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Bangor Area Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 519 students

 

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Posted August 2, 2014

If your child is from one of the well-known families in town or isn't an athletic superstar, beware. My daughter was repeatedly bullied and the guidance counselor/asst principal/principal did little to alleviate the situation. There is zero lack of respect for students from most staff members. Is it really a surprise that students model this behavior?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2014

This one teacher told me to do my project, I told her I am almost done and she flipped out on me in front of the whole class: "EXCUSE ME! WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?!" as if I muttered a curse word under my breath. I had that same teacher for class again. I was doing my work while this white kid was standing up pestering me. I get yelled at! Even though I am sitting down doing my work and she sees this kid standing bothering me she doesn't take any action or yell at him! I am not exaggerating as I type this review I remember it all so well. It's like this place left me with Post traumatic stress disorder. I have nightmares of this awful school. If there is anything that I learned from her class, that is to resort to violence instead of talk things out like grown adults. It just goes to show how immature the Bangor population really is. I also completed my assignment and she criticized how I did it. It was an autobiography and I mentioned my grandmother a lot in it. She didn't like that I mentioned my grandma a lot. My grandmother had a lot to do with my life, and she had no right to criticize and make a terrible statement about my own family! It was an autobiography after all!


Posted December 16, 2009

I love going to this school everybody has a uniqe perssonality.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2007

BAMS is awesome. Mr. Gunnels is an awesome principal, adored by the students and respected by parents and administration. He is a true advocate of education. Middle School is a tough time for any student, but the environment here and the attention to the needs of these children is ever evolving. We are very pleased with the school and their involvement in our child's academic and emotional journey through middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

224 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

228 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
70%
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 76% in 2012.

243 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

245 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

240 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
57%

2009

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

260 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
65%
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 Students85%
Female86%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)71%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female85%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
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 Students70%
Female64%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)32%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female75%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)48%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students63%
Female55%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)41%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students75%
Female84%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)43%
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 92% 71%
Hispanic 4% 9%
Black 3% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Art teacher(s)
School psychologist
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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401 Points Richmond Rd
Bangor, PA 18013
Phone: (610) 599-7012

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