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Belle Vernon Area High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 876 students

 

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Posted December 30, 2009

I went to this school district and graduated in 2007. If you want your child to be challenged by their work and excel with fantastic grades and have their own opinion, this is not the district for you. Some of the 'college prep' courses are good, like the English classes, but others, like any of the math classes, are lacking. The science courses are great, but the social studies courses are, again, lacking. Though I will say that if you intend to raise your child in this district from kindergarten to graduation, you won't know the difference, and neither will your child. But if you transfer to this district from a better one anytime after the third grade, your child will be a year ahead of the rest of the students.


Posted September 16, 2009

Not so sure about the 'bragging', only that I pay taxes to fund this school, the students there to learn need actual real life items, not sports related items, absurd programs, arts are needed, the focus is not on education, it is currently on atheltics and an overpaid school board salary system, which should be definitely reworked, in a way that makes it best for all students to learn what is truly needed in regards to a proper education.


Posted September 23, 2007

I love BVA, i think that if you apply yourself you will do well. the teachers are amazing there are a few they could do with out but other than that i love it.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

197 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

202 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

200 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
28%

2009

 
 
39%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

209 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%

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

All Students73%
Female72%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female76%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students49%
Female43%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students88%
Female95%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)53%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 71%
Black 3% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 9%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
Art teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Sports

Boys sports
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  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
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425 Crest Ave
Belle Vernon, PA 15012
Phone: (724) 808-2500

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