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 2012-13 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 2011 Extended Graduation Rate increased to 85.3%.
- 91.0% of our tenth grade students met standard on the Writing HSPE.
- Overall 91.9% of ninth and tenth grade students met standard on the Biology EOC exam.
- 96.9% of our tenth grade female students met standard on the Writing HSPE.
- All 34 students who submitted a Collection of Evidence in Reading, Writing, or Geometry passed.
- Overall 88.8% of students met standard on the Math EOC Year 1(Algebra I).
- Overall 92.2% of students met standard on the Math EOC Year 2 (Geometry).
Plans for the 2013-14 School Year
The instructional focus will be to increase the number of students passing all of their classes through a focus on developing student growth goals that align to key content areas. A concentration is on our at-risk population. We have defined at-risk as students who are credit deficient, or enter PAHS from middle school with a 1.99 GPA or below. We have shared student data with PAHS staff and have developed a mentor program for our at-risk ninth graders. Many of our teacher student growth goals are framed around our at-risk student subgroup.
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. These results will help shape instruction to improve student performance on summative assessments. Teachers will meet in Teaching Learning Community (TLCs) teams at four to five week intervals throughout the year to work collaboratively to improve use of formative assessment.
The community building focus will be to continue to build on gains in improving climate and culture at PAHS through staff-initiated social gatherings, “pinning” students and staff nominated for recognition by peers, “meeting in a box” icebreakers at staff meetings, and monthly check-in meetings for new staff.
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 Algebra 2/Trigonometry; AP Chemistry students will tutor Chemistry students during Advisory; Credit Recovery program for students who need to make up Social Studies or English courses; Collection of Evidence (COE) Geometry class offered to those seniors who need to satisfy state requirements in Math; COE Reading and Writing Advisory offered to those seniors who need to satisfy the state requirements in Reading or Writing; academic support classes during Advisory; Honor Society tutoring; NJROTC peer tutoring; learning strategies sections offered to students who need help managing their homework and class work load. All students will have weekly planner checks by their Advisory teachers to check for organizing assignment due dates, test dates and other important events.
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 assist the new librarian, 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.
Tenth Grade Assessment 2010-2013