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|East Stroudsburg Area School District|
279 Timberwolf Drive|
Dingmans Ferry, Pike County, Pennsylvania
|Faculty||92 (2013), 94 (2010)|
|Enrollment||1,221 pupils (2013), 1,225 pupils (2012-13), 1,261 pupils (2011), 1,314 pupils (2010)|
|• Grade 9||344 (2012), 278 (2010)|
|• Grade 10||340 (2012), 340|
|• Grade 11||394 (2012), 310|
|• Grade 12||391 (2012), 323|
|Color(s)||Carolina Blue, Silver, Black|
|Rival||East Stroudsburg High School South|
East Stroudsburg Senior High School North is a midsized, public high school located in Dingmans Ferry, in Pike County, Pennsylvania. It is one of two high schools operated by the East Stroudsburg Area School District. In 2013, East Stroudsburg Senior High School North enrollment was reported as 1,221 pupils in 9th through 12th grades, with 48% of pupils eligible for a free lunch due to family poverty. Additionally, 19.7% of pupils received special education services, while 1% of pupils were identified as gifted. East Stroudsburg Senior High School North employed 92 teachers. Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 100% of the teachers were rated "Highly Qualified" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The School is not a federally designated Title I school. The school mascot is the Timberwolf. The building was opened on August 28, 2000 and houses grades 9, 10, 11 and 12.
In 2010, East Stroudsburg Senior High School North had 1,314 pupils in grades 9th through 12th, with 598 students receiving a federal free or reduced price lunch due to family poverty. The school employed 94 teachers yielding a student teacher ratio of 14:1. The school was a federally designated Title I school.
According to an enrollment study done by the district's administration in 2012, the school faces a steady decline in enrollment. 2010-11 -1269 students, 2011-12 - 1228 students, Projections: 2012-13 - 1203 students, 2013-14 - 1148 students, 2014-15 - 1096 students. Cumulatively, the administration expects a loss of 173 students at East Stroudsburg Senior High School North, by 2015.
East Stroudsburg Area School District also operates East Stroudsburg High School South and a Virtual High School. High school students may also choose to attend the Monroe Career & Technical Institute for training. The Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 provides the East Stroudsburg Area schools with a wide variety of services like specialized education for disabled students and hearing, speech and visual disability services and professional development for staff and faculty.
East Stroudsburg Senior High School North achieved 80.9 out of 100 in 2013. Reflects on grade level reading, mathematics and science achievement. In reading/literature - 82% were on grade level. In Algebra 1, 64% showed on grade level mathematics skills at the conclusion of the course. In Biology, only 47% showed on grade level science understanding after taking the school's course. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2,181 public schools (less than 73 percent of Pennsylvania public schools), achieved an academic score of 70 or higher. Pennsylvania 11th grade students no longer take the PSSAs. Instead, beginning in 2012, they take the Keystone Exams at the end of the associated course.
Predicted Graduation rate in 2015 - 64%
East Stroudsburg Senior High School North's graduation rate in 2013 was 78%
In 2012, East Stroudsburg Senior High School North declined to Corrective Action II 4th Year status due to chronic low student achievement.
Pennsylvania System of School Assessments, commonly called PSSAs are No Child Left Behind Act related examinations which were administered from 2003 through 2012, in all Pennsylvania public high schools. The exams were administered in the Spring of each school year. The goal was for 100% of students to be on grade level or better in reading and mathematics, by the Spring of 2014. The tests focused on the state's Academic Standards for reading, writing, mathematics and science. The Science exam included content in science, technology, ecology and the environmental studies. The mathematics exam included: algebra I, algebra II, geometry and trigonometry. The standards were first published in 1998 and are mandated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Education.
In 2013, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania changed its high school assessments to the Keystone Exams in Algebra 1, Reading/literature and Biology1. The exams are given at the end of the course, rather than all in the spring of the student's 11th grade year.
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Math:
11th Grade Science:
Science in Motion East Stroundsburg Senior High School North did not take advantage of a state program called Science in Motion which brought college professors and sophisticated science equipment to the school to raise science awareness and to provide inquiry-based experiences for the students. The Science in Motion program was funded by a state appropriation and cost the school nothing to participate. Cedar Crest College provided the science enrichment experiences to public and private schools in the region.
In 2013, East Stroudsburg Area School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 458. The Math average score was 457. The Writing average score was 441. The College Board reported that statewide scores were: 494 in reading, 504 in math and 482 in writing. The nationwide SAT results were the same as in 2012.
In 2012, School District students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 446. The Math average score was 453. The Writing average score was 432. The statewide Verbal SAT exams results were: Verbal 491, Math 501, Writing 480. In the USA, 1.65 million students took the exams achieving scores: Verbal 496, Math 514, Writing 488. According to the College Board the maximum score on each section was 800, and 360 students nationwide scored a perfect 2,400.
In 2011, 165 students ESSHS North took the SAT exams. The high school's Verbal Average Score was 449. The Math average score was 444. The Writing average score was 424. Pennsylvania ranked 40th among states with SAT scores: Verbal - 493, Math - 501, Writing - 479. In the United States 1.65 million students took the exam in 2011. They averaged 497 (out of 800) verbal, 514 math and 489 in writing.
According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 28% of the East Stroudsburg Area School District graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges. Less than 66% of Pennsylvania high school graduates, who enroll in a four-year college in Pennsylvania, will earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Among Pennsylvania high school graduates pursuing an associate degree, only one in three graduate in three years. Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, one in three recent high school graduates who attend Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges takes at least one remedial course in math, reading or English.
In 2013, East Stroudsburg Senior High School North offered seven (7) Advanced Placement (AP) courses at a higher cost than regular courses. Students have the option of taking College Board approved courses and then taking the College Board's examination in the Spring. Students, who achieve a 3 or better on the exam, may be awarded college credits at US universities and colleges. Each higher education institution sets its own standards about what level of credits are awarded to a student based on their AP exam score. Most higher education give credits for scores of 4 or 5. Some schools also give credits for scores of 3. High schools give credits towards graduation to students who take the school's AP class. At East Stroudsburg Senior High School North just 13% of students who took an AP course earned a 3 or better on the exam.
The East Stroudsburg North High School shares a building with the Lehman Intermediate School, which houses grades 6, 7 and 8. The left side of the building (which includes the olympic-sized swimming pool) is the Lehman Intermediate School and the right side of the building (which contains the auditorium) is the High School. They are split in the center at the administrative office complex, health suite and cafeteria; which is split by a moveable partition. The High School side is divided into three wings, known as "fingers" combined by the main hallway. The "H" wing houses facilities for music, art, home economics and tech ed. The "K" wing houses laboratories for general science, physics and chemistry; as well as biology and environmental science. The "L" wing, which is 3 floors, houses social studies, mathematics and English classrooms; as well as itinerant rooms and an Instructional Planning Center. Along the main hallway are foreign language classrooms, technology laboratories, seminar classrooms, and computer laboratories. The athletic facilities and library can be accessed by the main hallway on the first floor. This complex contains two gymnasiums, a rifle range, locker rooms, an athletic training center and weight room.
The East Stroudsburg North High School has a Media Center which includes three editing rooms and a television studio. The TV studio has the ability to broadcast throughout the building via closed-circuit television. In the spring of 2002, TV & Video Production was first offered by Mrs. Shelton of the Tech Ed Department. In April of '02, the students aired the first episode of "North News" live on Channel 20 during first block. This featured the morning announcements, a sports report, and the weather. Included was footage from a track meet at Stroudsburg High School. Aside from the morning announcements, the students shot video using DV8 Tape and edited using Adobe Premiere on the PC platform.
The next year, Mr. Long took over the TV/Video program, changing the editing from PCs to Apple EMacs which used iMovie and had DVD-Burning Capabilities, as well as re-vamped "North News" from a live program to a pre-taped program. In 2003, a 45-minute elective, "Digital Video Techniques" was launched and any student could take this course. It was always offered during 4th block, and for the 2003-2004 schoolyear the students produced an afternoon broadcast. This did not last. In late 2005, students in TV Video II were given the opportunity to work with Final Cut Express on the new iMac G5 computers.
In 2006, Mr. Long was replaced by Mr. Korb who changed the morning announcements to a digital format. He incorporated motion graphics as well as greenscreening. In 2008, Mrs. Garlette began teaching this course.
In 2000, the business education department offered courses in Accounting, Computer Applications, Business Math and Everyday Law. The department, which was housed on the second floor, had two faculty members: Mr. Kish and Ms. Beitmann. From 2000 until 2002, Kish and Beitmann were co-advisers to the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). In 2002, the department grew when Dr. Reiter joined the faculty. In 2003, the department's course offerings significantly expanded when a series of Specialized courses in Microsoft Office applications were first launched. Also in 2003, Mr. Kish left EHN and was succeeded by Mr. Martin. By 2005, the department had again expanded with the addition of desktop publishing, college notetaking, entrepreneurship and the acquirement of the Web Design course (which had previously been offered through the Mathematics Department.)
Since the North High School opened, it has offered a wealth of science courses for the student population. These included an introductory and an advanced class in Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry and Physics; as well as Human Sexuality. All freshmen were (and are still) required to take General Science. Around 2005, the curriculum was significantly revised and Anatomy and Physiology I and II were introduced, AP Chemistry and Physics courses were added, as well as General Science II, which dealt with earth and space science. Students could also take AP Biology. For a short period of time, a forensics course entitled "CSI Eastburg" was offered, but it did not last.
Students who live in the East Stroudsburg Area School District's attendance area may choose to attend one of Pennsylvania's 157 public charter schools. A student living in a neighboring public school district or a foreign exchange student may seek admission to East Stroudsburg Area School District. For these cases, the Pennsylvania Department of Education sets an annual tuition rate for each school district. It is the amount the public school district pays to a charter school for each resident student that attends the charter and it is the amount a nonresident student's parents must pay to attend the District's schools. The 2012 tuition was High School - $12,598.37.
The Classroom for the Future state program provided districts with hundreds of thousands of extra state funding to buy laptop computers for each core curriculum high school class (English, Science, History, Math) and paid for teacher training to optimize the computers use. The program was funded from 2006 to 2009. The East Stroudsburg Area School District received $538,158 in 2006-07. In 2007-08, $300,000. The District received $120,022 in 2008-09. The computers were placed in both high schools and faculty received training as mandated by the grant. Among the public school districts in Monroe County the highest award was given to Pocono Mountain School District which received $1,419,802. The highest funding statewide was awarded to Philadelphia City School District in Philadelphia County - $9,409,073. The grant program was discontinued by Governor Edward Rendell as part of his 2009-10 state budget plan.
East Stroudsburg Area School Board established a district wellness policy in May 2006. The policy deals with nutritious meals served at school, the control of access to some foods and beverages during school hours, age appropriate nutrition education for all students, and physical education for students K-12. The policy is in response to state mandates and federal legislation (P.L. 108 – 265). The law dictates that each school district participating in a program authorized by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq) or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq) "shall establish a local school wellness policy by School Year 2006." Most districts identified the superintendent and school foodservice director as responsible for ensuring local wellness policy implementation.
The responsibility of developing a wellness policy was placed at the local level so the individual needs of each district can be addressed. According to the requirements for the Local Wellness Policy, school districts must set goals for nutrition education, physical activity, campus food provision, and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness. Additionally, districts were required to involve a broad group of individuals in policy development and to have a plan for measuring policy implementation. Districts were offered a choice of levels of implementation for limiting or prohibiting low nutrition foods on the school campus. In final implementation these regulations prohibit some foods and beverages on the school campus. The Pennsylvania Department of Education required the district to submit a copy of the policy for approval.
East Stroudsburg Area Senior High School North offers both a free school breakfast and a free or reduced-price lunch to children in low income families. All students attending the school can eat breakfast and lunch. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty level are provided a breakfast and lunch at no cost to the family. Children from families with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of the federal poverty level can be charged no more than 30 cents per breakfast. A foster child whose care and placement is the responsibility of the State or who is placed by a court with a caretaker household is eligible for both a free breakfast and a free lunch. Runaway, homeless and Migrant Youth are also automatically eligible for free meals. The meals are partially funded with federal dollars through the United States Department of Agriculture.
In 2013, the USDA issued new restrictions to foods in public schools. The rules apply to foods and beverages sold on all public school district campuses during the day. They limit vending machine snacks to a maximum of 200 calories per item. Additionally, all snack foods sold at school must meet competitive nutrient standards, meaning they must have fruits, vegetables, dairy or protein in them or contain at least 10 percent of the daily value of fiber, calcium, potassium, and Vitamin D. In order to comply with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 all US public school districts are required to raise the price of their school lunches to $2.60 regardless of the actual cost of providing the lunch. In 2014, President Obama ordered a prohibition of advertisements for unhealthy foods on public school campuses during the school day. The Food and Drug Administration requires that students take milk as their beverage at lunch. In accordance with this law, any student requesting water in place of milk with their lunch must present a written request, signed by a doctor, documenting the need for water instead of milk.
East Stroudsburg Area Senior High School North provides health services as mandated by the Commonwealth and the federal government. Nurses are available in each building to conduct annual health screenings (data reported to the PDE and state Department of Health) and to dispense prescribed medications to students during the school day. Students can be excluded from school unless they comply with all the State Department of Health’s extensive immunization mandates. Certified school nurses monitor each pupil for this compliance. Nurses also monitor each child's weight.
The East Stroudsburg Area School District administration reported there were zero incidents of bullying in the District in 2012. Additionally, there were four assaults on students and two sexual incidents involving students. The local law enforcement was involved in forty-seven (47) incidents at the schools, with 22 arrests. Eight students were sent to alternative education programs.  Each year the school safety data is reported by the district to the Safe School Center which then publishes the compiled reports online. Nationally, nearly 20% of pupils report being bullied at school.
The East Stroudsburg Area School Board has provided the District's anti-bully policy online. All Pennsylvania schools are required to have an anti-bullying policy incorporated into their Code of Student Conduct. The policy must identify disciplinary actions for bullying and designate a school staff person to receive complaints of bullying. The policy must be available on the school's website and posted in every classroom. All Pennsylvania public schools must provide a copy of its anti-bullying policy to the Office for Safe Schools every year, and shall review their policy every three years. Additionally, the District must conduct an annual review of that policy with students. The Center for Schools and Communities works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency and the Pennsylvania Department of Education to assist schools and communities as they research, select and implement bullying prevention programs and initiatives.
Education standards relating to student safety and anti harassment programs are described in the 10.3. Safety and Injury Prevention in the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Health, Safety and Physical Education.
Bullying of substitute teachers by students is frequent, but no data of its frequency exist. The school is regularly patrolled by the troopers of the Pennsylvania State Police.
East Stroudsburg Area Senior High School North offers a wide variety of clubs, activities and an extensive sports program.
Every year, East Stroudsburg North stages a musical during the first week of April.
The District funds these sports at North:
According to PIAA directory July 2013