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Paxtang El School

Public | K-5 | 217 students

 

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Posted November 17, 2014

What a great neighborhood school! Teachers and staff are great! My kids have flourished there! Couldn't have asked for a better experience for them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2014

We're very grateful that our daughter attends Paxtang Elementary School! She has had excellent, caring teachers who invest in their students. This diverse school has an active, enthusiastic PTO and many great school-community programs and events. Paxtang Elementary school is a neighborhood school with a large population of students who walk to school. We are grateful to the principal, teachers, parents, and students who make this a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2005

I was a former student at Paxtang, and I love the school so much. Everyone was so friendly to each other, and the staff knew everyone in the school. They have awesome extra. activites like the band and orcastra. No elementary school here in the west has a band at all! Parents are always getting involved and love helping with the kids. I would love for my future kids to go to this school. I absolutlely love it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 14, 2004

This is an awesome school! The principal knows all the kids names! And greets them at the door almost every morning!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.

27 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

27 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
85%
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.

34 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

34 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

34 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
61%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

43 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
38%

2009

 
 
77%
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 Students89%
Female93%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female73%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White92%
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 Students82%
Femalen/a
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Femalen/a
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students88%
Female82%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
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 Students69%
Female67%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students43%
Female50%
Male38%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic15%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students67%
Female67%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)36%
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 43% 71%
Hispanic 23% 9%
Black 14% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 3%
Two or more races 9% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Music teacher(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
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Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School leaders can update this information here.

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3530 Rutherford St
Harrisburg, PA 17111
Phone: (717) 561-1781

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