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Ford City High School

Ford City High School
1100 Fourth Avenue
Ford City, Pennsylvania,

United States
Coordinates 40°46′21″N 79°31′43″W / 40.7726°N 79.5287°W / 40.7726; -79.5287Coordinates: 40°46′21″N 79°31′43″W / 40.7726°N 79.5287°W / 40.7726; -79.5287

Type Public
School district Armstrong School District
Principal Michael Cominos
Grades 7–12
Color(s) Purple and Gold          
Mascot Sabers

Ford City High School is a public high school located in Ford City, Pennsylvania. The school serves grades 7 through 12 as part of the Armstrong School District (ASD).

Graduation Rate

2009 - 91%[1]
2008 - 93%

Academic achievement

In 2009, Ford City Junior-Senior High School was ranked 81st out of 123 western Pennsylvania high schools, by the Pittsburgh Business Times, for student academic achievement as demonstrated on three years of PSSAs on: reading, writing, math and one year of science.[2]

PSSA Results

11th Grade Reading 2009 - 76% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 65% of 11th graders on grade level.
2008 - 67%, State - 65%
2007 - 74%, State 65%[3]

11th Grade Math 2009 - 63% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 56% of 11th graders are on grade level.
2008 - 52%, State - 56%
2007 - 45%, State - 53%[4]

11th Grade Science 2009 - 44% on grade level. State: 40% of 11th graders were on grade level.
2008 - 25%, State - 39%[5]

Dual enrollment

The high school offers a Dual Enrollment program. This state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. Students remain enrolled at their high school. The courses count towards high school graduation requirements and towards earning a college degree. The students continue to have full access to activities and programs at their high school. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate. The state offers a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition, fees and books.[6] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[7]

For the 2009-10 funding year, the school district received a state grant of $12,125 for the program.

A total of 20 dual enrollment course options are currently available in the district throughout the school year in areas such as Music, Art, Psychology, Anthropology, Algebra, Calculus, Microeconomics, Spanish, French, History, and Political Science. ASD partners with Indiana University of PA (IUP), Butler County Community College (BC3) and California University of PA (Cal U) to offer these courses. The course costs are deeply discounted up to 75% off.


The district offers a variety of clubs, activities and sports.

By Pennsylvania law, all K-12 students in the district, including those who attend a private nonpublic school, cyber charter school, charter school and those homeschooled, are eligible to participate in the extracurricular programs including all athletics. They must meet the same eligibility rules as the students enrolled in the district's schools.[8]


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