Sun Valley High School

Public 9-12

 2881 Pancoast Ave
       Aston, PA  19014


(610) 497-6300

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District: Penn-Delco School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
231st of 693 Pennsylvania High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,884 Help

Student/teacher ratio:  14.1
Number of students:  1,050

Racial breakdown:

White:
83.4%
African American:
8.1%
Hispanic:
3.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  23.9%

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Due to the disruption caused by COVID-19, the Pennsylvania Department of Education did not administer assessments for the 2019-2020 school year. SchoolDigger will resume updating its rankings when test scores are released in 2021.


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Compare Details Sun Valley High School ranks better than 66.7% of high schools in Pennsylvania. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 70.55. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (83.4%), African American (8.1%), Hispanic (3.3%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Sun Valley High School is 14.1. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Sun Valley High School is $14,884.
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Schooldigger 2019 Rankings:

Sun Valley High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Sun Valley High School 231st of 693 Pennsylvania public high schools. (See Sun Valley High School in the ranking list.)

Penn-Delco School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Penn-Delco School District 130th of 610 Pennsylvania school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Sun Valley High School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools PA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 66.71 201st 583 65.5%
2004 66.27 220th 590 62.7%
2005 61.60 259th 593 56.3%
2006 49.68 376th 604 37.7%
2007 65.01 242nd 615 60.7%
2008 67.87 194th 621 68.8%
2009 57.68 300th 632 52.5%
2010 64.38 252nd 649 61.2%
2011 57.49 339th 660 48.6%
2012 54.89 369th 664 44.4%
2013 58.33 271st 591 54.1%
2014 63.62 227th 580 60.9%
2015 60.38 342nd 680 49.7%
2016 53.08 408th 677 39.7%
2017 29.92 503rd 663 24.1%
2018 31.00 510th 673 24.2%
2019 70.55 231st 693 66.7%

Data source: test scores: Pennsylvania Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a student
Thursday, March 25, 2010

Open Quote I am a former Sun Valley student who recently graduated. The pros of this school are that the renovations make the school's interior appearance above average, there is a lot of technology available to the students, and the guidance office is extremely helpful, well-rounded and informing to students who seek advice. With that said, I have many negatives held about this school as well. Although the diversity cannot directly be fixed by the school district, there is a large lack of it here and it causes the majority of the students to be closed-minded and not aware of events outside of the "Aston community". In addition to this, there is a large amount of technology available but from my experiences this does not enhance the learning abilities. Most of the time the computers run slowly or do not work properly at all; some teachers are encouraged by administration to use new teaching techniques incorporating the technology but the students get easily distracted with computers in front of them and overall I personally have learned much more by using the textbook as the primary source of information and believe that the school should go back to this technique. I was a student at the very top of my class (top 1%), and even so, the rigor at this school does not compare to that at others. There is grade inflation present and my gpa was not equal to students that attend my college from other places.
I hope that this information is useful to a parent who is considering enrolling their child here. I would not recommend this school district and one of my main reasons (besides the lack of rigor, overall low SAT scores due to poor preparation, and less than 1% of the seniors being sent to top universities every year because of this) is because I do not believe that the administration is overly interested in the students. My parents tried to set up meetings with the administration to organize special extracurricular activities for me in order to challenge my abilities, and just setting up these meetings was a hassle. It seems as if the focus is on the "bad" students, and the top students of the school almost go unrecognized.
Overall, this school IS better than those in extremely low income areas and a few others surrounding the Delaware County area. With that said, I still believe this school is below average because there is more emphasis on fixing the "bad" children than helping the smart ones (another example of this was that we were made to take all of our AP exams in past years in uncomfortable folding chairs and tables in the wrestling room of the school - not only was this environment distracting due to its odors, but I believe that I did worse on my exams from the distractions of the bells that rang every 45 minutes and the uncomfortable feeling I had from not being able to take the test in a normal classroom with a desk, but the entire situation frustrated me because when the "state" exam, which is the PSSA, was administered as I was an 11th grader, we came in early, were given breakfast, took the exams in classrooms, had no distractions from bells ringing, and the other grades of students were not permitted to enter the school to prevent extra noise from bothering us. It amazed me how much emphasis was put on this test because it directly effects the school, but when students are required to pay $90 for their AP exams, we are thrown into a room put together the day before where the wrestlers' sweat and are not even given the courtesy of the administration turing off the bells.
I think that Sun Valley needs to evaluate most of their teaching methods. Overall, this school is not the proper fit for a student who demonstrates intelligence and has the ability to succeed. There are not the proper resources here for students to take advantage of that can help them get into the best of the best universities, and therefore I believe that this is the reason that the one or two students that are fortunate get accepted to great colleges each year are forced to take extra steps on their own. I belive that anyone that hears exceptional praise about this place should take a closer look to see that their are too many problems under the surface that need to be fixed. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Sun Valley High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 1031 2 5 1 0 n/a n/a 0 1039
1989 988 5 4 1 0 n/a n/a 0 998
1990 930 6 7 1 0 n/a n/a 0 944
1991 913 1 10 0 0 n/a n/a 0 924
1992 963 2 11 0 0 n/a n/a 0 976
1993 962 6 10 1 0 n/a n/a 0 979
1994 984 6 9 5 1 n/a n/a 0 1005
1995 1026 3 14 6 1 n/a n/a 0 1050
1996 1026 3 14 6 1 n/a n/a 0 1050
1997 1028 5 13 8 5 n/a n/a 0 1059
1998 1026 8 17 4 8 n/a n/a 0 1063
1999 1037 10 15 4 7 n/a n/a 0 1073
2000 1049 13 9 3 6 n/a n/a 0 1080
2001 1026 19 8 3 3 n/a n/a 0 1059
2002 1107 25 6 8 7 n/a n/a 0 1153
2003 1107 25 6 8 7 n/a n/a 0 1153
2004 1085 33 7 11 7 n/a n/a 0 1143
2005 1159 37 3 9 2 n/a n/a 0 1210
2006 1165 37 4 11 3 n/a n/a 0 1220
2007 1107 42 7 8 1 n/a n/a 0 1165
2008 1074 50 16 12 1 n/a n/a 0 1153
2009 1080 51 19 16 0 n/a n/a 1 1167
2010 1004 57 25 13 0 n/a n/a 3 1102
2011 1033 57 17 11 0 0 6 0 1124
2012 1009 66 20 15 0 0 7 0 1117
2013 954 64 25 19 0 0 6 0 1068
2014 931 69 19 26 0 0 8 0 1053
2015 919 69 24 25 0 0 12 0 1049
2016 916 72 31 26 1 0 17 0 1063
2017 898 81 31 25 0 1 17 0 1053
2018 916 88 26 27 0 2 21 0 1080
2019 877 88 28 28 0 1 26 0 1048
2020 876 85 28 35 0 0 26 0 1050

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

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Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Sun Valley High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1039 58.0 17.9 n/a
1989 998 55.5 17.9 n/a
1990 944 55.0 17.1 0
1991 924 56.0 16.5 n/a
1992 976 52.0 18.7 n/a
1993 979 52.0 18.8 n/a
1994 1005 51.0 19.7 n/a
1995 1050 55.5 18.9 n/a
1996 1050 55.5 18.9 n/a
1997 1059 57.0 18.6 n/a
1998 1063 59.0 18.0 n/a
1999 1073 59.5 18.0 n/a
2000 1080 59.5 18.2 0
2001 1059 58.5 18.1 0
2002 1153 63.7 18.1 0
2003 1153 63.7 18.1 0
2004 1143 64.4 17.7 0
2005 1210 78.4 15.4 0
2006 1220 77.7 15.7 0
2007 1165 78.5 14.8 0
2008 1153 81.8 14.1 n/a
2009 1167 75.6 15.4 n/a
2010 1102 78.3 14.0 16.6
2011 1124 72.4 15.5 18.4
2012 1117 67.5 16.5 20.8
2013 1068 70.2 15.2 18.6
2014 1053 71.9 14.6 14
2015 1049 70.0 14.9 17.9
2016 1063 68.0 15.6 25.4
2017 1053 66.3 15.8 24.5
2018 1080 69.8 15.4 n/a
2019 1048 72.3 14.4 23.9
2020 1050 74.3 14.1 n/a

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

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Student/Teacher Ratio Sun Valley High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1039 58.0 17.9 n/a
1989 998 55.5 17.9 n/a
1990 944 55.0 17.1 0
1991 924 56.0 16.5 n/a
1992 976 52.0 18.7 n/a
1993 979 52.0 18.8 n/a
1994 1005 51.0 19.7 n/a
1995 1050 55.5 18.9 n/a
1996 1050 55.5 18.9 n/a
1997 1059 57.0 18.6 n/a
1998 1063 59.0 18.0 n/a
1999 1073 59.5 18.0 n/a
2000 1080 59.5 18.2 0
2001 1059 58.5 18.1 0
2002 1153 63.7 18.1 0
2003 1153 63.7 18.1 0
2004 1143 64.4 17.7 0
2005 1210 78.4 15.4 0
2006 1220 77.7 15.7 0
2007 1165 78.5 14.8 0
2008 1153 81.8 14.1 n/a
2009 1167 75.6 15.4 n/a
2010 1102 78.3 14.0 16.6
2011 1124 72.4 15.5 18.4
2012 1117 67.5 16.5 20.8
2013 1068 70.2 15.2 18.6
2014 1053 71.9 14.6 14
2015 1049 70.0 14.9 17.9
2016 1063 68.0 15.6 25.4
2017 1053 66.3 15.8 24.5
2018 1080 69.8 15.4 n/a
2019 1048 72.3 14.4 23.9
2020 1050 74.3 14.1 n/a

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Sun Valley High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $196 (1.3%) $14,687 (98.7%) $14,884

Data source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




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