100 East South Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348-3654
Phone: 610-444-6620
Fax: 610-444-7013
CEEB Code: 392005

Dr. Jeremy M. Hritz, Principal
Mr. Duane Kotz, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Eileen Rudisill, Assistant Principal
Mr. Jeffery J. Thomas, Assistant Principal
Mr. Sean Harvey, Athletic Director

Counseling Department
Cassandra Allen, School Counselor for students with last names A-D
Colleen Allen, School Counselor for students with last names E-J
Maggie Chase, School Counselor for students with last names K-Q
Manuel Ibarra-Gomez, School Counselor for students with last names R-Z

Guidance Office Phone: 610-444-6636
Guidance Fax: 610-444-6132

Profile 2016 – 2017

Community: Rural-suburban. Within 28 miles of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and 12 miles north of Wilmington, Delaware.
Ethnic Demographics: 55% White, 40% Hispanic, 3% African American, 2% Asian; 39% FARM
Enrollment: 1,315 pupils – grades 9-12 (2016-2017).
Faculty: 91 Professional staff; 93 percent with a Masters degree or higher.
Graduation Requirements: Students must complete 25.2 credits including 4 English, 4 Social Studies, 4 Math, 4 Science, 8 Electives, 1.6 Health/Phys. Ed., a graduation project and technology portfolio. All graduation requirements must be completed in grades 9-12.
Calendar: Two semesters

Class of 2016: 301 graduates

Class of 2016 SAT Averages: Critical Reading = 533 Math = 536 Writing = 514
National Merit Finalists: 3
National Merit Semifinalists: 3
National Merit Commended: 9
National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar: 1
AP National Scholars: 12
AP Scholars: 40
AP Scholars with Honor: 20
AP Scholars with Distinction: 36
AP State Scholars: 1
AP International Scholars: 1
Total # of AP exams administered: 589
Total # of students enrolled in AP courses: 267
Mean AP score: 3.27

College Admissions Class of 2016:

Four-year colleges – 59%
Junior colleges, community colleges, technical schools – 17%
Total continuing education beyond high school – 76%
Employment – 18%
Military – 1%
Other – 5%

Grading System

Marking Period & Exam Letter Grades Advanced Placement Courses Quality Points Honors Courses Quality Points Regular Courses Quality Points Descriptor
A+: 97-100 5.33 4.83 4.33 Excellent
A: 93-96 5.00 4.5 4.00
A-: 90-92 4.67 4.17 3.67
B+: 87-89 4.33 3.83 3.33 Above Average
B: 83-86 4.00 3.5 3.00
B-: 80-82 3.67 3.17 2.67
C+: 77-79 3.33 2.83 2.33 Average
C: 73-76 3.00 2.5 2.00
C-: 70-72 2.67 2.17 1.67
D+: 67-69 2.33 1.83 1.33 Below Average
D: 60-66 2.00 1.5 1.00
F: 50-59 0.00 0.00 0.00 Failure

Explanation of Grades, G.P.A. & Ranking

A+=100-97 (4.33 QP’s); A=96-93 (4.0 QP’s); A-=92-90 (3.67 QP’s); B+=89-87 (3.33 QP’s); B=86-83 (3.0 QP’s); B-=82-80 (2.67 QP’s); C+=79-77 (2.33 QP’s); C=76-73 (2.0 QP’s); C-=72-70 (1.67 QP’s); D+=69-67 (1.33 QP’s); D=66-60 (1.0 QP’s); F=59-50 (0.0 QP’s).

Additional .5 quality point awarded to passing grades earned in labeled Honors courses. Additional 1.0 quality point awarded to passing grades in labeled AP courses.
All courses are included in GPA. All students are included in numerical rank. Rank calculated at the end of the academic year.

No numerical distinction is made between students ranking in the top 5% of the class.
Weighted rank is reported.

Curriculum Descriptive Information 2014-2015

Two Semesters, 9 periods, including lunch – 41 minutes each. Placement in core curriculum is based on teacher recommendation. Parents may submit requests to the building principal to” override recommendations to enroll in Honors and AP classes. All students are encouraged to challenge themselves by studying the most rigorous levels of courses in which they achieve successfully.

Graduation Project

All students complete a culminating graduation project that focuses on career exploration. Projects must include identification of student interests, inquiry and research into a career path, completion of an essay, involvement in 20 hours of community service, and presentation of project, which must incorporate technology to faculty advisors. It is noncredit and its completion is designated in either the junior or senior year as GPN- not completed, GPC-completed, or GPH-completed with commendation.

Special Services

Special Education students who have been evaluated and identified as meeting the state’s definition of Special Education are provided with accommodations according to individual IEP’s. Most frequently, these services are learning support in a resource setting, modified curriculum, direct skill instruction, and hearing, speech, and physical therapies. Special education courses are titled Resource Room, Modified or Practical.

Honors And Advanced Placement

Students requesting Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses should have performed consistently at a B level or higher in the related subject during the previous year, have received designated teacher recommendations, and completed prerequisite assignments. Grades earned in Honors courses are weighted with an additional .5 quality point. Grades earned in Advanced Placement courses are weighted with an additional 1.0 quality point. Students enrolled in AP courses are required to take AP exams.


Advanced Placement English Literature is offered to high achieving seniors with teacher recommendation. Advanced placement English Language and Composition is offered to talented juniors with teacher recommendation.” Honors, Advanced, and regular English courses are offered at each grade level. Level placement is based on teacher recommendation. Grade 9 English courses are titled Survey of Literature. Grade 10 is titled World Literature. Grade 11 is American Literature. See the Educational Planning Guide for a description of each course

Social Studies

The Social Studies sequence is World Studies I, World Studies II, American Studies, Economics and American Government. Honors courses are taught in World Studies I, World Studies II, and Economics. AP U.S. History and AP American Government can fulfill the American Studies and American Government requirements. AP European History is an elective choice for students in tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade, as is AP Psychology.


The most rigorous mathematics sequence, beginning with Algebra in eighth grade, permits students to study AP Calculus (AB and BC) or Calculus in twelfth grade. The traditional college preparatory mathematics sequence concludes with Mathematics Analysis in twelfth grade. Because of student transfers or development in mathematics, it is possible for students to have some courses in both sequences. AP Computer Science and AP Statistics are elective choices for students who have successfully completed Algebra I and Algebra II respectively. AP Statistics can fulfill a mathematics requirement credit.


The science sequence is Earth and Space (9th), Biology (10th), Chemistry (11th), Physics (12th). Honors level courses in each of these curricula are substantially more rigorous and are designed to challenge academically motivated, high achieving students. Both levels of science courses offer similar topics and labs. AP Physics will fulfill the 12th grade physics requirement. Students may elect AP Biology, and/or AP Chemistry. Some students are able to enroll in two science courses within the same year. It is almost impossible to schedule more than two.

World Languages

Introductory (level 1) world language courses are offered in Spanish, French, German, and Latin beginning in grade 8. Levels 2, 3, &4 world language courses receive “Honors” designation. All four world languages are offered at the Advanced Placement (AP level).

English as a Second Language

ESL – students whose first language is one other than English are eligible for support services through the ESL program. A language skills assessment will determine English fluency. Students will then receive direct instruction in English language and reading. As students master English, they will continue to receive academic support. Students are exited from the ESL instructional program based on federal assessment guidelines.

Elective Curriculum Offerings

All courses are one or two semesters in length. The curriculum is supported by a full range of offerings in Business Education, Family and Consumer Science, Visual Arts, Music. Four honors level STEM courses are also offered. Approximately 12% of the student body attend classes at the Technical College High School in Avondale, PA.

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