Plum Senior High School in Plum, PA - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Grades
    9-12
  • Students
    1,322
  • Type
    Public, Coed
  • Reviews
    179 3.5
  • Ranking

Plum Senior High School is a public coed school in Plum, Pennsylvania. It has 1,322 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 68% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 179 reviews written and they have been mixed.

900 Elicker Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15239
(412) 795-4880

Ratings and Reviews
3.5 from 179 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Health & Safety: The school itself is pretty safe, no one really feels like they're in physical danger. There are fights somewhat frequently, but they are usually provoked by both sides. Teachers intervene immediately. Last year an anonymous hotline was put in place, but no one I know has had to use it. Bullying is unfortunately prominent, but it isn't typically direct. More rumors and exclusion than anything.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Extracurriculars: There are a variety of clubs with support from the school, but a few clubs who have little to no support and help. More time is given to sports. The most popular clubs are musical, NHS, robotics, and ski/snowboard.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Some of my favorite experiences at this school have been the school plays and musicals. The production team is very committed and professional, which makes the experience all the more fun and beneficial for the students. There's about 80-100 of us in musical each year, and to handle that many people and still have a good production is incredible.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Teachers: There are some teachers at plum who deserve the highest ratings, and some who shouldn't even be teachers. I would say the majority of teachers help students who struggle, are available outside of class, and genuinely care if we succeed. However, there are quite a few teachers who don't care about the class at all and barely even understand the subject they teach. For example, I had a math teacher one year who made the class very interesting and challenging, and was always there to help, then the following year a math teacher who had simple math mistakes on half of his solutions, and was so bad at explaining that I ended up tuning him out halfway through the year and instead taught myself and a few other classmates. I think the biggest problem I've faced is a lack of interest from the teachers in helping with school clubs and blatant favoritism. Some teachers are very involved with clubs, which helps make them lasting and fun, but there are quite a few clubs that have no support because the teachers willing to help don't have the time, and the teachers available refuse. Dealing with favoritism, there are a lot of teachers who make it obvious who they like more, which is reflected in their grading and availability to help. For example, one of my art teachers has been giving me feedback on my AP summer work to help improve, while one of my friends has not received a single email in reply for her work.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Overall Experience: I wouldn't go back to this school if I had to do it all over again. After everything that's happened, that wasn't even our fault, we get punished. More rules isn't the answer, and that's why I would never go back despite having great memories with friends.

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2.33 Penn Hills Senior High School 4 mi. 1,445
3.66 Gateway Senior High School 5 mi. 1,255
4.33 Fox Chapel Area High School 5 mi. 1,396
2.66 Woodland Hills Senior High School 7 mi. 1,191
2.33 Highlands Senior High School 8 mi. 768

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity

Gender

Gender
Female 49%
Male 50%

Student Diversity

Plum Senior High School United States Pennsylvania Fox Chapel Area High School Gateway Senior High School Highlands Senior High School Penn Hills Senior High School Woodland Hills Senior High School
White 93.0% 51.0% 71.2% 85.0% 65.0% 89.0% 35.0% 34.0%
African American 3.0% 15.0% 13.3% 3.0% 21.0% 7.0% 61.0% 61.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0.2% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Asian 0% 4.8% 3.5% 7.0% 6.0% 0% 0% 1.0%
Hispanic 0% 25.0% 9.2% 2.0% 1.0% 0% 0% 1.0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0.1% 0% 1.0% 0% 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 2.8% 2.7% 0% 4.0% 1.0% 1.0% 1.0%

Enrollment

Enrollment
Grade 9 27.2%
Grade 10 24.4%
Grade 11 23.9%
Grade 12 24.5%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 27 responses

  • 48% Yes
  • 26% Not sure.
  • 26% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 20 responses

  • 33% AP classes
  • 27% The music program
  • 20% I think that the student teacher experience is.
  • 10% The students
  • 7% Television class
  • 3% Everything!

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 12 responses

  • 22% Dress code
  • 22% There isnt really anything bad about Plum
  • 17% Teachers/ vice principals power mad
  • 17% Teachers don't care about if students learn or not
  • 13% Handling situations poorly
  • 9% Bullying not handled

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 20 responses

  • 55% It has a good selection of AP classes
  • 40% It is one of the better ones in the area.
  • 5% None

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 19 responses

  • 37% Work hard and stay out of trouble.
  • 32% Succeed by working hard
  • 16% A personally good fit
  • 11% Committed
  • 5% Very poor

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 9 responses

  • 44% Don't be afraid to talk to new people
  • 22% Focusing early will make life easier later
  • 22% Have fun but stay focused
  • 11% Try new things!

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 21 responses

  • 10% I love everything about this school.
  • 57% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 24% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 10% I hate everything about this school.