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Weigelstown El School

Public | K-4 & ungraded | 518 students

 

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Posted December 9, 2009

I am the parent of a third grader at Weigelstown. I think the staff is courteous and care about the kids. However, I share the same sentiments about the new principal as the other parental reviews. I think she too can benifit from classes on 'how to communicate with parents.' I also don't care too much for the curriculum. It could be a lot more challenging. I've had enough of seeing second grade vocabulary words for my third grader.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

Up until last year I was thrilled with Weigelstown. Most of teachers we have dealt with are wonderful! They truly care about the children and it is obvious. The area where the school is lacking is staff support and interest in community building events. It is rare to find more than one or two staff members at any event and since getting a new principal last year that has become even more of a problem. The new principal has washed her hands of the PTO and does not regularly attend or seem interested in attending school-sponsored events. It is unfortunate as the previous principal was key in the planning and success of fun community/family events. The new principal also lacks the social skills and care for her school community that Dr. K exhibited daily. She is all business and does not return calls or address concerns in a timely manner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2009

# Reviewed by a Parent/Guardian on March 16, 2009 (Rating: 1 / 5) Report As Inapropriate # My children starting attending this school 3 years ago, after attending Leib elementary. From the time I walked in this school, I got a bad feeling. Everyone seemed rude and unhappy. Well here we are 3 years later and I must say the first impressions I got this time were right-on. Everyone is rude. The teachers, the cafeteria workers, the aides...everyone. The school is so disorganized and unprofessional I feel bad sending my kids there everyday. I've personally talked to the principal quite a few times, teachers a few times and they were even rude to me! Recently there has been a change, the school has a new principal. She has made everything worse! I even went into the office and asked for a message to be left for her to call me and I never received a call back. This school is completely different than Leib. Everyone at Leib was polite and caring. I never had any issues. I feel like I've completely moved into a different district at Weigelstown. It's so frustrating that my husband and I are considering homeschooling. There are just so many kids in one classroom here and so many different teaching methods I honestly believe these kids are not getting the attention and help they deserve and need. If you can help it, I would not send my kids to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2008

As a parent of a child with ADHD OCD and ODD it is very to find prople willing to take the time to sit and help them. Everyone at the school has been wonderful and takes time to help my daughter and our family. Dr. K the principal is great always willing to talk when needed and will help you though any proplems if they arise.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

I am a parent of a third grader at Weigelstown. Everyone works hard to make learning good for all of the students. My child's teacher (mrs. Shetter) has helped him a lot this year. I think Mrs. Kanigsberg is very nice. She gave us a tour when we moved to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2008

All of my children have attended Weigelstown. The staff are always willing to go the extra mile. The principal Mrs. K. knows every student by name! She greets the children each morning and always has a smile on her face. I love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2007

I have 2 boys in Weiglestown who just started this academic year. So far the teachers have been very helpful and great with my kid, I have nothing but good things to say.
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Posted September 13, 2007

This is a good school for the most part. The principal however does not express much of a concern for the children although she puts on a great front.
—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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
81%

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

The state average for Math was 83% in 2012.

102 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

102 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
97%
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 Students80%
Female77%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female71%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged56%
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 Students79%
Female69%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female70%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students82%
Female78%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
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
White 78% 71%
Hispanic 10% 9%
Black 6% 15%
Two or more races 5% 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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3205 Carlisle Rd
Dover, PA 17315
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