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Damascus Area School

Public | PK-8 | 305 students

 
 

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Posted October 14, 2010

I love this school because the kids really get the attention to learning that they need. The student to teacher ratio is small so the classroom environment is wonderful! Their motto is "Be Ready, Respectful and Responsible" and they do a great job instilling that in the students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2010

This school is a model for all schools. It is standard based. Curriculum is creative but rigorous. Staff and faculty are all given the feeling of family. Services are abundant to meet the needs of students of all abilities. A nurse is on duty full time and a student assistance program is in place and active to help parents and families realize and utilize services that are available in the community if needed. Administration at the school is deeply involved with the students and the students feel that they may easily approach at any time. All students in the country should be so lucky as to attend this school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 12, 2010

I just love this school. The class sizes are wonderful, and the staff are amazing. They really care about their students and community
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2007

We moved here from Florida, where the schools are subpar, and terribly overcrowded. Imagine my surprise when my daughter had just 17 kids in her class. (She had 36 in FL Kindergarten!!) The school stresses 3 'R's'-- 'Ready, Respectful, and Responsible'. The teachers are wonderful and caring. Everyone in authority knows every child's name! The principal greets each student with a smile and by name as they arrive in the morning . They emphasize the basics of reading and math, and offer special help if a child needs it. Discipline issues are dealt with immediately. They don't stand for any cursing, bullying, or cliques! This is truly 'no child left behind' at its best! Thanks, Damascus, for a truly memorable educational experience.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 19, 2007

Damascus is the best school ever. And I'm not just saying that, it literally is the best school I have ever gone to. I started at Damascus School when I was five and in kindergarten, and I went all the way through to eight grade. It was such a blast. The teachers are really nice and understand you well. Since the school is so small it gives the students the chance to go on more fun and exciting field trips then other schools. I am never going to forget my years at Damascus. I also am never going to forget my memories too. I highly recommend you to send your kid to Damascus School, theres nothing to lose because I know that you would love it. ~Silvana
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 29, 2007

i am so happy to send my children here.there getting a great education.my kids love it.there into music and sports program.they have everything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2006

This school is the best...it is very small but 'homey'. Their class sizes are smaller allowing more one on one time with the teacher for the students. They have sports teams some which are just Damascus school teams and others which are combined with Wayne Highlands middle school teams which is another school in the district. Parents are very involved and the teachers are outstanding. A very good school to send your children to.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 6, 2005

I think Damascus School is the best school you can send your children to. In my nine years of being in this school it has truly felt like home to me. There is not a single teacher or member of the staff that I would say bad things about. I have woken up every day happy to get on the bus and see Jim Rutledge's smiling face welcome me on. And then walk into the building and see Mr. Justice and Mrs. Rickard telling me to keep that smile on my face. And spend the day laughing and having fun, unless we have a test, just kiding. Parents that are reading this I highly recomend Damascus School for your child. Yours truly, Shannon Joyal
—Submitted by a former student


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.

33 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

33 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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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.

35 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

35 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

36 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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91%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

22 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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89%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

22 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
94%

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89%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

39 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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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 80% in 2012.

43 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

43 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
81%
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.

28 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

28 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

27 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

28 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
94%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
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Asiann/a
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White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
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English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students100%
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Economically disadvantaged100%
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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 Students97%
Female100%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students94%
Female94%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students100%
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Male100%
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Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students96%
Female91%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
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 Students97%
Female100%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students95%
Female100%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged93%
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 Students91%
Female96%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
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 Students89%
Femalen/a
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students89%
Femalen/a
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students89%
Femalen/a
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students96%
Femalen/a
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
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

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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 96% 71%
Black 2% 15%
Hispanic 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Damascus, PA 18415
Phone: (570) 224-4114

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