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East Hills Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1111 students

 
 

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Posted October 9, 2013

My son never liked school, EVER. Every day in elementary school seemed like a challenge, and homework was AWFUL for us. Since he started here, he has thrived. The teachers are all wonderful with providing feedback, and he seems interested in what he is learning. His mid quarter grades are the best he's ever had. I am so glad that he is here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2013

I recommend that you do not have your child go to this school. My daughter is disabled with epilepsy and they treated her poorly. The students there bully and it seems as if the staff doesn't care. Some of the teachers are very disrespecful, and one of them even said she is tired of my child because she misses school and completely embarrassed her. I had her doctor give the school a note to excuse all of her absences but they were still stressing her out about it before telling me. The staff was very inconsiderate of how my child felt. The school is terrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2010

East Hills Middle School is the BEST school EVER! I am in High school now and i still want to go back to east hills. I was in the Harmonium program in 8th grade and it was the best year of my life. I love the teachers and the curriculum. I learned so much in my years there. Harmonium (a music program at East Hills) also taught me so much about music and i had a great time learning and performing! I LOVE East Hills!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 29, 2009

There is a lot of bullying tolerated at this schhool. Teachers simply turm the other way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2009

Great selection of classes.. but VERY POOR communication from some teachers.. My son has special needs, and I was not informed that he was failing a class (for the year.. grades were B B C F with his final grade an F for the year ) until I received his report card in the mail this summer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2008

I went to this school in 6th Grade. This is the best school i ever went to I recomend this school to any parent that wants to put there child in it. They have an outstanding staff and amazing students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 28, 2008

I have two daughters. Both began in Catholic school. The eldest, a current sophomore, is still in Catholic School, the current 8th grader transfered last year. The transfer child went from 35 in her class to over 350 and it has been positive in many ways. The class room size remained the roughly same. The programs such as Monagacy, Nature Quest, Spirit of Bethlehem and Harmonium afford the students an opportunity to apply what they are taught and help them reach beyond the class room setting. For such a large school with so many students, I am impressed with the communications for both positive events and negative occurrences. Having a child in the smaller Catholic School as comparison, I can say without doubt that academically East Hills has served my child better and I am hopeful Freedom High School will be the same.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2007

Great concept but poor execution is how I would describe this school. Students are not grouped by same academic level, leaving some unchallenged. Nature Quest, an environmental education program offered to 7th Grade, has proven itself to be a great asset to my child but not without compromise of accelerated curriculum if one exists in this school. Though I heard 8th Grade teaching is generally fair, one of the Language Arts teachers has been giving undue challenge since day one, succeeding in making my child hate school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2007

We have here an absolutely poorly run school. Lackadaisical implementation of the Code of Conduct means that discipline and behavior among students is at a level I consider shameful. Teachers are generally downtrodden and defeated, many have been beaten into putting in the bare minimum. A 6 out of 10 is generous and reflects that there are quite a few quality students here. Unfortunately they deserve much better than EHMS offers, which is a sorry thing to admit.
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Posted October 1, 2006

Unfortunately, I don't have anything positive to say about this school. For such a large school, East Hills severely lacks organization and I have not seen any improvement for two years now. My daughter completed 6th Grade with a feeling that she hardly learned anything. As far as the extracurricular activities are concerned, school failed to provide the information to 6th Grade on time for my daughter to participate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2004

EH is a great school. The teachers are amazing, and the thematic programs they offer are better than any I've ever seen! There are larger class sizes, but that's also because we are the biggest middle school. I had 34 kids in my class this year, but I wouldn't have had it any other way. Everyone in our class was friends, and it really showed in group projects. I was involved with many extracurricular activities, including band, choir, and the play. EH provides a vast variety of everything. All the teachers I have had are superb, and the gifted program really challenged me. I do not like our math books because they don't explain and you can't use them to study, but the math teachers are so great that it makes up for that.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 20, 2004

We moved to Bethlehem from a smaller school district in NJ when my son was starting 6th grade. He's now completing 8th grade at East Hills. The concept of team teaching is very attractive and I am impressed with the Seminar program (for gifted students) that he attends. I am not happy with the large class size >27. The large class size is not ideal for the student who needs a smaller environment to thrive. He was also offered an array of electives for the end of the day (drama, sports) don't remember them all. The organized sports program is good: varsity soccer good. East Hills feeds into Freedom HS.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 77% in 2012.

330 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

326 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
73%

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 80% in 2012.

346 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

343 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
76%
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.

372 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

374 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

372 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

378 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
77%
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 Students71%
Female72%
Male70%
Black47%
Asian81%
Hispanic52%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)43%
English language learners21%

Reading

All Students73%
Female76%
Male71%
Black55%
Asian80%
Hispanic57%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)35%
English language learners27%
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 Students76%
Female78%
Male74%
Black57%
Asian92%
Hispanic62%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)43%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female83%
Male82%
Black74%
Asian92%
Hispanic67%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
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 Students76%
Female74%
Male78%
Black49%
Asian92%
Hispanic62%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)32%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female90%
Male85%
Black69%
Asian92%
Hispanic74%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)47%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students59%
Female53%
Male65%
Black23%
Asian62%
Hispanic40%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students82%
Female90%
Male74%
Black76%
Asian92%
Hispanic60%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)51%
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 65% 71%
Hispanic 22% 9%
Black 9% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 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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2005 Chester Rd
Bethlehem, PA 18017
Phone: (610) 867-0541

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