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Robert K Shafer Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 562 students

 

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Posted December 3, 2013

I attended the Christmas Choir performance late November 2013. As a new resident, I was appalled at the "chaos" in the cafeteria where it was held. No opening comments from the adminstration, constant talking and milling around, participation choir members were blowing kisses to friends, smacking lips while chewing gum while supposedly singing. There were no ending remarks and the kids just walked off. The new online homework site loses work constantly and creates missing assignments and is only corrected when the parent goes in to complain. No proactive work by the teacher after seeing an abnormal trend or a failing test. The children speak frequently about drug use and the availability of pot to purchase. I sit in the parking lot to pick my 8th grader up and am amazed at the lack of discipline and control that the school has over the children. The kids "allow" the administration to be "in charge". I cannot wait to leave this school and the PA school system after this school year. What a disappointment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2010

Students enjoy a nice transition from elementary to high school here. They are given the chance to grow up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2010

I love going to shafer it has ben a great experience learning there the teachers and staff are great :D
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 19, 2008

I am currently an 8th grader at Shafer. I am on team 8a. I do agree our school has some problems, but every school does. Shafer in my opinion deals with the situations very well, and takes disiplinary actions when needed. This school gives you many freedoms and lets youhave fun while you learn. You meet many people. I love shafer middle school. And i am going to be sad when i leave at the end of this year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2007

The best school my son ever attended! Mr Incollingo was always involved with helping a student or a parent. He is very professional and cares about all his students. The teachers are phenominal! The secretaries are very organized and keep everything running smooth. Shafer is kept very clean and the kids love being there. They are very sad to leave. Ms. Fields is very knowledgeable and does a terrific job with the children. I can't say enough about this school. My son graduated this year, I will truly miss everyone there. Shafer will always be a big part of our family. Debra McCarron
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2007

shafer is fabulousss so stop dissin thanks. xo
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2007

Teachers are amazing exspacially recently past Mr.Massaroni<3. You will always be in everyones heart no one will ever forget you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2007

Mrs. Margaret Shaw should be voted as teacher of the year. Her FACS Class is wonderful. I especially love and highly endorse the 'Baby think it over' project! Mrs. Shaw spends a lot of time with the students and with this special program. Her efforts do not go unseen by me and are deeply and gratefully exceptional in my point of view. It was sad that this school lost one of the better and most popular teacher this year. Robert Shafer is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2007

Robert K. Shafer Middle School is an excellent school where they focus on the students and in our recent catastrophe they pulled us together and made sure we all were comforted. And even though it's been months since it happened the staff and the school won't forget it. the teachers are great! The students are to.. I mean you always have a bad apple in a bunch. It's a great place to prepare for high school. ~Shafer Supporter
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 17, 2007

I am currently in 7a roadrunners at Shafer middle.In my opinion the quality of all the programs are excellent.The principal and SGA really get the family's involved with the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 12, 2004

This is the school for your child if you want them going to a school looking like a jail! Also the teacher are really great and the t.v. show Sunny Side Up.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 10, 2004

I'm in the gifted program in Shafer and it isn't all that bad. However, there are so many other problems in the school. The bathrooms have writings on the walls and there are cigarette butts in the sink. It was so disgusting, Some people don't even flush the toilet. It's so disgusting, but I do like the dances and group activities there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2004

I'm in the school now and I wouldnt reccomend it. Me and my friends and a problem with a kid and it took all of our parents calling the school for the kids to get 2 detentions and he still continued. The princeapals arent good. I had a SS book that was published before I was born saying that checkoslovika is still checkoslovika. Half the time the dress codes werent caught and the vandlisim and the smoking the teachers dont care about you and with all the things that happen in that school they should.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

244 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

246 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
73%

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.

280 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

283 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

288 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
42%

2009

 
 
44%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

288 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
64%

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

All Students80%
Female81%
Male80%
Black63%
Asian100%
Hispanic78%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)53%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female88%
Male85%
Black79%
Asian93%
Hispanic83%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)58%
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 Students68%
Female68%
Male69%
Black59%
Asian94%
Hispanic52%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female89%
Male76%
Black75%
Asian91%
Hispanic72%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)47%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students50%
Female42%
Male59%
Black40%
Asian66%
Hispanic33%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students78%
Female85%
Male70%
Black77%
Asian85%
Hispanic57%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)60%
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 64% 71%
Black 14% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 3%
Hispanic 10% 9%
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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