State College Area High School in State College, PA - Niche

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State College Area High School is a public school in State College, Pennsylvania. It has 2,358 students in grades 8-12. According to state standards, 88% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 393 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

653 Westerly Parkway
State College, PA 16801
(814) 231-1111

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3.7 from 393 reviews
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    • High School Sophomore
    • 3
    Teachers: I have had really great teacher & some bad ones.
    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe at State High. There are security guards walking around that keep everyone safe. The doors lock between classes and visitors are escorted to their destination after they sign in in the main office. All students have ID's that we use to swipe in in the morning to verify our attendance. The teachers all have ID's as well, which grants them access to the doors. Also, teachers have whistles attached to their lanyards in case of an emergency.
    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Extracurriculars: State High has a plethora of extracurricular activities. State High prides itself in making about 80 extracurricular activities available to interested students. These clubs are well promoted and people are always encouraged to join.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: I do complain about school often, but it's only because I am a senior and I am excited to move on with my life after high school. My four years at State High have been great. I have only had a handful of bad experiences. Almost all of my teachers have had a positive impact on my life and learning career. My favorite memories from State High are competing in DECA competitions with my friends. I also love going to the sporting events and supporting my friends on the field. If I had to choose whether or not I would go to State High again, I would decide that yes, I would. I have had so many positive experiences that have helped to shape me into the young woman that I am today. I have learned so much from my teachers and classmates. The overall environment of State High is great. I enjoy attending school there and I don't think many students would disagree with me.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Teachers: I have teachers who go above and beyond when teaching. They make sure to teach the material in a way that every student in the class will understand. On the other hand, I have some teachers who don't make near as great of an attempt. These teachers act like they are too smart for us students. When I ask questions, they make me feel dumb and I often regret asking for help, so I don't ask my questions. In turn, I don't perform well in those particular classes with those particular teachers.

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Nearby Schools

Niche Grade Name Type
Our Lady of Victory Elementary School Private, Religious
4.33 Easterly Parkway Elementary School Public
4.33 Corl Street Elementary School Public
2.66 Nittany Valley Charter School Public, Charter
Nittany Christian School Private, Religious
State College Friends School Private, Religious
3.66 Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania Charter School Public, Charter
Northwestern Human Services Autism School Private, Special Education
3.33 Grace Prep High School Private, Religious
4.33 Radio Park Elementary School Public
3.33 Centre Learning Community Charter School Public, Charter
Wonderland Charter School Public, Charter
4.33 Houserville/Lemont Elementary School Public
4.33 Mount Nittany Middle School Public
4.33 Mount Nittany Elementary School Public
4.33 Ferguson Township Elementary School Public
4.33 Park Forest Elementary School Public
4.33 Park Forest Middle School Public
4.33 Gray's Woods Elementary School Public
3.00 Benner Elementary School Public
3.00 Pleasant Gap Elementary School Public
Centre County Christian Academy Private, Religious
3.00 Bellefonte Elementary School Public
3.66 Centre Hall-Potter Elementary School Public

Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
2.66 Mifflin County High School 19 mi. 1,226
2.00 Central Mountain High School 29 mi. 1,254
3.00 Altoona Area High School 34 mi. 1,658
3.33 Carlisle Area High School 52 mi. 1,479
2.66 Chambersburg Area Senior High School 60 mi. 2,054

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


Female 49%
Male 50%

Student Diversity

State College Area High School United States Altoona Area High School Carlisle Area High School Central Mountain High School Chambersburg Area Senior High School Mifflin County High School
White 83.0% 51.0% 91.0% 75.0% 96.0% 69.0% 93.0%
Asian 6.0% 4.8% 0% 1.0% 1.0% 1.0% 0%
Hispanic 3.0% 25.0% 0% 6.0% 1.0% 15.0% 1.0%
African American 3.0% 15.0% 6.0% 9.0% 1.0% 9.0% 2.0%
Multiracial 3.0% 2.8% 0% 6.0% 0% 3.0% 1.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 8 0.5%
Grade 9 24.2%
Grade 10 23.9%
Grade 11 24.4%
Grade 12 27.0%

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 54 responses

  • 72% Yes
  • 19% Not sure.
  • 9% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 47 responses

  • 23% Career related classes
  • 23% A lot of opportunities
  • 20% Variety of courses offered
  • 14% Clubs
  • 10% Concern for each student's success
  • 6% A push towards college
  • 2% Helps prepare you well for the future.
  • 1% Teachers

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 44 responses

  • 23% The building is falling apart around you
  • 20% Lack of air conditioning
  • 19% Crossing
  • 16% It floods, inside and out
  • 12% Very cliquey
  • 7% A number of mean or uninterested teachers
  • 2% The Delta Program is a 15 minute walk to the H.S.
  • 1% The stress of homework and taking hard classes

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 51 responses

  • 53% The proximity to PSU
  • 18% It is made up of two buildings
  • 14% The quality of education
  • 14% Number of classes offered
  • 2% Unique Classes

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 47 responses

  • 60% It is great and has a lot to offer.
  • 30% It's ok
  • 6% Extensive
  • 4% Accepting

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 41 responses

  • 46% Be prepared for the bigness!
  • 27% Participate in activities which will helpw/friends
  • 12% Don't waste time or procrastinate.
  • 7% Sign up for anything that sounds interesting!
  • 7% Use as many free courses as possible

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 44 responses

  • 14% I love everything about this school.
  • 77% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 9% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.