School Details

West Scranton High School

1201 Luzerne St, Scranton, PA 18504
(570) 348-3616

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 1015 students 15 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
  • Scranton School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

West Scranton High School is a public high school in Scranton. The principal of West Scranton High School is Mrs Rose Sember. 1,015 students go to West Scranton High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 61% of the 1,015 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at West Scranton High School is 15:1. Scranton High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 76% 62%
Hispanic 12% 18%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 12%
Multiracial 0.9% 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0%
Asian 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 61% 62%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is very old and in need of repair including no air conditioning- which causes a huge problem at the end of the year on the third floor when students are trying to concentrate on taking their final exams! The principal is lacking the skills needed to be an effective leader. Some of the teachers are very good and go the extra mile for ALL of their students while the majority set a bad example do not care to put in extra effort for the kids that need it and the teachers and principal do not work well together. (The school does not even have a fax machine- if that says something.) I believe in the Scranton area high school students can choose whether to attend West Scranton High o Scranton High. I would choose Scranton High for sure.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a student at West and I can honestly say that there are several excellent teachers. Unfortunately they are the minority and there are many teachers at West that can barely interpret the material they teach.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great school spirit. The interactions among the parents and the staff

  • (5 years ago)

    This school might be a lot better if it were a little bigger. More educational diversity could then be offered. Sure we live in an economically depressed area but we could do more for our schools.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school has a very good academic selection for its students and I feel my child did very well in attending this school.

  • (9 years ago)

    I went to high school here and and currently earning my M.Ed. in curriculum and Instruction in ordr to become a teacher. It was the teachers at West Scranton High School that prepared me for my undergraduate and graduate education and inspired me to pass on my love of learning to others.

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Overall score

(based on 12 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
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