Southern Lehigh Senior High School

5800 Main St, Center Valley, PA 18034
(610) 282-1421

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1032 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
  • Southern Lehigh School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Southern Lehigh Senior High School is a public high school in Upper Saucon Township. The principal of Southern Lehigh Senior High School is Mrs Christine Siegfried. 1,032 children attend Southern Lehigh Senior High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 7% of the 1,032 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Southern Lehigh Senior High School is 16:1. Salisbury Senior High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 89% 88%
Hispanic 4% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Asian 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Multiracial 2% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Southern Lehigh treats the students right as long as that student is white smart wealthy and athletically involved. I attended this school and because of my race was made fun of by other students. The administration did absolutely nothing to stop this. Also me and a handful of other girls experienced sexual harassment in the hallway from a fellow student. When this issue was brought up to administration they brushed it under the rug and hardly punished the culprit at all. Very disappointing high school experience.

  • (3 years ago)

    Moved into this district when my child was entering 6th grade. She's now graduated and we are very pleased with her experience and education at Southern Lehigh. It was recommended to me and widely recognized as one of the top handful of districts in the Lehigh Valley area and I couldn't agree more. Much smaller than the biggest districts in the region but large enough to have lots of choice in academic programs (many AP classes) and extracurriculars and competitive sports teams that are typically contending for their league title.

  • (3 years ago)

    II graduated from Southern Lehigh in 2008 and i'm not at all surprised by the community response to SLHS on this site. I loved the gifted teachers who taught us the campus and the general SLHS experience but I'm not surprised by all the negative reviews. SLHS as a school is wonderful but Southern Lehigh is filled with snooty complaining parents who are painting it as a negative place - it's a great school to attend and I'm proud to be alum. Don't let these low star reviews fool you - SLHS is the place to be and everyone in the Lehigh Valley knows it!

  • (7 years ago)

    I graduated in 2005 and enjoyed this school. It prepared me for college adequately and my AP exam results got me 6credits at Kutztown. Very little could be done to make this school better. Like all schools some teachers will be better or worse than others. Not culturally diverse but that's ok with me.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am an alumni of SLHS and was disappointed by the lack of assistance the school district gave to students who were not your cookie cutter southern lehigh student (ie white decently wealthy althetic students). I felt judged and was disgusted by several occaisions when I witnessed the school covering up discipline areas instead of dealing with them. I did feel safe there and recieved a mediocre education but feel they do not challenge the students unless they are enrolled in 'advanced' classes. Also felt they did not support extracurricular activities that were not football field hockey or other 'traditional' high school sports. All in all it's an alright school but they seemed a little too ok with letting a LOT of students 'fall through the cracks'

  • (8 years ago)

    The administration staff at the high school seem to only worry about discipline and don't recognize the better students. Their is no senior class recognition. When it comes to the financial matters of the school I would consider it a rip off. The district parents give a lot to the school but the school does not treat students fairly.

  • (8 years ago)

    Southern Lehigh doesn't support their extracurricular activities(No locker room for track lacrosse or football). Southern Lehigh School District often declines parent involvement that would enhance the students' experience. They seem to micro discipline good kids. Many classes do not have text books for each student.

  • (8 years ago)

    School is relatively good school. Because of demographics the school is not diverse. Many teachers care but many also take it as a job and don't teach but give instruction. School board try novel education programs that mostly fail Would be a better school if more attention given to AP courses and graduates getting into top colleges. Has a poor record of this but seems to be improving. Parent involvement and participation needed if school is to give best education for their child. Plenty of extracurricular activities and opportunities for students to grow.

  • (10 years ago)

    It is a very good school with a lot of opportunities for the students to excel. The only big problem is that I think the dress code should be a little more lenient. What is wrong with spaghetti straps and why do ur shoulders have to be covered? There is also a lot of school spirit for the football games and every other sport. I like it better then the school I used to go to. That's for sure. There are a lot of challenges and expectations from the teachers. We also got a whole bunch of new equipment and rooms for example the gym and cafeteria.

  • (11 years ago)

    Southern Lehigh High School is a small school that has high standards. Sparkly clean. Our marching band is excellent football team is okay. Curriculum is fairly rigid due to PA. state academic standards. School was just remodeled in 2003. Brand new gym cafeteria music rooms and classrooms added. We are not crowded for now. Teachers are generally thoughtful and competetent administration is tough but fair. There are less then a dozen ap classes and none can be taken before junior year unless a student/parent really pushes for it. Most students are content with challenge level.

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