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Haverford Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1285 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted Monday, November 17, 2014

This school is definitely above average. This year, they have a new principal and I notice that she has done a reboot in terms of teaching approaches and etc. She definitely has a vision for the school. The students are typical adolescents, but, behaviors are kept under control and I have yet to see an incident. I have worked in Philadelphia City Schools and trust me, HMS is not to be compared. The New Adm is professional, bright eyed and ready to go! Special Ed is using more computer technology in providing learning support.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 8, 2014

I have been going to Haverford Middle School ever since the beginning and it is a great school! Everyone is absolutely nice to each other and all the teachers are always willing to help the students along the way!


Posted January 3, 2014

Hi all I just switched my child from St Denis to haverford it is such a great switch she loves it so much better.She loves it so much.It is such a great community for my daughter.All of her teachers are superb. I would highly recommend this school to all who I looking to switch schools. Hope this is helpful


Posted March 13, 2012

Although the administration is less than stellar the educators are dedicated. I have a child there now who is in the "gifted" program. It is called Seminar. A lot of the reviews say there isn't one. I have had two children in this program over the past 5 years. The music program is exceptional. There ARE after school and pre school programs also. You need to update the info.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2011

We moved to this area purposely because we thought the schools would be better than prior district. WRONG! HMS teachers/administrators are possibly the worst communicators in the world. The guidance counselors/teachers act as if they are doing parents a huge favor if they respond to e mails/phone calls. They don t post homework or tests/quizzes on the website until AFTER the work is graded so there is no self help option to see if your child is doing well/poorly. Yet the staff is obviously annoyed if a parent attempts to contact them via e mail or phone. I will be sending my child to private school for high school. Again, we moved here for the school system , so this is something I didn t expect to have to do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

No gifted program, counselors are poor as is the administrators. Community is mostly not college-educated and this has filtered down into the children. We are moving to a better school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

I am quite pleased with all that the faculty and staff at Haverford Middle School do to create a safe, encouraging, and challenging learning environment for my daughter. All have been quickly responsive to any concerns or questions voiced by either my daughter or myself. Watching her developing independence in such a healthy educational environment is rewarding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

great support system , my grand daughter is a new student at hms and was help every step of the way
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2008

This year at hav high and the middle school have been the best ever thus far. 90% of the teachers/counselors/admin/supervisors I have come in conatcxt with have been beyond helpful and patient. Teenagers wear you very thin and the entire staff in hav school district should be commended for a job well done! thank you all; sincerely, a very happy parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2008

I am a student who goes there, and I can honestly say this is one of the best schools I have ever seen. It may not look good asthetically, but everyone, the teachers, staff members, even about 95% of the students are the nicest bunch of people I have ever met. All of the teachers will go out of their way and line of duty to help you if you need help, same goes with all of the staff. My opinion on the asthetics, they're not perfect, barely good, but the school hasn't been improved(with the exception of thechnology) in about 35 years. It is a great school and I love it there
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 16, 2008

Haverford Township schools are far from wonderful. The administration is far more devoted to maintaining a mediocre 'status quo' than providing a quality education. Do yourself a favor, try to buy a home in Lower Merion or Radnor instead.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2008

If your child requires special education classes, good luck, they have a primitive spec ed program. Elementary schools very good at spec education, this middle school fails miserably, they don't even try. Many fights within the hallways of this school, administrators/teachers turn the other way often times, little or no involvement in throwing the truly bad kids out the door, '...it's Haverford, those things don't happen here'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2008

HMS may not have the modern charm but it is still up to date teaching wise. All computer labs have Mac OSX, the spiffy one's with the cameras and widgets. All teachers will go to lengths to help, and I know as a kid. There are classes such as seminar that brighter children can attend, and I am involved in this program and find it very educating and stimulating. Their are also good special ed classes and tutoring, and all kids involved in these classes can recieve out-of class help whenever they need it on tests or alike. The school is old but is being remodeled this summer, and is updating furniture, gyms, and student tools. Even I admit the food isn't very good, but their are vending machines, with only diet soda in the soda department, and other fruit and milk healthy options. The cafeteria does cater to good health
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 10, 2007

Dingy, outdated building with crowded classes. Not good for inclusion of special education children, or for educating those who are very bright-- caters to the average. Has no great resources, except good music program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2005

Teachers and staff are great. They are very helpful and have the best interests of the kids at heart. Very clean and well organized school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2004

School district is Not 15 kids per class. Most classes have 25+ kids in the classroom. The district is counting their resource room as full classes. District is very big on medicating many children in resource room, even when it is not deemed necessary by pediatrician. This is also true with the elementary schools in the district. Homework load @ 7th grade is supposed to be 30 minutes per class (2 hours per night). Homework load is more like 3 hours per night on average. Teachers are unaccessable and do not commit to good parent/teacher communciation. Difficult to reach teachers. Messages are returned several days later. Lunch program is mediocre at best. Food quality does not encourage healthy eating habits. Soda machines in school. School needs estetic improvements. Paint peeling off walls. 'Gym D' is in poor condition and floods periodically. Exposed pipes with flaking paint and insulation in basement (cafeteria and classrooms in this area).
—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.

400 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

407 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
79%

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.

421 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

424 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
82%
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.

378 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

379 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

373 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

390 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
76%
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 Students92%
Female90%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian95%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)67%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female85%
Male83%
Black67%
Asian90%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)52%
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%
Male93%
Black72%
Asian88%
Hispanic100%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)62%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students91%
Female92%
Male90%
Black62%
Asian81%
Hispanic100%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)64%
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%
Female88%
Male89%
Black91%
Asian91%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)59%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students95%
Female95%
Male95%
Black91%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities (IEP)83%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students77%
Female74%
Male80%
Black25%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)41%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students86%
Female90%
Male84%
Black73%
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)60%
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 88% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Black 4% 15%
Hispanic 2% 9%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1701 Darby Rd
Havertown, PA 19083
Phone: (610) 853-5900

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