School Details

Reading Senior High School

801 North 13th St, Reading, PA 19604
(610) 371-5705

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2676 students 18 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
  • Reading School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Reading Senior High School is a public high school in Reading. The principal of Reading Senior High School is Mr Wynton Butler. 2,676 students go to Reading Senior High School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 89% of the 2,676 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Reading Senior High School is 18:1. Citadel Intermediate 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
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 76% 77%
Black, non-Hispanic 12% 10%
White, non-Hispanic 10% 9%
Multiracial 1% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% 1%
Asian 0.7% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.04% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 89% 90%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    I thought the experience would have been average with exception of supportive teachers and access to college search programs. As a senior in high school my courses were a mixture of honors and general courses due . to my previously having attended an out of country high school. When in honors courses teachers spent more time with each student (overall more invested). In the general courses teachers were less supportive with the exception of one teacher. Not to take away from the support this teacher provided being misplaced in a general course helped me stand out from the rest of my classmates. I was connected with the college search program which gave me access to the many possibilities regarding SAT testing preparation college applications preparation college visits etc. I was accepted into all of the universities I applied to and joined a Patriot League university. Overall I would rate the school average on student body and exceeded my expectations on teacher/college programs/advisor support.

  • (5 years ago)

    Mr.campbell is turning it into a prison...easy to cut class...HUGE...great ppl

  • (5 years ago)

    Reading HS is one of the best schools to get an education because it teaches you how to deal with the real life after high school RHS also has an amazing marching band and music program I think it is so cool that there is a high school still out there like this one

  • (5 years ago)

    Reading High School has an outstanding faculty excellent teachers and a great extracurricular program including band football basketball cheerleading and more. The JROTC program offers discipline that many of the students can't find at home.

  • (5 years ago)

    My children graduated from RHS and my grandson is currently attending. It's a huge school with wonderful diversity. The academic opportunities are complimented by the an array of extra curricular activities - band orchestra sports and hundreds of clubs. Go Red Knights!

  • (5 years ago)

    reading high isnt a bad school at all.i would know because im a jounior there this year. I can say reading high is the best high school I have ever been to i dont wana change schools. I have great friends and teachers there. People make reading high seem like its a horrible school and its not.Its a normal and the best school in Reading PA. Thank you!

  • (5 years ago)

    Reading High School is a school that has been plagued by the media. Every chance someone gets to give a negative look to the school they take. When the people who are saying all the negative things about Reading High to begin with have never even set a foot in the building during school hours to see how things operate. I welcome anyone who is pessimistic about this school to come take a firsthand look at all the hard work being put in to make this school functional.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a student of Reading High School I think it is a great enviroment to learn in. Students who come in from other neighboring schools are sometimes frightened to do so and I just don't see why. The school just receives bad attention in the media and such which gives the reputation that this is a horrible place and that's completely false! I Love Reading High!

  • (6 years ago)

    I think that anyones experience at rhs depends solely on what they put into it. It is an incredibly diverse school with many activities to get involved in and some top notch teachers. As a student that has taken both courses at the Reading Public Museum through the high school's humanities program and taken advantage of the AP courses within the school I have experienced amazing teachers all around. If you ask the same question to another student depending on what they put into their experience at RHS you may get the complete opposite. One thing that needs to be addressed within the school is the lowering of standards. This isn't the way to go about getting more students to pass. Police have recently been removed from the school which I believe to be a horrible decision. Although the police still patrol outside it is hard to handle potential crises.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a student at RHS and to me this is a good school but their are some students who make this school look bad when it really isn't. yes our school has alot diversity and fights but what school doesnt? This school taught me to stand up for myself and be strong the violence here isn't a good atmosphere but at least we're not being babyed or over protected from the real world. Violence isnt the answer but it is something that happens in everyday life.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is an EXCELLENT school! Anyone who has anything bad to say about Reading High has either never been there or wasn't there for long. It teaches teens about growing up in diverse enviroments and the number or extracurricular activities is numorous. They give out more money in scholarships that any other school in Berks County and they may not be considered to have the 'best' teachers but they do have some of the most caring. I was a student set on settling on going to a community college and the school supported me and helped me until I was able to recieve a scholarship for free tuition in college. The school is amazingly big but it makes it so much easier to meet new people. I can promise that Reading High has more to offer than half of the high school's in Berks County.

  • (7 years ago)

    its ok but there is lots of fights and kids are sometimes scared to go to school and learn

  • (7 years ago)

    I was a former student at Reading High School last year. I remember last year a very notorious incident happend. Yes the students are exposed to violent crimes and vigorous acts but what about the other suburban schools? It's sad to see that Reading High has a notorious reputation because it does have a variety of good qualities to it! I can for sure say they have a lot of extra curriculars programs and available scholarships. The security currently is now very upgraded. More than 20 security guards and more cameras! Also a better disciplinary system.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is an excellent school that allows a student to grow in a diverse environment. Every year the top students are accepted into prestigious schools such as Harvard and University of Penn because those schools are looking for diverse and well-rounded students. The teachers are hard working individuals who want to make a difference in a student's life and they do. I could afford to send my children to any school but I choose to send them to Reading where I feel they are learning to live in the real world with all types of individuals.

  • (10 years ago)

    The school offers many things to many students. They offer the most scholarships for college than any of the surrounding schools in the area. If you have a smart child then he/she could really benefit from this school. They offer an array of classes to choose from. Sometimes I feel that this school can be under rated for it quality in education.

  • (11 years ago)

    I think it is time for the school to forget about the uniform code although it seemed like a good idea I think more harm has come out of it ie suspensions ISS etc. These teachers have enough to worry about without putting this on top of things. Other than that this is a great school and a beautiful school. 'Most' teachers really care about their students.

  • (11 years ago)

    I'm not a parent but I am a student at Reading High and the reputation that this school gets is unfair. You shouldn't judge this school if you don't know the facts about it. There are more clubs after school activities programs etc... than all other berks county schools.

  • (11 years ago)

    This isn't really a bad school at all. Some people do think it is. All the students try their best and that's all they can ask for.

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