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State College Area High School is a public school in State College, Pennsylvania. It has 2,362 students in grades 8-12. According to state standards, 80% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 260 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

Ratings and Reviews
3.7 from 260 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: The school's proximity to PSU really provides the school with a lot of opportunities for success that many high schools don't get. I would do it all over again if I had to because it has been a great experience for me.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Food: There is a lot of variety and its all generally healthy.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Administration & Policies: The biggest problem is that most people will only ever get in trouble for being late to school, and sometimes they're late to swipe in because the swipe line is too long for anyone to be on time.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Sports & Fitness: The biggest problem with the athletics and fitness opportunities are the outdated facilities. The programs are great, school spirit and fan support is present. Most teams perform well.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Teachers: The teachers are great! They all care about the students.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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Niche Grade Name Type
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Red Satchel Montessori School Private, Montessori
4.00 Easterly Parkway Elementary School Public
Grace Lutheran Preschool & Kindergarten Private, Religious
4.33 Corl Street Elementary School Public
Nittany Christian School Private, Religious
State College Friends School Private, Religious
Nittany Valley Charter School Public, Charter
Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania Charter School Public, Charter
Bennett Family Center Private
Northwestern Human Services Autism School Private, Special Education
3.33 Grace Prep High School Private, Religious
Centre Learning Community Charter School Public, Charter
4.00 Radio Park Elementary School Public
Wonderland Charter School Public, Charter
4.00 Houserville/Lemont Elementary School Public
4.00 Boalsburg/Panorama Village Elementary School Public
Park Forest Montessori School Private, Montessori
Montessori School of the Nittany Valley Private, Montessori
4.33 Mount Nittany Middle School Public
4.00 Ferguson Township Elementary School Public
4.33 Park Forest Middle School Public
4.00 Park Forest Elementary School Public
4.00 Gray's Woods Elementary School Public
3.00 Benner Elementary School Public
3.00 Pleasant Gap Elementary School Public
St. John the Evangelist Catholic School Private, Religious
Centre County Christian Academy Private, Religious
3.66 Centre Hall-Potter Elementary School Public

Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
2.00 Central Mountain High School 29 mi. 1,339
3.00 Altoona Area High School 34 mi. 1,662
3.00 Altoona Area Junior High School 34 mi. 1,837
3.33 Carlisle Area High School 52 mi. 1,462
2.66 Chambersburg Area Senior High School 60 mi. 2,440

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%


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 26 responses

  • 73% Yes
  • 23% Not sure.
  • 4% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 19 responses

  • 27% A lot of opportunities
  • 25% Career related classes
  • 16% Concern for each student's success
  • 16% Clubs
  • 15% Variety of courses offered

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 21 responses

  • 26% The building is falling apart around you
  • 19% Very cliquey
  • 19% Crossing
  • 15% It floods, inside and out
  • 13% Lack of air conditioning
  • 9% A number of mean or uninterested teachers

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 23 responses

  • 74% The proximity to PSU
  • 26% It is made up of two buildings

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

  • 84% It is great and has a lot to offer.
  • 16% It's ok

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 21 responses

  • 57% Be prepared for the bigness!
  • 29% Participate in activities which will helpw/friends
  • 14% Use as many free courses as possible

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding parent involvement at this school?     Based on 15 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Most parents at this school put too much pressure on their kids
  • Most parents at this school are very involved in their child's education
  • The PTA/PTO (i.e. parent groups) are very committed and have a positive impact on the school environment
  • Most parents at this school care about the success of all students, not just their own
  • Parental support/attendance is very high for school athletic events
  • Parental support/attendance is very high for non-athletic school events
  • The parents at this school have a very positive impact on the school's environment and culture
  • The parents at this school respect the opinions and judgements of teachers and administrators
  • Most parents at this school are really great parents.

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 15 responses

  • 20% I love everything about this school.
  • 73% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 7% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.