A while other schools are 90. Being from such a small school the students are already at a disadvantage for college entry/scholarships so why make the grade scale harder? And if your child wants to be involved in sports and be at all competitive STAY AWAY! Fairfield has to play many schools that are so much larger they will almost never win at anything. After going here my kids says they want their kids to go to a private school or anywhere but Fairfield!

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter has been going to FASD since kindergarden. She will be a junior this year. They have plenty of activities for the kids to become a part of if they want to be involved. She has always been involved in multiple activities sometimes I think maybe too many. I told her she must keep her grades up or drop an activities. She has maintained honors throughout. I haven't been to any conferences since she has been middle/high school because I didn't feel the need. Had she been having any issues I would have been there right away. There were 2 issues when she was in elementary school that were addressed as soon as I went to the school. No problems since.

  • (2 years ago)

    We moved to Fairfield to raise our children in a small town atmosphere. We expected a school full of spirit. We expected teachers/administrators who were involved. We feel like we have failed our children. If we had to do this all over we would not have chosen Fairfield. We have dealt with the administration over teacher issues as has many others we have talked too and have gotten nowhere as have the others. Only a small group of parents are involved trying to make it a better school. School spirit lacks in this school. I agree with the other person who stated hardly anyone goes to the conferences.You hardly ever see teachers at the sporting events. The administrators do not even live in the district! There are handful of great teachers but unfortunately they cannot teach every subject. The elementary school is great but I suggest you move before the middle/high school years.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a former student attending this school district from elementary school up until high school graduation. I felt behind in multiple subjects when I left Fairfield High School and attended college. Some subjects I have never had exposure to in high school including sociology psychology statistics and physics. Some were my choice of course but I think all students should have some sort of exposure to those courses. The teachers were below average/average the academic programs were not at all challenging. I barely studied in high school and got by with great grades. The leadership from up top (principals administrators) was below average. Yes the school is small in terms of the amount of students but this was not necessarily a good thing. The overall student body is not at all diverse in terms of social background and ethnicity while this isn't necessarily a direct cause of the following problem it certainly aids in the often clique-like and even sometimes racist culture many of the students possess. If you relocate to this district it is highly recommended that you send your kids to a private school.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a parent and I would not send a child to this school district. Due to a job relocation we moved here from an excellent school district out of state. My smart and (previously) popular child was not welcomed by the students and sat alone for over 6 months. The amount of bullying and threatening that went on almost drove me to call the police as the administration would do nothing. Most of the teachers that my child had were not quality educators and one in particular insisted that a blatantly incorrect use of grammar was correct. We asked why our child received no homework and the superintendent told us that the parents won't make them do it so they don't assign any. Very few parents showed up on the evening of parent teacher conferences. At our old school there were lines down the hall for every teacher. Our child said that the teachers did not seem to like their jobs and spent a large portion of each class period disciplining the students. We took our child out of this school district and sent him/her to private school. I should have listened to the real estate agent when she told us this was an awful school district. STAY AWAY!

  • (5 years ago)

    Hey I went to FF coulda did better but just didn't. The school wasn 't totally bad. Small at the time which limited activities enjoyed at most schools. However intimacy found in a small setting allows for a chance to hear and be heard.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am not a parent but I did go to this school. It isnt a very good school. The teachers are horrible and they do not help the students. The students themselves are terrible. I was included. There are so many things going on in Fairfield school that people know about but do not do anything about. If I was a parent I wouldnt send my child to this school.

  • (9 years ago)

    ok...truthfully i'm not a parent...but i used to attend FHS. It's a good school great teachers wonderful kids just all around a good way to spend the four years of high school.

  • (10 years ago)

    I'm not a parent but I went to Fairfield Middle school and to the HS for a year. It is an excellent school with students who are very dedicated and loving. Everyone is accepted for who they are and nobody is forced to be someone they're not. That's all you can ask for.

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