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Farrell Area High School/Upper Middle School

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Posted November 8, 2009

this school is excellent in terms of quality of learning and its diverse community. Many students have gone onto many endeavours in life. there is a now stronger leadership now in the school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2008

This is the worst school I have ever been to. The teacher didn't even teach and the school money wasn't spended on what was importent. They remodel the school instead of buying books.


Posted March 23, 2006

After graduating from Farrell High School, I feel that I have gained alot of knowledge. Considering that I did get into the University of Pittsburgh with the help of Ms. Jefferson the guidance counselor, I feel that a Farrell High education can be very helpful if a student allows themself to actually learn. Although most of my senior year I didnt put much effort into it. I feel that there is a great quality in the academic programs at Farrell High. There is a large availability of music, art, sports, and other extracurricular activites at this school. I took part in alot of different activities. I enjoyed every activity that I did. I love Farrell's extracuricular activites. Parents at Farrell High have a high level involvement in most activities at the school. My mother was involved in all of the activities that I took part. Overall Farrell is a good school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 7, 2005

As a former student, I will not be sending my daughter to this school. Sadly, based on where we live, my husband and I will have to pay out-of-district tuition. (but well worth it) The academic levels are substandard. The extracurricular activities are average. Our #1 reason for our strong feelings is that it is not a safe school.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
56%

2009

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
49%

2009

 
 
52%
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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

58 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
20%

2010

 
 
22%

2009

 
 
18%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

59 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
52%
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 60% in 2012.

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
24%

2009

 
 
26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
32%

2009

 
 
23%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
6%

2010

 
 
8%

2009

 
 
5%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
49%

2009

 
 
57%
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 Students56%
Female60%
Male52%
Black55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female63%
Male48%
Black57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
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 Students60%
Female60%
Male61%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female73%
Male57%
Black69%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students27%
Female29%
Male24%
Black24%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White31%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students54%
Female63%
Male45%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
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 Students38%
Female35%
Male41%
Black28%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students39%
Female43%
Male36%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students11%
Female0%
Male18%
Black5%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White27%
Economically disadvantaged9%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students44%
Female46%
Male42%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged46%
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

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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
Black 79% 15%
White 19% 71%
Hispanic 1% 9%
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%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1700 Roemer Blvd
Farrell, PA 16121
Phone: (724) 346-6585

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