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Catasauqua Middle School

Public | 5-8 & ungraded | 495 students

 
 

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Posted March 1, 2013

I am a student at the school and I'm in the highest classes so they expect me to be the best in everything BUT they put kids into classes based on ONLY their math scores of they're bad at math but good at everything else, too bad! Also kids can get in trouble for things the Vice principle says (the actual principle doesn't take care of anything) are in the guidelines but really aren't and he makes them up thinking no one will look it up there have been 3 incidences where i got in trouble for things that aren't against the rules! Also most teachers give kids who have anger management problems or are in lower classes special treatment if I were to swear or hit a kid in front of a teacher i would get detention, but if someone in a lower class were to they would get told not to say that (they usually don't listen) and it has very unfair teachers! Ex. i get a 80% on a test that counts for 60% of my grade, I get like 5-10 points taken off, i get a 60% on a project worth 10% of my grade, I get 30-40 points taken off! (both examples from when i had 90-95% right before the end of a marking period)


Posted September 5, 2012

I think, along with many other parents, that it is ridiculous that elementary level 5th graders are pushed into a Middle School with such a wide range of age, behavior & maturity levels. They should be on elementary school time still & not have the same exact rules & discipline as typical middle school years of 6th, 7th & 8th graders. Even better would be middle school just 7th & 8th grade. I don't understand CASD's thinking of building an addition at Sheckler for administration instead if building a 5th grade hallway to accommodate 5th grade back in Elementary where it belongs!! Your forcing our kids to grow up faster & be around things & behavior they should not be exposed to yet!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2012

I attended CMS all four years of my middle school career. The school, first off, is way too small. The fifth graders have the widest hallway in the school, while seventh graders have the smallest. There are hundreds of lockers that nobody uses, yet all students are squished in next to eachother with extremely small lockers. It is very common as you walk down the hallway to hear arguments of "Move you're in my way!" and "Stop pushing me!" Next, although I must say some teachers are great, many unfortuneatly are not. Some I really believe hate children. Many I learned nothing from. On the contrary, I did love a lot of the teachers at this school. Also, fifth grade should not be in this middle school. It is simply too wide a range. Eighth graders are being tripped by fifth graders (yes you read right!) because the little munchkins are constantly running around like sugar crazed toddlers. I do not understand why they want to get to class so bad. Students that go to CMS are simply miserable. Not one wants to be there. The atmosphere I find just very depressing. I have many more complaints,but I'm running out of characters. If you live in Catty, send your child to a charter school.


Posted January 17, 2012

Teachers don't help children when they need it the most and they dont help or get ahold of the parents when your children are struggling they get all F's and then dont help them geet ahead. Very very disapointed, They alslo give out Detention for everything no warnings just detention it is absolutely redicilous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2010

Teachers don't seem to care about students individual needs. They will give out a detention for the littlest things. Way to many students in each class. I'm moving to a different district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2008

My daughter came to this school from Allentown School District. And I have to say it's way better. She had a little trouble at 1st cause she wasn't used to the work, seeing in allentown it was basically baby work. But her teachers were wonderful in helping me help her improve. They responded to every email and phone call. They are very nice and friendly and the school is always clean. I look for what's best for my kids and I think this school is perfect. I'm happy to say she will be attending there again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2008

I had high hopes when my child started there. Unfortunately the lack of strong leadership and sound educational practices by the teachers has left me angry and disappointed. I believe the teachers are kind people who care about the kids, but they are doing them a disservice by not adhering to standards set forth by the state. You only need to look at our PSSA scores to see this. The leaders in the building need to be aware of what is (and is not) going on in the classroom. I sincerely hope things improve soon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

liked the middle school in the begining most teachers are caring and nice some are really hard to deal with, they don't answer phone calls and reply to emails, thw only way I have gotten them to talk to me is by dropping by unnanounced. Nice building, great sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2004

I believe the Principal and Assistant Principal have the students best interest in mind in every decision they make. Lincoln provides a safe, fun learning environment for my sons. I have had some trouble with my older son with completing work and staying on task last year. I had complete cooperation with his teachers and got him the extra help and encouragement he needed. This year he has a wonderful team of teachers and this year is going better then the last right from the start. My younger son who I felt was too younge to start Middle School for 5th grade is doing just fine. They seperate the older children from the younge ones which works out well. In Catasauqua the kids can walk to school from most homes, however, the bus transportation is very convenient if needed.
—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 73% in 2012.

102 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

102 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
62%

2009

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
57%
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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

138 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
56%

2009

 
 
64%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

115 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
66%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

99 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

101 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
72%
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 Students59%
Female56%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female48%
Male48%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students49%
Female62%
Male36%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
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 Students72%
Female80%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students52%
Female57%
Male48%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
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 Students84%
Female85%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female81%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
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 Students81%
Female88%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)61%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female83%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)22%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students47%
Female53%
Male41%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students57%
Female78%
Male38%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
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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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 68% 71%
Hispanic 19% 9%
Black 6% 15%
Two or more races 6% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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850 Pine St
Catasauqua, PA 18032
Phone: (610) 264-4341

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