Points of Pride

The Colonial School District ranks among the best public school districts in the Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware region. For our high school students, participation rates and achievement on Advanced Placement exams and National College Entrance Assessments are higher than state, national and global averages. Elementary and middle school students score among the best in Montgomery County and Pennsylvania on state assessments.

highlights:

  • The Washington Post also ranks PWHS among the top four percent of high schools in Pennsylvania and the top 10 percent in the nation. The Post bases its ranking on participation in AP classes and achievement on AP examinations.

  • Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) is again considered to be among the top high schools in Pennsylvania and the nation according to the annual rankings released by US News & World Report and The Washington Post. US News rates PWHS among the top four percent of public high schools in Pennsylvania and well within the top 10 percent of the 20,487 schools nationwide considered for the rankings.
  • Three hundred and seventy-two Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) seniors received their diplomas at commencement ceremonies on June 7. More than one third of the class, or 38 percent, graduated with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 or higher. More than 87 percent are continuing their education, 68 percent at a four-year school and 19.5 percent at a two-year school.
  • The PWHS Class of 2017 also included 10 students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as Commended Scholars. Members of the class are receiving scholarships and grants totaling nearly $12.2 million over four years.
  • Conshohocken Elementary chool was recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Division of Federal Programs as a Title I Distinguished School for the 2016-2017 school year. The honor places CE among the top five percent of high achieving Title I schools based on aggregate math and reading PSSA scores from 2016.
  • PWHS offers more Advanced Placement courses than most public and private high schools in the region. In May 2016, 325 PWHS students participated in 543 AP exams. Eighty percent earned a score of 3.0 or higher.
  • Colonial students traditionally fare well in state and national competitions. Since 2013, District students have won eight first-place trophies at the Technology Student Association National Conference.
  • In Colonial’s STEAM Culture, teachers from all grade levels help students build a foundation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math while developing creativity and critical thinking in all subject areas.
  • Colonial was chosen to be featured in a PBS video that highlights the implementation of its K-6 Computer Science curriculum. Segments were shot at Ridge Park Elementary School, Plymouth Elementary School and Colonial Middle School.

  • Unique block schedules at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School and Colonial Middle School provide students and teachers with ample time to explore material and topics in depth each day.
  • Conshohocken Elementary School was named a 2017 Distinguished Title 1 School for high academic achievement.
  • With average class sizes of 18-23 and a 13-to-1 student-teacher ratio, Colonial’s intimate classrooms allow for one-on-one and small group differentiated instruction.
  • Nearly 93 percent of Colonial School District teachers have at least a master's degree.
  • The CSD’s nationally recognized Master Teacher Program provides leadership and career ladder opportunities and is now in its second decade. Colonial currently has 17 active Master Teachers.
  • Moody’s ranks CSD among the most financially stable school districts in Pennsylvania with a Aaa rating. Colonial is one of just seven school districts in the Commonwealth to have an Aaa rating.
  • Colonial has a real estate tax millage rate of 20.9638, the third lowest in Montgomery County.
  • Colonial was named a Best Community For Music by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for the fourth straight year.

PWHS students excel on Advanced Placement Exams

Ninety-five Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) students, including more than two dozen members of the Class of 2016, were recognized by the College Board as Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars in 2015.

Michael Krone, a member of the Class of 2015, was named a National AP Scholar. To be named a National AP Scholar, a student must earn an average score of at least 4.0 on all AP exams taken and a score of 4.0 or higher on eight or more of these exams. Krone, now a student at the University of Pennsylvania, is one of eight PWHS students to be recognized as a National AP Scholar in the past six years.

Since 2011, PWHS has had 457 students recognized as AP Scholars.

“We are extremely proud of the quality and breadth of our AP program,” said PWHS Principal Dr. Jason Bacani. “Annually, we have a large number of students who not only take advantage of the opportunity to experience a college-level class but who excel in them as well. That speaks highly of our teachers and the rigor of our curriculum.”


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