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Posted April 2, 2014

I'm a student at Harris. Harris is all about education and I love it. I've been getting at straight honor rolls since 3rd grade and I couldn't have done it without Harris. The other students are a little wild and out of control, but the faculty gets them in check. Harris has a great music program too. The teachers are wise and awesome. When I leave Harris I will really miss this school.


Posted February 14, 2013

my daughter goes to harris and I think the teachers and students are worse than chester schools. She gets bullied by teachers and students everyday. The principal doesnt do anything to help the situation. I cant wait for her to be outta that district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2011

My daughter graduated from Harris. During the graduation ceremony students were called onto the stage that won awards for music, and extra curricular activites. My daughter among other students were on the honor roll. To make a long story short they were over looked, and did not receive anything for academics. What happened to schools concentrating on academics. In my opinion a kid should be awarded for honors and not things such as music and extra curricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2010

My son went to Harris we all love the school. the teachers were niceand the school it self is clean & neat.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2008

this school is bias with it's sudents this school is up to stanadards for teaching a highly developed child. this schoo needs to be evaluated immeadiately
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2006

My nephew goes to Harris Elementary. I have the highest regard for his teacher, aides, and the principal. They have really given him the support he needed and he has shown great improvement. Betty Goldfield
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2006

I am impressed with this elementary school. It is a small setting and the faculty goes the extra mile for the students and parents
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2006

My son went there for one year. He had a little difficulty with reading. I asked that he be tested and to get help, they recognized he had a problem but didn't help him out until the school year was almost over. Instead of helping him, I felt that they made everything too easy for him. I was very disappointed with Harris. I have since transferred him to a catholic school and he has struggled with the school work there and I believe it's because Harris is behind academically. Also, there is no discipline. Kids get in fights in the classroom and the teacher doesn't do anything to stop it. My son was hit and I wasn't even notified. The principle/dean is not organized at all. I received notices at the last minute to go to school functions/Home and school. I strongly recommend that you do not send your child there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

Harris has some excellent teachers, and some downright poor teachers. I believe the new principal has been a strong rolemodel for the children, and is making a concerted effort in advocacy for the children. I had an issue, and Mr. Ryan not only heard me out, but implemented changes based on my suggestions. They recently added a middle school onto all elementary schools in the district. This change has been extremely positive. While this district is still underfunded, My child has resided since kindergarden and I finally see it moving in the right direction. Violence is not tolerated, and a program has been implemented for at risk children. Children can now refer other children for counciling that may have emotional distress. Thanks for finally listening harris staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

We have attend Harris for two years. My first impression of the curriculum was that they taught a well rounded curriculum. I felt that they did not just teach the standard test. I hope they stay this way. I am looking forward to meeting the new principal and hope he can make some positive changes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2005

The teachers in this school are excellant, however I am not at all happy with the principal. I do not feel that she handles serious events that occur in the school properly. She chooses instead to pick out little things such as odd hair highlights (temporary color) to try and make an example out of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2005

I think that Harris is a wonderful school because it opens up so many great opporunities for children. The teaching staff is great and the classrooms are slpendid. The teachers interact with the parents for a good realtionship to help their child succeed in school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 28, 2005

when my daughter first attended Harris, I was exited thinking it was a great school. I was wrong. Kindergarten was a nightmare! Another student verbally threaten my daughter and her teacher thought nothing of it. I had a 5yr old hating school already. I started thinking of puting her in a private school. It wasn't until she went to 1st grade that she started liking school again. I realize that it wasn't the school, it's the teacher! Harris has some very good teachers there that do care, and they have some who are just there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

I have two children that attend this school. I have to say when my 1st was in kindergarden that I wasn't happy with this school, I shouldn't say the school the kindergarden teacher. I think since my 2nd child has started the the school has come along way. The teachers care, the reading program is excellent. I believe that there is at least one thing that someone dislikes about every school. I believe whole heartily that this is one of the better elementary schools in the SE district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2004

As most parents say Harris is a bad school. I will have to disagree. My daughter goes to Harris and from what I can see its a very good school. It may have its ups and downs but ite definetly better than some of the other schools down there. The principal, vice principal, and the teachers take time to talk with the students and who need guidance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2004

Harris is not the best school to go to, but it's not the worst. I am a student at Harris and I've been their since kindegarden and I am still there. The teachers try to fair to all of the students. There may be some conflicts at the school but there is always someone you can go to to get help. You can feel safe at Harris cause I know I do. The principal, vice principal, and teachers make going to Harris fun even when we are learning.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 3, 2004

This is hands down the absolute worst school my son has attended. I have never experienced such disorganization and lack of care for the children. The teachers do what they have to do, they close their eyes to most of the out of control students and outbursts during class and frankly, I feel they are afraid of them. The principal has a very poor attitude and does not respond well to any issues concerning problem children and their behavior. Coming from the New Jersey public school system. It was a horrifying experience and I implore any parent considering this school to please do your homework.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2004

Unfortunately I have a step-son who attend this school. I was able to get my other children to attend Darby Township Schools, but the district would not give me another acception. The teachers at Harris are there do perform a duty. You get the idea that this is a job for them and not a profession. The students come mostly from homes where education and success are not the primary goals. Harris have plenty of borderline students who are potential candidates for the Southeast Academy, an alternative school. I cringe every day my son attends this school. My goal is to get him out asap in the future. To all parents considering Harris, send your child to a Catholic/Private school if you can!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
69%
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 83% in 2012.

95 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

95 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
74%
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 73% in 2012.

76 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
54%

2009

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
40%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
44%

2009

 
 
17%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
49%

2009

 
 
59%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

81 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
67%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

76 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
54%

2009

 
 
33%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

84 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
55%
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 Students73%
Female79%
Male66%
Black68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female77%
Male56%
Black65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged59%
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 Students62%
Female71%
Male55%
Black56%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students43%
Female48%
Male39%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students58%
Female62%
Male55%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged57%
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 Students54%
Female55%
Male53%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female61%
Male50%
Black48%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students60%
Female73%
Male43%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged53%
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 Students71%
Female73%
Male68%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female60%
Male62%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged61%
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 Students80%
Female82%
Male79%
Black78%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female72%
Male67%
Black70%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged63%
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 Students66%
Female70%
Male64%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female76%
Male71%
Black70%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students47%
Female41%
Male52%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students75%
Female83%
Male69%
Black76%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
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
Black 65% 15%
White 31% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 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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Collingdale, PA 19023
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