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Downington Middle School

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted May 30, 2014

We moved here recently and have been delighted with DMS, Shamona Creek Elementary, and DASD. I have an 8th grader and a 5th grader and the staff, teachers and students have been very helpful. The band/music program is a big improvement over our prior school district (Marple-Newtown) and the social environment is much more welcoming. I'm looking forward to my kids graduating from high school here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2014

In the two years my son has been a student at DMS I have found most of the teachers are there to collect a paycheck and not teach our children. They always have an excuse. In the private sector employers do not want excuse they want results and anwers. The Principal is a waste. Maybe he should send less time making YouTube vidoes and more time running the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2014

DMS has excellent and supportive teachers! The band program is fantastic! With sports, plays, clubs, ect... there are plenty of ways for students to get involved. Very welcoming environment and wonderful staff. As a parent who has had 2 children attend DMS I am very happy with the Downingtown school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2014

Downingtown Middle School is a phenomenal school! The administration, teachers and staff are all amazing people and do a superb job. I have nothing but positive things to say about DMS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO FOR OUR CHILDREN!! Keep up the incredible work you do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2014

DMS's motto is "Every Child. Every Day." The entire staff, student-body, and community truly live that slogan. In addition to a rigorous core academic program, DMS provides a tremdously robust arts program (just attend one of their concerts or musical theater productions for proof) and a wide array of extracurricularl activities (evidenced by the beautiful murals adorning all walls of the school, which were painted by the Mural Club." The social, emotional, and academic growth of children at the middle level is paramount. The team-based wholistic approach at DMS leads to success in these areas. To that end, DMS and DASD have also become a choice location for its phenomenal special needs programming. The Life Skills, Supplemental Life Skills, Autistic Support, and Supplemental Autistic Support programs are second to none. Finally, along with its counterpart, LMS, the DMS Lancers were just awarded the prestigious "Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Academic Excellence" for its exceptional School Performance Profile Score. While the incredible DASD high schools receive most of the formal accolades, it's the middle schools that build the strong foundation for that future success.


Posted May 13, 2014

I'm outside the 4-year limit described in "School Review Guidelines", but perhaps a view of the long-term impact of DMS is worth sharing: Both of my children studied here, participated in the school's core curriculum programs and gifted ed programs and in the exceptional music programs... and went on to win early decision admission to two of America's most selective liberal arts colleges, Bucknell and Swarthmore. The current principal is the former Penn State Nittany Lion, mascot and principal cheerleader of the world's largest alumni association, and he brings a talent for spirit-building to his work with the faculty and school community. He was a fearsome pro wrestler and a tenderhearted special ed teacher too, and he reads Thomas Merton and Thich Nhat Hahn -- a remarkable, eclectic guy who brings all of his varied gifts to his work. Faculty members always struck me as committed to their disciplines, but committed even more to kids; special ed teachers and guidance staff in particular seemed to bend over backwards to please parents and serve students. Parents I know who still have kids in the school seem to share my assessment of DMS. Five stars then... and now!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2014

My school is Downingtown Middle School and I can honestly say that the principal and administrative staff have been nothing but fantastic and supportive throughout my years here. The teachers are outstanding and they continuously go above and beyond for the students. I couldn't be happier or more satisfied.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2014

This school is a perfect example of everything that is right about Downingtown. Awesome teachers and principals who go out of their way to help kids. A variety of programs to suit children of all interests. Outstanding academics to challenge children of every ability level. We could go on and on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2014

This school is excellent! Not every teacher is perfect but I found no communication issues between the staff and myself for my children. The teachers want my children to excel and the homework is definitely going to prepare them for high school. Both of my kids are able to juggle extra curricular activities(there are an array of choices) and their school work just fine and I really like the curriculum this school has especially compared to other middle schools in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

awesome! this school was amazing for my kids and I am glad to have given them this head start in life. great district, great families, great administration!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2012

I have had two students in this school. Overall, DMS is an excellent school providing you have a willing learner. Under that premise, you'll find dedicated teachers, excellent opportunity for advanced classes, consistently high testing results and a general attitude of support. I cannot speak to complaints by others voiced here, but my daughters IEP was handled extremely well and I never have had any issue with guidance, staff or teachers being anything but professional. If results matter to parents reading this, we have one student who is a graduate here who is heading off to a top ten liberal arts college and many many past classmates are matriculating to our nation's top colleges and universities. I, for one, thank DMS for making my students more prepared to succeed in the challenging world they will face.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2011

In three years I have had not a good experience with DMS, my daughter has an IEP for "specific learning disability" reading, comp and math... to get communication and support for her on a regular basis has been like pulling teeth. Meeting after meeting nothing gets better, last year I did take her out after a death in our family and home schooled her because there just was not enough support there.. and she has no behavioral issues or anything... She did amazing with home schooling moved up in testing and everything, but the socialization was just not there... so sadly this year I put her back in the school 8th grade and it is horrible again. It has taken since October for me to have a real response from the teacher that does her IEP to make changes. The principal is about bottom dollar all the way... no help there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2011

I am new to the Downingtown area and am stuck with a decision! I read the great schools rating of 9/10 but I see parents only give it a 3/5. As I remember my math 90% is not the same as 60%. Can anyone help me reconcile why the difference? As my only intereaction has been with office staff in getting my children registered, I must agree, the district does not do a very good job on customer service (the receptionist that scheduled my registration for my kids was rude).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2011

Both of my children attended this school. I feel teachers there always blame either the children or the district for thier lack of teaching. The guidance counslers have a negative atitude and are slow returning phone callls
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2011

The District is so wonderful that it is disappointing to find DMS as a dark spot. The Guidance Staff are particularly concerning, and negative attention is the only kind given by the teachers to students. I find this very sad in the middle of a great district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2011

At DMS 'meet the teacher' in the beginning of the year, it was made very clear that a majority of the teachers do not want to communicate with parents. My son is on B team of 6 grade. Every teacher informed us that calling them was out of the question-you must e-mail them. Ok, I will e-mail, but don't expect an answer. Hey teachers, our children's education requires good communication between teachers and parents!!! I certainly hope to find things different in 7th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2011

My daughter has been in both 6th and 7th grade here and I have found it to be a very good school. Sure she doesn't love all the teachers but over all she seems to be challenged and stimulated. The staff that I have interacted with have been very impressive. I think she will be well prepared for high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2011

I agree there is way too much homework, especially for 8th graders. My son averages 4 hrs. per night and often must get up at 5:30 a.m. to finish. Some weekends, he has 10 or more hours. While the teachers are overall excellent, there are some standout bad ones. The administration is great at enforcing rules and status quo, not so great at problem solving. Although several of my suggestions were implemented at Downingtown West H.S., my suggestions at the middle school have consistently been ignored. Hope the new principal will change this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2011

My grandson is ADHD and has moved to this school from Florida. As difficult as it is to believe, there has only been negative attention given to him. At this point he is feeling very frustrated. An IEP is ONLY NOW(after a full semester) being approached. Granted, my impressions are secondhand but I am so disappointed in the entire faculty and staff. I think they are so lacking in compassion for kids and the desire to stay informed. I am a retired teacher and I know that it is more difficult to teach children with ADHD but the rewards are amazing. There is a lot of accusing to excuse their failures. Would hope that adult professionals can and will rise to challenges that are a part of teaching.


Posted May 12, 2010

I am happy with the academic quality of the school. My sixth graders are happy and challenged. My one concern is the outrageous amount of homework they get. They spend hours upon hours on homework. It makes me wonder how I will be able to let them participate in extra-curricular things activities next year given the time crunch the homework/studying puts on them..
—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 77% in 2012.

377 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

375 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
86%
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.

404 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

405 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
87%
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.

420 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

424 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

424 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

440 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
86%
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 Students89%
Female89%
Male88%
Black67%
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)54%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female89%
Male82%
Black56%
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities (IEP)40%
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 Students94%
Female96%
Male93%
Black82%
Asian94%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)75%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students89%
Female93%
Male86%
Black73%
Asian88%
Hispanic55%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)58%
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 Students86%
Female88%
Male84%
Black41%
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)54%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students91%
Female94%
Male89%
Black71%
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)65%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students81%
Female80%
Male82%
Black53%
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students83%
Female90%
Male76%
Black42%
Asian93%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)47%
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 89% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Black 4% 15%
Hispanic 2% 9%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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115 Rock Raymond Rd
Downingtown, PA 19335
Phone: (610) 518-0685

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