Port Angeles High School
We welcome Port Angeles ninth through twelfth graders to Port Angeles High School, 304 East Park Avenue. If you have any questions, visit our website or please call us at 360.452.7602.
- Port Angeles High School website
- Digital Learning Commons: Online Courses, How to Get Started
- Continuous School Improvement Plans
- PAHS Enrollment, January 2013 - 1,061.67
- Port Angeles School District Demographics Information
For more information on Port Angeles High School, click here to view Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Washington State Report Card information.
Port Angeles High School will be a personalized, rigorous, student-centered learning community that respects our democratic heritage and values diversity in order to create a better world.
To prepare students for a lifetime of learning by creating a foundation for personal success.
Reflections on the 2013-14 School Year
Port Angeles High School staff continues to help students master the essential curriculum, as defined by reading, writing and math standards, and provides core skills to enable students to meet the Washington State graduation requirements. All High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) and End of Course (EOC) test scores were above State averages, and the on-time graduation rate is above the State average. As a result of collaboration and diligence, student achievement results made some advances:
- Our 2012 Five-Year Cohort Graduation Rate is 84.6%; Class of 2013 Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate, 79.8%.
- Reading: Over a four year period, 79.6% to 88.2% meeting standard improvement shown.
- Writing: Over last four years, Content/Organization/Style has improved from 76% to 87% and Conventions has sustained positive results in the low 90% range.
- Math: Impact of Programs for Level 1 students improved 12.5% (At Level 1: 2013-13.2%; 2014-0.7%)
- Over a four year trend, Science has improved from 66.1% to 83.6% pass rate.
- 100% pass rate (N = 8) on AP Biology exam.
- It’s estimated that 92.9% met standard when previously passed percentage for End-of-Course 1 & 2 are included
Plans for the 2014-15 School Year
The instructional focus will be to shift instructional strategies to support Common Core learning targets. We will do this by emphasizing close reading of informational texts, analytical thinking skills, and supporting argument with specific examples from text. In math, the instructional emphasis will shift to focus on problem solving and deep understanding of how to apply math in a broad contexts.
Our content focus will center on a school-wide transition to Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards as we prepare for the new Smarter Balance assessments.
Our assessment focus is an increased emphasis on formative assessment in all classes. The results of the formative assessments will help shape instruction to improve student performance on summative assessments. Teachers will meet in Teaching Learning Community (TLC) teams at four-five week intervals throughout the year to work collaboratively to improve their use of formative assessment.
The community building focus will be to continue to build on gains in improving climate and culture through staff-initiated social gatherings, “pinning” students and staff nominated for recognition by peers, and transparent communication among all stakeholders.
Port Angeles High School’s strategies for student remediation and enrichment are:
Two-period Algebra I block for two sections
Two-period Geometry block for one section;
Algebra 2 option for students who need an Algebra 2/Trigonometry option;
AP Chemistry students tutoring Chemistry students during Advisory classes;
Credit Recovery program for students need to make up certain Social Studies or English courses;
Collection of Evidence (COE) Biology class added - seniors enrolled first semester, juniors second semester;
Collection of Evidence (COE) Geometry class offered to those seniors who need to satisfy the state assessment requirements in Math;
Collection of Evidence (COE) Reading and Writing Advisory offered to those seniors who need to satisfy the state assessment requirements in Reading or Writing;
Academic support classes during Advisory;
Students are able to seek academic support during Advisory classes either in their Advisory class or by going to another instructor during Advisory class;
Honor Society tutoring offered during Advisory;
NJROTC peer tutoring during Advisory classes;
Three sections of learning strategies offered to students who need help managing their homework and class work load;
Academic Saturday School and Wednesday Morning Detention assigned as needed for students with missing work in academic classes;
Additional Biology support provided in Saturday School during November and December to assist students preparing for the Biology End of Course Exam re-takes in January.
Annually, the District will provide opportunities for collaborative professional development to enhance staffs’ capacities to close student achievement gaps and will continue to demonstrate regularly scheduled collaborative time in and between schools so teachers can support each other in understanding student achievement data and its connection to instructional strategies, curriculum and assessment. Department collaboration time will be dedicated to examining student work, discussing instructional strategies and designing course calendars and syllabi. Support will be provided as follows: counseling conferences for counselors to keep up with the latest graduation requirements and college entrance requirements, librarian conference(s) to enhance library team to support literacy goals, and teacher conferences to become more familiar with Common Core in content areas.
A fall 2013 survey of parents indicated support for Port Angeles High School in the following areas: high standards & expectations, 84%; supportive learning environment, 74%; collaboration and communication, 71%; and effective leadership, 71%. Additional parent, staff and student survey results are available from your school principal.
Clear, consistent communication with parents and the community is a critical component to on-time graduation for our students. Skyward Student and Family Access will continue to offer families and students the ability to monitor academic progress and attendance. The PAHS website, activities calendar and electronic reader board provide avenues of communication for our constituents, and community partnerships will assist students with academic support.
How You Can Help
Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed, but not all children learn in the same way at the same time. The parents, friends of Port Angeles High School students and our community are all instrumental in providing the additional support that makes learning at the high school motivating and rewarding. We need your support to continue our rich history of a high school that cares for kids and celebrates success. Please call us at 360.452.7602.
Use and Condition of Building
Port Angeles High School is a campus style school comprised of 11 buildings on approximately 33 acres. Dates of construction range from 1953 through 1978. The facility supports grade nine through grade twelve classrooms, as well as outdoor fields for district and community recreation. The physical evaluation of the high school buildings ranged from a low of 25.5% to a high of 56.4% based on a January 7, 2008 study and survey by BLRB Architects. Facility Use and Conditions Report available at the Port Angeles School District office.
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For more information on Port Angeles School District's Report Card go to: reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us.
2011-2014 Assessment Trend
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Citizen Complaints-Federal Programs