School Details

William Penn Senior High School

101 West College Ave, York, PA 17403
(717) 849-1218

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-12 993 students 29 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
  • York City School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

William Penn Senior High School is a public high school in York. The principal of William Penn Senior High School is Mr Jesse Rawls. 993 students go to William Penn Senior High School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 83% of the 993 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at William Penn Senior High School is 29:1. Lindbergh Education Center 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

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 48% 42%
Hispanic 35% 40%
White, non-Hispanic 16% 17%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Asian 1% %
Multiracial 0.6% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 83% 87%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I attend at this school and I really like it.. I came from York Suburban and that thing was like a nightmare. Teachers In York High are very pleasant and lots of help to offer. Once you get to know all the school everyone in there and earn the teachers love you'll be FINE.

  • (5 years ago)

    It is a city school and my daughter nephew stepson myself and brothers received an excellent education while attending. Each of us are all educated professionals where we built our foundation at York High. We are accountants lawyers policemen correctional officers nurses; you don't have to be a suburban school student to be successful.

  • (5 years ago)

    Hello! I am a student at this 'school'. its an okay school other then the rude hall Montiars Disrespectful childern and barley any sport surrport. We dont have any kind of extra culiair clubs. The school must think that nobody is going to a college so they dont offer us anything. i think we need more studnets from outside York city to change the school and get us more things that we need. )

  • (5 years ago)

    Whomever previously rated this school three to four stars either have never had an interaction with this school or they do not have kids that attend. I moved here from New York assuming that my child would have a smaller school environment and a better teacher/student ratio but to my horror this has been the worst experience and disappointment that I have ever had with any school system. This school rightfully rated a 1 out of 10 and I think it only received a 1 because a zero was not an available option! I can't wait to get my child away from this school. The bottom line is research carefully before choosing a school. So I will return to New York and take my chances there.. it can't be any worse!

  • (6 years ago)

    the teachers are on top of thing this year and my son is getting more out of school this year thank you myers the mother of richard weary

  • (6 years ago)

    William Penn is an awesome school with a rockin hot band!!!!That has great parent involvement.It is a very comfortable environment.

  • (6 years ago)

    I believe William Penn is a great school and it helps prepare students for the real world.

  • (7 years ago)

    I go to York High. We do lack on some of th most essential things but we make up for it in other areas

  • (8 years ago)

    William penn senior high is such a great school! It has a great mix of people who go there. It has a huge swimming pool gym weight room (school period).I love it there and u should send ur kid there.I would totaly recomend this school.The only thing I dont like about it is that the school has no buses.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a great school for all the programs and things that they offer! Also it's a diverse area and really not half as bad as people make it out to be! I know that I'm a better person because of this school it's soo much better than the 'typical white school' and I'm a white kid! I woldn't want my highschool career anywhere else!

  • (10 years ago)

    William Penn Senior High school is an outstanding school that has the potential to be number one. They have excellent hall moniters and around the clock school security. The staff is excellent and the kids have major potential.

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