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Heckman Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 511 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted November 12, 2013

I've had three children attend Oliver Heckman Elementary School and it is a wonderful school. Small enough so that everyone knows everyone and the kids get to know each other as well. Academically, I do feel it could be a bit stronger but I've also seen that improve over the years due to older teachers retiring. I'm basing my review on six years at this school with another two more to go. I'm glad they have taken it off the "chopping block" for now as my child will make it through fifth grade there. I also think the academic problems primarily stemmed from the union contract strife and that is over for at least the short term and the teachers have gotten back to teaching!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2012

I wish I could say something positive about this school, but unfortunately I can not. I will not even put in writing how I feel about the incompetent principal. My son was targeted by bullies and was labeled by the staff. There was nothing he or I could do to stop the harassment. It was to the point I was going to hire a lawyer and sue them, but I sent him to a new school. Am I surprised that we have not had one issue? Not really. My son is very loved at his new school. Neshaminy School District is certainly not what it used to be...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2012

My son went here for 2 years and I felt like I was sending him to an institution. The hallways are cinder block with no decorations or bulletin boards hung and the classrooms are the same exact way. The school is dark, cold and unkempt. The entrance is over-grown, the whole building is a leaking, moldy run down disgrace. Besides the physical condition of the building, the principal and staff are awful. I now spend $5,000,00 a year on private school - and it is worth every penny.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2010

This school has been great so far. I was encouraged early on by the parental involvement in the PTO. The principal is very hands-on and the teachers have been great so far (my child just finished Kindergarten).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2009

Great school...Excellent PTO. Lots of extra activities for families. Principal (Mr. Kern) is top notch. My kids (3rd and 5th) love thier school. I just wish that the teachers were not 'switched around' by the district so much....but that's not the school's issue!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2009

I must say that I have been greatly disappointed in this school. I have noticed that though they have an average education available for average students, if your child is involved in the music offerings there, the teachers act like it is a major imposition that the child is leaving their class once a week. I found that the school is much more effective when the student teachers are in the classrooms as they connect more with the students and generally make their short period of time with them much more enjoyable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2007

We've been at Heckman for 2 years. The interaction between me, the teachers, the counselors and the principal have been tremendously supportive. I love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2006

This is a great school. My daughter is going into 2nd grade and she is already an advanced reader. The schools puts a great deal of emphasis on early reading and writing. There is a lot of parent involvement. The art program is great. My daughter loves her art teacher and the kids' art work is displayed all over the school. The principal is great. Every time I go to the school I see him out and about talking with kids, greeting them at the door in the morning, he seems very nice and approachable. My only complaint is kindergarten is 1/2 days..not good for working parents. But, over all a great school!
—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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
88%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

92 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
96%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

81 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

83 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
65%
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 Students91%
Female92%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)84%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female89%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)53%
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 Students93%
Female93%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities (IEP)91%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female91%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students91%
Female91%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)69%
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 Students84%
Female81%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)57%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female81%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students83%
Female91%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)57%
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 92% 71%
Asian 3% 3%
Black 3% 15%
Hispanic 2% 8%
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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