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Valley El School

Public | K-6 | 667 students

 
 

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Posted March 18, 2013

The teachers and Principle are very good and really care for the students. If you have to deal with the Special Education department it is a whole different issue. Most of the department is caring but a few bad apples can ruin the most important relationship a special needs child has, his parent and the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2013

Valley as an elementary school has the right mix of educational and social along with letting the students be themselves and be kids. Our child is being prepared for an enjoyable American future. Our family is happy and grateful. Thank you, Valley!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Valley is full of teachers who are passionate about teaching our children. The entire school works as a team - a very successful team! I feel proud that my son attends Valley!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2009

My daughter has been attending Valley since kindergarden and the teachers are very caring and supportive and the principal is the best My daughter will be in the 6th grade this year and she has learned so much because how supportive this staff is.It will be hard to believe this is her last year at Valley but she has grown and learned so much and has grwon to be very social a lil to much at times but is comfortable with the support she had recieved.This school is an excellent school for you if you are considering a move to this area.Our principal knows every students name and parent and is a wonderful women I myself will miss her dearly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

My son spent his first 3 years (K-2) at Struble. He absolutely hated it. He was constantly bullied and mocked for his disability - with little or no action on Struble's part. The Bensalem Twp. School District re-districted last Summer, 2008. My son was sent to Valley. WOW!!!! The faculty and, especially, the principal are incredible. Very communicative and - get this - they actually enforce the 'no bullying' rule!! The school nurse(s) have taken care of him on practically a daily basis. I literally trust them with his life and have never once been let down in any way shape or form. The education program is awesome and the teachers and faculty are always informative and very friendly. If you want the private school experience without the expense and time required to accurately place your son or daughter in a private facility, Valley is the place to go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2008

Valley is the greatest! I am an educator, and I am very picky when it comes to the education of my own children. My oldest child is now entering 2nd grade, and we love it here! Whenever we come in for a special event, conference or other reason, we are always welcomed with open arms. My 2 younger children feel very comfortable here, and can't wait to be old enough to start Kindergarten so they can go to Valley. My husband and I feel that this is a wonderful place for our children to learn and grow. We had briefly considered private school, but now we are convinced that we made the right chioce for our daughter. This is a 5 star school all the way!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2007

My son went to Valley for 2 years and I was so disappointed. He needed special education and a week before 2nd grade started they tell me they did not have enough teachers to teach my child. He now goes to Struble and is doing wonderfully there! The teachers are keep me informed everyday of his progress. At Valley I would have to wait for days for an answer or get 'surprised' by his progress at meetings without any warning that he had a problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2005

I was so disappointed in Valley that I took my son out and I am paying for a private school. The principal and teacher actually told me he did not belong there and would never be able to learn fast enough to be there. He He has mild CP and they want nothing to do with children with disabilities. In his new private school, they teach at least one grade above what Valley teaches and my son has been on the honor roll almost every report card for the past two years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2004

Valley has given my children help in so many areas that they where behind in from the former school they had attended. Two weeks into Valley we were notified that both my children where behind in a few subjects and they gave them the help they needed to catch up on there work. They just put the extra effort into their learning that their former school did not do and thanks to them they are doing wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2004

Valley is a wonderful school. The staff is warm and nurturing. They embrace all students and create an environment that is safe and inviting. The students are able to take the necessary educational risks to grow as individuals; without concern for failure or ridicule. Students at Valley are valued. They grow academically and emotionally with the support of all that enter the school. Valley has programs that address the special needs of students. They are implemented quickly and consistently. Valley is a gem that far out-shines most elementary schools.
—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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
78%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

111 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

112 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
87%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
75%
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 77% in 2012.

79 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

80 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
79%
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 Students67%
Female61%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)54%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female71%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
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 Students89%
Female92%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)59%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female81%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)24%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students84%
Female91%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged79%
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 Students78%
Female83%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female77%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students69%
Female81%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
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 Students85%
Female80%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female74%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)55%
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 79% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 3%
Hispanic 7% 9%
Black 5% 15%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3100 Donallen Dr
Bensalem, PA 19020
Phone: (215) 750-2800

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