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Students are grouped in classes made up of at least two grades each. Mixed-aged classes benefit the students both educationally and socially. Older students help younger students through tutoring and modeling. Younger students are motivated by their respect for older students and their desire to be like them. All students learn to work cooperatively in a "real-life" situation where there are people of differing ages, abilities and interests. Gifted students are not held back but are encouraged to learn as much as they can. Slower students are given extra time needed to master important skills. Students excel in an environment where individual needs and abilities are recognized and respected.
Students are tested regularly in all subjects. The teachers use tests to help assess student learning and to accurately evaluate student achievement. The Stanford Achievement Test, a standardized test, is administered in grades 4 through 8, at the end of each school year. This makes it possible to accurately compare the achievement of our students with students in other schools.

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Teachers at PHS are free to assign homework as they see the need. Homework at PHS is intended to enrich and reinforce the learning at school and is not meant to be a burden on parents or students. Homework assignments may include anything from selecting a "Show and Tell" item to doing a reading or math assignment or special project.
Computers & Technology
Students have daily access to computers at PHS. Currently all classrooms have Internet access and access to laptops. Also, a computer lab operates wit a class set of computers in it. Most of our classroom are also equipped with SmartBoards. Each high school sudent is provided with a laptop computer for his or her use for the school year. Each classroom is furnished with a multimedia projector and a document camera. Most classrooms are also equipped with SmartBoards.

Along with this school website, the school has a Facebook page for sharing photos and for communication between alumni and current members of our school community.
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