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Butler Area Junior High School

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Posted May 13, 2014

Not the best. None of them are. Drugs. Bullying. Fighting. Girls kissing out front of the school.


Posted October 28, 2012

Great school...offers many positive activities (clubs, etc.) for my child to be involved in! The Starfish and Stand Tall programs are absolutely wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2011

After going to all three schools, I do have to say the intermediate was my favorite. I had recently revisited the school after not being there for 3 years after I graduated 8th grade. I do have to say it was a very nice school, as revisiting made me remember how nice the school was. The teachers are friendly and helpful, the building it self is very nice with old fashioned structure and molded ceiling. But I had a good time going there, lots of good memories. They give you enough freedom, to where the students properly will think of the place much better than elementary school. (because of the freedom to do more) five stars


Posted March 24, 2010

The Junior High is an alright school. It is the special education department that needs huge improvement. Our special needs kids need the services they are entitled to. More quality and professionalism is needed in the 'Special Education Teachers'. They are highly punitive towards our disabled children. The regular teacher at the JR. High are better with our kids than special ed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2009

love this school great for my kids and for our family
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

The Junior High is run much better than SOME of the elelmentary schools. Mr. Allen and Carrie Morgan Davis, are the best principals for the job they face in the Junior High. The only problematic area I can see; there are some of the regular teachers that do not work well with the IEP students and the special education department need to have more teachers like Mr. Hundermark. He is a no drama teacher that works quite with the special needs students. He seems to understand the frustration of these kids with learning issues and other issues. As for the Junior High generally speaking, it rocks!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2009

Being a seventh grader at BJHS, I would say that overall the Junior High is average. Most of the teachers are friendly, and they do their best to prevent bullying/drugs/alcohol. The education oppurtunities are good though, lots of class levels to choose from. However, don't expect too much; it's not all it cracked up to be. Enjoy the simplicity of elementary school. (:
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 16, 2008

I have a teen in the Butler Junior High. So far her experiences have been a mix of good and not so good. The principal is very nice as well as the guidance counselor. The special education department appears to need improvement. I know teachers work hard, however special needs children have to have educators with more tolerance to their learning issues. For a school as large as Butler Junior High, Mr. Allen does a fine job. I pick my child up from school and the kids that walk home are managed quite well by staff. Keeping such order says alot for Mr. Allen. Once again it is the special education in the district that needs to pay more attention to the students IEP's and the their lack of tolerance with slower children. Actually if the special education team were a more effective group, I would have given it 5 stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2008

I am now a Juinor at the BSHS and I have to say that the SH is by far the best when it comes to the quality of education. It shocks me to see the difference between the three high schools. The BJHS was the worst. To me, it seems that the kids run amuck, either because they are alloted freedoms that they did not perviously have at thier grade schools or because the teachers are apathatic, not sure which, of course it could be a mix of both. Unsurprisingly most of my friends recall the JH as thier favorite school, becasue 'of the good times'. Of course thier where good times, we could get away with anything. I almost feel like kids where pushed through, rather than being taught what they needed to be taught. Over all, BASD isnt the worst school district, and the high schools get progressivaly better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 11, 2008

After my kids attended an above-average small school in NYS, I was nervous about sending my daughter to Butler Junior High School. She did fine. Parents have to have more responsibility in their childrens' behavior, which would eliminate 80% of the issues. If you're a good parent - no worries!! The teachers at BJHS are some of the best I have had the privilege to meet and interact with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2008

As a previous student of Butler Junior High School a few years ago, I will admit that those two years that I spent in that school was the best two years of my life. After having two older sisters go through the Junior High before me and telling me all about their wonderful experiences, I had no worries; and when I got there myself, I had very similar experiences. All of the teachers are extremely helpful, caring, and love doing their job. The teachers really helped me bring me out of my shell and on to bigger and better things. Now, as a student schedualing for my first year at the Senior High, all of the teachings that I was taught in the two years at the Junior High are still with me more than what I just learned these past two years at the Intermediate! 5/5 stars! :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 19, 2007

I am a teacher at Butler Junior High. I am very impressed by the behavior of the students here and the interest they have in education. It is a good learning environment and a good workplace.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 5, 2005

My children attend the Butler Middle School and when I pick them up at school I am amazed at the dress of some of the students. I am also very worried that students in Butler are falling behind other districts when it comes to Technology. I learned that there is 1 (yes you read that correctly) ONE tech person to take care of the entire Butler School District. My son says computers are routinely broken and their computer classes often canceled b/c teachers show up to the room they reserved only to find it 'out of order.' And the things my daughter hears in the lunchroom horrify me. And the post about transportation is true. Some kids ride 45 minutes each way. Butler schools officials need to really step back and analyze what is going on inside the schools rather than count down their 180 day work year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 24, 2004

After dealing with the Butler Junior High, Intermediate and Senior High. My opinion of the special education dept is low. This is opinion is based on how they conduct their IEP for students with mental or behavior disabilities. They seem to think all kids are alike and needs are the same instead of coming up with solutions they send them to alternative schools for 'really' disturbed delinquents. Kids need help not shoved from one place to another. Butler School Special Education Director is trained good and has all the alternative schools and the addresses memorized for you.. Please take my advise and seek a FREE advocate to help you and your choices before you ever make or sign papers from this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2004

My child just finished two years at the junior high and I am in awe at what a quality education she received. Her teachers were all able to challenge her and bring out her talents in areas we had never considered! Butler offers many educational opportunities outside of the classroom, as well. The administrators actually like junior high kids, and it shows! My family is thrilled with the place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2004

I went to Butler, and both of my children go to Butler. I do believe that the authorities are either apathetic, or unable in regards to enforcing dress codes, or more importantly, protecting your child. Both of my children have had hard times adjusting to high school because of this, and it seems that if your child is not a 'jock' or comes from money, you have less protection. My older child left public school because of the authorities inability or indifference in dealing with her problems. Although, I do agree that Butler school is much better than an inner-city school. I've grown up here, and I believe with a little more dilligence, dedication, parental involvement, and consistency, Butler can be the great school it once was.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2004

This school is a good school. I totally disagree with the person who commented before me. To say that Butler is a bad school district is absurd. We have 4 schools that are Blue Ribbon Schools. I went to Butler and I wish that I could go back, I had an awesome experience there at all of the schools including the Junior High. Take a look at some of the other school districts especially the big city schools and you will be thankful that your child goes to Butler!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

This school district is the worst! The class rooms are to full, the teachers have no time for students. The dress code is awful! the students do not follow it. Students are always picking on the other students, when you complaine no one wants to get involved. The transportation well lets put it this way if you attend Butler schools you know what Im saying. And if your child has a disabilty you are in trouble. I have nothing good at all to say about any Butler schools.
—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 80% in 2012.

551 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

552 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
73%

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

The state average for Math was 76% in 2012.

507 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

504 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

497 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

531 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
81%

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

All Students88%
Female92%
Male85%
Black75%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)66%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female86%
Male72%
Black67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
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 Students80%
Female84%
Male76%
Black59%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)53%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female87%
Male78%
Black76%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)53%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students68%
Female66%
Male71%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students77%
Female86%
Male70%
Black57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)35%
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 94% 71%
Black 3% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hispanic 1% 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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225 East North St
Butler, PA 16001
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