Points of Pride
Wissahickon High School achieved many prestigious rankings including:
- This year, WHS received the second highest score in the state with 100.8. Last year, WHS was ranked first in the state. A school’s SPP score relies heavily on state assessment scores including Keystone/PSSA, but also includes college readiness tests, industry standards-based assessments, graduation, promotion, and attendance rates, as well as evidence of offering rigorous courses to prepare students for college and career. WHS scored 96.65 on all academic indicators and an additional 4.15 in extra credit for advanced achievement.
- WHS was selected as a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education - one of only 330 schools nationwide
- WHS was ranked the 9th most challenging high school in PA by the Washington Post and the 16th best high school in PA by US News & World Report
Five Wissahickon School District teachers were selected in 2017 as a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert joining the more than 4,800 educators in the MIE Expert program worldwide. Each year, Microsoft selects innovative educators to share ideas, try new approaches and learn from each other as a global community dedicated to improving student outcomes through technology. Dianne Krause (Instructional Technology Specialist) was selected for the fourth year in a row; Sue Degnan (Staff Developer) for the third year; Liesl Madden (4th grade teacher) for the second year and Kathleen Donahue (Middle School Language Arts teacher) and Joann Groark (6th grade teacher) for the first time.
David Miller, WHS Art Teacher, was selected to receive the 2015 Pennsylvania Art Education Association Outstanding Secondary Art Educator Award.
Lower Gwynedd Health and Physical Education Teacher Mike Jackson received the Physical Education Elementary Teacher of the Year Award.
Nicole Perrine-Wilson, WHS German teacher, received the Goethe-Institute /AATG Certificate of Merit from the American Association of Teachers of German.
Tim Smyth, WHS Social Studies teacher, was featured on PBS Newshour for his article “How I Use Comic Books as a Learning Tool in my Social Studies Classroom.”
Jim Shoemaker, WHS Social Studies teacher, was nominated for the Keystone Technology Innovators Program for his innovative work in the classroom and commitment to technology.
Chris McDaniels, WHS Social Studies Teacher, was named a United States Presidential Scholars Distinguished Teacher for 2015 recognizing substantial contributions to the development of our nation’s young people.
In 2017, WHS earned two Promising Practices awards from Character.org's Schools of Character program - a national organization. Character.org is a national character education organization that recognizes initiatives in schools across the country that demonstrate great character teaching and activities.
Wissahickon Middle School takes pride in its award-winning MathCounts Club Program and Team which engages dozens of 6th, 7th and 8th graders in non-traditional problem solving every year. Meeting multiple times a week year-round, the WMS MathCounts Club has been recognized nationally as a Gold Level Club for 10 consecutive years – a distinction shared by no other school in the state of Pennsylvania. Since the club’s inception, members of the MathCounts Competition Team - a separate entity from the club - have competed at the regional, state and national level.
Wissahickon Middle School was selected by Microsoft as a 2015-2016 Microsoft Associate Showcase School for its excellence in transforming its learning environment to deliver more personalized education to students using mobile and cloud technology to better prepare students for success in the workplace. WMS joins an exclusive community of over 400 premier schools from around the world.