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Thomas Wharton El School

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Posted September 20, 2012

I think this school is a great school! I went there as a child, along with my siblings, and one of my younger brothers attend there now, along with my daughter and niece. They all 3 love it and come home just as excited as they are in the morning to go. The teachers are awesome, return phone calls and write letters/notes along with phone calls just to let you know how your child is doing so far. The school will gladly help with any problems are anything you may need for your child as ive seen it happen multiple times with myself and other parents. My daughter, niece and brother have never complained of fighting problems or bullying problems which is a plus for a city school. The playground has greatly improved since ive been there as well as the building itself is much much larger. I would defiantly recommend Wharton tp any parent(s) in the Lancaster City area!! GO WILDCATS!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

My children go/went to Wharton & they love it. It has its challenges as a city school, but pluses include: diversity, teachers are very accessible, Fun/educational traditions like International Dinner (every family makes a food representative of their ethnicity to share & there is some type of cultural entertainment), Family Movie Night, the Spring Festival (an old-fashioned carnival that is the school's main fundraiser), 1st Grade Musical, 5th grade trip to Washington DC, Earth Day, Garden Club, and Field Day in Buchanan Park. The school is currently being renovated & once finished will be an absolute gem. I completely disagree with the last comment re: parent culture - it is very positive & very inclusive! Everyone is invited to PTO meetings & the Parent Advisory Committee to express concerns or new ideas. Bully moms? So false! Please don't let someone's sour grapes color your judgement of a really special school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

Not a big fan of the parent culture of the school. Lots of gossip, cliques, bully moms, and exclusion from neighborhood social activities. Fairly unhealthy if you're interested in creating an inclusive community and fostering parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2004

My children started at this school because we moved. First of all there are too many substitute teachers which caused things to be very un-organized not to mention the support teachers were never there for reading support or math help. The playground was nothing but boring! My kids were so afraid of fights and glass all over the playground, if that's what you call that! I am a taxpayer and this is what I pay for?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2004

My children go to this school, and we moved. I kept my children in this school and drive them to and from school because I like this school and thought that it was better than others' that my children had been in. But in the 2003-04 year, my good experiences with the school dropped. Both my childrens teacher left in the last marking period, which disrupted the children. Plus with budget cuts, my son did not get the extra math classes that he needed. It was a program for student who excel at math and reading, and it helped keep him from getting bored at school. I still believe that this school is the best elementary in SD of Lancaster, but I hope this year will be better than the last.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
59%

2009

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

37 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
59%

2009

 
 
79%
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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

44 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

44 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
66%

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

The state average for Math was 73% in 2012.

25 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

25 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

26 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
85%

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

All Students59%
Female58%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female74%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged52%
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 Students70%
Female70%
Male71%
Black62%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female75%
Male50%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students64%
Female70%
Male58%
Black69%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged52%
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 Students48%
Female27%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students44%
Female27%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students39%
Female25%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 38% 9%
White 37% 71%
Black 15% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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705 North Mary St
Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone: (717) 291-6281

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