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Pleasant Valley Intermediate School

Public | 7-8 | 1317 students

 
 

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Posted March 21, 2012

My child is an A student and has received Distinguished Honors from grades 1st - 6th. So upon moving here, I was very surprised and disappointed to learn that the curriculum at Pleasant Valley School District in general is not up to par. At the Elem. School Level, I was told that there is no Honor Roll bec. it makes the kids who aren't excelling academically feel bad. The HS Principal announced during a recent parent orientation for incoming students that they've come to the conclusion that students score higher on state exams if they take core subjects such as math the whole year as opposed to one quarter of the year (which is how they were doing it). Seriously?! At PVI, the teachers are unprofessional, lack sufficient training and experience, don't have a handle on their classrooms/students, and resort to handing out disciplinary referrals for the slightest thing, i.e. talking. The Principals are even less effective at doing their jobs. The school is more focused on sports rather than academics and this seems to be the case throughout the school district. A 5 & 6 rating for these schools are extremely generous. I have withdrawn my child and enrolled him into Agora Cyber School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2012

I love this school. Excellent curriculum and teaching. The students and teachers are respectful. There are few problems and those are resolved quickly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2011

I really didn't like this school. There were way too many people and for a shy person it's intimidating. They are really focused on sports and not other extra curricular activities... Some of the teachers were really nice but some were also horrible and mean. For example: If I didn't understand something, they wouldn't really help me. They would just tell me it again and think I'd understand. The lunch food is horrible, and they started a dress code last year. You could only wear school colors and polos, and no jeans. A lot of the kids around the area don't have a lot of money and the dress code clothes are expensive. I thought it caused more teasing because people would talk about the kid who always wears the same pants and shirt. 5th grade was the only good grade there.


Posted May 6, 2010

Pleasant Valley Intermediate School is one of the best, if not the best, schools I have ever been to. Excellent classes, wonderful teachers, and the support for years to come are just some of the many qualities this school offers. Students are never left out and they are always a top priority in Pleasant Valley. Pleasant Valley Intermediate School is an inspiring school for anyone who walks through it's doors.


Posted May 5, 2010

'In the old days' the teachers and office staff dressed and conducted themselves in a professional manner.They were treated with the respect due a professional. The teacher led by example. Student safety was a given and discipline was administered fairly and equally to all students. Sadly, this is not the case here. Subject matter is not up to par; and the quality of education suffers for it.


Posted April 29, 2010

Great School - my son always had great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2009

I have been in the district for about 5 years now and have kids in 2 schools. The Pleasant Valley School district is way to overcrowed! The taxes are very high for homeowners. Also, this year they went to school uniforms. The elementary schools are good. Its the secondary schools that lag behind. My kids previously went to Wilson School, and when we moved up here the school was way behind in teaching. My kids were learning what they alrealdy learned. Wake up pleasant valley it really time for a change!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2008

My children have been going to this school for over a year and I am pretty impressed. Compared to Jim Thorpe School District this school is sooo much better considering the quick growth in this general area. Keep up the good work!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2006

Class sizes exceeding 30 students per class. Administration does not address conduct of the teachers here. The 'No Bullying' policy is a joke. Not only ares students bullied by other students, without repercussion, but by teachers, as well, who degrade students in front of their peers without provocation. When this issue was presented, no response was given from administration. Very poor communication overall. I am disgusted with the school and look forward to moving out of the district or homeschooling. It sickens me to think that my tax dollars provide salaries to these ineffective 'educators'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2005

My son is currently in this school and I must say that the teachers are good. However, the staff is hard to deal with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2004

I have had a child in this school for 3 years and am very happy with disciplinary actions, teachers and curriculum. Strictness needs to be enforced to keep order and I have not disapproved of any actions that have had to be taken to demand respect and trust in the teachers. School sports do not start until 7th grade that is why there are no after-school sports activities, but there are plenty of sports teams for the district. Including but not limited to soccer, wrestling, football, basketball and others offered to children in first through sixth grades. I currently have one child in sixth grade and another a senior in the high school and am totally satisfied with the level of education they are receiving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2004

Class size is well over 25 students per teacher. School system too strict with petty items. No after school activity transportation (no late buses). Not enough after school sport activities. Some items are inappropriate for grade level (ex. all Reports for 4th grade up must be in MLA format). There seems to be a power trip in this school district. Teachers and Principles act as if they can dictate.
—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 80% in 2012.

408 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

412 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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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

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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 Students85%
Female88%
Male81%
Black84%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)40%
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Reading

All Students81%
Female87%
Male77%
Black74%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)32%
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

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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.

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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 71%
Black 10% 15%
Hispanic 9% 8%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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