School Details

Parkersburg High School

2101 Dudley Ave, Parkersburg, WV 26101
(304) 420-9595
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1829 students 18 students/teacher (WV avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

43%
40%
41%
47%
47%
48%
34%
35%
31%
44%
42%
37%

West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2)

In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Wood County Schools average
  • West Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

37%
36%
43%
51%
51%
48%
48%
44%
45%

West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2)

In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Wood County Schools average
  • West Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

46%
44%
48%
43%
44%
45%
38%
36%
35%

West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2)

In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Wood County Schools average
  • West Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Parkersburg High School is a public high school in Parkersburg. 1,829 children attend Parkersburg High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 43% of the 1,829 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Parkersburg High School is 18:1. Parkersburg Catholic High School 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
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 94% 95%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Asian 1% %
Hispanic 0.6% 1%
Multiracial 0.4% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.05% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43% 51%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    The bullies they have are not the students this school needs to be investigated this problem needs to be handled its just getting worse

  • (3 years ago)

    BEST school in the state! The new administration is great! They are cleaning house and making the school much much better! I am a 2010 graduate and can't believe how much it has already changed! I give PHS 5 stars!

  • (4 years ago)

    Parkersburg High School offers the most well-rounded education in the state of West Virginia. In addition to the top-notch academics and teachers PHS boasts many state champion men's and women's sports teams and award-winning music theater and art departments. Plus there are dozens of clubs and organizations encouraging volunteerism and personal growth for teenagers. I think the best thing is that students are encouraged to be involved in many different activities. Football players are regularly seen in the choir and theater students participate in the robotics club much to the happiness of the faculty and parents. It is a one of a kind school with over 100 years of history and pride within a close-knit community. This means that many students (like myself at one time) can create memories in the same space as their parents and grandparents did decades before. It is so cool to know that I learned French and chemistry in the same classrooms as my mother father grandparents aunts and uncles. It is a treasured family bond that I have rarely encountered with anyone else I have met in the places I have lived since high school graduation. What a great place to spend the 4 remarkable years before adulthood!

  • (5 years ago)

    the teachers and curriculum are great but the administration is horrific! don't miss a day of school even if you're sick because it's a hazard to get excused!

  • (5 years ago)

    I've been to this school for a year now (I'm a sophmore this upcoming school year) and I say this school could do way better. Especially in the academic system. This school only seems to fund the athletic field and emphasize that it's better while the academinc is struggling to teach its students the right way. The theatre classes lack funds to go on field trips the art classes don't get enough supplies. Also many students skip classes or seem to not care about their school career. The school should reinforce their academics and get students to want to learn. And maybe even stop bullying (there is a lot of disrespect amongst students.) So in the end...Fund the academic field!

  • (6 years ago)

    It is my first year at Parkersburg High School and I really like this school. Not only sports but education is a big part of PHS. Parents don't really know what goes on in the classroom. I have had a great year here and I have learned alot. Every student is safe no matter what. Yes the dress code is not like it was last year. The dress code is not that bad!! This coming from a student come on. If you don't what your kids to wear it don't buy it for them. Every school has it's faults. By the end of my 3yrs i will be ready for college. Also I'm glad we have a Freshman class now. I'm glad to have them.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a sophmore currently at PHS and I have to say that I definatley feel that I will not be prepared for college. My honors english class is a joke and the school's focus is on sports when they should really be focusing on academics. The standerdized tests may be good but you don't know what is really going on in the classrooms.

  • (7 years ago)

    Parkersburg High School prepared my child well for her future. She was able to leave school and start on a great career. I would recommend this school to anyone.

  • (7 years ago)

    Parkersburg High School may be called 'the School of Champions' for its nationally recognized athletic programs however it fails to provide a challenging and rigorous education. The students are motivated to give their all on the field but are not adequately prepared for the academic intensity of college. If your son or daughter is interested in playing fantastic sports then PHS is their dream school. But if' their looking for a high school that will get them a 5 on an AP exam and an SAT score over 1200 then PHS is nothe place for them.

  • (7 years ago)

    I dont feel there is a dress code or perhaps just not inforced. Teachers dress code is not much better than students.

  • (8 years ago)

    PHS really is great for preparing students for any college. The only down fall is that the athletics are extremely competitive and sometimes you won't make the team unless you have connections

  • (9 years ago)

    The range of extracurricular activities at PHS is quite extensive with new clubs constantly being formed. The sport program is also well supported. However I feel that teacher reviews and curriculum could be greatly improved at the school. I feel that my child who is advanced for her age does not receive the kind of stimulating and challenging coursework that she requires to live up to her potential. Perhaps more effective evaluations could be given on the staff but overall I do not think the fact improvement is needed can be ignored.

  • (9 years ago)

    PHS is an all around great school. It has a good acedemic program with many students competing in national events. It is probably most noted throughout the state as a strong athletic school which was ranked in 2005 by Sports Illustrated as the top 13th school in the nation for it's athletics based mainly on the number of total victories and state championships in all the sports. Known as the 'School of Champions'. We have a fairly new principal and a brand new athletic director but the winning tradition should continue. Parent involvement is good and there is a lot of activities for students to get involved in that are not all sports. The school has many other programs for students to accell. It is in a small town so it's easy to get to know everyone.

See all reviews on GreatSchools

Overall score

(based on 25 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

Nearby

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

High Schools