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.
- Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) is ranked among the top high schools in Pennsylvania and the country according to the annual ranking released by US News & World Report. The magazine rates PWHS fifth in Montgomery County, 25th in Pennsylvania and 1,136th nationally. Nearly 20,000 high schools nationwide were considered for the ranking.
- PWHS was also ranked among the nation’s best high schools by The Washington Post, which bases its ratings on participation in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate exams. PWHS was ranked 31st in Pennsylvania and among the top nine percent of high schools nationally (1,962).
- Three hundred and fifty-three Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) seniors received their diplomas at commencement ceremonies on June 8. More than one third of the class, or 120 students, graduated with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 or higher. Ninety-two percent are continuing their education, 70 percent at a four-year school and 22 percent at a two-year school. Nine students entered the military.
- The PWHS class of 2016 also includes 16 students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, including seven finalists. Members of the class are receiving scholarships and grants totaling more than $11.8 million over four years.
- One member of the PWHS Class of 2016 was named a candidate for the United States Presidential Scholar Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a high school senior.
- Another member of the PWHS Class of 2016 became the first PWHS student to be selected to take part in the 2015 National Association for Music Education All-National Honor Ensembles.
- Members of the PWHS Class of 2017 were selected for prestigious summer programs at MIT, West Point and for study abroad with the National Security Language Initiative for Youth.
- PWHS offers more Advanced Placement courses than most public and private high schools in the region.
- 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.
- A team of Colonial Middle School students advanced to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in May 2016.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 21 active Master Teachers.
- Standard and Poors ranks CSD among the most financially stable school districts in Pennsylvania with a AA1 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.”