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Valley Senior High School is a public high school in New Kensington. The principal of Valley Senior High School is Mr Jon Banko and can be contacted at Jbanko@nkasd.com. 600 students attend Valley Senior High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 51% of the 600 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Valley Senior High School is 18:1. Northern Westmoreland CTC is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

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

    • French
    • Japanese
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 68% 62%
Black, non-Hispanic 29% 30%
Multiracial 2% %
Hispanic 2% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.05%
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51% 58%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I atteneded Valley and I loved it there from the years I went. Many extracurricular activities to choose from. Plus teachers were very nice.

  • (4 years ago)

    I think valley high is talented about drama. Recently i've seen the wizard of oz and also beauty and the beast and they were emotional and great actor. Next they teach them every thing to suceed in life. That is why give Valley four stars.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have several children currently enrolled at Valley High School. There have been some very positive changes over the past few years. The new administrators are trying to bring back discipline and control. Hopefully the students will no longer be in charge. There are many new young teachers who truly care about the students' education. The JROTC program is wonderful and really making a difference in the student's lives. There are many extracurricular activities to choose from. The Guidance Dept. is invisible. They only help a hand full of students - usually those from upper middle class homes who are high honor students - the students who don't really need their help. Overall Valley isn't such a bad place. Their bad reputation isn't deserved.

  • (5 years ago)

    Valley is vastly underrated as a high school. If your child is interested in education this is an excellent place. Great extracurriculars dedicated teachers good kids not nearly the drug abuse found in nearby schools.

  • (5 years ago)

    The Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is an outstanding program with outstandng Cadets. one has showed extra pride and Proffesionalism- Joe Donanski. It really is a five star high school

  • (5 years ago)

    Valley Senior High School has a lot to offer. They are a leader in technology with laptops available for all students and state of the art technolog in the school. Valley is the only school in the state to have an active educational partnership with China including two Chinese teachers teaching our students. My child is excelling here in AP and excellerated classes. I'm quite pleased with our school.

  • (6 years ago)

    this is the best school possible for your child.

  • (6 years ago)

    valley high school is not a school to send your kid to if you want high test scores. people saying that valley has high test scores is a joke. compared to who? the surrounding schools score much higher then valley. not to mention the drug trafficing in the new kensington area. if ur thinking about enrolling your child in valley school district or moving to new kensington dont. if u want to stay in the area try other schools like burrel

  • (6 years ago)

    Valley high school is the best kept secret in the Alle-Kiski valley! Yur interesting website does not allow an evaluation of the individuals rating the various schools available on your site. It certainly is a tempting site for students and parents with an axe to grind to voice a very unbalanced opinion! I would hope that prospective teachers and families who may be considering applying to or attending Valley high school would conduct a more responsible search for information than is available from opinion polls. Valley High school is a diverse school with a challenging curriculum inspired faculty and presently a gifted educational leader in the person of the principal. Valley provides the opportunity for all students to reach their potential with the proper investment of time enthusiam and hard work on the part of the student and their family.

  • (6 years ago)

    I used to go to Valley High School and my younger sister still does. I don't think its's a terrible school however the authority is. The principal wants to be best friends with all of the male and athletic students. It's honestly somewhat pathetic. Not to mention the assistant principal talks in ebonics in an attempt to communicate with stundents. Once again I find this pathetic. However I have to say I did like most of the teachers and the school spirit and overall diversity was very refreshing. I'll admit that I loved going to high school at Valley.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm happy to attend Valley high school and this school has alot of pride. I wouldn't give it 5 let alone 4 stars because Valley doesn't desereve more that 3 stars. They don't try to exceed in childrens success. They don't believe in children with a bad background to succeed in life. They don't push the students hard enough which gives you the impression that they don't care too much for their students

  • (8 years ago)

    I am a former student at Valley High School and I personally liked it alot. I liked the closeness of the community. There were small classes so it was easier to learn and comprehend. Also one of the aspects of this school that I loved was how involved they are in athletics. This school really puts forth an effort to get their athletes noticed. I think that is something that you don't find very often. Overall Valley is a great high school.

  • (8 years ago)

    Im not a parent im a former student. I feel that this school has gone completely down-hill over the years and there doesnt seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel. Send your kids to another school FAST because their chance of making something out of themselves is very slim. The teachers absolutely do not care one way or the other about the students accually learning something. Some of the teachers are worse than the kids when it comes to profanity and slander. I truely wish i would have attended another school that would have been more accepting to me. The authority is a JOKE! Most of the kids that attend are dis-respectfull and ignorant towards others. New Kensington is a JOKE as well and i thank God that i do not reside there anymore and NEVER will again!

  • (9 years ago)

    I think that Valley is a great school. My daughter's loved going to school to learn and to see the people in it. A lot of people think Valley is not the right school for kids to go to because of what has happened in the past... but the future is only going to get better.

  • (9 years ago)

    Needs alot more discipline.

  • (9 years ago)

    this is one of the best test scored schools around.... Everyone looks at Valley High School like we are the dumnest school poor students... But open your eyes we have one of the smartest students around.

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter is a tenth grade student at Valley High School. Any time I have left a message with the principal this year she has never returned my phone call. In addition my daughter's teachers do not return my phone calls or return them after I have to leave multiple messages. My daughter is struggling in some classes and no one seems to care.

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