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Penn Wood Middle School

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Posted October 8, 2013

Well, as a parent my belief is that the teachers in this school are doing very well and it behooves the students to use the opportunity afforded them to get the best result. If the state PSSA exam is a measurement, then the school has good potential. Thank God because through this school's curricula, my child had advanced in all state tests. Parents have a role to play too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2013

My school is really great. Yeah there are better schools than Penn Wood a hundred times better, but there are also schools a hundred times worse. YES, we do learn. It's not a babysitting center although sometimes it feels like it. Occasionally you'll hear profanity in the hallways or a angry student going crazy but that doesn't mean it's a horrible school. We have different classes for people with different levels. Yes somedays, I really don't want to be there. A lot of bad kids are the faves, which gets annoying but it's still a good school. If you can handle it. Not everyone is friendly but most people are. One of my teachers told me the only reason why they work here is because its easy to fail someone here and have the parents not care, than fail someone at some prestigious white school and have the parents care. #PWMS Student


Posted May 30, 2012

HORRIFYING!!!! There is no possible way a child can learn or be secure in this school. When I say that these students (about 90%) are out of control, I am being too kind. You would literally find better behavior in a prison. What are these parents and administrators doing with their time for God's sake?...surely, they aren't concerning themselves with the students behavior or learning. These are the prisoners and murderers of tomorrow. I only wish I could video tape the things I witnessed there, because you just wouldn't believe that what I saw could even POSSIBLY occur in a school setting. If you have a child there, consider yourself neglectful for subjecting your child to this type of an environment, because its like dropping your kid off in a crackhouse every day! What they need are armed guards and cells, not teachers and classrooms!


Posted October 6, 2010

I have seen my share of schools, and I can tell you that if given the choice I would NEVER go back to Penn Wood. First, Penn Wood looks and feels more like a prison than an actual school - barred windows, high fences, and not the greatest location. The students are disrespectful and care nothing about getting a meaningful education. The students even bragged about how they made a male substitute teacher cry. The staff came off as disorganized, rude, and appeared to only concern themselves with disciplining students rather than the actual learning process.


Posted April 19, 2010

This school was a wonderful experience for me. Despite the location, I got a great education and was prepared for high school. The staff did an exellent job in making my middle school experience a great one.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 10, 2009

I am an advance student of this school and I've been in this school district since 5 it's an ok school district. Not the best but not the worst. I'm in the middle school and there are good teachers who do care about the student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 18, 2009

I am also a parent of a child that has an IEP and this school district falls short, especially in the middle school years, of providing the level of qualified and knowledgable personnel to help implement IEP based on current NCLB and IDEA regulations. It would benefit us parents to become more unified in demanding better processes with teachers who are HQ and hve the child's best interest in heart to actually implement and execute the plan so that it works and helps the child succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2009

This school and school district does not have your child's best interest in mind. I'm still waiting for changes to an IEP for three months to no availe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2009

This is a school where you have to question how much learning could possibly take place because you first concern has to be your safety.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

288 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

289 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
46%
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.

327 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

327 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
59%

2009

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

342 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
18%

2009

 
 
17%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

338 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
52%
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 Students61%
Female63%
Male58%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)35%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female61%
Male51%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged52%
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 Students59%
Female64%
Male55%
Black58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)28%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female70%
Male56%
Black61%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students21%
Female21%
Male21%
Black20%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students54%
Female62%
Male46%
Black52%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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
Black 93% 15%
White 4% 71%
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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