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Pleasant Valley Middle School

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Posted October 8, 2013

Pleasant Valley Middle School has good teachers that care about the students. What I like is that parents are given access to check on their child's progress and, teachers are available, whether it is via email or telephone, to speak with the parent about their child. The school has a new principal and he seems very interested in communicating with parents. We have receive a few calls from him this year regarding some events in the school. I believe that the school goes a little overboard with the uniform code, but it can be forgiven when you know your child is being taught in a safe and sound atmosphere. This is my son's first year in Middle School; He and I discuss and go over his school work, which he has no problem understanding. He seems to like the school. His reading level is a little low and the school has provided a class to help him bring his reading level up (the principal called us regarding this also). Overall, I think the school to be a pretty good one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2012

I am a parent of three boys, two of which are now finished with PVSD and are in college. Thankfully they had a well rounded education in MD because the curriculum in this district is horrendous, as shown by testing scores. My children have never had a problem with the state testing because of the MD school background. There is entirely too much emphasis put on discipline and not enough on helping the children to succeed. The administration, especially in the middle school, needs a complete overhaul. The parent involvement is minimal, I feel I have absolutely no say in my child's education. Every parent teacher conference I attended was a complete waste of time. I left with more questions then answers. I was given 15 minutes with all teachers at the same time giving nothing but negative feedback and no opportunity to discuss ways of improving. My children get decent grades and are very polite and respectful to teachers and always have been. I have never had any experience like I have had since moving to PA. Hopefully the school will look into changing the way they provide education for their students, otherwise the district population will continue to whither.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2012

Could there be no stars because that's what i would give them the principle at this school is very unfair and pretty much could careless about anyone and not to mention if your not educated on the true law and rules and regulation they will tell you anything to scare you.


Posted January 9, 2012

Yes the guidance counselors are GOOD not great..I believe they could do alot more than sitting down with your child and repeat themselfs's over and over to our children if nothing is helping your child succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2009

I hate this place. cliques rule the school, not the admistration. if you are skinny and pretty, you'll be the best but if you're not (like me) you are in for a lot of trouble...
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2008

This school is more concerned about the dress code than what the children actually learn. The principals don't even care about our grades it seems like. They only care about if what we are wearing is innappropriate or not. If you are going to be that concerned, just get us uniforms! I mean really, everybody isn't thinking the same way that the principals are. They think that we're just trying to reveal, but we wear things because we like them because they're CUTE! Seriously, this needs to stop. I thought school was about learning.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2007

My son attends pvm, he is in 8th grade. I am very happy with guidance counselors. They are very helpful. They really want the student to like his classes. That makes them better students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2006

I'm am currently a 9th grade student here and I'm happy with this school. I like the electives and most of the teachers but one thing I can't stand is the stereotyping the students give to one another. I see students like me getting picked on because they aren't like everyone else. For example, a Hispanic student here is expected to join the other Hispanics and be just like them. There are way too many cliques in this school and I can't stand it. So, for that reason personally it took me a hard time to fit it and find the right friends for me. I'm happy with the friends I have ,but I still once in a blue moon get picked on. I like this school a lot, but the cliques to me are a big problem. Well, education wise...this school is pretty good. I recommend it (regardless of the cliques.)
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 11, 2004

the school works hard teaching the children at the middle school level. the diversification of the students is great. For a well-rounded education for your child, PV is a good choice of school districts.
—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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2012.

414 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

419 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

415 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
54%

2009

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

431 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
61%
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 Students78%
Female79%
Male78%
Black81%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female88%
Male79%
Black87%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)32%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students62%
Female61%
Male63%
Black66%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students62%
Female73%
Male52%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged52%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 77% 71%
Hispanic 11% 9%
Black 10% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 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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