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Hershey Middle School

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Posted March 22, 2011

HMS has a number of issues. The most important one is inadequate leadership from the principal. Teachers vary in quality, some are interested, but many are not. Parental concerns are usually treated in a flippant manner, teachers clearly have no concerns about their relationship to the community. Teacher issues are not resolved by the principal. PSSA scores are good, but don't forget that this is a wealthy community where parents take an interest in their children's academic performance. They get every advantage for their children's academic success outside of school: lessons, travel, tutoring. So test scores may reflect the community more than the teachers' success with the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2010

Well to Deborah Mallek, a parent." I hate to break it to you but I am a current Hershey student. And if the school you went to had enough potential why didn't they teach you if you don't have anything nice to say than don't say anything.


Posted February 25, 2009

Hershey Middle School is like no other. I'm a current student and can honestly say that I love my school. The teachers can be amazing while others are just cranky, but thats how every school is. Our sports program is amazing. We're always promoting good sportsmanship and leadership. Our school board is always finding new ways to improve our learning experience. Right now, we're even in the process of getting new laptops. Some will be available to be signed out by students who arent able to get to a computer at home. The teachers here are really supportive and make you see what your best really is and help you reach it. if your looking for a good stable school, Hershey is the best choice.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 20, 2007

I think that Herhsey Middle School is a very outstanding school. All of their testing average is above the states. The staff is extremely helpful to the parents and staff. From the children's perspective, the teachers get them involved in what they are doing. The school offers extra-curricular activities throughout all of the seasons. They also offer plenty of free after school activities with parent permission. For example, my daughter has participated in after school bowling 'Dance Dance Revolution' and others. The school allows students to participate in the choices of teachers and principals with Student Council and Principal's Counicl. This school truly gets students interested in learning. They offer the students many things from the languages they take, to playing an instrument, choir, The Science Olympiads, The Mathletes, art fairs, and more. This is a truely genuine school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2005

Like all schools in the District, Hershey Middle School boasts an academic level it does not possess. While continuing to claim National Blue Ribbon status, this status was achieved in 2002, and has not been achived since. The District also claims no zero tolerance policies, but absence of 'zero tolerance' wording does not make this true. Experience has proved otherwise. Unless the schools begin to see and project a realistic view of current programs and academic status, they will not be able to correct problems or make improvements. The school has great potential, but with continued unrealistic views and reports to the community, it will be unable to attain its full potential.
—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.

270 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

269 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

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 80% in 2012.

280 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

279 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
90%
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.

263 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

265 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

264 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

272 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
91%
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 Students93%
Female92%
Male94%
Black86%
Asian97%
Hispanic85%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities (IEP)54%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female87%
Male81%
Black79%
Asian81%
Hispanic69%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
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 Students95%
Female97%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian95%
Hispanic75%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)60%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students93%
Female96%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic81%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)68%
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%
Female88%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)64%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students95%
Female95%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanic91%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)75%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students85%
Female81%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian96%
Hispanic73%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities (IEP)60%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students83%
Female94%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian92%
Hispanic73%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 3%
Hispanic 6% 9%
Black 3% 15%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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500 Homestead Rd
Hershey, PA 17033
Phone: (717) 531-2222

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