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Fort Washington El School

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Posted June 13, 2013

The school is over-rated and ok at best. There are some teachers that are very good and you can tell they really care about education. That being said, the more visible teachers are a joke and the kids that are lucky enough to get into these classes are obnoxious towards the other kids. the older they get, the more insulting they are to the other kids. While teachers preach against bullying, they themselves are the bullies. While I understand a teacher would have favorites, it is a DISGRACE that they should show it to the children. The new principal is practically invisible, although, in her defense, she is doing the work of two jobs...being the technology director. There is plenty of opportunity for parent involvement if that is for you. The building itself is old and disgusting. When your child comes home on a semi regular basis with giant cockroach stories and mouse stories, I'd say there is a problem. But SHHHHHH don't mention any of the above. They'll call you negative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2013

FWES IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY SON IS IN 5TH GRADE AND IS SAD TO LEAVE. :( BUT WE ALL LOVE THIS SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!! GO PATRIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2012

I meant Wordsworth academy. Not this one!!! It's pure evil really it is. Wordsworth was a horrible thing


Posted May 18, 2011

We decided on where we wanted to live in Montgomery County based on objective and subjective criteria in terms of the schools. After we decided on Upper Dublin School District, we moved to Fort Washington specifically so that our daughter could attend FWES. She is finishing her fifth year there and we have never doubted that it is one of the best decisions we have made for her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2009

Both our daughters attend this school. Wonderful community, attentive teachers, exceptional principle. We're very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

Fabulous school! Great leadership, great teachers and great supporting families. Couldn't ask for more!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2008

We have two daughters who attend FWES. The FWES community is kind, caring and motivating to all children. There staff has a true passion for education and a love for children. We feel fortunate to live in a community that puts childrens education first! FWES is the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2008

We considered both private and public school for our children when they began elementary school many years ago. We have never been disappointed with our choice of Fort Washington Elementary. The school has been a wonderful, nurturing envirnoment for both my boys and girls. The teachers are kind, caring and creative and the administration is fabulous. We have never had a bad experience in over eight years at FWES. There is a very strong community of parents who are active in the school, with plenty of opportunity to be involved in the classroom and the PTA. We would highly recommend Fort Washington Elementary to any prospective parents. You can feel the energy the minute that you walk in the front door. It is one of the happiest places around for your child to grow and learn!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2008

My son is currently in third grade and my daughter is now at the Middle School. We could not have 'hand-picked' a better elementary school for both of our children! The teachers are motivating and caring and respect each students' needs! It is a true community at FWES and one where everyone is encouraged to get involved and be a part of! It is a wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2007

Initally, everything sounded great when we enrolled our daughter into kindergarten. We are very dissapointed with the lack to enforce their prided motto 'No Bully Zone'. Dicipline issues are handled very casual. My daughter's classroom environment failed to provide harmony and respect among the children. Parent feedback is encouraged, but the response to feedback is sometimes discouraging. Academically, this school seems to be performing well-but it is my opinion a child can only make the most of the education when it is offered in a safe and respectful environment. Social development and academic development are not equal in this school. There is an imbalance of the two. Overall, I have been very dissapointed and am glad to take my daughter out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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98%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

70 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

70 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%

2009

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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90%

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95%

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87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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82%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%

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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

All Students99%
Female97%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students93%
Female94%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
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 Students91%
Female90%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)62%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female93%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)62%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students82%
Female87%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)54%
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 79% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 3%
Black 4% 15%
Hispanic 3% 9%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1010 Ft Washington Ave
Fort Washington, PA 19034
Phone: (215) 643-8961

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