Swenson Arts & Technology High School

2750 Red Lion Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19114
(215) 961-2009

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 738 students 17 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
  • Philadelphia City School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Swenson Arts & Technology High School is a public high school in Philadelphia. The principal of Swenson Arts & Technology High School is Mr David Kipphut. 738 students attend Swenson Arts & Technology High School and identify mostly as Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 45% of the 738 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Swenson Arts & Technology High School is 17:1. Washington George High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 7%
Asian 5% %
White, non-Hispanic 41% 14%
Black, non-Hispanic 29% 56%
Hispanic 22% 19%
Multiracial 2% 4%
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 45% 75%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I highly recommend that nobody sends their child to this school. Plenty of teachers don't even teach. Last year I was very interested in learning chemistry. Now after being in the class I can't wait to get out. My teacher looks up things to shop for instead of teaching the class. Not to mention that my electrical teacher has barely had us done electrical work in the past two years. We literally spend our time doing labor work struggling to build the school a new gym. My principal is too cheap to hire real professionals.

  • (2 years ago)

    fresh man class of 2016 seems like a good school so far only one problem theres only 800 students in the entire school but the teachers keep us in check with a good amount of projects and papers

  • (3 years ago)

    its more like a daycare center nobody teaches in there its a messed up school i made a mistake going to this school

  • (4 years ago)

    I just graduated from Swenson last year and i miss it a lot. I miss going there to see my friends and teachers. Swenson has the 4th highest test scores than compared to other public schools. There are different career areas on which you can choose in 9th grade for 10th grade all the way until you graduate. I can't be more proud than to be a graduate from Swenson

  • (5 years ago)

    Ima former student from Swenson and the school is excellent. Great vocational opportunities for students willing to accept them I would attend swenson all over again

  • (7 years ago)

    Swenson High school has the fourth highest test scores than that of the Philadelphia public school system. It offers great careers to students who are willing to accpet education as an important aspect in their life. I graduated from swenson June 2007 and I couldn't be happier to be a Swenson Graduate.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am a current student at Swenson and I graduate Next Year. The school has a few good shop classes like networking and auto but some teachers cant teach well because they cannot speak english very well

  • (8 years ago)

    the school is a good one. a small school that is starting to build extra curricular activities. As well as a reputation for excellence

  • (9 years ago)

    I went there for two years. The math teachers are ok and the electronics department is good but the rest of the school is a joke. It is a dangerous place to send your child.

  • (10 years ago)

    My child is currently a student here and I could not be any happier with him and the school. I would recommend this school to anyone.

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