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Hickory High School

 

Hermitage School District

Hickory High School

 

School Profile

Hickory High School offers a wide‐range of Academic, Art and Athletic opportunities. These programs offer multiple opportunities for the diverse population that attends Hickory High School. These opportunities constitute the AAA Recognition of Excellence program.

 

At Hickory…

Hickory High School houses 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. These grades equal approximately 800 students.  The approximately 65 professional staff members are dedicated, diverse, accommodating and willing to help in the academic as well as social arenas.  The entire professional staff is considered Highly Qualified according Pennsylvania Department of Education regulations. The professional staff has earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in secondary education, administration, specialty areas and guidance.

 

Academics & Curriculum

89% of seniors attend four‐year colleges. 8% of seniors choose two‐year colleges.

The Class of 2018 has exceeded all previous classes by being awarded over 3.2 million dollars in scholarship monies. This feat demonstrates HHS students dedication and commitment to Academics, the Arts, and Athletics at HHS. In addition, the Class of 2018 was awarded over $68,000 in local scholarships from the Shenango Valley Community Foundation. This total is the highest of all local school districts.

ACT:     Composite Score: 22.0 of all test takers.

SAT: 546 Average score of EACH test & all test takers. 81% met the Benchmark.

The HHS Program of Studies booklet (available online) is used to guide students through their high school careers. It is designed to prepare students for their next step. The core classes of English, science, math and social studies offer different levels of academic rigor. General, academic, advanced and Advanced Placement (AP) classes are available for all students to explore and challenge their academic limits.  

Four years of Spanish and French world language, with accelerated options, are available.

The HSD is proud to host our annual Career Week each February. At HHS this week highlights a variety of post‐secondary options, military careers and interview procedures.  An alumni panel of Hickory High School graduates constitutes a very important question and answer session with all sophomores.

HHS also has a senior year tradition by hosting Business Week and the ACES Program. The Americans for Competitive Enterprise System has entered into a venture providing high quality, business education experiences through a week‐long Business Week Program each December.

HHS has teamed with the City of Hermitage and the eCenter at Lindenpointe to offer the Entrepreneurship Academy. In 2018, six HHS seniors and students from neighboring districts will embark on a year‐long program that introduces them the S.T.E.A.M –Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. This program combines real‐world business experience with creative design.

The Hermitage School District and Hickory High School offers a QUEST program designed to meet the needs of the gifted and talented.

Specifically designed instruction for students with learning difficulties, emotional and behavioral difficulties, vision, language and speech concerns are available as well.

Programs designed to aide students in the preparation for PSSA exams are also available.  These involve specific interventions that cover eligible content in either, reading, math or both.

HHS AP scores have risen steadily and now exceed national and state averages! We are proud to report that 72 % of all HHS AP students who tested scored a 3, 4, or 5 on their exam. This percentage is unprecedented and exceeds the national AP average by 15% and the Pa average by 12%.

In addition, HHS offers 10 AP courses in a variety of core academic areas. HHS has been  recognized as an AP Honors School for participation, course offerings and student performance.

Dual Enrollment opportunities, through local colleges such as Penn State Shenango exist, for qualifying seniors.

Hickory High School offers the full complement of Mercer County Career Center options. HHS students may attend the career center to acquire specific vocational, work‐related and college preparatory skills.

HHS is very proud of SilverCords Program. A voluntary community service program in which students volunteer their time in the Shenango Valley and receive recognition for their efforts. This program utilizes 100’s of community organizations, churches, and local businesses to permit HHS students to give back to the community and provide a valuable human resource. Hundreds of students at HHS are involved in the program and their efforts are appreciated. A strong community equals a strong school…

A full explanation of credits, available classes, dual enrollment procedures, AP courses, freshman – senior requirements and Mercer County Career Center programs are available in the course of study booklet found on the Hermitage School District website.  In addition, the school counselors offer a wide‐range of services from career prep, college scholarships, social counseling and peer support. Please visit the guidance section of the HSD website.

 

Technology

The Hermitage School District and Hickory High School is a One-to-One school. Each student in grades 8-12 owns or rents a Google Chromebook. These powerful tools are used by all students and all teachers. Google classroom, online textbooks, and a variety of applications are consistently utilized by students in grades 8-12.  

All parents/guardians can access their son/daughter’s grades and teacher assignments through Powerschool. This is an online program that uses secure passwords to access all academic information for each student in every class.

Basic computer classes as well as programming and advanced programming classes are available for every student.

Please visit the HSD website or any school to receive a copy of the Mobile Device Policy.

At Hickory High School …

Students are provided the opportunity to express themselves appropriately and interact with the faculty and administration. A strong peer‐mediation program that assists students to resolve their conflicts peacefully is active and well. An ambassador program that shows student leaders how to positively influence their peers is in development.

A Student Assistance Program (SAP) works in conjunction with the Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission to identify, provide support and assist students in need. Teachers volunteer their time to meet twice a month and discuss referrals of students experiencing a variety of concerns identified by caring and trusted staff members.  

In Closing…

At Hickory, EXCELLENCE is the expectation. We are very proud of our students’ academic accomplishments, artistic endeavors and athletic achievements. We are proud of our facilities and community support for our school. We strive for constant improvement, a dedication to high‐achievement and the building of positive relationships between our students and staff. We stress the need for all students to become well‐rounded individuals and stress the importance of how you represent yourself, your family, your school and your community. Hickory High School is proud of its traditions, its past and we are excited about the future…the HIVE is alive with activity and promise!

‘BY THE NUMBERS’ for the class of 2018…

 
In Academics:
  • Recognized as an Advanced Placement Honors School
  • 66 seniors earned a cumulative average over 93% or higher for 4 years
  • 35 seniors were recognized at the Annual Academic Awards Banquet for having a 97% GPA and above.
  • 17 seniors possessed a HHS cumulative average ABOVE a 100% for four years.
In the Arts:
  • 50  seniors were involved in either marching, jazz, or pep band
  • 15  seniors were involved in orchestra and/or chambers orchestra
  • 2 seniors earned all state honors in orchestra
  • 24 seniors were involved in the choir program
  • 2 seniors earned all state honors in choir
  • 7 seniors earned all county or district honors in band
  • 1 senior earned All-Eastern honors in orchestra
  • 6 seniors earned all county or district honors in choir
  • 2 seniors earned all county or district honors in orchestra
  • 14 seniors were recognized at the local or state level for excellence in painting/drawing
  • 35 seniors participated at some point in their career in the annual spring musical
  • In the SilverCord’s program 5th year of existence, 34 seniors are actively involved with 16 seniors completing a minimum of 150 hours of community service and are wearing silver cords this evening. The Class of 2018 had a cumulative total of 3948 hours of community service in the Shenango Valley.
In Athletics:
  • In their 4 years as a Hornet: 24 region titles have been won
  • 11 District 10 titles have been won
  • 3 state titles and 1 state runner-­up were earned
  • 3 final four’s in PA and  3 elite 8’s in PA were earned
  • 2 seniors have earned all­state athletic honors
  • And finally…out of 467 total athletes in grades 9­-12 during the fall, winter and spring of the 2017-2018 school year…these athletes possessed a combined GPA of 92.67%.

 

Chris Gill

High School Principal 11-12

 

Diane Brest
High School Principal 8-10

District Mission

"The Mission of the Hermitage School District is to educate our students to become motivated and responsible citizens.  We will graduate students who are critical thinkers, effective problem solvers, strong communicators and creative individuals.  Our students will use literacy, writing and technology as tools to contribute and compete in a diverse society."

Upcoming Events

Work Session and Regular Board Meeting
Monday, April 22 : 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
PSSA ELA Testing
Tuesday, April 23
Artman Grandparent Breakfast/Luncheon
Monday, April 29
PSSA Math & Science Testing
Monday, April 29
8th Grade Spring Concert
Tuesday, April 30 : 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM