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. Raymond A. Fernandez, Assistant Principal
Dr. Tomorrow S. Jenkins, Assistant Principal
Mr. Jeffery J. Thomas, Assistant Principal
Mr. Sean Harvey, Athletic Director

Counseling Department
Cassandra Allen, School Counselor A-D
Colleen Allen, School Counselor E-K
Heather Morihara, School Counselor L-Q
Francis Ryan, School Counselor R-Z

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

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Profile 2014 – 2015

Community: Rural-suburban. Within 28 miles of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and 12 miles north of Wilmington, Delaware.
Ethnic Demographics: 57% White, 37% Hispanic, 4% African American, 2% Asian
Enrollment: 1,282 pupils – grades 9-12 (2014-2015).
Faculty: 95 Professional staff; 90 percent with a Masters degree or higher.
Graduation Requirements: Students must complete 25.2 credits (4 English, 4 Social Studies, 4 Math, 4 Science, 8 Electives, 1.2 Health/Phys. Ed., a graduation project and technology portfolio. All graduation requirements must be completed in grades 9-12 (due to budget restrictions Physical Education credit is waived for 11th and 12th).
Calendar: Two semesters

Class of 2014: 309 graduates

Class of 2014 SAT Averages: Critical Reading = 527 Math = 529 Writing = 507
National Merit Finalists: 4
National Merit Semifinalists: 4
National Merit Commended: 8
National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar: 3
AP National Scholars: 8
AP Scholars: 20
AP Scholars with Honor: 15
AP Scholars with Distinction: 39
AP State Scholars: 1
AP International Scholars: 1
Total # of AP exams administered: 418
Total # of students enrolled in AP courses: 196
Mean AP score: 3.55

College Admissions Class of 2014:

Four-year colleges – 60%
Junior colleges, community colleges, technical schools – 19%
Total continuing education beyond high school – 79%
Employment – 16%
Military – 1%
Other – 4%

Class of 2015: 302 pupils

National Merit Semi Finalists: TBD
National Merit Semi Finalists: 6
National Hispanic Recognition: TBD
National Merit Commended: 11
Distribution of Cumulative Grade Point Average: 80th percentile 3.78 60th percentile 2.99 40th percentile 3.41 20th percentile 2.60

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 (Advanced)
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 (Proficient)
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 (Basic)
D: 60-66 2.00 1.5 1.00
F: 50-59 0.00 0.00 0.00 Failure (Below Basic)
Y: 0-49 -1.00 -1.00 -1.00

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); X=59-50 (0.0 QP’s); Y=Below 50 (-1.0 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, 8 periods – 41 minutes each. Placement in core curriculum is based on teacher recommendation. Students may 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 40 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

Academically Talented (AT) is a state-mandated program for gifted students. A multi-criteria format is used to determine eligibility for the program, including evidence of superior performance on aptitude and achievement assessments. This program gives AT students the opportunity to meet their educational needs with the regular course curricula or by completing independent projects.

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 seniors who have completed Honors English 11 and to other recommended students. Honors Survey (9th), World (10th), American (11th) and British (12th) Literature courses are designed to challenge academically motivated, high-achieving students. Advanced Literature courses and the 12th grade semester genre studies are designed for college bound students. Both levels emphasize literature analysis, the writing process, and vocabulary development. Entrance into honors level classes is dependent upon A or B level achievement and teacher recommendation.

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 is an elective choice for students in tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade.


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

There are no Honors level I languages. There are no regular level II-IV languages, only Honors level or AP. Students may begin their study of a world language in eighth grade.

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, and two STEM courses that have been introduced this year. Approximately 11% of the student body attends the Technical College High School regional technical school.

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