School Details

Somerset Area Senior High School

645 South Columbia Ave, Somerset, PA 15501
(814) 443-2831

(out of 10)

Public Grades 10-12 557 students 14 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
  • Somerset Area School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Somerset Area Senior High School is a public high school in Somerset Township. The principal of Somerset Area Senior High School is Mr Mark Gross. 557 students attend Somerset Area Senior High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 28% of the 557 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Somerset Area Senior High School is 14:1. Somerset County Technology Center is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 96% 97%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Asian 2% %
Hispanic 0.7% 0.4%
Multiracial 0.4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28% 36%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    they are a great school even though i did not go there my self but my daughter have gone there and love it they have a lot to offer and a great rank in acemy

  • (6 years ago)

    The school as I left certainly had its problems but overall the teachers cared about the students. There weren't any major risks in this school and the student body felt very secure in the environment. The problem I saw while I was there and even now is in the administration. Certain leaders seem to be using their positions on a power trip to make unnecessary changes. Many of these changes are making the educational and social environment of the school unproductive and almost depressing for the students.

  • (7 years ago)

    I agree 100% with the April 2006 posting. Lacking in ethics and morals - lots of bullying which - majority of poor uncaring teachers. Substandard academics.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am going to have to conflict with the person who posted a detrimental review on January of 2006. I did not have the privilege of graduating with my class when I was in school there but I rebounded back and now confidently serve with the USN. I had phenomenal mentors who cared a lot about the students and who took their job seriously. There is nothing erroneous with desiring to incur more money or more move up in the 'teacher rankings' that is why they joined an union.Somerset is an exemplary school with A plus educators.

  • (8 years ago)

    Academics not so bad good teachers for honors subjects in general excellent German language program

  • (8 years ago)

    I find this school to be lacking in morals and ethics from a few teachers to administration. The district focuses on test scores instead of focusing on better ways to teach students and on hiring competent teachers. There is a big problem with bullying and overall poor behavior from students. But this seems to be permitted. Very disappointed.

  • (8 years ago)

    Academic quality is mediocre not outstanding nor lacking. The school recently experienced a treacherous union dispute that has left the school short of instructors and a loss of many long time teaching faculty.

  • (8 years ago)

    Somerset was a good place to prepare for college. I went from Somerset to a small liberal arts college in Maryland and I would say that most of my freshman level courses were equal to my senior level classes at Somerset. But like every school you get out what you put it. if you don't seek out the challenges at the school they won't present themselves to you.

  • (9 years ago)

    Somerset pa is a great place to live... It is 'america's county'. However the teachers and the education given by them is poor to marginal. My daughter recently graduated from somerset and thank god she was a self motivated learner. She excelled academically and received many fine scholarships and is attending an excellent college. However this is a credit to herself and family encouragement. The teachers taught poorly and lack any motivation. She could have taught many of her upper level classes. I actually pity the parents and kids who don't take their educations into their own hands. There are a few good teachers. But only a precious few!! the others are only concerned with continuing up the high paying job ladder and having a cushy guarenteed job thanks to their union. It is a royal shame. The good teachers know who they are the bad ones should hit the turnpike!

  • (9 years ago)

    I graduated from SHS in 2000 and feel my experience was EXCELLENT at the time. i am very happy that i am not still attending Somerset though because of the continued striking by the teachers. i have always cherished my memories at Somerset but i feel the school is going downhill because the teachers feel they need MORE and MORE.

  • (9 years ago)

    I did my student-teaching at Somerset and it had wonderful dedicated teachers. It's too bad the school board is misguided year after year. It sure detracts from a wonderful district.

  • (10 years ago)

    This district is losing quality teachers because of a contract dispute. Upper management continues to earn huge salaries while the people working directly with the children have been on a wage freeze for four years. The school board seems oblivious to this. Money talks and although people love their job they cannot afford to stay on step one of the contract at $26 000. The public needs to request 'Binding' arbitration to get this matter settled!

  • (10 years ago)

    The teachers here are getting a bad rap because of the contract situation. They are good people who care about kids. Our kids are lucky to have them and I do not appreciate how they are being treated by the media and the school board. Clas sizes are small the teachers are great and my kids love it at Somerset. My oldest is a junior in college and is excelling because of the great education he received here.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am a Senior at Somerset. I wish the teachers would settle this strike sooner or later because it messed up my Senior year and graduation. It's not fair that the kids have to suffer through all this because we are victims in this. My family income is $19 000.00 a year and the teachers are complaining that they're only making $40 000 a year. Try living on what we do.

  • (11 years ago)

    I attended Somerset H.S. and now I live in Ohio and I'm looking at schools for my children. I can't believe the low proficiency ratings that Somerset has compared to Ohio's public schools! And Somerset teachers have been on strike for two years! Obviously they don't want the best education for these children!!

  • (11 years ago)

    I graduated in 1983 from this school myself and my daughter is now a senior here. It is a very good school with great teachers and faculty. It is in a good town and has a low rate of crimes drugs and problems. Discipline is good. Teachers care and help the students to excel and do their best. An all around good school.

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