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Shady Grove El School

Public | K-5 | 469 students

 

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Posted June 21, 2014

Excellent learning environment that emphasizes values to the kids. The principal is exceptional and very engaged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

There are too many students in each classroom. This is a wealthy township that apparently isn't interested in having smaller classrooms. When so many of the children in the school district go to private school it baffles me to see 25 to 27 children in an Elementary school class. Worse, they will say the number is not representative as many of the classes have special needs students that aren't in the classroom all day. I think that is ridiculuous. If anything, a special needs student needs extra attention and therefore the classroom sizes should be even smaller!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

Great teachers. Only negative is not enough focus on class sizes. Shouldn't happen in a township this well to do. Shouldn't happen when Lower Merion and Upper Dublin are next door.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2011

Strings program in this school and district is to cry over if yo are an above advanced violinist. No structure or support in teaching. Band on the others and isretty great for an es. It is a good school though.


Posted October 2, 2011

I have read the reviews of this school. Some are from very spoiled parents who really do not have a clue about education and the entire teaching and learning experience. Grow up! My experience is that the teachers and principal are very dedicated people who go out of their way to help and even on their own time with extra activities. I love the extra help with reading. I can't believe the reading that my grandson is doing in K, 1st and now 2nd grade. Spoiled suburban idiots! Clueless!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2008

Horrible school system. Wissahickon lets your child slide through the cracks if they fall outside the norm. My daughter has ADD and this school was a nightmare. I didn't feel like anyone truly cared about my child's education. I went to several meetings I set up and the teachers and principal attitiudes were horrid. Any promises they make to help are never kept and it was so disorganized. they even sent home a flyer one year saying parents complained about it!! I wish my child left here sooner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

I personally have had a positive experience for my child at Shady Grove. One main reason is that I'm an advocate for my child and his needs.There are times when I didn't agree with the philosophy of the district and the ' micro management of classes. The teachers are the individuals getting the bad rap for some of the problems of NCLB, and the districts failure to provide adequate supports for ALL staff. Not just that of the inclusion classrooms. Remember that SG is the largest per sq ft elementary school in the district, the most diverse in population, and is a feeder school to a K-3 program. They need more supports in multiple areas than other elementary schools. Like previously mentioned we have had nothing but positive feedback, and helped to solve problems and not just complain.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2008

Quality is uneven. Quite a few teachers seem to be in love with their own strictness and focus more on order and structure than on the joy of learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2007

I have nothing good to say about this school. Some teachers are very rude and hard to work with. The academic programs are definitely lacking. Teachers & principal are not willing to working with parents for kid's special needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2007

We're very impressed with the academic programs. Very professional staff and the music programs (especially strings:)are great. Many levels of music instruction with dedicated teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2006

I heard nothing but great things about this school. The word 'Blue Ribbon' came up several times. I really have found the past 3 years of my daughter here to be horrible. The school is disorganized and it's staff is very hard to work with. Put your child in a private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2005

This is a very good school with high academic standards. The teachers involve the parents in every aspect of school life. There are many extracurricular activities including variety of music and art programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2004

This school has given my children all the support they could ever need. You can see that the teachers, staff and principal put all their heart and sole in to all the children. I will not move until my children are no longer in Shady Grove. Thank you for everything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2003

Absolutly the best! We are new to Shady Grove and it is truly wonderful! The climate that the principal, teachers, support staff, students and parents created is second to none. I never thought it was possible to feel this way about a school community!
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
86%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2012.

102 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

99 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

103 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
83%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2012.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
63%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students95%
Female97%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)73%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female97%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)64%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students94%
Female92%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)90%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female91%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)77%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students88%
Female87%
Male89%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)72%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students88%
Female88%
Male89%
Black79%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)69%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female77%
Male85%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)65%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students82%
Female89%
Male79%
Black75%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)57%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 71%
Black 12% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Hispanic 6% 9%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Ambler, PA 19002
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