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 2,368 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 358 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

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3.7 from 358 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: the environment in the school is amazing, but there are obviously teachers that are biased heavily and make it harder to get better grades in. It's good that the school offers many different classes and so many after school clubs and activities which I have enjoyed.
    • High School Sophomore
    • 4
    Overall Experience: This school is unique because their so excepting of everyone's different ideals. I would choose this school again because if offers such a variety of classes. Also it gives you a chance to be part of something bigger.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Overall Experience: It's okay, but could've been improved.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Overall Experience: I had one teacher who was super insensitive and mean. Also air conditioning would be nice. Also some teachers are homophobic, which really sucks. But the electives are amazing, some teachers are so understanding, and there's a lot of great things about this school.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Overall Experience: I really enjoyed the science teachers I had throughout my school year here and keep in touch with some of them still. The math program was hard for me to follow and I wish there was more support for students who struggle with math. This school is focused on sports and it can make students who aren't in sports feel unimportant. This school had an obvious bias for students whose parents were more wealthy or students who were involved with sports, meaning they wouldn't get in trouble for their actions or what they wore nearly as often as students who weren't athletic. But the teachers I had were all nice and helpful.

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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
4.00 Radio Park Elementary School Public
Centre Learning Community Charter School Public, Charter
Wonderland Charter School Public, Charter
4.00 Houserville/Lemont Elementary School Public
4.33 Mount Nittany Middle School Public
4.00 Mount Nittany Elementary School Public
4.00 Ferguson Township Elementary School Public
4.00 Park Forest Elementary School Public
4.33 Park Forest Middle School Public
4.00 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
2.66 Bellefonte Elementary School Public
3.66 Centre Hall-Potter Elementary School Public

Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
2.00 Central Mountain High School 29 mi. 1,279
3.00 Altoona Area High School 34 mi. 1,646
3.33 Carlisle Area High School 52 mi. 1,468
2.66 Chambersburg Area Senior High School 60 mi. 2,035
3.00 Williamsport Area Senior High School 52 mi. 1,502

Around State College Area High School

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


Male 50%
Female 49%

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 Williamsport Area Senior High School
White 85.0% 51.0% 92.0% 76.0% 97.0% 73.0% 70.0%
Asian 5.0% 4.8% 0% 1.0% 1.0% 1.0% 0%
Multiracial 2.0% 2.8% 0% 5.0% 0% 1.0% 6.0%
Hispanic 2.0% 25.0% 0% 6.0% 0% 13.0% 2.0%
African American 2.0% 15.0% 6.0% 9.0% 0% 9.0% 19.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 8 0.2%
Grade 9 23.8%
Grade 10 25.5%
Grade 11 25.6%
Grade 12 24.9%

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 41 responses

  • 68% Yes
  • 22% Not sure.
  • 10% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 34 responses

  • 27% Career related classes
  • 26% A lot of opportunities
  • 21% Variety of courses offered
  • 13% Concern for each student's success
  • 13% Clubs

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 36 responses

  • 22% The building is falling apart around you
  • 20% Lack of air conditioning
  • 19% Crossing
  • 16% It floods, inside and out
  • 12% Very cliquey
  • 8% A number of mean or uninterested teachers
  • 3% The Delta Program is a 15 minute walk to the H.S.

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 38 responses

  • 61% The proximity to PSU
  • 24% It is made up of two buildings
  • 8% The quality of education
  • 8% Number of classes offered

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 34 responses

  • 62% It is great and has a lot to offer.
  • 32% It's ok
  • 3% Extensive
  • 3% Accepting

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 34 responses

  • 47% Be prepared for the bigness!
  • 24% Participate in activities which will helpw/friends
  • 15% Don't waste time or procrastinate.
  • 9% Use as many free courses as possible
  • 6% Sign up for anything that sounds interesting!

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 30 responses

  • 13% I love everything about this school.
  • 77% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 10% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.