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Smithfield El School

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Posted February 21, 2013

High achieving students are no longer challenged in this school unless they have a gifted IEP. Teaching is geared to the bottom or middle. I think they are trying to pull up the students who are behind at the expense of the ones who were excelling. There are still some exceptional teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2013

My daughter has been attending Smithfield Elem. since Sept. 2011. Prior to attending this school she attended a private school with great educators and an extremely challenging and progressive curriculum. Needless to say we've noticed a considerable decline in her attitude towards learning, maintaining her above avearage grades in some subjects and dropping to average in others. My husband and I don't feel as if this school is geared toward challenging students as much as just getting them to "meet" their requirements. I find that we have to overcompensate her studies at home to keep her at/above her level. I'm not surprised by Smithfield Elem's Great School rating. We're seriously considering transferring her out of the school before her learning habits/scores are completely reverted. While the staff/teachers are kind, professional and have good intentions, the school is definitely behind in terms of teaching students to think and reason in more abstract ways and to become more innovative and technologically advanced so they can grow to compete in this age of information, technology and social media.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

My child has been in kindergarten for less than two months, and this school is a nightmare! Every very minor infraction is treated as a capital crime by one vice-principal with a very condescending attitude. There is an enormous amount of pressure placed on very young children, and my child is constantly frustrated to the point of tears. In my opinion, this school has very little understanding of psychological and biological development in young children. This is written from the perspective of a kindergarten student. I hear positive things about the higher grades, but the completely illogical disciplinary system has ruined the entire school for me and I will be moving as soon as possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2008

It is hard to beat this neighborhood school for its setting, size and staff. As a parent of a kindergarten student and a second grade 'challenge' student, this is a a well run school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2007

The teachers at this school are committed to providing the highest quality of education possible. However, the influx of students from nearby urban areas has created a great strain on the educational resources and is adversely affecting the the curriculum and academic expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2006

This school is a great school to send your kids! The quality of teaching is the best where teachers are very creative and care about their students. Afterschool activities are band, chorus,environmental club,study club,intermurals. School is undergoing a major renovation expansion project. Karen
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2006

Smithfield is a great school. My son is a 4th graders and has been here since kindergarten, and he loves it. The staff is wonderful and caring. Any child who attends Smithfield will have an excellent education and a great school experience!
—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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

49 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
71%
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
89%
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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

46 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

48 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
72%
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 Students78%
Female80%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female75%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
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%
Female83%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)55%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female76%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students89%
Female82%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged81%
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 Students62%
Female67%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female76%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students71%
Female86%
Male59%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged71%
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

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 58% 71%
Black 18% 15%
Hispanic 18% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Phone: (570) 421-2841

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