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Greensburg-Salem Middle School

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Posted June 4, 2013

This is my son's eleventh year in the Greensburg Salem School District. Each year, he has had fantastic, enthusiastic teachers, and he has learned a wealth of knowledge! The teachers and principals really take an interest in the students. They provide many opportunities for extracurricular activities. I couldn't ask for more! M.A.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2013

The education your child will receive at this school is okay at best. If your child is a high achiever, he will not be challenged. More concerning, is the rising drug problems. Better than Jeannette, if that says anything. My advice - find a good private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2009

This school is absolutely terrible. The teachers are rather ill equipped with less than satisfactory ability to relay what they have learned to my children. If possible, stay away from this school district
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

I like another parent who posted contacted the principal, vice principal and guidance counselor to no avail when my child was being bullied. Their 'anti-bullying' philosophy is nothing more than words on paper. They do NOT enforce it which is sad. However the teachers that my child has are all very good so the school has it's pros and cons.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2008

I went there, my sister went there and I was proud to say my son went there. He went to Metzgar Elementary and I was totally pleased, as I knew I would be. He, however, got to the middle school and everything changed. He began to come home either mean or depressed. I found out that he was being bullied terribly. Initially, I got outside counseling for my son to help him deal with this, plus informed the guidance counselor what was happening. Nothing changed. Our outside counselor asked that the school counselor contact her. She never did. Upset, we contacted the vice-principal. Still nothing. We finally told the guidance counselor and vice-principal we were going to pull him from their school. Still nothing. We called for the principal. She said she knew nothing about it and since he was changing wasn't doing anything and hung up on us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2007

Greensburg Salem Middle School is a wonderful school. The teachers are well trained and teach the curriculum well. The Gifted Program is very appropriate. I am happy to have my children in the Greensburg Salem School District.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2005

An excellent academic program with highly-educated teachers. This is a school where every student can excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2005

Greensburg Salem Middle School is a great school for kid to go to. They provide many programs that help kids with there homework, copeing skills, and much more. GSMS also has a great Drug unit that kids love to learn in all grades. GSMS is a great school to go to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 15, 2005

Continued lack of safety, drug problem, poor leadership, teachers who have little involvement with the students, poor curriculum for high achieving students, little to no support for female sports. We will be moving our children to private school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 77% in 2012.

181 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

177 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
78%
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 80% in 2012.

185 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

184 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
76%

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 76% in 2012.

186 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

184 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

185 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

193 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
80%
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 Students95%
Female98%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)76%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female79%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
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 Students96%
Female96%
Male95%
Black73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)71%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female88%
Male87%
Black58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
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 Students89%
Female92%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic78%
White92%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)41%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students89%
Female88%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic82%
White92%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)73%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students76%
Female76%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic53%
White80%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students81%
Female88%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnic70%
White82%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)38%
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 89% 71%
Black 5% 15%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 9%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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301 North Main St
Greensburg, PA 15601
Phone: (724) 832-2930

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