Pen Argyl Area High School

501 West Laurel Ave, Pen Argyl, PA 18072
(610) 863-1293

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Public Grades 9-12 598 students 16 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
  • Pen Argyl Area School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Pen Argyl Area High School is a public high school in Plainfield Township. The principal of Pen Argyl Area High School is Mr John Smith. 598 students go to Pen Argyl Area High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 24% of the 598 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Pen Argyl Area High School is 16:1. Career Institute of Technology is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • German
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 94% 92%
Hispanic 3% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Multiracial 1% 4%
Asian 1% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 24% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    Have had 4 children go through Pen Argyl. I have no complaints. What I have seen is the all 4 had different but positive experiences. Like anything you get out what you put into it. Parent involvement must take place in both school and home fronts The principal is always visible and interactive with kids and parents.

  • (4 years ago)

    Pen Argyl is a mediocre school system where the focus is indeed on sports. Academics and things like service clubs and music programs definitely take a back seat here. It's a good 'ol boys club for the modern times. A few individual teachers have truly gone above and beyond as far as my student is concerned but the rest of the teachers and administration simply bide their time and stress how we MUST pass our PSSAs. My student is new to the school system but I attended here myself. I succeeded in academics because I was self-motivated certainly not from anything the administration did. In fact the guidance department when I attended DISCOURAGED students from following their dreams. This aspect does seem to have improved somewhat. If I had the money my student would be in private school elsewhere.

  • (5 years ago)

    There is not a high amount of bullying. Of course some but that happens in every school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am the girls softball coordinator for the Green and White. I am also a parent of four girls and one boy an alumni of Pen Argyl and have lived in this Pen Argyl and Wind Gap community all my life. I couldn't be more proud of where I'm from where my children attend school and all the kids that participate in their music programs athletics and academic programs. As they say we are small but we are mighty! We have done one tremendous job competing at all levels against bigger schools with more money and larger student populations. We have heart determination and something to prove. Keep up the good work.

  • (6 years ago)

    A note to the parent's comment on sports it is not the school that is focusing on the sports that you commented on it is more the community. The success and focus of the mostly male sports programs you mentioned is do to the students being developed at a young age through clubs supported by parents coached by parents and financed by registrations and fund raisers not by the school distict. The high school provides all the sports teams with the required equipment coaching and facilities. It is the community and atheletes participating wich makes those programs have respect. Girls softball is a good example a good Green and White club and a succesful and respected high school team. The only sport that should be looked at is Cheering do to the fact that most people do not consider it a sport but as a support of a sport.

  • (7 years ago)

    the focus more on football baseball and wrestling the female activities are treated with less respect. There is a high amount of bullying and low care to work towards correcting it.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school district is ok. But the busing of the students is not. They have students walking on high traffic roads that have no side walks!!!!!!!! I don't care what grade they are in they should be able to pick them up at a safe place!!!!!!!!!!

  • (11 years ago)

    I'm very concerned about the way they discipline the children in this school for instance there was a child who brought in a pot pipe last year got suspended for he rest of the marking period and is back they need to start cracking down on these children now.

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