Plymouth Whitemarsh High School: School Profile
The Colonial School District serves the diverse communities of Conshohocken, Plymouth and Whitemarsh Townships with approximately 5,400 students and 700 employees. Plymouth Whitemarsh High School is the sole high school for the district; a four-year, suburban, public high school located just outside of Philadelphia with a reputation for academic excellence and rigorous course offerings focused on college and career readiness for all students.
201 E. Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
CEEB/ACT CODE: 394040
- Administration & Counseling Staff
- General Information
- Rigor, Recognition and Excellence
- Class Rank
- Advanced Placement Courses
- International Baccalaureate Career Programme
- Honors Courses
- Minimum Grade Requirements
- Continuing Education
- Special Programs & Curriculum
- Grading System - Calculation of GPA
- National Merit Scholarship Program
- SAT/ACT Mean Scores
- Programs of Academic Recognition
- Activities and Athletics
Administration & Counseling Staff
Dr. Michael Christian, Superintendent of Schools
Rosemarie Gregitis, Director of Curriculum
Dr. Jason Bacani, Principal
Maico Azcona, Assistant Principal
RJ Bretz, Activities and Athletics Director
Heather King, Assistant Principal
Stephen Price, Assistant Principal
Jeff Blizzard, Counselor A-E
Lisa Genovese, Counselor F-K
Peggy Benn, Counselor L-Q
MJ Grourke, Counselor, R-Z
Beth Lynch, College Counselor
Tracy Borkowski, Community Counselor A-K
Yakeita Sawyer, Community Counselor L-Z
Rigor, Recognition and Excellence
Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) is considered to be among the top high schools in Pennsylvania; The Washington Post and US News & World Report ranks PWHS in top four percent of high schools in PA and top 10 percent in the nation.
PWHS is recognized as a Top STEM high school by Newsweek. PWHS’ STEAM culture challenges students to take rigorous course offerings aligned to their career pathway which build upon a foundation of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math while developing creativity and critical thinking.
PWHS’ Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in alignment with the No Place for Hate campaign, challenging students to be effective leaders who focus on social justice issues, specific to the community and school. The process begins annually with antibias training for peer leaders, facilitated by ADL training specialists, before student leader outreach and activity block seminars to the student body begin.
PWHS is a certified school for the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program which is a rigorous college preparatory program designed for students in the “academic middle”. AVID students are accelerated into Honors and AP courses while receiving support through an intensive supportive curriculum focused on organization, soft skills and leadership. Students gain admission to the program through a rigorous recommendation and screening process.
PW students consistently earn first place accomplishments in state and national competitions such as TSA and DECA, and is a TEDxYouth event site.
PWHS recently excelling in the ARTS includes; Colonial Players 34 Independence Award nominations and 14 wins in theater, “Best Community for Music” by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for the fourth straight year and students being recognized for achievement in art and design in local and state competitions with over 132 National Art Honor Society inductees since 2007.
Class rank is based on weighted GPA and includes all students in the class; includes all PW courses, approved dual enrollment courses, and transfer credits accumulated at qualifying high schools. Decile rank is recorded on a student’s transcript. Higher Ed institutions which require specific class rank for admission or scholarship consideration should forward the request to the College Counseling Department.
Advanced Placement Courses
Art 3D Design
Computer Science A
Computer Science Principles
Physics C Mechanics
International Baccalaureate Career Programme
The IB Career-related Programme (IBCP) at PWHS offers academic study and practical hands-on experience through an integrated curriculum, consisting of core IB study, taken alongside one of the two career-related pathways: Business or Design Technology. The IBCP prepares students for transition to higher education in a specific career pathway.
IBCP courses are designated as “IB” on the student transcript. Courses include:
- Math Analysis and Approaches SL
- Personal and Professional Skills
- Social and Cultural Anthropology SL
Career-related capstone courses are listed “CP” on the student transcript and also hold IB weight.
CMTHS: Allied Health, Teacher Academy
English: AVID Tutorial, English 1-2-3-4-5, Writing Fellows, English Seminar, Philosophy & Ethics, Law & Literature, Theories of Leadership
Entrepreneurship-Design-Innovation: Accounting 2, Architecture 2, Art History, Art Studio 2-3, Applied Ceramics 2, Art Major, CADD 2, Career & Financial Management, Computer Science 2, Engineering 1-2, Fine Metals 2, Mass Media 2-3, Photo 2, Photo Major, Product Design 2, Robotics 2.
Math: Integrated 2-3-4-5, Calculus, PreCalculus, Computational Math
Music: Band, Chorus, Orchestra
Science: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental, Microbiology, Physics, Science Research
Social Studies: Economics, Global Studies, Social Studies Seminar, US Government, US History, Western Civilization.
World Language: French 3-4-5, Latin 3-4-5, Spanish 3-4-5-6.
*Dual Enrollment courses are designated as “DE” and are Honors weight.
Minimum Grade Requirements
All Plymouth Whitemarsh High School students are required to schedule a full course load of 10 credits each year. With the exception of AP classes, most courses follow a semester schedule and are granted 1 credit. Students must also document 10 pieces of evidence toward career exploration and preparation (artifacts, work-based learning, field trips, etc.) between grades 9-12.
4.0 SOCIAL STUDIES
2.0 HEALTH & PHYS ED
3.0 ARTS & HUMANITIES
40 in total
Grade Distribution - Class of 2022 - Weighted Decile Ranges
Top 10% 5.038 - 4.744
Top 20% 4.738 - 4.422
Top 30% 4.411 - 4.200
Top 40% 4.199 - 3.955
Top 50% 3.944 - 3.688
Top 60% 3.667 - 3.399
Top 70% 3.373 - 3.055
Top 80% 2.978 - 2.666
Top 90% 2.643 - 2.167
100% 2.166 - 0.00
More than 84.2 percent of Plymouth Whitemarsh High School’s Class of 2022 are continuing in a program of higher education. 68 percent enrolled in four-year schools while 16 percent enrolled in two-year schools. The remaining 16 percent of students enrolled in the military, are employed full-time or are considering options through a gap year
Special Programs & Curriculum
AVID Tutorial is designed for motivated 11th and 12th grade students interested in working with AVID students to achieve their full potential by facilitating collaborative tutorial groups. Tutors are thoroughly grounded in AVID strategies (WICOR: writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading) and become a master of each stage of the AVID tutorial and inquiry learning process implementing Socratic questioning and collaborative learning techniques through the tutoring process.
Bonus Block (Embedded Activities Period)
In addition to the five academic periods per semester, students are required to participate in an activities period throughout the year that is included within the instructional day. Scheduled by the students themselves on a bi-weekly basis, Bonus Block affords students the ability to seek academic support and/or enrichment while also providing them the opportunity to participate in over 100 clubs and activities exploring (but not limited to) diversity, leadership, philanthropy, interest, and academic competition.
Students can earn college credit for dual enrollment courses taken on-campus and at the college/university. On-campus offerings are Honors level classes unless already designated AP by the College Board and include; Accounting 2, Career & Financial Mgmt., Computer Science 1, Computer Science 2, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, Computational Math, CP Entrepreneurship, Internship Education, Introduction to Mandarin Chinese, AP Physics, AP Psychology, Theories of Leadership, and Pre-AP Engineering.
PWHS offers an Integrated Math Curriculum where courses encompass vital content in algebra, statistics, geometry, trigonometry and discrete mathematics and are presented consecutively with increasing levels of difficulty. At the completion of their coursework, students will have knowledge equivalent to that of a traditional pre-calculus course.
The Writing Fellows Program is designed for highly motivated, independent 12th grade students interested in writing and communication. A Writing Fellow recognizes the importance of voice, expression, and style associated with writing and other forms of communication in all disciplines. This student leadership opportunity prepares candidates to serve as collaborative peer tutors in the PW Writing Center while autonomously developing their own skills in research, composition, speaking, and listening.
Grading System - Calculation of GPA
Letter Grade (%) Academic Honors AP IB
A 90-100 4.0 5.0 5.5 5.5
B+ 87-89 3.33 4.33 4.83 4.83
B 81-86 3.0 4.0 4.5 4.5
B- 80-82 2.67 3.67 4.17 4.17
C+ 77-79 2.33 3.33 3.83 3.83
C 73-76 2.0 3.0 3.5 3.5
C- 70-72 1.67 2.67 3.17 3.17
D+ 67-69 1.33 1.33 1.33 1.33
D 63-66 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
D- 60-62 0.67 0.67 0.67 0.67
F 0-59 0 0 0 0
National Merit Scholarship Program
SAT/ACT Mean Scores
Programs of Academic Recognition
Focused on academic excellence, Plymouth Whitemarsh High School offers programs and chapters of recognition for high achievement including National Honor Society (NHS), National Business Honor Society (NBHS), National Art Honor Society (NAHS), Global Scholars Program (GSP), AP Capstone Diploma, and IB Career Programme Designation.
Activities and Athletics
Student involvement is key to the success of a Plymouth Whitemarsh High School student’s well-rounded development. Approximately ninety percent of students participate in one or more extracurricular activity. PWHS offers over 100 clubs for students, many of which are initiated and proposed by the students themselves. Students have access to activities in the following areas;
- Academic and Scholastic
- Art and Music
- Cultural Awareness and Service
- Interest – Student Initiated
- Physical Endeavors
- Student Government and Leadership
- Student Publication
PWHS’ competitive athletic program encourages physical activity as well as the opportunity to experience leadership roles, cooperation, and team play. Each year student athletes participated in 26 varsity, 24 junior varsity, and 5 freshman teams. Plymouth Whitemarsh has earned State Championships in Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball and Baseball.