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Garrettford El School

Public | 1-5 | 600 students

 
 

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Posted July 12, 2013

Highly diverse, big school that nevertheless has a homey feel. Tons of good teachers, nice kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2013

I really could not be more pleased with Garrettford. While I am uncertain about the middle and high schools in this district, Garrettford is definitely exceeding my expectations. The teachers my children have had thus far have been excellent. My older son had some challenges and they have worked very closely with me to get him on track (including, as it turns out, programs for giftedness). They host a number of events each year to involve the community, there is zero tolerance for bullying (and they really mean zero tolerance), and diversity is truly celebrated. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2013

Mostly great teachers (a few old fogies who need to go because they are mean), mostly super kind and helpful. They HAD a great principal in Mr. McAllister. Nice, diverse, challenging school. A bit too much emphasis on testing, but you find that anywhere these days (unless you go for private school).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

i used to live in upper darby and i just moved in drexel hill about 6 months ago and my kids go to garrettford school for last six months i am feeling very lucky that my kids really enjoy the school and the neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

Garrettford Elementary is one of the better schools in this very large district. Under the guidence of Mr. McAllister, Garrettford has managed to maintain a positive environment for students, teachers and staff. They work together to lay a foundation for a child's love of learning. Too bad this foundation can't be built upon once the child leaves Garrettford and move onto DH Middle School
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

This is a great school. The principal, Mr. McAllister, knows all the children by name. The teachers are fantastic, and there is strong parental and community involvement. The school's socio-economic diversity (which affects standardized testing scores, and therefore, the school's rating on this website) prepares children for the real world. The school teaches compassion, tolerance, and (gasp!) good manners!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2010

Great school. Excellent teachers and faculty
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2009

I think this school is wonderful my children love it and so do the teachers are super very kind lovely staff the best thing that I did for my children was move from the northeast to Drexel Hill with my children and have them go to this great well loved school from Sakinia Lomax a mother who loves her little girls SCHOOL
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

My daughters attended Garrettford. The school promoted self confidence, diversity and compassion. One of my daughters graduated from Syracuse and the other from The University of Pennsylvania. And it all started at Garretford!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2009

I must say I have never met such a bunch of nice people as I have at Garrettford. Both our sons went there our oldest has been out of Garrettford for over 9 years now and still talks about it our youngest is leaving 8th into 9th he never really mentions DHM except to say he is glad to be out of there mind you he always talks about Garrettford , Mr.Mcgallister, Mr. Welsh, and good ol Mr. Caldwel. They have left us with many good memories. Good Job! Be Proud
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2009

Two of my children are enrolled in Garrettford. My oldest is in 5th grade, having attended since 1st grade. She is already upset at the idea of leaving the school at the end of the year. The children love the teachers and the principal is WONDERFUL!!! I recommend this school highly. My children are loved and supported in not only their academics, but also their creativity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2006

My son has attended this school 1-3. Unfortunatley because we are moving this will be he last year attending Garrettford. This is a exceptional school. He has made many friends. When he struggled they made sure he got the help he needed. But he did so well he has grown into a very bright student. The teachers are very good. The Principle is excellent many awards he has recieved since he has been there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2004

This is another example of a wonderful school in the Upper Darby School District. Another beautiful building that has recently been updated. The staff and students are caring and respectful. They take pride in thier school. The education is first rate. The children are all on the path to success.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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 80% in 2012.

122 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

122 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
74%

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 83% in 2012.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

95 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

97 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
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 73% in 2012.

127 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

126 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

132 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
60%
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 Students75%
Female81%
Male68%
Black68%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female87%
Male74%
Black65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
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 Students81%
Female79%
Male84%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)54%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female78%
Male70%
Black62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students92%
Female90%
Male95%
Black86%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)77%
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 Students70%
Female71%
Male70%
Black49%
Asian73%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)48%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female65%
Male49%
Black41%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities (IEP)32%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students53%
Female65%
Male40%
Black36%
Asian55%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities (IEP)37%
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 61% 71%
Black 27% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 3%
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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3830 Garrett Rd
Drexel Hill, PA 19026
Phone: (610) 626-9168

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