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This screen capture shows Unionville High School in East Marlborough, Chester County. Unionville scored highest in the 2016 School Performance Profile report recently released by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

October 18, 2016

Top 50 high schools in Philadelphia, suburbs ranked by state's latest School Performance Profile scores

New state scores mean new, improved rankings

The state Department of Education last Thursday released 2016 School Performance Profile scores for all Pennsylvania schools.

Calculation of SPP scores had been put on hold last year for most schools to give teachers and students a year to adjust to the new Core Curriculum and realignment of the PSSA, or Pennsylvania System of School Assessment standardized test.

The 2016 SPP scores are the first to reflect middle and elementary school student performance on the more challenging PSSA. The Department of Education, at the direction of Gov. Tom Wolf, is currently working to make the standardized test-dependent SPP a "better, more holistic measure."

Performance in the following areas were used to calculate the scores.

Fifty percent of the school academic performance score is based on:

• Indicators of Academic Achievement – Including PSSA/PASA/Keystone test performance; industry standards-based competency assessments; third-grade reading proficiency and SAT/ACT college-ready benchmarks.

• Indicators of Closing the Achievement Gap – A two-part criteria. One part looks at the test scores of all students to define how well a school is making progress toward 100 percent proficiency. The second looks just at the test results of  historically underperforming students to measure how well a school is making progress toward proficiency among those lower-performing pupils.

Forty percent of the score is:

• Indicators of Academic Growth/PVAAS – These measure the school’s impact on the academic achievement level of groups of students from year-to-year.

The final 10 percent is based on the following:

 Other Academic Indicators — These look at student achievement, such as graduation rates, promotion rates and attendance rates.

Schools can earn up to seven additional points via "Extra Credit for Advanced Achievement" based upon performance on state and industry assessments, as well as for students earning a 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement exam or 4 or higher on an International Baccalaureate exam.

The 2016 SPP report included scores for 134 high schools in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties and Philadelphia. Below is a list of the 50 schools that earned the highest scores from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Lists of the top suburban Philadelphia middle schools and elementary schools can be found here and rankings for the city's public and charter schools are available here. Also. a searchable database of the reports for all the schools in Pennsylvania is available on the education department's website.

Rank School District County SPP Score
1 Unionville High School Unionville-Chadds Ford Chester 101.6
2 Wissahickon High School Wissahickon Montgomery 100.8
3 North Penn High School North Penn Montgomery 100.3
4 Spring-Ford Senior
High School
Spring-Ford Area Montgomery 99.7
5 Downingtown STEM Academy Downingtown Area Chester 99.2
6 West Chester Bayard Rustin
High School
West Chester Area Chester 97.7
7 Quakertown Community
High School
Quakertown Community Bucks 97.6
8 Springfield High School Springfield Delaware 97.1
9 Central Bucks High School-East Central Bucks Bucks 95.8
10 Haverford High School Haverford Township Delaware 95
11 Franklin Towne Charter
High School
Charter School Philadelphia 94.6
12 Downingtown High School West Downingtown Area Chester 94.5
13 Penncrest High School Rose Tree Media Delaware 94.2
14 Great Valley High School Great Valley Chester 94.1
15 Strath Haven High School Wallingford-Swarthmore Delaware 94
16 Perkiomen Valley High School Perkiomen Valley Montgomery 93.8
17 Harriton High School Lower Merion Montgomery 93.6
18 Council Rock High School North Council Rock Bucks 93.3
19 Upper Moreland High School Upper Moreland Township Montgomery 92.9
20 New Hope-Solebury
High School
New Hope-Solebury Bucks 92.8
21 Abington High School Abington Montgomery 92.5
22 Springfield Twp. High School Springfield Township Montgomery 92
23 Conestoga High School Tredyffrin-Easttown Chester 91.4
24 Pennsbury High School Pennsbury Bucks 91.3
25 West Chester East High School West Chester Area Chester 91.3
26 Council Rock High School South Council Rock Bucks 91.1
27 Palisades High School Palisades Bucks 90.9
28 West Chester Henderson
High School
West Chester Area Chester 90.9
29 Julia R. Masterman
High School
Philadelphia Philadelphia 90.8
30 Garnet Valley High School Garnet Valley Delaware 90.7
31 Downingtown High School East Downingtown Area Chester 90.3
32 Central Bucks High School-South Central Bucks Bucks 90.1
33 Souderton Area High School Souderton Area Montgomery 89.9
34 Kennett High School Kennett Consolidated Chester 89.7
35 Radnor Senior High School Radnor Township Delaware 89.7
36 Lower Moreland High School Lower Moreland Township Montgomery 89.3
37 Central High School Philadelphia Philadelphia 89
38 Plymouth-Whitemarsh
Senior High School
Colonial Montgomery 88.7
39 GAMP Philadelphia Philadelphia 88.7
40 Neshaminy High School Neshaminy Bucks 88.1
41 Upper Dublin High School Upper Dublin Montgomery 88.1
42 Marple Newtown High School Marple Newtown Delaware 87.4
43 Owen J. Roberts High School Owen J. Roberts Chester 87.1
44 Methacton High School Methacton Montgomery 86.9
45 Interboro High School Interboro Delaware 85.8
46 Upper Merion Area High School Upper Merion Area Montgomery 84.9
47 Phoenixville Area High School Phoenixville Area Chester 84.1
48 Academy at Palumbo Philadelphia Philadelphia 83.9
49 Arts Academy
at Benjamin Rush
Philadelphia Philadelphia 83.3
50 Ridley High School Ridley Delaware 83