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Elizabeth Forward Senior High School

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Posted July 7, 2009

dr. baldwin is tops in my book--Douglas Morgan, i have two boys, one through the school, now very dedicated to the milatary and one, a senior who is a football player with high ambitions!!! thanks a ton
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2009

I am disheartend at the comments that I have read. I do agree that EF lacks in certain academic areas but the school district is not as bad as it is being made out to be. I have 3 children (2 graduated) and we lived in 2 other school districts before moving here. EF was comparable to the one and far superior than the other. My children ranged in the 3.7 0 4.0 grade average and yes, the 2 that have moved on to college and graduate school had some catching up to do to keep up with the children from other schools. But, they did catch up, they achieved and are now functioning and contributing members of our society. I expect my last child who is currently in high school to follow the same path. Parents need to be involved and also need to assist in the learning process.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2008

I think this school is not oneo fthe best in the state, but this school is a second home and major place in my life. I fell like I learn a lot. I fell my opinion means more than a parents because I know exactly what the school is like. They only know through their kid, who may be a future drop-out anyway.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 8, 2008

I'm not impressed at all with the school. They're not at all concerned with how the student is doing---- unless the person benefits the school by being an ace student.If someone is in sports, they excell no matter how the school work is accomplished. Certainly there has to be some teachers who really teach, but the majority are only there for the employment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2007

No no no...under no circumstances are any educational needs being met at the school. The four years I sent t that school were 4 of the worst in my life. My own curiosity taught me more than the most gifted teacher at EF and that is because all of the teachers there are substandard union trash. The administratin is only concernced with football and money and both of these 2 entities add up to a powerfully terrible school district. I am ashamed to say I went to school at Elizabeth Forward.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 8, 2007

In all fairness to the district, I feel that I must answer some of the reviews put on this board. Yes, EF seems to place sports (at least, football and basketball), above academics, but nearly every school in the country does that; sports bring in the most money. Also, there are more good teachers than bad ones in EF, although I am saddened to hear that several of my best teachers have retire in recent years, and the district does not seem to be hiring the best replacements out of the extremely large pool of teachers looking for jobs. However, EF does provide more of an opportunity for education than most people realize, and provides a relatively safe environment without completely babying the children, (often counterproductive). I would recommend EF to any parent looking for a good school, as long as the parents are assisting their child's education at home.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 19, 2006

As a senior at EF, I often find that there are many (too many) dysfunctional flaws at our high school. This is a busy time for senior students- college applications, essays, school work, and of course the infamous Senior Project, and it often seems as if we receive a miniscule amount of guidance and/or help while trying to complete all of these things in a timely fashion. When I see many of my peers from other high schools getting the help they need for these things, I cannot help but wonder why EF is the way it is? Also, the adequacy of the teachers is another issue. It seems as if every year there are only one or two teachers who do a nice job while the rest fade into history. Shouldn't this proportionality be the other way around? All in all, EF is mediocre at best.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2006

EF is a substandard school. Teachers should be held accountable for their lack of concern and poor teaching abilities, why are they even teaching?... This district is very poor in academics and does not seem to get anything accomplished. (except fixing the darn stadium!)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2006

I'm very disappointed in the EF schools that my children attend. The grading system in the elementary school leaves a lot to be desired. I really have no idea if my child is close to an A or a C according the grading scale. The lack of communication via teacher to parent in the middle school doesn't exist at all as far as I can tell. I received no unsatisfactory reports for my MS child last year yet she received poor scores in 2 classes. This school needs to remedy several apparent problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2006

I currently have two sons at Elizabeth Forward high school. My son who is currently a senior, as well as 23 other senior students have to now take health class via the internet at home due to the extremely high student teacher ratio (over 30 students per classroom/teacher). My son in 10th grade is currently taking chemistry instead of biology without the proper math level to do so sucessfully. He will be taking Biology his senior year now because they can't find space for him this year due to the overflowing amount of students. He also has to share a locker with 2 other students. My son will also be held accountable for anything the other 2 students bring to school. There are problems with student behavior as well. My oldest son who is in college now was scheduled for child (baby) care classes instead of a language. Just more Problems!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2006

As a senior at Elizabeth Forward, I feel ashamed to go here. They don't enforce the no-smoking policy as well as they should, sports are always over-emphasized, and most teachers don't explain things thoroughly. There are between 20-30 students in each class. We don't get the help or the education we need.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 26, 2006

I am not impressed with the administration at this school. Academic programs could be stronger, arts programs could be stronger. Sports programs are decent, but as usual in Western PA, football is way overemphasized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2006

The academic programs lack. Teaching is minimal and usually impersonal. Rules are often uninforced. Sports are more highly recognized even if they do terrible. As for parental involvement, most only complain, if they do anything at all.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 15, 2005

I found the education I received from EF was unfortunately lacking...and it still is today. The problem will never change.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 5, 2004

I definitely have to agree that Elizabeth Forward High School always places sports over academics. There are a few stellar teachers in the facility, but all in all, neither the board nor many teachers place education as a priority. I remember when I was a student not so long ago, a new facility was being provided for sports, but kids in calculus class were forced to share books due to a lack of funding for more books. Upon graduation, I did attend an Ivy League school, but spent the first two years trying to catch up to at least half of the level the other students were at already. Furthermore, I feel that the guidance counselors should encourage students to test their limits in their applications to schools. Some kids don't know how talented they are and, sadly, are not encouraged to reach their true potential.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 23, 2004

Overall this school district is average. The school appears to focus its efforts heavily on the sport and extracurricular activities and not a sufficient quantity on basic education. The population needs to look closely at the average test scores of our students. They may be ranked average or above but take a good look at the scores. I think its appalling that our students are considered average or above when they've incorrectly answered half the questions. (referring to standard test scores) My experience with these students convinces me that these youth are very intelligent and thirsty for knowledge - we need to nurture them and educate them. My experience with this school district has been negative. The administration nurtures students who are naturally intelligent and who would do well on their own. This administration does not nurture those students who need guidance and support. They allow them to slip through the cracks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Not a very admirable example of what a high school should be. The leadership and all around school spirit of Elizabeth Forward is almost obsolete. The principal was rarely seen, 'only for disciplinary issues and the occasional pep-rally.' Overall a very average school with average classes, average curriculum, and average grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2004

Well, seeing as how no one has yet to comment, I will. EF is a very good school faculty wise but could go for some repairs. Mr. Bowlin, the principl, provides sterling leadership for our school and is a great role model. I believe that overall, our school is very good.
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

197 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

192 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

189 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
45%

2009

 
 
33%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

209 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
87%

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

All Students67%
Female69%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female78%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students41%
Female43%
Male39%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students88%
Female96%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)59%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 71%
Black 4% 15%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 9%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1000 Weigles Hill Rd
Elizabeth, PA 15037
Phone: (412) 896-2349

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