School Details

Marple Newtown Senior High School

120 Media Line Rd, Newtown Square, PA 19073
(610) 359-4218

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1185 students 14 student/teacher

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
  • Marple Newtown School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Marple Newtown Senior High School is a public high school in Newtown Township. The principal of Marple Newtown Senior High School is Mr John Sanville. 1,185 students go to Marple Newtown Senior High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 8% of the 1,185 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Marple Newtown Senior High School is 14:1. Cardinal O'Hara High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 85% 87%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 10%
Asian 11% %
Hispanic 0.9% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.08% 0.1%
Multiracial 0.08% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 8% 6%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    Marple Newtown has potential to be a great school but only if a student really searches for it to be so. Last year I worked in spite of an oppressive administration but this year after being more friendly overall around school I've realized that a lot of the staff is really willing to help me with my goals. Sure every school has some bad teachers and if they could just be fired like that everything would be easy- but that's not the case. The student body is disappointing at best with a majority of underachievers. A few bright stars shine through though and really benefit from the resources the school has to offer. Don't take honors chemistry. Only advice when it comes to classes.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a Marple Newtown HS alumni that couldn't wait to get my kids back into my old neighborhood and into the school I was so proud of. This was the Biggest Mistake Ever!!. During the freshman night along with parents the Principal and Vice Principal welcomed the students and the parents with a new change in attendance policy that sounded more like a threat than anything very disrespectful to the parents. It appeared as if parents have no rights in this matter and the majority of parents I spoke with were very offended. Later that week I learned that over 10 parents withdrew their children from the Marple Newtown Senior High School I am planning to do the same after hearing frightening stories from many families and how they were treated by the staff and administration when a problem occurred either with a teacher or a bully. I also found that approx 45% of the students in this district do not attend Marple Newtown Hmm... I wonder Why?

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is awful. Suppressing talent and potential at every turn this school works to depress and squelch any excitement the students could have toward learning. The teachers inadequacy is only bolstered by the administrations appalling aversion to work in any form. Switching out of this penitentiary is the best decision I have ever made.

  • (4 years ago)

    i transfwered away from marple cause my parents made me go to christian school. it was the worst decision of my life

  • (5 years ago)

    I was an exchange student at marple and it was the best I ve ever done. The people were so nice and everyone helped us. +++

  • (6 years ago)

    After transferring from the abysmal Upper Darby school district I feel confident in saying that Marple Newtown is one of the best. It is a shame that this school is not more well known; it deserves more praise and attention. Ranked 35th on the list of 50 Best Greater Philadelphia School Districts. The music program athletics and class courses offered are outstanding. I've made friends to last a lifetime. I would recommend it to anyone.

  • (6 years ago)

    A horrible school for disadvantaged kids. The school just sweeps its 'problem students' into sub-par alternative schools.

  • (6 years ago)

    Above average school that has stabilized after slipping for several years. Budget pressures from an older population and 30% of students attending private schools limit school district's ability to meet funding goals. Fantastic music program excellent AP numbers and involved parents. Physical plant was refurbished several yrs ago.

  • (9 years ago)

    An underappreciated gem. The majority of the faculty are excellent teachers the administration is very supportive of students parents and teachers. A smaller high school with a broad range of activities in athletics and the arts.

  • (9 years ago)

    Once on top- now a fledgling academic institution. Caught in the budgetary dilemma realted to predominantly 65+ residents. Funding not availabel to provide the support needed. Teachers are good but the support for special needs has declined dramatically in last 3 years. Cut backs on supplies and activities. Substandard athletic fields. Poor facilities within the schools. Population shift to less involved parents.

  • (9 years ago)

    It is a sad state of affairs when the graduating class of 2005 is told that it is more important for a new football field to be constructed rather than allowing family and friends the opportunity to see their children/etc. graduate in person after 12+ years of work. when did sports become more important than acedemics in this district. knowing now what I know I would look elsewhere before choosing this district for my children. they have spoken loud and clear!

  • (11 years ago)

    It's a beautiful school. It was just recently renovated and it looks fantastic.

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Overall score

(based on 22 ratings & reviews)

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